Change your meds for all these efficient and natural alternatives. Athletes usually joke about depending on “vitamin I,” also known as ibuprofen, for eliminating the pain and ache of training.

However, they are not the only one depending on these non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in order to reduce the pain relief. Each day, there are more than 30 million Americans who take NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen for everything that includes muscle cramps, headaches and sport injuries for treating chronic conditions such as back pain, neuropathy and arthritis.

The pain that we feel derives from inflammation—it is a defensive response which causes swelling of the tissues and increases the signal from all pain nerves—which means that anti-inflammatory is perfectly normal. NSAIDs will reduce the pain and block inflammation-causing enzymes. However, they have a lot of severe side effects. If you use them regularly, NSAIDs will increase the risk of ulcers; stomach bleeding, heart attack, strokes and kidney damage.

To be more specific by impeding with important, compounds like hormone that are called prostaglandins.
“I would never buy them regularly for more than a couple of month,” stated Jonathan Wright, MD, who is medical director of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington. “Some people could even see side effects after couple of days.”

You do not have to grin and bear. Nature has different a lot of effective and very gentle remedies which lower inflammation and they will soothe pain—and you will say goodbye vitamin I.

Boswellia – people know it like frankincense, it is a herb that will ease minor and chronic pains. It contains active ingredients – also known as boswellic acids, reduce the production of inflammatory compounds shown in different chronic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis. You should look for a formula which is standardized to 60% boswellic acids and consume 750 mg daily in 3 equal doses.

Arnica – for all these centuries, an old remedy which derives from the bright yellow arnica flower, that grows in Europe and the alpine meadows. The compounds that are found in arnica is called sesquiterpene lactones and it can reduce inflammation and improve the immune system.

One study conducted in 2007 in Switzerland which involved more than 200 people who had osteoarthritis – it is a topical arnica gel that can soothe pain and bring back joint function and have the same effect like ibuprofen. It is amazing for acute injuries, including strains, sprains; postoperative healing and bruises have to be applied 3 to 4 times daily. For a one-two punch, consume arnica homeopathically simultaneously, using remedies that have potency of 6c, 12c, or 30c—place 3 pellets under your tongue, 3 times daily.

Curcumin – people know it like the spice of life, turmeric is full of curcumin that will block the inflammatory proteins but it will also increase the ability of the body to fight against inflammation. Studies discovered curcumin that can reduce the chronic pain of rheumatoid arthritis and different animal studies which say that it can help you to ward off heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes as well.

Take 400 to 600 mg of curcumin, 3 times in a day. To improve the absorption, you should consume equal amounts of bromelain, it is an anti-inflammatory enzyme that can be found in pineapples, twenty minutes before your meals.

Omega-3 fatty acids. “They are critical for reducing pain for long-term,” says Wright, “Since your body is breaking down omega-3 fatty acids in anti-inflammatory compounds.” Additionally, if you do not consume enough omega-3s in your diet, you will feel more pain and bigger inflammation if you do not get ill or injured.

You can find it in hempseed; flaxseed and cold-water fish including sardines, mackerel, salmon, omega-3s can be found in supplement form. If you want to use it basically, you should for 1,000 – 2,000 mg daily. If you experience chronic pain, you should consume 2,000 to 4,000 mg daily.

You have to consume 400 IU of vitamin E (in “mixed tocopherols” form) daily that is going to prevent all omega-3 fatty acids from attacking healthy cells and oxidizing in the body.

Ginger – It is amazing flavorful root which has enzymes which stop the production of inflammatory compounds. However, “the ginger amount in tea, spice, candy, will not give you give you a lot of pain relief, and the taste is good as well,” says Paul Anderson, ND, from the Bastyr University in Seattle. If you have acute pain, you should consume 2 gr. of ground dehydrated ginger every day, in three equal doses.

Devil’s claw – It originates in Native and South Africa; it is a covered with sharp little hooks which snag onto flesh and fur and causes pain. If you use it like an herbal remedy it will reduce the pain and one research showed that it can reduce arthritis and back pain significantly.

A four-month study learned that more than 120 people who had hip and knee osteoarthritis reduced the pain with devil’s claw and they also increased their function. These results were approved by other studies as well.

Its active ingredients are compounds also called iridoid glycosides. One of them is called harpagoside and has powerful properties for reducing pain and relieving pain as well. Consume 50-100 mg of harpagoside daily every day or you can also take 400 mg of dried devil’s claw. People who have stomach ulcers have to consult with their doctor before they use it because it can stimulate gastric acid production.

Feverfew and white willow bark – A screaming headache will make you to go for an aspirin. This is one natural remedy which may function pretty well and it is the white willow bark. The active compound is salicin and it is very similar to aspirin. It can reduce inflammation, just like aspirin can do and the best thing is that it is gentle.

Note: children should not take willow bark since there is risk of Reye’s syndrome. Take an extract that has 120 to 240 mg standardized salicin, on each 3 to 4 hours for perfect solution.

If you want to experience long-term relief, you should use feverfew for stopping headaches before they happen. Feverfew is a member of the sunflower family and it is able to relax the blood vessels located in the brain and it can prevent their constriction, which is a primary cause for migraine.

There was one study with migraine sufferers and it was discovered that after 16 weeks of using a feverfew extract treatment, the attacks are reduced from almost 5 monthly to just less than 3 monthly. Feverfew will do wonders for staving off migraines rather than treating the ones which are already developed.

However, you should now that it can take up to 1 to 2 months to see results. Consume 100 – 200 mg in a day and you will get at least 0.2 % of parthenolide, which is the active ingredient.

*** Not all natural remedies are 100% efficient, nor confirmed as such by a medical person and the information should not replace professional advice. It is always advisable to have a consultation with a doctor in order to obtain a diagnosis and treatment advice.