Archive for the ‘Natural Pain Relief’ Category

The medical community in the United States has been one of the last in the world to accept and adopt alternative or integrative treatment therapies. This may be due to the history of pharmaceutical benefits that have been achieved in the U.S., whereas other cultures have made use of natural sources as a mainstay for medical treatment for thousands of years. The uptick in popularity has occurred over the last twenty years as more physicians are now recommending alternative therapies for patients, specifically when it comes to the topic of pain reduction.

Doctors in the U.S. are now finding themselves aligned with many of the CAM (complementary and alternative medication) practitioners such as chiropractors, nutritionists, massage therapists, integrative pharmacies and even yoga and meditation therapies. In addition to including supplementation as part of a patient program, medical doctors are beginning to examine the mind-body effects and recommend aromatherapy sessions for those patients that suffer from chronic pain as a method for relaxation.

Pain management is the main topic at every type of medical community meeting and the latest guidelines set by the government is addressing this through the requirement of the medical members to demonstrate that they are assisting patients in addressing their medical needs. This requirement has been proposed as a method to not only care for the patient but to help in reducing medical costs due to recurring doctor and hospital visits.

The use of naturally sourced products as a topical treatment is especially important for those patients that have experienced chronic pain or for those that cannot take additional medication that may have harsh side effects or medicinal interactions. U.S. doctors are becoming sensitive to the complaints and suffering of their patients and are seeking alternative options for the reduction of pain. This trend has become apparent as some of the over-the-counter manufacturers make attempts in combining some natural ingredients with additional chemicals in their current product offerings.

Those that follow a true CAM approach will recommend topical creams and lotions that are naturally-sourced and don’t contain additional chemicals or preservatives. Some of the most popular that have been used throughout history include ingredients such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, sesame seed oil and extra virgin olive oil. Many of the essential oils contain nature’s analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents and have been of benefit in the reduction of pain. When combined with the aromatherapy abilities of vanilla or peppermint that bring a sense of relaxation, the natural topical treatments allow the body to generate its own healing hormones.

For those patients that are suffering from pain, the natural therapies that a physician may suggest can be a refreshing alternative to the overuse of medications. It may have taken American doctors a while to adopt natural alternatives, but the benefits have been so great that some insurance companies are including some of them in their policy coverage.

Always confer with your primary caregiver prior to making any changes in your daily regimen.



The concept of the ‘practitioner’ covers an array of specialists and most of these have a history that involves CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) treatments. While some may have started out with mainstream medicine concepts, in the last ten years and majority have adopted the integrative attitude for health and wellness, especially when it comes to the topic of natural pain relief.

Chronic pain effects one in six Americans and has become the main topic at both mainstream medicine and natural/alternative practitioner meetings. Past treatments from the medical community typically involved pain medication which could bring harsh side effects and could sometimes not be an answer for those on other medication regiments. The natural approach has been embraced by a majority of practitioners including chiropractors, nutritionists, massage therapists, and acupuncturists whose main history has involved the same types of alternative therapies that have been used in various cultures for thousands of years.

Many of the practitioners are partnering together to bring an overall health approach with each of the modalities. A chiropractor will work with a massage therapist for the treatment of soft tissue, muscles and tendons to allow their own treatment to be reinforced with the release of the body’s own healing hormones in massage. A nutritionist may work with an independent integrative pharmacy to ensure that any alternative medication therapies can be addressed while encouraging supplementation through naturally-derived sources that don’t contain any chemicals or preservatives. A massage therapist may coordinate with a yoga or meditation group for a patient who has experienced exhaustion or high stress levels to encourage a state of relaxation and allow a deeper and more regenerative sleep.

Many patients have been looking to their practitioners to make use of alternative, natural and safe topical pain creams and lotions. These integrative lotions have become so popular that integrative pharmacists as well as chiropractors are now carrying the same product offerings for their patients. Some of those that have historically shown the best results in the reduction of pain include essential oils from: eucalyptus, capsaicin, tea tree, clove and sesame seeds.

Aromatherapy has long been used for the process of relaxation and to de-stress the body and allow natural healing hormones to help the process. Civilizations around the globe have used vanilla and peppermint (or spearmint) for the best level of relaxation, often carrying the ability to bring deeper sleep levels for the patient.

Practitioners, working together as a unit, along with primary care physician conferences has led to an overall wellness attitude that has altered the former aspect of one-pain/one-cure. The understanding that there are many aspects involved in symptoms as well as pain has led to a better healing level for many patients. When combined with lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet, the patient has benefitted from the philosophical treatment change attitude, bringing a faster, more improved quality of life.

Always confer with your primary caregiver prior to making any changes in your daily regimen.



Natural compounds in topical creams, lotions and oils have been used throughout history for the relief of pain. The Western medical world is finally adopting and accepting the research that has shown positive results of natural topical treatments as an alternative to sometimes harsh prescriptions and medications. → Read more

Pharmacists in the United States have joined the rest of the world in adopting a more integrative approach to overall medicine. Independent pharmacies have taken the lead on selecting some of the highest quality integrative products, with a focus on pain management. This topic is a main target for treatment as a majority of their patients suffer from some form of chronic pain condition.

American pharmacies have been slower to adopt an integrative approach, even while their European, Asian and Canadian fellow pharmacies moved forward. The importance of making use of a pharmacist for integrative advice is based on the fact that they have extensive medical training and can recognize situations such as medicinal interactions, medicinal depletions, as well as consultations on specific ingredients that may be listed as ‘natural’ but can interact with both OTC (over-the-counter) and prescription medicines.

Chain pharmacies in the U.S. are limited on the type of integrative products they can carry, however the 23,000 independent pharmacies across the country make individual choices and often partner with local practitioners for complementary modalities. Pain management is one of the top subjects that pharmacists confer with for their patients and they will often look to naturally sources topical compounds to assist in relief.

Pharmacists are aware that many of the prescription medicines that are currently prescribed have baseline ingredients that come from nature. Some independent pharmacies are returning to these treatments for pain relief, specifically in topical creams and lotions that contain elements from nature that have been used throughout the centuries for the reduction of pain. The importance of this concept cannot be overstated, as new Federal guidelines have been established to monitor the pharmacies for medication therapy management to ensure that patients receive full treatment schedules as part of the effort in reducing overall medical costs.

The conscientious attitude of the independent pharmacy goes beyond just filling a prescription. Many of the pharmacy owners are now carrying a variety of natural supplements, topical creams and even healthy food alternatives in an effort to assist their patients and customers in an overall wellness lifestyle. Making use of topical products for the reduction of pain is part of the regiment and they research each of their products to ensure the highest quality.

Some of the most popular natural ingredients in pain relief for the topical selections include: eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, extra virgin olive oil, vanilla and peppermint for aromatherapy, black current seed oils, rosemary, and sweet marjoram. Nature has provided many of the elements that are needed in the reduction of pain through natural ingredients. Many of these have an actual chemical reaction with the body to allow relaxation or the production of the body’s own healing hormones. Through the use of a topical cream or lotion, combined with massage and other relaxation techniques, patients are achieving pain relief.

Confer with your local independent pharmacy to ensure that they have adopted an integrative attitude as well as the type of products that they carry. Always discuss any changes that you intend to make with your primary care provide prior to adding the alterations to your daily routines.





From the indigenous people in Australia, to cultures in Asia, East India and Native Americans, nature has supplied many of the types of alternatives for pain relief. Some of today’s prescription medication includes main ingredients based on these natural compounds. For topical relief, natural oils have been a popular choice and the selection of oil depends on the type of pain itself. → Read more

Chiropractors have been adopted by the medical community for their beneficial treatments for patients, and were one of the original experts to not only recommend but make use of CAM (complementary and alternative medications). The very nature of the chiropractic industry is in the direction of the integrative approach as they are considered part of the CAM therapies. Some believe it is the continual push in the direction of natural treatments from chiropractors that has allow the general population to embrace and then require natural modalities.

As the baby boomers have begun to age, they have taken their innate attitude of questioning authority into the medical realms. Unlike the generations before them, they are not accepting mainstream medical treatments as their only choices and have made use of many of the integrative therapies such as chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, supplementation and naturally sourced ingredients in topical treatments for the reduction of pain.

Many of the chiropractors are partnered with massage therapists as well as other practitioners as an approach for overall health and wellness for their patients. Their educational level allows them to be aware of the body’s natural healing hormones that can be released during massage, the relaxation that aromatherapy brings and the use of topical creams and oils that have natural ingredients.

The various conditions of harm or injury in bones, ligaments and spinal alignment can affect multiple areas of the body, causing pain symptoms in other areas that a patient would not realize are related. Over time, the body can not only establish consistent pain but will try to compensate in other areas which can generate overuse and additional pain. Like a domino effect, the patient can experience a variety of pain symptoms that reduces their life quality, creates a lack of focus as well as exhaustion, and allows the body to become stressed with the potential in reduction of the immune system.

A majority of chiropractors take the natural approach to pain reduction, beginning with a realignment and progressing to each area that the patient reports pain. Once the stress is reduced in the main problem area, the body will slowly begin to eliminate the overcompensation and body pains will be reduced. This is used in combination with massage therapy in naturally-sourced topical creams and oils.

The most popular natural topical treatments typically include tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, extra virgin olive oil or sesame seed oil. Many of the natural sources in topical creams and lotions contain nature’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Both the chiropractor’s office as well as a massage therapist will add aromatherapy treatments to assist in relaxation and to remove stress and allow soft tissues, tendons and muscles to heal. This is very important for those that have experienced chronic pain as well as those patients that have allowed a condition to extend over long periods of time. Use of naturally-sourced ingredients has been a mainstay for many cultures for over 6,000 years, and chiropractors that prefer these methods have had exceptional results in the reduction of pain.

Always confer with your primary caregiver prior to making any changes in your daily regimen.


Pain afflicts the body in a number of ways and there are an incredible array of variations for the causes. In some cases it is injury while in others it may be an inflammation or other internal reasons. No matter what the cause, the instant that we feel pain, we are in search of whatever relief we can find. The medical world will often prescribe harsh medications for inflammation. Called NSAIDS, these are non-steroidal, but have a litany of harsh side effects that can accompany the medicine. Due to this fact, there has been an increased interest and adoption of natural or alternative pain relief for inflammatory conditions. → Read more

A Joint Commission named pain as the ‘fifth vital sign’, along with the other more well-known respiration, pulse, temperature and blood pressure. However, for those that experience pain, no matter what the cause, there is an intense desire to reduce and eliminate so that each of us can experience better quality of life. → Read more

Standard Western medicine has historically favored a combination of the scientific and the pharmaceutical modalities of treatment, with little regard for the holistic or natural methods. While these philosophies are slowly making a dynamic shift, a naturopath practices a variety of therapies that incorporate many of those used throughout history and adopt a more natural approach to diagnosis and healing. This approach encompasses the individual as a whole, taking into consideration that there may be other circumstances that are causing pain and that each person is not only unique but may respond to treatments differently. This is almost an opposite approach to mainstream medicine that makes use of a one size fits all method, including the use of often harsh medications that have side effects that can catapult a patient into additional cascading medical problems. → Read more

Massage therapy goes beyond just making us relax and ‘feel good’. There are many physiological situations that are occurring during massage therapy that bring the body into an improved state. These occur when the therapist has actual physical touches to the soft tissues of the body and therefore cause both physical and emotional effects. → Read more