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6 Proven Ways to Manage Pain Without Medication

6 Proven Ways to Manage Pain Without Medication
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By    |   Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:18 PM

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the opioid epidemic in August highlighting the need to rein in the random prescribing of powerful drugs to deal with chronic and severe pain.

In 2016 alone, drug overdoses killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War. But a study by the National Institutes of Health found that one in three people in the United States have experienced pain of some sort in the past three months, notes Gaetano Morello, a board-certified naturopathic doctor who is a contributing author to “A Textbook of Natural Medicine.”

“Of these, approximately 50 million suffer from severe or chronic pain,” Morello says. “Therefore it is not surprising that many reach out for drugs that can be damaging or addictive.

“The good news is that there are alternative treatments that offer help with symptoms of pain and can keep your liver, stomach and brain healthy and are not addictive.”

Here are some examples:

Relax with acupuncture. This Eastern treatment is a natural go-to when you are seeking pain relief. It’s especially effective in treating low back pain, headache and arthritis, says Dr. Robert Bonakdar, director of pain management at Scripps Center for Integrative Health in LaJolla, California.

Give vitamin D a shot. In a recent review published in the Journal of Endocrinology, Brazilian researchers found that vitamin D may play an important role in pain management. Lack of this crucial vitamin has been linked to poor sleep quality and inflammation. Talk to your doctor about taking supplements.

Try cognitive behavior therapy. CBT is a powerful mind-body tool that helps you identify and change self-defeating thoughts, emotions and behaviors that trigger pain, Dr. Judith Beck, founder of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, PA tells Newsmax Health.” A CBT therapist can also help you deal with related problems such as depression, anxiety, work problems and problems in your relationships and teach you the skills to reduce your stress.”

Consider herbal therapies. Morello tells Newsmax Health that one of the most powerful and effective pain killers contains curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil and boswellia extract. “It’s called Curamin and when tested head-to-head with one of the leading pain relievers called Celebrex, outperformed the drug almost three to one,” he says. Herbals like curcumin and boswellia are extremely safe, says Morello and neither one is addictive.

Get moving. “Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for chronic pain,” says Bonakdar. Staying active “allows patients to increase their level of endorphins, dopamine and tissue oxygen, all of which can help reduce pain while improving mood and quality of sleep.”

A 2017 Cochrane review found that aerobic exercise may improve the quality of life and reduce pain for patients with fibromyalgia. Dr. Gregory Smith, one of the nation’s leading pain management specialists tells Newsmax Health that he utilizes yoga-based physical therapy for his clients because it is “low impact, emphasizes flexibility, mental clarity and well-being and can be modified to to any fitness level and compensate for injuries and disabilities.”

Eat a Mediterranean diet. Patients who follow a strict vegan or Mediterranean diet have seen a complete turnaround in their pain symptoms, notes William Welches, a pain medicine specialist with the Cleveland Clinic. “Research has shown that diet should be an integral part of a pain management program,” he says. “A vegan or Mediterranean diet or any health eating pattern inspired by these diets can control insulin and cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation which is the pain culprit.”

He advises that sufferers consume eight to nine servings of colorful vegetables daily, restrict dairy and grain products and avoid eating red meat. When choosing grains, stay away from simple carbohydrates and reigned sugar, he says, and opt instead for whole grains such as barley, buckwheat, oats, quinoa and brown rice.

“Eating a healthy diet will also help achieve an optimal weight which itself can help reduce pain especially in the joints,” he notes. “Although there are no magic foods, putting the right combination of foods into your diet can produce remarkable results.”

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President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, highlighting the need to rein in the random prescribing of powerful drugs to deal with chronic and severe pain. The good news is that there are alternative treatments that offer help with symptoms of pain. Here are six.
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