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Pain Relief the Natural Way

Recent research has shown that ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) taken over long periods of time can increase the likelihood of heart attack and triple the risk of strokes. Research has also shown that taking a little bit too much Tylenol (acetaminophen) over time can damage your liver. But never fear – here are some natural pain relievers recommended by Dr. Paul Aaron to replace that ibuprofen.

Studies show that medicines like ibuprofen taken over long periods of time can increase the likelihood of heart attack and triple the risk of strokes.

  1. Dr. Aaron says boswellia is a great anti-inflammatory agent. Asthma suffers who used it said they experienced fewer attacks and better air movement through their lungs. It can also be used to help with digestive issues and cancer, but its biggest use is for arthritis. Its effects are enhanced when used in combination with Turmeric, another natural pain killer, and can really calm down the swelling of your joints.

*Fun fact: Boswellia is also known as frankincense and was considered an excellent gift in ancient times. In the Bible, it was one of the gifts presented by the Wise Men to Baby Jesus.

  1. Turmeric is a spice that is good for controlling pain and supporting longevity and vitality. It can be used to help with arthritis pain, heartburn, and to reduce inflammation. It is sold in capsules, extracts, powders, and as a whole root. It is safe to use but higher doses and long-term use may cause indigestion. Those with gallbladder disease should not use turmeric.
  2. Ligaplex I contains some great nutrients that promote ligament and muscle repair and support. Dr. Aaron says though Ligaplex I is not a pain reliever per se, it can naturally diminish pain by strengthening the joints, which is great for ailments like sprains, strains, and arthritis.
  3. Ginger can be used to reduce inflammation and increase circulation. It is also great for joint and muscle pain. It has relatively few side effects when taken in small doses. The powdered form can be taken in a capsule or in tea, and gingerroot can be added to food.
  4. Capsaicin is made from chili peppers and can be used to relieve pain by applying it straight to the body part experiencing pain and is sold as ointments, creams, or in capsules. It is effective for acute problems like a sore muscle or an arthritis flare-up. Capsaicin boosts metabolism, which may increase circulation and blood flow to all major organs facilitating oxygen and nutrient delivery, sometimes reducing pain. Using capsaicin may also help with weight loss, but it should only be done under the guidance of a knowledgeable physician or dietician.
  5. Acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, physical therapy, message, strengthening exercises, Qi Gong, and yoga can all help overcome both acute and chronic pain problems.

All of these offered at the Health Center of Hillsborough. Dr. Aaron can also bring you to a self-hypnotic meditative countdown to find your own deep core, intuitive, subconscious healingTM. The best thing to do regarding pain relief is to work with your physician to find the ideal course for you. Remember, what works for one may not work for another, so be sure to get a personalized pain treatment.

Have you used any of these products/therapies? Let us know how they worked for you by commenting below!


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  1. Chantina says
    Nov 04, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I suffer from migraines and when I have them they are pretty bad, I can't stand the noise, lights, or the pounding of my steps, I went in to Dr. Paul Aaron at The Health Center of Hillsborough and he did a cranial on me and I waited 15 minutes before continuing my day, and I have been good every since. So if you suffer from migraines give Dr. Paul a call at 919-241-5032, stop the throbbing in your head!

  2. Paul Aaron says
    Nov 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Thank you, Chantina, for your comment. I'm glad for your being better. Dr. Aaron

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