Four Pain Relievers from Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

There are many different types of pain and even more causes, and doctors may not be able to diagnose and cure the pain effectively. Fortunately, there are numerous natural herbal remedies that can be used to fight pain.

Willow bark

Willow bark is a natural pain reliever that has been used for millennia. It contains a natural compound called salicin, which is both an analgesic, reducing the amount of pain experienced, and an anti-inflammatory, helping to deal with the problem that is causing the pain in the first place. It is particularly effective in people with back pain and osteoarthritis, but can also be used for headaches and muscular problems. However, it should not be used by anyone with an allergy to aspirin, as the chemicals are very similar.


Ginger is another naturally occurring plant that is used in cooking, but it can also be used to relieve pain. Like willow bark, it has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and has a wide variety of uses. Although it is most commonly used to reduce nausea, it can also be used to treat muscle pain and cramps, as well as headaches and most other types of pain. It can be bought as a supplement in capsule or tablet form, or you can obtain its benefits just by cooking with it.


Turmeric is another spice that can be used as a pain reliever. It has a very long history of medicinal use — it was used in China as long as five thousand years ago, and is still popular today. Its active ingredient is called curcumin, which is particularly effective against tendonitis. It has also been shown to be effective against digestive problems and stomach aches. As with ginger, it can be used either as a food or a supplement.

Devil's claw

Despite its unwelcoming name, devil's claw (which gets its name from the shape of its fruits) is a very useful herb. It contains a compound called harpagoside, which is very useful in reducing inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. It significantly reduces pain in the joints of people suffering from these conditions. It is also useful in the treatment of back pain.

There are many other natural herbs and plants that can be used for the treatment of various types of pain. Any natural health care supplier will be able to recommend a supplement that will help with your own pain.

For more information about pain relief treatment, talk to a doctor.