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Rummaging around your local park may not be the first thing you think to do when looking for a painkiller, but you’d be surprised at what you can find.

Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

Motherwort | Chong Wei Zi | 茺蔚子

Motherwort is a member of the mint family effective for pain in childbirth as well as afterbirth pain. It is also effective for stomach aches, gas pain and menstrual cramps. The tincture form is most effective but it can also be taken in capsules.

Skullcap | Huang Qin | 黄芩

Skullcap is another member of the mint family. The tincture is super effective for tension headaches, migraines and mild to intermediate muscle pain. great for intestinal inflammation.

Angelica | Dang Gui | 当归

Angelica is an anti inflammatory. Used a as tincture it is effective for treating pain associated with the respiratory system.

Valerian | Xie Cao | 缬草

A remedy for headaches. Both tension and migraines respond well to Valerian. Also is good for minor aches and pains. Taken as a tea, tincture or capsule.

Vitamin E

Women have been finding relief from menstrual cramps by taking 400 IUs of vitamin E a few days before their periods begin and through the first three days.

Menstrual cramping is attributed to hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins. These compounds cause the uterus to contract and expel its lining. Women who have higher levels of prostaglandins get more intense cramps. Studies have show that Vitamin E can lower levels of prostaglandins, which in turn significantly reduces menstrual pain.

All these natural painkillers can be found on the shelves of your local Chinese herbal shop or even your local pharmacy. There’s no need to go hunting in the park—unless you want to, of course.

You may wish to choose to make your own herbal analgesics yourself or you can buy you herbs already prepared in the form of teas, tinctures, salves and capsules.

Any one herb may be effective for you personally for pain relief. Sometimes you have to play around with dosages a bit and combine herbs to get the desired effect. The great thing about herbal medicine is that herbs are nourishing to the body so you are not only taking your medicine but actually promoting health.

Regular exercise and massage can also help greatly in conjunction with herbal analgesics depending on the nature of your pain.

Herbal medicine is cheaper, gentle on the body and nourishing to the soul. You will not suffer from nasty side effects like with many popular pain medicines. Overall herbal analgesics just make sense.


Five Natural Pain Relievers
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