Pain is the worst experience anyone can have. It is the strong reflex experienced when our body is damaged by internal or external forces. Internal pain or external pain both has its own severity and effect on overall well -being. It is said that there are 3 worst pains in the world.
- Labor pain
- Kidney stone pain
- Heart attack pain
People who can withstand these 3 pains can bear any other pain in the world. However, any kind of physical or emotional pain is very irritating and unbearable experience in some cases which anyone can have. Studies have shown that the productivity of people goes drastically down when they have any physical pain. Let it be a headache, stomach pain, tooth pain, ear pain or any other. Leave records to go high and overall productivity is also affected. Basically, there are two types of pain- physical pain and emotional pain. Physical pain can be cured by medicines, supplements, therapy like physiotherapy, etc. emotional pain needs different treatments and ways. In this article, we will discuss physical pain.
When any pain is felt it is the body’s way of reacting to the stimuli and prevents further damage. Migraine headache is the worst of all headaches and usually needs a doctor’s prescription for a cure. For this, doctors prescribe ibrufen, acetamide and aspirin combination for stopping the pain. However, there are many side effects of these drugs which can affect the liver, kidneys and other organs in the long term. Therefore, it becomes very important to look for alternatives for these drugs when pain is experienced.
In our Indian culture, we are blessed with some amazing herbs and medicines which are present in our kitchen itself. They can be truly beneficial in combinations or separately used. Let us have a look at some of them.
Cloves contain an ingredient called eugenol which acts as an anesthetic. Clove oil is best used for pain related to arthritis, tooth pain, headache, ear infection, and some other fungal infections as well. Eugenol has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the local inflammation and gives pain relief. Put some clove oil in cotton wool and press it in the affected tooth for tooth pain or decay. Clove oil will kill the decaying bacteria and reduce the pain instantly. Also, the clove can be boiled in some 1 glass water and drink it for stomach infection and pain due to it.
Gingerol is an active component in ginger which can cure any pain related to the stomach. Ginger has anti-bacterial properties that help to fight again all infections related to bacteria. Ginger is especially used for the stomach by grinding it and extracting juice. This juice can be taken with honey for stomach pain due to flatulence and menstrual cramps. Powdered ginger is excellent for relieving pain due to sinusitis. Make a paste of powdered ginger with some warm water apply on the forehead for instant pain. It generates heat and relieves the clogged sinuses. Ginger is also excellent for digestion.
Traditionally, turmeric is used for many purposes and is an excellent antiseptic, antibiotic and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Turmeric can work very fast in pain relief caused due to arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, cold and chest congestion, some headaches. Injury caused due to falling down, active bleeding followed by tissue damage and pain. Curcumin is the active ingredient that helps to relieve pain. Drink warm milk with turmeric for cough and chest pain. Turmeric water warm gargles can relieve throat pain, applying turmeric on wounds helps to reduce inflammation and reduce the pain.
Asafetida is excellent for pain relief caused due to stomach pain especially caused due to flatulence, indigestion. Also, it helps to reduce headaches. Drink asafetida mixed with water for headaches. It has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve the stressed blood vessels of the head and in turn, reduces pain. Small babies usually experience stomach pain due to gas, for which asafetida can be mixed with some coconut oil and applied on the belly button area for constant relief.
Heat and ice packs
Heat packs and ice packs are remedies for pain caused due to inflammation especially internal like joints pain, muscular pain, sprains, headaches like migraine, sinusitis, etc. Apply an ice pack for headache caused due to migraine. Repeat with heat pack as well and again ice pack. Muscular pain caused due to prolonged running or sprain can be treated with ice packs. Heat packs can be made at home by putting 1 bowl salt in one old sock and tying it by a rubber band. Now heat this salt pouch on the pan and use it as needed.
Ajwain is a natural pain killer for upset stomach, pain due to indigestion, bloating pain and infection. Chewing ½ tbs of Ajwain with a pinch of salt can be very good for stomach pain. The same can be used for curing pain due to menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps can be very painful especially in winters so chew some Ajwain with salt pinch to get instant to relieve. Ajwain water can also be used for babies if they have gas.
Caffeine in coffee is excellent for reducing the inflammation and works very well for headaches. Caffeine is usually mixed with ibrufen for active results however if you have sinus headache the having a cup of hot coffee will act just like pain killer drugs. Basically, the caffeine content in coffee helps to divert the pain signals from the affected area towards the brain and therefore pain is not felt. It has anti-inflammatory properties. A condition called hypnic headache has amazing results after drinking a cup of coffee. Caffeine improves the blood circulation towards the brain and expands the vessels. Thus giving relief from pain. However, after a few hours, you can experience the withdrawal pain.
Always go for these natural painkillers from your kitchen which will have nil side effects on your other vital organs, very easy to use and very much effective also.