Pain Alternatives
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Make Muscle Pain a Memory with Ginger
Danish researchers asked people suffering with muscle pain to include ginger in their diets. Ginger helps to eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness in up to 63% of them within two months.  Experts credit ginger’s potent compounds (called gingerols)as the primary reason for preventing the production of pain-triggering hormones.

The recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.

Cure a Toothache with Cloves
When you have a toothache and can’t get a dentist appointment? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic.

Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker. Scientists say this simple action helps stabilize blood sugar, plus dampen production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as little as three weeks
Heal Heartburn with Cider Vinegar
Sipping 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before each meal, experts say that you could eliminate the painful occurrence of heartburn in as little as 24 hours.
According to Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL. “Cider vinegar that is rich in malic and tartaric acids, can act as a powerful digestive aid that speed up the breakdown of fats and proteins allowing your stomach can empty quickly, before food can washes back up into the esophagus, resulting the pain of heartburn,” explains
Remedy Ear aches with Garlic
Throbbing ear infections has caused millions of Americans to visit doctors’ offices every year.
Quickly cure painful ear aches by placing two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days.
Experts at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine say that this simple remedy can eliminate ear infections faster than most prescription meds. The active ingredients in garlic’s (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria.

To make your own garlic oil, gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of the book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy. For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.
Chase away Joint and Headache Pain with Cherries
The most recent studies indicate that a minimum of one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. Consuming a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without stomach troubles that are so often triggered by today’s pharmaceutical painkillers, according to researchers at East Lansing ’s Michigan State University.

Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University .

His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.
Fight Tummy Troubles with Fish Indigestion
Consume 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease the pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases.  Several studies show that the fatty acids in fish, called EPA and DHA, will significantly reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and tummy pain and will provide as much relief as either corticosteroids or alternative prescription medications. According to biological chemist Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead , MA: “EPA and DHA are powerful, natural, side effect-free anti-inflammatories, that can dramatically improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract,” . Salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring provide best results, In other words look for oily fish like.
Prevent PMS with Yogurt
Yale researchers report “Up to 80 % of all women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its discomforting symptoms.”. The main reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally in the female body every month.

Snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can significantly reduce these symptoms by as much as 48 percent, according to researchers at New York Columbia University.

“Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux,” explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University .
Tame Chronic Pain with Turmeric
Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more powerful than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen at easing pain, plus it will also help to the relieve chronic pain of about 50% of individuals struggling with arthritis and fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. Turmeric has an active ingredient, curcumin, that naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that triggers a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book, Reversing Diabetes.

The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.
End Endometrial Pain with Oats
The ticket to soothing endometriosis pain could be a daily bowl of oatmeal. Endometriosis occurs when little bits of the uterine lining detach and grow outside of the uterus. Experts say these migrating cells can turn menstruation into a misery, causing so much inflammation that they trigger severe cramping during your period, plus a heavy ache that drags on all month long.

Fortunately, scientists say opting for a diet rich in oats can help reduce endometrial pain for up to 60 percent of women within six months. That’s because oats don’t contain gluten, a trouble-making protein that triggers inflammation in many women, making endometriosis difficult to bear, explains Peter Green, M.D., professor of medicine at Colombia University .
Soothe Foot Pain with Salt
Experts say at least six million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. But regularly soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California ’s Stanford University . The salt in the mix naturally nixes inflammation, plus it’s anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain.

Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice daily, until your infection subsides.
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