3 Proven Strategies for Natural Pain Management

By October 26, 2014Holistic Health

Are you experiencing some sort of chronic pain? Do you regularly take over the counter drugs to control pain? Are you worried that you might be overloading your body with anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers?

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain that can rob patients from their lives. This includes osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and psoriatic arthritis. Other causes of chronic pain include random joint pains, muscle pain/spasms, rheumatic pains, back pain and migraines.

Pain is a sign of inflammation which is a common factor in so many chronic health conditions. It is usually a sign of over-toxicity and an underlying factor in almost all chronic diseases nowadays including heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and even cancer. Inflammation can be caused by trauma, infections, allergies, stress, chemicals in food, air and skin products.

Toxins produce an inflammatory response in the body which produces certain chemicals called cytokines. These cytokines trigger pain in the body as part of the inflammatory response which includes increased blood supply to the area and swelling.

As an Oakville nutritionist, I tell my clients that drugs and medications offer only a temporary solution and will not address the underlying cause of your pain. So if you feel it’s time to take control and stop the pain once and for all in order to  have some peace in your life, try out my 3 proven strategies for natural pain management.

3 Proven Strategies for Natural Pain Management

1-Detoxification

Cleansing your body of toxins is the first and most important step to reduce inflammation, prevent degeneration and support your body’s natural defense mechanism. Toxic waste could directly or indirectly be responsible for the health disorder or medical condition you have. In my nutrition practice I find that once the pain is eliminated, I can then focus on natural remedies to address the cause of the disorder. .

2-Natural Remedies

There is a wide range of herbs and natural supplements that can help in reducing pain. These are natural alternatives to pain medications and include anti-inflammatory herbs, analgesic herbs and repair/regenerative supplements.  The following herbs are recognized as effective anti-inflammatory remedies: black currant, boswellia, stinging nettle and turmeric. They can provide sufficient pain relief over the short term, but the pain will return if the underlying cause of inflammation is not addressed. These remedies are generally safe, however side effects can occur if you use higher doses than recommended, take in wrong combinations or are allergic to any of the components. Quality is also an important point to remember before considering any natural remedies, since it’s critical to obtain pain relief. Consult a natural health practitioner for best suppliers and brands of natural remedies.

3-Sleep

Sleep is essential for the body to detoxify, regenerate and heal. Furthermore staying up late can cause toxins to back up into the liver, whereas the hours before midnight are most beneficial for healing. Good quality sleep is also crucial for stress reduction, hormonal balance and melatonin production. Melatonin is not only essential as a sleep regulator but it is also a potent antioxidant that reduces inflammation. Chronic pain sufferers will usually notice that severe pain that prevents them from sleep will aggravate their condition. They can then enter into a vicious cycle of poor sleep that causes more pain which in turn interferes with sleep.

If you need help with your health and nutrition, CALL us at 416 876 4634 to book an appointment OR Sign up for a FREE Clarity Session with holistic Oakville nutritionist, Dr Maha Nasr to discuss your health concerns and learn more about how we can help.

Maha Nasr

About Maha Nasr

Maha Nasr, MD (Egy.), PhD, R.H.N., CPCC-founder and owner of Healthy U Turn-is a registered holistic nutritionist and certified cancer coach with over 20 years of combined expertise in the medical and holistic nutrition fields. In 2016, she was nominated for the first annual holistic nutrition award – “Trail Blazer Award” – for exceptional work in the holistic nutrition industry within Canada. Maha truly believes in the healing power of nature and empowers her clients to embrace a holistic lifestyle that supports the whole person physically, mentally and emotionally. She focuses on functional nutrition for chronic health issues such as resistant weight loss, digestive issues, food allergies, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalance and cancer. She helps her clients achieve long-term results by taking back control of their diet and lifestyle, without deprivation or struggle. Maha offers nutritional coaching services both online and in-person. Find out more at www.healthyuturn.com

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