Reducing pain naturally

Pain can serve a protective function by letting us know that something is wrong. Resolving the underlying problem, when possible is the best way to eliminate pain.
The brain responds to pain by producing morphine-like hormones known as endorphins. Besides drugs, there are natural ways to stimulate endorphin production.

Some plants and food can help reduce de pain sensation.

The amino acid, tryptophan encourages production of the calming neurotransmitter, serotonin. Tryptophan-rich food are avocados, bananas, grapefruit, nuts, seeds, papayas, peaches, and tomatoes.

Strawberries contain natural salicylates, and are cooling and anti-inflammatory.

Enzymes (present in unheated foods) and curcuma reduce inflammation, which is often a factor in pain.

Cayenne pepper stimulates endorphin production and is an anti-inflammatory agent.

Feverfew herb inhibits certain inflammatory type hormones. Used on a regular basis it helps prevent migraines, relieve arthritis and menstrual cramps. Feverfew is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

Ginger root is warming and improves circulation. It can improve the pain of arthritis, backache, and menstrual cramps. Chew a piece of fresh root for sore throat. Ginger is analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

As you can see, Nature provides many different tools to help us feel better naturally. Nevertheless, it would be wiser to see a naturopath or herbalist who will be able to guide you better and help you along this path towards well being and harmony.