When you wake up with a stiff neck or you put your low back out while bending over, what do you do to deal with the excruciating pain? Do you reach for a quick fix like ibuprofen or a muscle relaxant? If you’re unable to walk or move, please see a doctor right away. But, if you know you’re going to live, you could consider one of these natural remedies, which are just as immediate in delivering pain relief and have an added bonus of not stressing your liver and kidneys.
Nature’s Natural Remedies For Healing
Anti-Inflammatory Foods provide many miracle natural remedies. Certain foods are known to relieve achy joints.Dr. Andrew Weil says, “Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses – including heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease.”Dr. Weil and Dr. Barry Sears both advise that choosing anti-inflammatory foods will reduce your risk of heart disease, blood triglycerides, hypertension, and painfully stiff arthritic tendons. Be sure to fill your diet with most of the colored fruits and vegetables, oily fish (high levels of omega-3 fatty acids), nuts, seeds and spices like ginger, curry, turmeric, garlic, and chili peppers, to name a few. Drink half your body weight in fluid ounces of water per day to prevent dehydration, which can cause back pain. Avoid high fatty foods, refined sugars and starches.
Many believe inflammation is the silent cause of almost all chronic diseases, so eat healthy and drink lots of water. And the next time your bones and joints are aching, try one of nature’s natural remedies.
Arnica Montana topical gel or homeopathic caplets for reducing muscle and joint inflammation and pain.
There are many over the counter products with Arnica Montana as the active ingredient in gels and lotions formulas. Use as directed on unbroken skin. The caplets are homeopathic remedies designed for ingestion so they’re not harmful. Because the caplets are a homeopathic formula, you don’t want to touch them with your fingers – just pour the directed amount into the cap and drop them under your tongue. Let them dissolve slowly. Again, use as recommended on the container or check with your doctor before takings. If you’re currently taking prescription medicine, it will nullify the positive effects of the Arnica Montana, so stick to the gel to apply directly to the pulled and bruised muscle or joint.
Just Plain Ice is actually the best natural remedy for inflammation, especially when applied at the onset of the injury. For sprains, bruises, even tendon and ligament tears, the immediate action to take is RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. First, stop the activity to rest the injured muscle or joint. Apply ice to reduce the swelling. Then compress – wrap the injury tightly with an ace bandage or towel, and elevate the injured body part so it’s above the heart to keep the blood flow to the trauma area at a minimum.
The Hot Water Bottle (or pad) is one of grandma’s natural remedies that keeps working through generations. There’s nothing like a hot pad for warming up stiff achy muscles within about 15 minutes, depending on the severity of the injury. Use common sense and don’t burn the skin with a scalding hot pad – wrap a towel around the compress to protect the skin and catch any leaky water. Also, don’t lie on the pad a long period; you could do more damage to the muscles and skin. A good rule is 10-15 minutes on and 10-15 off, until the pain subsides.
Hot Water Springs are the ultimate in nature’s natural remedies. Natural spas and hot tubs are absolutely heavenly for soothing achy bones and muscles, as well as rejuvenating your energy and perking you up after a long arduous day.
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