F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., says that
many types of pain are due to chronic dehydration in the body. . (1)
Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day can help reduce pain all over
the body. It helps flush out toxins, lubricates and cushions
your joints, helps relieve congestion and keeps your body in
Can Help Reduce Pain
According to Neal Barnard,
M.D., author of several books on the healing properties of foods,
certain foods are excellent painkillers, especially green leafy
vegetables and beans. The following foods help cool the body's
inflammatory response, act as analgesics on pain nerves and work
within the brain to reduce sensitivity. (2)
Foods May Increase Pain
avoid or limit them)
The worst include
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Healing Power of Walking
Walking is the best natural health remedy for many kinds of
conditions, disorders and symptoms. It can help speed your recovery process and has many other
benefits as well:
* helps ease back pain;
* goes easy on your joints;
* can be done in short spurts;
* strengthens your bones.
Happens When You Walk
Your first few steps trigger the release of energy-producing
Your heart rate increases, boosting blood flow and warming up your
Stiffness subsides as your joints release lubricating fluid to help
you move more easily.
Your heartbeat increases even more.
Chemicals are released that expand your blood vessels and bring more
blood and oxygen to help your muscles work better.
Your body temperature keeps rising.
Hormones such as epinephrine and glucagon are released to fuel your
start to relax as your body releases tension, thanks in part to a
dose of "feeling-good" chemicals, such as endorphins, in
MSM is not a medicine, a drug or
a food additive: it is a food. (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an
organic form of sulfer which can be found primarily in fruits,
vegetables, meat, milk and seafood. It offers a natural way to
reduce pain without serious side effects.
MSM has shown a remarkable ability to reduce or eliminate muscle
soreness and cramps. People with arthritis report substantial
and long-lasting relief with MSM supplements. Taken along with
glucosamine, MSM can relieve pain and help repair worn or damaged
cartilage in joints with healthy, flexible new cells. (3)
Calcium and magnesium are the two
minerals most often recommended for treating pain. Calcium is
recommended for arthritis, more as a preventive than as a
painkiller. Recently, the American Journal of Obstetrics and
Gynecology reported that pain from pre-menstrual syndrome was reduce
by half in women given supplemental calcium. (4)
This mineral, which is found
in soybeans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish, has
long been valued in treating migraines because it acts as a muscle
relaxant. It is considered one of the most promising
nutrients in headache research. (5) In a 1996 German study of
81 migraine patients published in the headache journal Cephalgia,
41.6 percent of subjects taking oral magnesium reduced both the
duration and intensity of migraine attacks. They also reduced
their reliance on medications to control their migraines. (6)'
Glucosamine sulfate has been
shown to be effective in reducing arthritis pain, which may be due
to its ability to repair joints. (7) Used together,
glucosamine and chondroiten can reduce joint pain and may help build
new cartilage, according to a study at Boston University School of
Medicine. The treatment worked so well for Jason Theodosakis,
M.D., who suffered from severe osteoarthritis, that he is now
American researchers suggest that
a combination of magnesium taurate and fish oil may help prevent
migraine headaches, based on the ability of both to reduce blood
vessel spasms. (8)
A 1997 study showed that
gamma-linolenic (GLA) and alpha-linolenic (ALA) fatty acid supplements
reduced the severity, frequency and duration of total migraine attacks
by 86 percent. During the six month study, 22 percent of the 169
patients no longer had migraine attacks, and 90 percent experienced
less nausea and vomiting. (9)
This anti-inflammatory action of
arnica can be used topically to ease the pain of bruises and sprains.
Calendula is an excellent herb for
most skin disorders, including diaper rash, sun burns, bruises and
insect stings and bites. It has a soothing effect on irritated
skin by reducing inflammation and combating infection.
Cayenne contains capsaicin, which
stimulates the brain to secrete endorphins that help block pain
signals. A recent trial showed that cayenne helped reduce
arthritis pain (10)
Chamomile contains bisabolol,
which has anti-inflammatory properties and relaxes the muscle lining
of the digestive tract. Several studies indicate that chamomiles
is a good digestive aid.
Feverfew prevents and treats
migraine headaches by inhibiting the production of inflammatory
substances. In a 1988 randomized double-blind,
placebo-controlled study reported in Lancet, feverfew treatment
was associated with reduction in the mean number and severity of
migraine attacks. (11)
An herb that is reported to
stimulate blood circulation, which helps to heal skin irritations such
as cuts, insect bites and stings and bruises. It is a strong
antioxidant and is an effective anti-microbial agent for sores and
Ginkgo biloba extracts have been
shown to reduce leg pain (12)
Peppermint can be used to soothe
digestive pain. "Peppermint is probably our best-known remedy for
stomach problems," says herb researcher Daniel B. Mowrey.
It owes its healing power to an aromatic oil called menthol.
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Do-It-Yourself Relief From Back Pain:
(The Thompson Maneuver)
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Try not to slouch or bend forward when
sitting or standing. Maintaining good posture helps reduce strain on
Use chairs, desks and equipment that support
your back and help you maintain good posture.
Sitting for long periods of time can
increase tension in your body, especially on your back. The longer you
sit, the worse it can get. Get up at least once every hour and move around
a bit. Change positions frequently
during the day. Break up tasks (such as driving for long periods of
time) into shorter segments.
Your Knees When Lifting or Carrying
Try to avoid lifting or carrying heavy
objects. When you do lift, bend your knees and carry the object
against your body. Bend your knees when you put the object down. Do
not bend straight over, turn or twist to pick something up.
A Comfortable Mattress
Test your mattress. Lie on your back
and slide your hand under your lower back. If there is large gap, your
mattress may be too hard. If you have to squeeze your hand in, it is
probably too soft. If your hand slides in fairly easily, the mattress is
probably just right for you.
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Your Body's Many Cries For Water, Global Health Solutions, 1997.
2. Barnard, Neal, M.D., Foods That Fight Pain. Harmony Books, 1998.
3. Total Health 1998. "MSM". Feb/Mar.,
Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 30-31.
4. Calcium Helps PMS, Study Shows, Natural Healthline Web site: (www.naturalhealthonline.com).
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6. Piekert A., et al, "Prophylaxis of migraine with oral
magnesium: results from a prospective multicenter, placebo-controlled and
double blind randomized study". Cephalagia
7. Kelly, G.S., The role of glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfates
in the treatment of degenerative joint disease. Alt Med Rev, 1998;
8. McCarty, M.F., Magnesium taurate and fish oil for prevention of
migraine. Medical Hypothesis 1996 Dec; 47(6):461.
9. Wagner W, Nootbaar-Wagner U. Prophylactic treatment of migraine
with gamma-linolenic and alpha-linolenic acids. Cephalagia 1997
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proprietary herbal medicine on the relief of chronic arthritis pain: a
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trial of feverfew in migraine prevention. Lancet 1988 Jul
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