Pain and anxiety might not seem like natural “bed buddies,” but the two are often closely interwoven. In today’s society, we’re in the midst of an opioid epidemic, but opioids aren’t the only highly addictive—and dangerous—painkiller. Many prescription pills, such as Xanax and other popular drugs, are highly addictive. While there are certainly circumstances in which these drugs can be useful and effective, many times there are natural alternatives which can be just as effective (if not more so!), particularly in the long haul.
If you suffer from pain, anxiety, or both, it’s time to start looking at options that don’t require a prescription. However, natural remedies do share some similarities with prescription drugs. For instance, some do have side effects, so always discuss them with your doctor first. Also like prescription drugs, you may need to experiment a bit to see what combination works for you.
Here are six natural remedies that might be your magic potion for pain and/or anxiety:
The most well-known aspect of yoga known in the west is asanas or postures. Asanas were invented thousands of years ago in India to help prepare practitioners for hours of seated meditation. After all, you don’t want to get a cramp after “just” an hour in the lotus position. However, the real goal of yoga as a whole was to transcend out of the cycle of life and death to achieve the Hindu’s version of nirvana.
As you can imagine, asanas are pretty powerful. They’ve also been proven to help with both pain and anxiety. Asanas tap your mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
Meditation also comes from India but is practiced in nearly every culture in some form. If you’ve tried it before and didn’t think it was for you, don’t worry—there are countless ways to meditate and definitely an option will speak to you. There’s walking meditation, guided meditation, meditation led by music, candle meditation, yoga meditation and much more. Nobody gets a gold star for meditating, so there’s no way you can fail. However, meditation is strongly linked to helping with both pain and anxiety.
3- Copper bangles for arthritic pain
Is this an old wives’ tale or not? In medical circles, the jury is still out, but there are some studies and doctors who claim magnetic therapy really does work. (There are also many who claim it’s ineffective, but not dangerous). Copper has been sold as a pain reliever for arthritis for thousands of years and is relatively inexpensive. Whether it’s a placebo effect or not, it’s worth trying out. Like many things in life, the more you believe, the more likely you are to enjoy the benefits. Why not try out a little magic and see if it works for you?
Pranayama is another form of yoga which translates as “breath control” or breath practice. It’s sometimes incorporated into western classes, but far from the level required to achieve real benefits. There are various types of pranayama, and different practices can help with different ailments. Some provide relaxation, some energize, some offer balance, and so on. Breath control should only be practiced under the guidance of a teacher because when it’s practiced poorly, it can have intense side effects. However, it’s a fantastic tool for pain and anxiety.
You’ll find kratom sold in cigarette shops and marijuana dispensaries in some states. Similar to marijuana, it’s a natural option that comes in a variety of strains. Ideally, you’ll find a seller who’s knowledgeable and can steer you towards the right strain for pain or anxiety—otherwise, it’s prudent to do your own research beforehand. It comes from an evergreen tree within the coffee family and is native to Southeast Asia. It’s been touted as a non-addictive option to treat pain, anxiety, and depression. Some researchers claim it’s the secret to chronic pain relief and can even battle opioid addiction.
6- HIIT Training
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn’t just one of the best ways to lose excess fat and improve your heart rate. It’s also a great way to treat pain and depression. It’s just what it sounds like: Participants engage in short-term training at a high intensity. In many cases, this involved a 30-second on, 30-second off approach for 30 – 90 minutes. Crossfit often uses HIIT, but not all HIIT is Crossfit.
By forcing the heart rate to spike and lower as quickly as possible, you can do more intense workouts. Working out is proven to treat both pain and anxiety, particularly cardio and strength (HIIT can include both).
Whether your pain and/or anxiety is temporary or chronic, natural remedies are always preferred. Try out these six options, and you just might recover faster, be happier, and enjoy lower odds of addiction.