Six More Ways to Reduce Pain Naturally
Millions of Americans are impacted by pain in their daily
lives. In fact, according to "Health United States 2006,"
released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
National Center for Health Statistics, one in four Americans
have experienced a full day of pain in the last month -- and
one in 10 said the pain lasted for a year or more!
More than half of Americans suffer from chronic pain,
and one in 10 say their pain has lasted for a year or
Another national poll found similar results: more than half
of the respondents said they suffer from chronic or recurrent
pain, and 46 percent said they had felt pain in the last two
"Pain has been a hidden disease," says Raymond
Gaeta, MD, an associate professor of anesthesia at Stanford
University's medical school and director of pain management
at Stanford Hospital & Clinic. "It has not received
as much attention as other diseases. But now there's a growing
recognition that pain really is not just the sensation we
have. It's something that interferes with every one of us,
11 Percent of Americans Feel They Have "Hardly Any"
Control of Pain
While more than eight out of 10 Americans polled felt they
had some control over pain, another 11 percent said they had
"hardly any" or "no control at all" over
Among the most common methods used to relieve pain were over-the-counter
drugs and prescription drugs, with 84 percent and 60 percent,
respectively, of poll respondents trying them at least once.
Other common methods were home
remedies (81 percent), bed rest (58 percent) and prayer
How to Relieve Pain Naturally
Fortunately, whether your pain is in your back, knees, hands
or head, and whether you know the cause or not, there are
natural methods that can help steer you toward a more pain-free
"Alternative therapies often help," says Ronald
V. Myers, M.D., president of the American Pain Institute.
"I think it's important for both physicians and the public
to keep an open mind. I support whatever works."
Pain: 8 Non-Drug Tactics to Eliminate Back, Joint & Other
Pain we brought you eight strategies, and now here are
six more natural, alternative therapies to consider:
1. Listening to Music
A study of 40 Ohio pain-clinic patients found that those
who listened to music (ranging from pop to jazz to nature
sounds) for an hour a day reported a 12 percent to 21 percent
reduction in pain. Music
has also been used to effectively reduce labor pain, post-surgery
pain, and burn treatment.
2. Chaste Tree Berry for PMS-Related Pain
A study in the British Medical Journal reported that women
who took an extract of chaste tree berry for three consecutive
menstrual cycles had a 52 percent reduction in PMS symptoms
compared with only a 24 percent reduction for those taking
a placebo. Among the symptoms relieved were breast tenderness,
headache and irritability.
Yoga's meditative deep breathing and therapeutic poses
have been found to ease chronic pain significantly.
3. Increase Your Omega-3 Intake
causes the pain associated with arthritis, multiple sclerosis
and many other conditions. By avoiding processed foods,
food with a lot of salt, fat and sugar, and trans
fats, inflammation can be greatly reduced.
Also important is avoiding an excess of omega-6 fats (from
corn oil, sunflower oil, and other vegetable oils), and
eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods, like fruits and
Along with avoiding the "bad" fats (trans fats
and too many omega-6 fats), experts say eating plenty of
good fats, like the omega-3 found in cold-water fish and
fish oil, is essential.
"Changing the kinds of fat in your diet plays a big
role in decreasing or increasing inflammatory hormones,"
said dietitian Marla Brodsky, RD, LD.
In fact, researchers in Cincinnati found that women who
took fish-oil pills for two months had significantly reduced
pain from severe cramps, compared to women who took a placebo.
4. Consider Getting a Pet
a pet has been found to lessen stress, provide a better
quality of life for those with orthopedic disorders and
contribute to better overall health.
And while visiting a friend's pet may have some benefit,
said Mara Baun, D.N.Sc., professor at The University of
Texas School of Nursing at Houston, "People derive
the greatest health benefits from their own pet, or one
to whom they feel some personal attachment."
A study by researchers at UCLA found that yoga is also
an effective tool to relieve chronic pain from migraines,
osteoarthritis and more.
"People suffering from chronic pain go through more
than just the pain itself," said Sonia D. Gaur of Harbor-UCLA
Medical Center's department of psychology. "They contend
with anxiety and depression as well as medication usage.
Our study found improvement in every area."
In the study, 18 people with chronic pain participated
in 90-minute yoga sessions three times a week for four weeks.
Most of the volunteers experienced pain reduction that was
significant enough for them to "ask their physicians
to decrease their medication."
"Some people live with chronic pain their whole lives,"
Gaur says. "Yoga is another way of coping with these
A 2000 meta-analysis of 18 published studies found that
75 percent of study participants experienced "substantial
pain relief from hypnotic techniques," according to
the American Psychological Association (APA).
The psychologists who performed the meta-analysis reported
that "hypnotic strategies are equivalent or more effective
than other treatments for both acute and chronic pain, and
they are likely to save both money and time for patients
"Evidence suggests that hypnosis might be considered
a standard of treatment unless the person fails to respond
to it or shows a strong opposition against it," according
to the APA.
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December 14, 2006