Chronic pains are defined as pain caused by a previous injury or wound and lasting for more than six months, and there is nothing more debilitating than these pains. Chronic pains affect millions of people around the world. They can affect anyone, at any time or age, and usually do not go away when it comes to the cause that caused the pain.
In the long run the chronic pains are destructive to the body, as they not only make some tasks impossible to perform, but also release harmful hormones into the body, such as cortisol, which seriously affects the immune system and kidneys.
Many people with chronic pain resort to steroid and anti-inflammatory medications to get them under control, but these medications have been implicated in serious gastrointestinal problems, such as stomach ulcers, and serious problems in the functioning of the kidneys and liver whenever they are taken for long periods of time (and unfortunately people suffering from chronic pain have to take them for long periods of time).
The new second generation drugs are much safer with gastrointestinal problems but some seriously affect patients with cardiovascular problems and can even lead to death, so they are still dangerous.
Cornic pain is closely linked to depression because both share the same neuronal circuits in the brain. Serotonin and endorphins that regulate the healthy functioning of the brain also regulate depression. In fact many of the treatments for chronic pain use the same drugs as the treatments for depression. And the truth is that patients with chronic pain are also often depressed and stressed because of the limitations these pains cause in their daily lives.
Some of the common causes of chronic pain include: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, fibromyalgia, neuralgia, joint stiffness, tendonitis, neck pain, back pain, muscle and joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, area, compressed nerves and sprains.
Usually people who suffer from chronic pain think soon about medicines to control their pain… But is there nothing equally effective and with many less harmful effects on the body?
Many herbs have the property to control or relieve chronic pain without affecting other organs in the body. Among them are:
- White Willow (Salix sp). White Willow bark has been used for centuries in China to alleviate pain and low fevers. The active ingredient is Salicin, which the body converts into salicylic acid. Thus, white willow is often called “natural aspirin”. At a cellular level, white willow helps lower the levels of prostaglandins (a potent chemical released in places of pain and inflammation) and thus reduces pain and inflammation. People with arthritis who used white willow bark reported dramatic changes in pain intensity and mobility after a few weeks of use.
- Lobelia Inflata. Lobelia is a powerful muscle relaxant and is rich in vitamin A, C and manganese. Lobelina, its active ingredient, stimulates the nervous system. Lobelia helps treat mild depression, calm worn nerves, relieve muscle tension and reduce pain and inflammation. Lobelia Inflata
- Boswellia Serrata. Also known as Indian incense. The resin in its shell has been used for centuries to help fight pain and inflammation. Boswellia is known to block the entry of inflammatory cells to the sites of inflammation, improve blood flow to the sites of inflammation and block inflammatory chemicals. Boswellia has proven to treat pain in diseases such as arthritis, reduce inflammatory processes in Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. Boswellia can be used both orally and topically on affected sites.