PAIN MANAGEMENT

HERBS FOR PAIN
Capsaisin used topically
for arthritis, shingles, neuropathy, cluster headaches, migraines.
Arnica
topical rub for joint and muscle pain
Tumeric
for arthritis, heartburn, reduces inflammation, sprains, strains, joint pain.
Ginseng
for fibromyalgia
Ginger for chronic pain, anti-inflammatory, headaches, nausea
Devil’s Claw for arthritis, headache, lower back pain
Feverfew for headaches, toothaches, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis
Kava Kava for neuropathic pain and tension headaches
St. John’s Wort for sciatica, arthritis, neuropathic pain
Valerian Root reduces sensitivity of the nerves, also for spasms and muscle cramps,
Eucommia for joint pain especially in the back, hip, knee. Strengthens bones, tendons, ligaments. Encourages the development of collagen. TCM (traditional Chinese medicine).

Pain Relief Formula: Take 2 teaspoons of tumeric and on teaspoon of ginger with a little black pepper for absorbtion per day for chronic pain. You can mix it in a smoothie or green drink if you like. (anti-inflammatory)
**some of these herbs have precautions especially if pregnant.

FOOD ADDITIVES TO AVOID
MSG
can damage nerve endings leading to increased pain. Found in most processed and fast foods. Other names for MSG include Autolyzed plant protein, autolyzed yeast, calcium caseinate, gelatin, glutamate textured protein, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), any protein that is hydrolyzed, monopotassium glutamate, monosodium glutamate, MSG, natural flavors, sodium caseinate, spices, textured protein, yeast extract, yeast food, yeast food nutrient.
Terms that frequently indicate hidden MSG additives: malt extract, bullion, broth, stock, flavoring, natural flavoring, natural beef or chicken flavoring, seasoning, spices.
|Addiitives that may contain MSG: carrageenan, enzymes, soy protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate.

Artificial sweeteners like Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Splenda) are linked to fibromyalgia and migraines.

Sugar (processed) is a common pain trigger and can trigger muscle spasms.

High Fructose Corn Syrup can cause abdominal pain and digestive disorders

Salt (table) causes us to retain water and in some this can put pressure on nerves causing pain. .

Preservatives with names like benzoates, monoglycerides, diglycerides, nitrates, nitrites, and sulfites have been linked to chronic pain.

This is not medical advice, consult your physician for that.