Do you regularly rely on paracetamol for quick-fix pain relief to get you through the day? When in pain most people quickly reach for a conventional painkiller so they can get back to their busy life. However, common painkillers can have nasty undesirable side effects. While paracetamol is widely regarded as generally safe when used at its recommended doses, in larger doses it can be fatal. But don’t despair as there are some very effective natural pain relief alternatives available.
Paracetamol was discovered and used as a pain reliever long before it was known how it works. According to Panadol Uk it’s believed to work in the brain where it inhibits production of the pain and inflammation causing chemicals, prostaglandins. It has no effect on inflammation.
Pain is the body’s indication that something is wrong. Therefore it seems our primary concern needs to be finding a way to lessen the problem by treating its cause. Paracetamol alleviates the effects of the problem, the pain, but doesn’t address the cause behind the pain.
In addition there’s the big concern about the side effects of prolonged use of medications which do more than simply block pain symptoms.
SIDE EFFECTS OF PARACETAMOL
Paracetamol can cause liver damage and even liver failure. There is a serious risk for liver injury with overdose.
But paracetamol can also cause other side effects. Skin rashes, blood disorders, nausea and vomiting, and inflammation of the pancreas can all occur when paracetamol is taken for a long time.
Many people in the community have the impression that paracetamol is a harmless drug. But during 2012 in the UK it was suggested that people who regularly take medicines, such as aspirin and paracetamol, could be causing themselves more pain than relief. The dosage recommendations for paracetamol were subsequently lowered in the UK and USA. But in Australia recommendations were maintained at the higher levels.
In addition to the use of homeopathic remedies, herbs or essential oil it’s wise to address aspects of your lifestyle or diet that contribute to your pain.
Toxins in any form in your body can cause pain.
Pain and inflammation can be caused by a food. Sometimes a seemingly benign food or food group can be the culprit, acting as a toxin in your body. No matter what you take, if you continue to eat the problem food you’ll continue to have pain. Testing can help identify problem foods quickly. But be aware that you may have a food intolerance rather than an allergy causing the inflammation. The prick test tests for allergy not intolerance
When you can identify the problem food, or foods, you can remove it from your diet to give your body time to recover.
Deficiencies of certain nutrients can also cause you pain, as can metabolic processes.
Pain is often linked to excess acidity in the body. A number of things cause acidity such as a diet containing too much acidic food.
All foods can be classified as either alkaline or acidic according to how they break down in the body (not how acidic they are before eaten). Weighting your diet towards more alkaline foods can help reduce pain. Essentially eating more fruit and vegetables and less meat, sugar, dairy, grains and additives makes your diet more alkaline.
Many headaches are the result of dehydration and simply increasing your water intake can reduce the problem.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR PAIN RELIEF
As a professional Homeopath my personal inclination is to use homeopathic remedies for my go-to effective pain relief. The advantage of homeopathic remedies selected in according to homeopathic prescribing guidelines is that at the same time you get pain relief it also immediately begins to address the underlying cause.
I’ve used many of the homeopathic pain remedies successfully for many years. In fact we have not even had any paracetamol in my home for decades. Homeopathy is particularly useful for treating pain associated with problems that cannot be diagnosed. This is because it’s selected according to presenting symptoms rather than disease diagnosis.
Perhaps the most well-known homeopathic remedy for pain is Arnica montana. Used in both homeopathic and herbal formulations this mountain meadow flower offers great benefit for muscular pain as well as pain in general.
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All information and opinions presented here are for information purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for professional advice offered during a consultation. Please consult with your health care provider before following any of the treatment suggested on this site, particularly if you have an ongoing health issue.