Millions of people take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like tylenol daily for arthritis and related inflammatory conditions, but are completely unaware that far safer, and at least as effective, natural alternatives already exist!
For example Turmeric is an easily accessible and inexpensive spice found in most kitchens.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found 2,000 mg of turmeric extract was as effective as 800 mg of ibuprofen in reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation.
Things to consider…
- Turmeric supplements are considered safe when taken at the recommended doses. However, taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time may cause stomach upset
- Because turmeric may act like a blood-thinner, you should stop taking it at least 2 weeks before surgery.
Acupuncture is also another wonderful tool to help alleviate pain.
Based on acupuncture’s long history of use as well as the available research, both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified many conditions for which it may be recommended, not just pain.