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All natural painkillers have now become an option for many to relieve pain instead of using medication. The painkillers are made from naturally occurring raw materials such as kratom, turmeric, ginger and chamomile among others.
If you have chosen the path of using all natural painkillers or you are already using them. Here are a few things you should know about them.
1. They Are Effective
Just like medical painkillers, all-natural painkillers are effective at reducing pain. For instance, kratom is used as a pain reliever since it has analgesic properties. Its effectiveness depends on the levels of alkaloids present which represses the sensitivity to pain and also helps the body to release endorphins that help in the reduction of pain.
Other all natural painkillers such as chamomile are effective in reducing pain thanks to their natural compounds flavonoids and terpenoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and pain killing abilities.
2. You Should Watch On Dosage
Just like medical painkillers need to be taken based on dosage, so are all-natural painkillers. Too much may cause adverse side effects and too little may not be effective.
For instance, of the various strains of kratom used to relieve pain, Maeng Da is the strongest and when consumed in higher amounts, it has sedative effects. Another one of kratom is strongest strains is Borneo which is effective at reducing chronic pain, muscle, and joint pains. However, its dosage should be monitored and those who want its healing effect should go for smaller doses while larger doses result in an increase in its analgesic effect.
For pain killing effect, you need to take the kratom strains at higher doses while smaller doses are suitable for stimulation and increased energy.
3. They Have Side Effects
Although painkillers from mother nature are preferable to medication mainly because of side effects, the all natural painkillers also have side effects. For instance, the side effects of kratom depend on the dosage. Taking high dosage of kratom can cause short-term side effects such as sweating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, itching, blushing and pupillary constriction. All these are similar to those caused by the usage of opiates and stimulant drugs.
Using kratom for long can also cause side effects such as weight loss, anorexia, hyperpigmentation, and psychosis. It can also cause addiction and dependence.
4. Different Varieties of All Natural Painkillers Relieve Different Types of Pain
In most cases, the different varieties of all natural painkillers relieve different types of pain. For instance, Maeng Da, which is a strain of kratom helps to relieve chronic pain as well as cancer and arthritis pain. Cloves help to relieve toothache pain, arthritic inflammation, and headaches, turmeric is used to ease pain caused by strains, sprains, and bruises while eucommia is suitable for joint and back pain.
5. They Have Interactions With Other Medications
All natural painkillers also interact with other drugs and so they should be used with care. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before taking the all natural painkillers especially if you are taking other medication.
For instance, ginger and turmeric have blood thinning properties, therefore, those using blood thinners or intend to undergo surgery should be extra careful. Kratom interactions with other opioids such as morphine can have adverse effects such as fatality and depression while combining it with psychoactive substances can cause seizures.