How we handle pain differs from culture to culture due to the traditions and varying resources that are available. While the way the pain is handled is different, one thing remains the same- we’re all just looking for an effective treatment. Below, we explore what works in different parts of the world.
Traditional Chinese medicine constitutes several herbal remedies sourced from native plants and roots. Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. It is effective in soothing stomach aches and is remedial in treating headaches and arthritis. It is proven to be anti-inflammatory and can be taken in a variety of ways: via supplements, fresh or dried root, ginger extract, or even ginger ale.
Eucommia bark is also highly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat joint and back pain and strengthen bones, ligaments, and tendons thanks to a compound found within its leaves and bark which can stimulate collagen growth. It can also heal weakened, injured, or stressed tissue. Consult your physician to see if this could be a good fit for you and find a licensed provider.
Green Tea has also been used since the 18th century to sooth migraines and is quite prevalent in traditional Chinese medicine. Honeysuckle can be used to treat inflammation due to the anti-inflammatory properties found within its leaves, stems, and flowers.
In addition to these edible ailments, acupuncture has been widely practiced in Eastern medicine for centuries. By stimulating certain acupressure points and meridians through the insertion of needles can attribute to harmonious energy flow while promoting the body’s natural healing capabilities. Your body releases endogenous opioids, its own natural painkillers, when specific points are pricked allowing your body to restore its harmonious balance. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating back pain and arthritis; in fact, a study has shown that those with knee arthritis whom have sought acupuncture treatments twice a week for 6 months reduced their pain by 40%.
Do you like onions? Consuming them may help to neutralize your pain. It may sound surprising that Eastern Europeans boil onions in water and drink the tea from it. While it may not sound tasty, it contains quercetin, a flavonoid that contains properties that can lessen pain.
Extract from the bark of Cat’s claw, a woody vine native in Peru, have been used to treat arthritis. It is believed that the sterols and tannins found in the native root can ease osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis as it can attribute to less swelling of the joints.
Popular and prevalent in Southeast Asian cuisine, the spice turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory and can help with strains and sprains. Its healing powers is due to its curcumin, which can lower the levels of enzymes which attribute to inflammation. Incorporate this powerful antioxidant into your diet to reap its healthy benefits.