Natural Pain Reducers as Alternative to Prescription Drugs
Drug Addiction Starts at Home
Many people have said that marijuana is the gateway to heroin, but now research is showing that it is not the gateway drug—prescription pain killers are. Does your medicine cabinet contain the pills that get children and teens started on their way to heroin?
Oxycontin and hydrocodone (also known as vicodin) are narcotics that can be purchased on prescription at pharmacies. They also mimic the high of heroin. Once children or adults start on this high, they often continue to search for more pills or graduate to heroin to get a stronger high. These pain killers should be kept under lock and key if there are children or teens in the house. Please keep track of the number of pills in your bottles, especially if you are no longer taking them for pain.
There are many natural pain reducers that are not narcotics and work equally as well as these drugs but do not lead to heroin use. They can be found in most health food stores, pharmacies that sell natural health supplements, or online.
Single herbs that can replace prescription pain killers have been used for hundreds if not thousands of years.
- White willow bark is one of them. This amazing natural product is the herb that aspirin was fashioned after. The early settlers to the U.S. used white willow bark as their main pain reducer.
- Curcuma longa, also known as turmeric, is used by itself or in combinations with other herbal ingredients and has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine in India for centuries.
- Valerian root is a great muscle relaxer and can often reduce pain just because it helps you relax and/or sleep.
- Ginger root is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is also useful to stop nausea, even during morning sickness.
Combination pain relievers might also contain rosemary and holy basil along with white willow bark, turmeric, and valerian root. All of these pain relievers are nonnarcotic, non-habit forming, and very effective. They work by eliminating inflammation. Inflammation is often the reason for pain from arthritis, sprains, bruises, accidents, or surgery.
Topical applications of camphor and menthol such as the combination in Sunrider® Sun Breeze or Tiger Balm have been used for more than 100 years to relieve the pain of inflammation.
In homeopathy, arnica is the plant-based pain reliever in both internal and topical use. Homeopathic remedies often work so fast that many people think they are instant. There are many combination products for topical use containing homeopathic doses of arnica and other inflammation and/or pain relieving ingredients. Taking a homeopathically prepared oral supplement of arnica and applying topical arnica can help reduce pain and inflammation from the inside and the outside.
If you have need of pain reducers, please consider using natural herbal ones. These ingredients will not lead to the desire for heroin.
Marijuana is used to relieve pain, create relaxation, and reduce the tumors of cancer. In many states that allow the use of this powerful natural medicine, topical pain relievers using marijuana are available. Kim, at Mother Earth Herbals in San Diego has developed a pain relieving formula based on the formula in the Bible. It’s called Holy Oil and uses marijuana (called ‘cane’ or ‘sweet-smelling cane’) along with other herbal ingredients and olive oil. Research going back many years of using marijuana for pain relief, asthma, and cancer can be found in our U.S. history.
Marijuana, when used medicinally, is not the gateway drug to heroin, oxycontin and hydrocodone are. Are they in your bathroom cabinet right now?
The above are just a few alternate suggestions for ways to reduce your pain naturally. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss any of these in more depth, or find a Sunrider® product to address your pain management as well as the root causes of your pain.