A Natural Approach to Alleviating Pain

12185016_pWhile we’re young, pain is usually occasional and temporary. But as we age, aches and pains can become a way of life!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Pain is caused by wear and tear on your body and subsequent inflammation.  But the body is a self-repairing, self-renewing, self-healing organism.  We just need to give it the nutrients it needs, protect it from toxins, and get appropriate exercise and rest.

The trouble is we’re apt to neglect these responsibilities. Then repair deficits accumulate, ultimately leading to the aches and pains that creep up on us with age. We may use drugs to feel better, but these only suppress symptoms temporarily, and do nothing to correct the real problems.

A wholistic approach uses natural pain suppressants while it mobilizes and supports the body to heal itself of underlying causes.

Structural issues are treated with physical therapy and other types of bodywork, while tissues are rebuilt and pain-causing inflammation reduced with the healthy lifestyle described in any of Raymond Francis’s books and specific nutrients that stimulate the body’s repair mechanisms, reduce inflammation and build tissue integrity.

Numerous studies show that vitamin C and quercetin do all three, creating a powerful intervention when used together. For maximum benefit, use our uniquely pure and potent vitamin C and one of our special quercetin formulas. (Beyond Health Vitamin C powder or Vitamin C tablets; Cell Repair Quercetin or Cell Repair Formula.)

For arthritis or joint injury, Beyond Health’s Joint Repair Formula offers a synergistic formula including glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and MSM, for building strong, healthy joint tissue.  If you’ve been disappointed by glucosamine and chondroitin products in the past, try ours!  It’s qualitatively different and works where other products fail.

Since pain is caused by inflammation, see Raymond’s article on reducing inflammation. Garlic, curcumin, green and white tea, berberine, fish oil and the blend of synergistic antioxidants in Beyond Health’s Age Defense Formula are all helpful in this regard.

In one study, 93% of people with chronic pain not caused by fibromyalgia were deficient in vitamin D. Test your vitamin D levels and get them into the “high-normal” range.  Vitamin D helps bone, cartilage and muscles stay strong.

Various studies have found that Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B12, and Vitamin E are also helpful in dealing with pain.

Maintaining systemic alkalinity helps reduce pain. Read about maintaining alkalinity and testing your pH with litmus paper.

Saunas help reduce pain and joint stiffness.

Finally, consider coconut oil. In his book, Coconut Cures, Bruce Fife, ND, recommends massaging comfortably heated coconut oil into painful areas several times a day, as well as drinking coconut water and consuming coconut oil. Among anecdotal reports in Fife’s book are these:

“My husband[‘s] joints are pain free for the first time in over 12 years. He takes about 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in his coffee every morning.”

“I have had very painful fibromyalgia for the past 15 years so I have been using the virgin coconut oil now for two months and have no pain at all, no pain!!!!”

Most coconut oils are toxic and will not be effective. Be sure to use Beyond Health’s Coconut Oil, made to preserve its natural antioxidant properties for maximum benefit.

References:

  1. Plotnikoff G. Prevalence of severe hipovitaminosis D in patients with persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. December 2003;78(12):1463-1470.
  2. Fife B. Coconut Cures. Colorado Springs, CO:Piccadilly Books Ltd, 2005, pp. 81, 82 and 210.
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