There are many natural therapies that can be a real boon for people with mild, moderate or severe aches and pains. Acupuncture, bowen therapy, hypnotherapy, remedial massage, medical nutrition, aromatherapy and homeopathy are just a few of your choices.
If you are suffering backache or neck pain after injury, tension or gardening etc, try these:
Massage using anti-inflammatory products like Weleda's Arnica Balm or Heels Traumeel cream can help to soften muscles and stop them pulling on joints and discs. It can also help relieve tight muscles putting pressure on nerves as in neck pain or sciatica. Interestingly, we have found Reflexology works particularly well with sciatica, especially if you don't want the area touched.
Remedial massage techniques such as stretching, acupressure, muscle release etc can be really helpful and effective in any muscle problem and you can find a good local therapist on this register.
Acupuncture (with needles or electric stimuli) can also help block pain receptors.
If your pain is chronic, though and you are suffering from arthritis, spondylitis, bursitis etc, you might need to think a bit more deeply about it. Sometimes, all the massage and physiotherapy in the world will help to lessen the problem to an extent, but won't be able to go far enough because the problem is coming from the inside out.
Read the Pain factsheet here for a different way to view chroniic pain - is your nervous system turned up too high?
Arthritis and spondylitis, for example, to a naturopathic nutritionist, is caused mainly by calcium dumping in the soft tissues and joints, poor nutrition to the connective tissues and excess toxicity in the body. If your muscles are really hard and no amount of massage eases them to any great extent, or your joints are developing spurs, this is likely to be the problem. You can see this yourself sometimes from the Calcium and Magnesium balance on a hair test. Treatment can be very effective.
Bowen is a very effective technique for stubborn problems such as frozen shoulder and general aches and pains as it rebalances the whole body. No one is really sure how it works, but there is no doubt that it does in our experience.
We find homeopathic Traumeel is an excellent anti-inflammatory for any ache or pain caused by whatever problem. It comes in cream, tincture and tablet and we have excellent results with it. It even works on sore gums, abscesses, bunions etc. Wonderful stuff, inexpensive and can be taken with other painkillers. You can read a detailed booklet about it here.
Or consider Zeel if yours is chronic rather than acute pain. This is not so easy to get in the UK but ask me and I will arrange some for you. Read about Zeel for arthritis here. We've had great results with this too - for dogs actually as well, works a treat!
If you are achy all over with lots of pains for no obvious reason. Or, even if you suffer from one of the conditions mentioned above, simply removing a suspect food from your diet for a while can dramatically improve things. In this case, I would follow the recipes in the wheat and dairy free Eat Well book. Or, if you want to go one step further, go gluten and dairy free with the Belly Fat book (ignore the name!).
There are tons of anti-inflammatory diets - most of which remove the key alergens and nightshades - athough I have found the wheat, gluten and dairy free approach helps most people. Then, add in lots of anti-inflammatory compounds, which you can learn about here in Dr Murray's excellent Osteoarthritis factsheet, which includes some useful stuff on diet and supplements.
My favourite anti-inflammatory generally is Biotics KappArest, which is a blend of some really powerful herbs and spices. I usually give that first. For arthritis specifically, as per Dr Murray's factsheet above, I often also add in MSM or lots of sulphur foods, plenty of Vitamin C to build collagen, glucosamine hydrochloride or sulphate and fish oils.
In that case, Designs for Health Arthrosoothe might be worth considering. Interestingly, their new Arthrosoothe Cream contains the celadrin mentioned by Dr Murray too. I can't see it on ND's site, but ask; I'm sure they can get it for you if they stock the caps.
Nutrigold's Joint Support Formula is also a favourite - and see the factsheet below from them, fascinating.
Finally, hypnotherapy can be wonderful for pain relief. You can have a couple of treatments to learn techniques you can use at home to block pain. This works brilliantly for cancer patients, arthritis, labour pain and any form of constant pain.
I've written tons over the years on arthritis and pain on the blog etc, so do use the search box on this site and it will bring up anything acorss all my sites on the subject. Get a cuppa - of anti-inflammatory tea, of course - and have a mooch.
Here's one blog post to start you off:
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