Five unknown painkillers

These five natural pain relievers have been used throughout the centuries to alleviate pain.

5 unknown painkillers

These five natural pain relievers have been used throughout the centuries to help alleviate aches, joint discomfort, headaches and even during primitive surgery. Many are still used as ingredients in modern medicine. So what are they? And why haven’t you heard about them before?

Belladonna
Belladonna is an incredibly powerful pain reliever. Before the Middle Ages it was even used as an anaesthetic during surgery. Its nickname is ‘deadly nightshade’, as high doses are poisonous to humans and can result in death. These days it can be found in cough medicine, and it is sometimes used in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

Menthol
When used in a cream or gel and applied to the skin, menthol has an anaesthetic effect. It is also used to treat muscle pain, as the application of menthol causes the blood vessels in skin and tissue around the muscle to widen. This widening of the blood vessels is called ‘vasodilation’. It means that more blood comes to the surface of the body, where it can more quickly transport any medicine you rub into your skin to the damaged muscles.

Poison Ivy
Sometimes called ‘Rhus Tox’ or ‘Rhus Radicans’ by the world of homeopathy, sap from the leaves of the poison ivy plant is often used as a painkiller in many different medicines. It can be found as an ingredient in some anaesthetics, as well as being used to treat body aches and rheumatism.

Turmeric
Turmeric is often prescribed for patients with arthritis who are looking for an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Turmeric, as well as some other herbs and spices, works in a similar way to NSAIDs, but it is often gentler on the body. Some patients even report that turmeric is more effective than drugs in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Willow bark
Medicinal willow bark comes from several varieties of the willow tree, including white or European willow, black or pussy willow and others. The bark is often used to make a tea which has pain relieving properties. The active ingredient in willow bark, a chemical called salicin, acts a lot like aspirin. It is used to relieve pain including headaches, muscle pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout and more.

While all of these unusual pain killers have been used by others in search of pain relief, it is important to note that, when not taken correctly, they can be deadly. Some of them can cause severe allergic reactions just by touching them. If you are looking for alternative pain relief it is important to consult a medical professional. If you choose to visit a homeopathic specialist, and he or she prescribes you a herbal pain remedy, let your medical doctor know what it is before you start taking it. Herbal remedies can react badly with other medications, or cause pre-existing medical conditions to worsen, so be sure to take them as safely and responsibly as you would any other drug.





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    Nightshade
    10th Feb 2014
    5:49pm
    FOXGLOVE - (POISONOUS)
    Botanical name : Digitalis purpurea
    Family : Scrophulariaceae

    Although the foxglove is a familiar plant, it is not well known that it's leaves contain the extremely poisonous 'digitalia' the important medical drug for cardiac disease.

    GARLIC
    Botanical name: Allium sativum
    Family: liliaceae
    Garlic is an all-round flavoring & medicinal herb. It is so strong that it can only be used in very small amounts. Medicinally, it's essential oil has antiseptic properties which prevent the formation of bacteria as well as healing infection in the intestine.

    BELLADONNA - Deadly Nightshade, Dwale (POISONOUS)
    Botanical name: Atropa belladonna
    Family: Solanacae
    It's other name, Dwale, comes from the Danish word for sleep.
    It's name is derived from it's cosmetic use by Italian ladies ti give sparkle to their eyes.
    The juice of the rootstock & leaves contains tropane alkaloids, notably hyoscine (also called scopolamine), hyoscyamine & atropine. At least 5 other toxic components have been isolated.Today it is used medicinally as a narcotic, diuretic & sedative. It is used to relieve spasms as in whooping cough & pain in feverish conditions. Externally it is used to dilate the pupils of the eyes during examinations & for gout & rheumatic inflammation. Owing to the poisonous nature of this plant, even the smallest quantity must not be used except under medical supervision; the mere handling of the plant can be dangerous.
    Nightshade
    10th Feb 2014
    6:29pm
    According to legend, the plant belongs to the devil. The Apple of Sodom is a nightshade of South Africa. The name Belladonna is said to record an old superstition that at certain times it takes on the form of an enchantress of exceeding loveliness, who is dangerous to look upon.

    MANDRAKE - SATAN'S APPLE
    Botanical name: Atropa mandragora
    Family: N.O. Solanaceae (nightshade)
    Amongst the old Anglo-Saxon herbals both Mandrake & Perriwinkle are endowed with mysterious powers against demonic possession.
    PRESCRIPTION" 'For witlessness that is Devils sickness or demonical possession, take from the body of the said Mandrake by the weight of 3 pennies, administer to drink in warm water as he may find no most convenient- soon he will be healed.'
    Nutriwise
    10th Feb 2014
    7:36pm
    This was listed for our nutritional medicine class as a natural pain reliever
    for joint pain and inflammation.



    GINGER POULTICE

    Grate a small knob of ginger
    Place it directly on skin
    Wrap with cling wrap plastic wrap
    Then cover over area with a bandage or towel (body will draw out heat)
    Leave overnight, or at least 3 – 4 hours
    When removing, do not apply water for at least half an hour (will make it feel like it’s burning). If this does occur, just pat dry the area.
    Immediate result, reduction in pain and inflammation.
    Repeat every 2nd day.
    Nightshade
    14th Feb 2014
    4:38pm
    Indeed ginger - ginkgo - St Johns Wort - witch hazel are well known pain killers & the list goes on.
    Nightshade
    14th Feb 2014
    4:35pm
    Dr. Oz on his television program this morning - Friday 14-2-2014 talked about natural pain killers - www.doctoroz.com Natural Pain Killers Pt 1 - ...

    THE AGE 5/2/2014
    Anti-quackery crusader Ken Harvey quits his job over -
    A Swisse Wellness - $15 million deal for La Trobe University to research their product.

    NATURAL MEDICINES ARE NOT EVEN BEING RESEARCHED -
    SUCH IS THE FEAR ON THE PART OF THE MEDICAL FRATERNITY -
    WHO CARES IF IT WORKS
    WHO CARES IF IT HELPS PEOPLE
    WHO CARES IF IT IS A BETTER & SAFER & NON ADDICTIVE ALTERNATIVE
    Nightshade
    14th Feb 2014
    4:42pm
    albeit that the medical fraternity has an aversion to actually treating us -
    let alone prescribing medication for anything let alone pain relief & stress -
    and I am not interested in STUFF anyway
    Maggie
    13th Aug 2018
    7:06pm
    So-called natural medicines have been researched and used in western medicine for a long time e.g. aspirin from Spiraea a shrub, quinine from Remijia.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3560124/
    What percentage of pharmaceuticals are derived from plants?
    drugs, at least 118 are based on natural sources: 74 percent come from plants, 18 percent from fungi, 5 percent from bacteria, and 3 percent from vertebrate species such as snakes or frogs (Ecology Society of America, 1997).

    So Nightshade what you have to say is not accurate. All over the world people are being treated for all sorts of ailments other than pain and stress.
    JoMojo
    26th Jul 2016
    2:17pm
    For the pain of the Rheumatoid arthritis I take SAMe Methionine tablets 400mg 4 per week. They bring my CRP S, ESR inflammatory rate right down to 20 or less.
    inquisitive
    1st Mar 2018
    3:08pm
    nightshade,
    I think from memory that foxglove (digitalis) is used to strengthen and slow the heart beat e.g in patients with atrial fibrillation. I don't think it is a pain killer


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