Author: Joshua Corn, December 20, 2011
Do you have stiff joints, sore muscles or general aches and pains that just never seem to go away? I know from personal experience just how frustrating dealing with chronic pain can be, which is why I want to share with you the solution that helped me.
Unfortunately, many doctors address chronic pain with band-aid solutions like painkillers or steroids. What your doctor may never tell you is that there could be an underlying cause for your aches and pains, for which there is a natural remedy that is both safe and permanent.
The current mainstream medical mentality on treating joint pain has spurred a multibillion-dollar industry for Big Pharma. However, their painkilling drugs are far from an ideal solution. Studies show that long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin, ibuprofen and Celebrex, actually weakens joints. And the prescription painkiller, Vioxx, claimed as many as 55,000 lives before being banned. It makes me wonder, is the next Vioxx lurking out there?
The Traditional Route Didnt Work So Well for Me
A few years ago I started to experience significant, unexplained joint and muscle pain. I went the traditional route first, seeing one doctor after another, but every test came back negative. Two years went by with very little progress, and I knew that surgeries, steroids and painkillers were not the long-term solution I was seeking. What none of my doctors knew was that I was suffering from chronic, low-grade body-wide inflammation – an affliction that causes body-wide symptoms such as pain and stiffness.
I Looked at Virtually Every Natural Option for Pain Relief
Determined to find a solution, I read volumes on natural healing and nearly every research paper ever published on joint and muscle pain. I learned that the underlying cause of these issues is often chronic body-wide inflammation. Normally, inflammation is part of the natural healing process, but when inflammation becomes chronic, thats when real problems start. Many people unknowingly suffer from “invisible” widespread inflammation. But I’ve learned that by putting an end to this inflammation, while at the same time taking nutrients to fortify your joints, you can end pain and discomfort and begin healing your body from the inside out.
Curcumin – Truly Is the Spice of Life
As I continued to read about natural ways to reduce inflammation, I learned about the amazing benefits of curcumin, a component of the spice, turmeric, which is commonly used in curries. Research shows that curcumin inhibits the synthesis of inflammatory substances in the body. One exciting study found that those taking curcumin showed:
- A 58 percent decrease in overall reported pain and stiffness
- A 16-fold decline in C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation
- A 63 percent reduction in the use of OTC drugs such as ibuprofen
- A 300 percent improvement in emotional well being
A Little Ginger Goes a Long Way
Ginger has many of the same anti-inflammatory and pain reduction benefits as curcumin, however it affects the body in ways that complement curcumin’s benefits. In two different clinical studies that I reviewed, physicians found that 75% of patients with joint pain and 100% of patients with muscle pain experienced significant relief from pain and swelling after taking ginger!
Natures Gift for Easing Joint Pain
New research suggests that an age-old herbal remedy, called boswellia, may be nature’s “gift” to joint pain sufferers. Boswellia has emerged as a powerful pain and inflammation fighter capable of providing significant and rapid relief, In a gold standard research study conducted at UC Davis, boswellia was shown to ease knee pain and stiffness within just seven days. And in another study just completed this year, researchers found that boswellia inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules, which helps to prevent the breakdown of cartilage.
The Cherry on Top of the Joint Pain Solution
One of the most exciting things I learned in my research was that tart cherries provide amazing healing and pain relief benefits. Tart cherries contain unique anti-inflammatory compounds that specifically target muscle tissue. According to researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, “Tart cherry juice may be a safer way to treat muscle pain and inflammation than over-the-counter pain relievers.” Another amazing study suggests that eating even a small amount of tart cherries helps to significantly improve muscle recovery after exercise.