8 Herbal Remedies For Pain Relief

8 Herbal Remedies For Pain Relief

In folk medicines around the world a number of herbs have been identified for their pain relieving property. Modern studies support the efficacy of a number of these herbs in fighting pains. The herbal painkillers are usually best suited for fighting chronic pains. As long-term intake of pain relief drugs tend to increase risk of gastric distress, their herbal alternatives are preferred as they entail fewer side effects when taken according to direction. Herbs with anti-inflammatory property are known to help in alleviating different types of pain disorders.

The Following Herbs Can Help In Reducing Pain:

1. White Willow Bark:

White willow bark is also known as nature’s aspirin [1]. The active constituent in white willow bark is acetyl-salicylic acid, which is also the major constituent of aspirin. It works by suppressing production of prostaglandins that trigger inflammation and pain. White willow bark not only helps in relieving pain. Its effect lasts for a longer time. Furthermore, intake of white willow bark is not associated with harmful side effects.

White Willow Bark

2. Ginger:

You can also fight pain with ginger [2]. The active constituents in ginger partially block the COX-2 enzymes that trigger inflammation and pain. However, unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), the ginger compounds do not affect the activities of COX-1 enzymes. Hence, ginger intake even for long term does not cause gastric bleeding.


3. Boswellia:

The aromatic resin of boswellia, commonly known as Indian Frankincense, is recommended in the traditional Indian medicine system for pain management. It is found to be effective in alleviating pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis [3]. The anti-inflammatory effect of the Boswellia resin is attributed to its active compounds called boswellic acids. Boswellia is also known for its disease modifying effect that helps in inhibiting damage to the cartilage of the joint affected by pain disorder.


4. Birch Leaf:

Birch leaf is known for its strong analgesic property [4]. It is traditionally used as a remedy for arthritis and rheumatism. It helps in alleviating all types of muscular pain. Birch leaf is known to help in detoxification, thereby eliminating toxins that accumulate in the body and stimulate production of pro-inflammatory chemicals that cause swelling and pain.

Birch Leaf

5. Devil’s Claw:

Devil’s claw, an herb indigenous to the desert regions of Africa, is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties [5]. The dried roots of the plant are used for alleviating joint pain, low back pain and headache. However, this herb is not recommended for people suffering from stomach ulcers or on blood-thinning medications.

Devil’s Claw

6. Turmeric:

The yellow color of turmeric is due to its active compound curcumin [6]. Though, according to studies, the anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric is comparable to that of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, it is free from the side effects associated with these drugs. Turmeric can be used for all types of pain including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and even gum pain. Traditionally turmeric is used as poultice for reducing joint pains and sprains.

7. Valerian:

Although valerian is better known for its role in promoting sleep, it can also help in reducing pain [7]. It helps in relaxing the muscles. Valerian can be taken in the form of tea or tincture.

8. Stinging Nettle:

Stinging nettle is a natural painkiller [8]. The herb is known to help in reducing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain. Clinical studies have shown that the herbal remedy helps in reducing pain during movements as well as while resting. Stinging nettle can be taken alone or in combination with pain relief drugs.