Roxanne from Alexandria, Virginia, asks:
I am suffering pain all over my body, and every time when I see my healthcare provider, he prescribes another pain pill - with other side effects. Can you recommend a more natural pain medication?
The term PAIN (Greek ‘ponos’ – meaning ‘body fights back’), coined by ancient Greek philosopher and physician Hippocrates, is a neurological signal to our brain telling us that there is something wrong in this or that part of our body. In this respect, pain is not a disease but a symptom, which jeopardizes the life of 20% of the U.S. adult population, according to research at, inter alia, Washington State University in Spokane, WA.
To get out of this vicious cycle, it is important to find – and treat – the root cause behind. Instead of suppressing the symptom pain only, as it is done in most cases today with pharmaceutical painkillers. Leading to a vicious cycle because of the very dangerous side effects including, inter alia, ulcers, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure and heart attack, etc. Scientifically validated, inter alia, at renowned Aalborg University in Denmark.
If you are one of these pain patients, you may well suppress the symptom pain as a kind of ‘first aid’ – however, by natural remedies without side effects. Such as the herb white willow bark which, to be sure, pharmaceutical company Bayer has synthesized in the year of 1900, and surrounded it by a man-made chemical formula, in order to patent it by the name of Aspirin - hour of birth of the pharmaceutical industry and today's 'mainstream' medicine, respectively.
Additionally you may try, inter alia, following herbs from the Amazon Rainforest (the biggest 'natural pharmacy' in the world) - again, all scientifically validated. Just to tap a moderate segment of nature's powerful herbal alternatives.
* Amor Seco (Botanical name: Desmodium adscendens)
A weedy perennial herb of which aerial parts and dried leaves are used for, inter alia, pain relief, especially in Brazil, Belize, and the United States. Scientifically validated, inter alia, at the U.S. Georgetown University Medical Center.
* Anamu (Botanical name: Petiveria alliacea)
A perennial herb which is used as a whole for pain relief in, Inter alia, Brazil, Nicaragua and Paraguay for different types of pain, and in Cuba even against cancer. Scientifically validated at, inter alia, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
* Andiroba (Botanical name: Carapa guianensis)
Seed oils, bark and leaves of this tall Amazonian plant – also called Brazilian Mahogany – are used as a (topical) pain reliever (especially in Guayana and Brazil), but also for would healing (again hotbed Guayana). Scientifically validated, inter alia, at Columbia University in New York.
While the rainforest herbs should be taken usually orally as a tea or decoction, Andiroba is an exception, as it is applied since many centuries topically only. As an extract of the seed oil of this tall Amazon rainforest tree.
It has proven helpful as a very potent pain and inflammation reliever validated, inter alia, by the University of New York Langone Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
* Catuaba (Botanical name: Erythroxylum catuaba)
A small tree of the Brazilian Amazonas of which bark and root are used for pain relief in Brazil and the United States. Scientifically validated at, inter alia, the University of Mississippi and the Universidade de Vale do Itajal in the Amazon.
* Chuchuhuasi (Botanical name: Maytenus krukovii)
This is probably one of the most effective natural alternatives for relieving different kinds of pain, with special reference to Columbia, Ecuador, and above all Peru. (In fact, the name Chuchuhuasi is Peruvian.) Used as the bark, roots, and leaves from a high canopy tree. Scientifically validated, even far away at the Tokyo College of Pharmacy in Japan.
* Suma (Botanical name: Pfaffia paniculata)
The roots of this shrubby vine which is also called ‘Brazilian Ginseng’), are used for pain with different causes, especially in Brazil and Peru. In our Western hemisphere scientifically validated at, inter alia, the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, and the British College of London.
* Tayuya (Botanical name: Cayaponia tayuya)
A woody vine of which the roots have been used historically already for long time for pain relief not only in the Amazon region but also in the U.S. Scientifically validated, inter alia, at the University of Oxford in the UK.
* Cat’s Claw (Botanical name: Uncuria guianensis)
It belongs to this herbal wealth for pain, and inflammation, of the Amazon rainforest. Scientifically validated at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
* Iporuru (Botanical name: Alchornea castaneifolia)
A shrubby tree of which shamans in Peru and doctors of natural medicine in Canada and the U.S. use leaves, bark, and roots as a pain reliever alike, including in case of surgery wounds.
Yet, in order to get rid of pain for good, the underlying cause needs to be identified individually – and treated naturally and personalized, based on latest scientific breakthroughs in natural medicine.
Ask the natural online doctor for personalized consultation.
As a leading documentation and information center New Medical Frontiers, Inc. receives a lot of questions daily. Learn about the answers in this blog "Ask The Natural Online Doctor".
Dr. Mark Fritz, NMD, PhD