Natural Herbs, Supplements & Topicals For Pain Can Help With Neck & Back Problems And Provide Joint Pain Relief
Many products that are applied topically for pain relief and use herbs as active or inactive components providing an analgesic and/or counter-irritant to disrupt pain signals which travel to the brain. These herbs for pain induce a cooling or warming sensation and can have an effect on the local blood circulation.
Topical Herbs For Pain
- Menthol, when applied on skin will selectively stimulate nerve endings which are sensitive to cold, thus inducing the cooling sensation. It additionally produces a localized analgesic or pain relieving effect.
- Wintergreen is one of the naturally fragrant herbs for pain, often used as an oil providing a compound called Methyl Salicylate. It is a natural chemical relative of aspirin also and can reduce inflammation related pain as well as dilating blood vessels, improving circulation.
- Distilled from camphor wood, Camphor, often included with herbs for pain and has a very fragrant, aromatic property and is quite penetrating when used for topical pain relief. It has a warming sensation, alleviates pain and decreases swelling and inflammation, improves circulation of blood as well as a common ingredient used topically for contusions, bruises, muscle strain, joint sprain and traumatic injuries.
- Extracted from red chili peppers, Capsaicin is the chemical substance which gives chili peppers its heating properties. When used for pain relief, it reduces a chemical found in nerve endings called Substance P, which transmits nerve as well as joint pain signals directly to the brain. Pain relief is not felt immediately upon application because it takes an accumulation of depleting Substance P during a time frame of a couple weeks until the full effects are felt.
Chronic Pain Patch
Pain Relief Patches
Herbs for pain are commonly utilized in topical relief products and can be easily applied to the neck, however, it is the combination of herbs or herbal formula which produces a synergistic effect, promoting the healing and pain relieving properties with greater effect than a single herb preparation. Combinations of herbs may be formulated to enhance blood circulation and/or promote the healing of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Remember that any topical herbal preparation may be irritating to the skin in sensitive individuals and should never be applied to the skin prior to using a heating pad.
Having studied Martial Arts for many years, I frequently use herbs for pain from injuries in the form of a pain patch for both acute injuries as well as chronic pain conditions that develop from serious or improperly healed injuries. A pain patch is an easy method for topical application as they are infused with herbs, usually in herbal formulas. They are a great method for application of healing herbs to the affected area without the mess and clean up associated with lotions, gels, creams and liniments. The herbs mold to the injured area and penetrate the tissues. One application can provide pain relief for many hours or even days without the need to re-apply. They can also be used with an acute injury to bandage the area, applying pressure to reduce swelling like an ankle injury. Again, do not use under a heating pad or hot pack and, at first, test the area by applying a small piece of the pain patch and, after a short while, check for skin sensitivity. Additionally, you may want to remove hair from certain areas before application as they can be very be sticky and might be painful when removing. Furthermore, like most topical herbal products, they carry a medicinal odor. This, however, may can be pleasant.
When studying Martial Arts, we used an herbal liniment that contained over 100 different herbs. Made personally by the Sifu (teacher), we used it for just about any injury as well as a way to strengthen the bones for techniques such as iron palm and iron arm. It was truly remarkable how well it worked, however, this was an herbal formula passed down for generations, time tested and formulated according to results in the field. Over the years, the formula had to be modified according to availability and legality of some of the ingredients. It could not be used in cuts or bleeding situations. It was common to heat the formula for injuries that were more serious and painful and either bandage the area with it or soak the inured part for extended periods. Our herbal liniment is a very good formula containing both herbs for pain as well as healing. It can be used with cuts and bleeding and has antiseptic properties as well. This liniment is great for using with massage for muscle strains, joint sprains and to compliment healing of bruises. I find the liniment to be quite effective when used judiciously and possesses a very pleasing fragrance, which adds a touch of aroma therapy.
Healing herbs are commonly sought for problems with muscles as well as and joint ailments. These conditions include joint inflammation seen with arthritis, tendons which connect muscles to bones that become inflamed in tendinitis, as well as the fluid filled sacs called bursa, which aid in ease of motion of tendons and become damaged when injured, and this state of inflammation is called bursitis.
Internal Herbs For Pain
Herbs as well as other naturally occurring ingredients are often used for neck problems. Chinese herbs for pain taken internally in the form of tea pills have been in use for many years. They are very easy to take because they are small and round. I like them as an effective addition to topical herbs for pain as well as healing and improving health.
Results using herbs for pain may vary and should be used along with other forms of therapy to compliment effectiveness. The capsule or tea pill based herbs for pain are a good, natural alternative to those who can not use topical herbal preparations or those who have difficulties with prescription medications and need an alternative like herbs for migraine headaches.
Joint Relief Capsules combine Glucosamine and Chondroitin with powerful herbs for pain that help relieve discomfort and heal damaged joints. Membrell is not an herbal preparation, however, it is a natural eggshell membrane source of joint supplementation and I very highly recommend it as well as use it personally every day! No upset stomach, in fact it can be taken on an empty stomach, and just one capsule per day. This helps with a chronic joint problem I sustained in Kung-Fu class many years ago, where I had the first toe joint torn. If I don’t take it daily, I can’t walk right(.)
Now, the toe joint is rather small. Neck joints are typically small, but can be involved with the disc. However, for larger joints like the hip and joints and discs in the lower back, I would suggest taking 2 of the Membrell, double up on the Joint Formula and Vegetarian Glucosamine also, or just take the Glucosamine Chondroitin formula.
So, we have some nice formulas containing natural relief for joint pain containing glycosaminoglycans that can meet many dietary preferences. Glucosamine is popular and there are perhaps too many formulas out there. We have selected a small choice of quality grade formulas and have a very nice vegetarian source. A 2014 study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research indicated Glucosamine has a protective effect on the nucleus (inner part) of the disc, suggesting it may be a possible therapy for disc degeneration.
A 2015 study in the Journal Of Magnetic Imaging Research investigated the content of glycosaminoglycan of lumbar discs in patients suffering arthritis and found there was significantly lower levels of these important joint compounds in the entire discs of these patients, even when low levels of degenerative arthritis was seen, compared with subjects without arthritis. The Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement is a clinical, doctor formulated, professional grade formula that is specifically designed for the disc and I very highly recommend this for disc problems. It was the formula I recommended the most in clinical practice to supplement my disc patients. I studied under the doctor who formulated this and used his techniques for many years for my most serious disc patients, saving many from recommended surgery.
A 2016 study in the Georgian Medical News studied the effects of moderately severe, non-specific back pain, by adding chondroitin, or what they term a structure modifying agent or chondroprotector (joint protecting), along with an anti-inflammatory and B vitamins. The authors found that the group receiving the addition of chondroitin produced significant results in improved motion and quality of life.
So, adding joint protecting and enhancing supplements is an easy method to use in combating pain, increasing mobility and improving quality of life. Topicals and herbal formulas add another aspect of natural ways to obtain pain relief. These can be used alone or in combination. Check with your doctor if you are on prescription medications, however; as indicated in the study above, using joint relief supplements can add to the effectiveness of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs.