There is a reason we constantly stress that people should try to avoid painkillers as much as possible. There is a large list of side effects that constant use of aspirin and ibuprofen can cause. Anemia, heart problems, hearing loss, hypertension are just some of the side effects that permanent use of painkillers can cause.
We are not saying that you totally throw them out of use; we just say that you should use them only when it is necessary. Majority of standard medical products and drugs are based on natural resources. Pharmaceutical companies are testing a variety of natural substances in order to check what effect they have on the disease, and then prepare a synthetic version of a substance that is released for sale. In many cases the synthetic version works faster and better than the natural variety. But the fact they have so many side effect, makes us search for natural substitute.
NATURAL REPLACEMENTS FOR IBUPROFEN AND ASPIRIN
White willow bark
This plant is a real aspirin. It contains the substance salicin, which is converted into salicylic acid in the stomach. This acid is the main component of aspirin. The synthetic form of this acid is not working so well in the stomach and some of us feel pain and nausea when we use aspirin. White willow bark helps with fever, inflammation, and to removes pain.
This medication is usually used to relieve pain in muscles, nerves and joints. It is most common as a gel or cream and can be used three to four times a day. As capsaicin is one component of hot peppers, during the first use of this natural drug people feel tingling sensation, that disappears during the next use.
Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
This plant grows in South America. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect it helps the body to cope with the pain. If you overdose with it, this may cause diarrhea.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Known for its anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids are proven to help patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and intestinal problems. These acids help with cardiovascular problems and reduce the mortality rate when it comes to heart disease.
Curcumin is the main component of turmeric. It is known as one of the most powerful natural painkiller with strong antibiotic powers. It blocks the path of pain signals and they can’t reach to the brain. Studies show that curcumin is effective in patients with all kinds of chronic pain. It is very effective with rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin is also very successful in treating depression.