• 17Jul

    Excerpt:  Diet change alleviates pain
    One study that supports the contention that diet plays a role in the evolution of arthritis was undertaken at Wayne State University Medical School. The results were dramatic. Investigators took six rheumatoid arthritis patients and fed them a totally fat-free diet for seven weeks. During that time all six patients experienced a complete remission from the pain. The symptoms recurred within 72 hours when either vegetable oil or animal fat was introduced to their diets. If they ate chicken, beef, cheese, coconut oil, or safflower oil, they experienced severe arthritic pain within 72 hours.
    Full Article below (apologies if I already sent you this last night; I was beyond exhausted)
    from the (Dr.) T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

    Arthritis and Joint Pain
    By Alan Goldhamer, D.C.<http://nutritionstudies.org/author/alan/> November 1st, 1997 Treatments and Supplements<http://nutritionstudies.org/papers/treatments-supplements/>0 Comments<http://nutritionstudies.org/arthritis-joint-pain/#respond>

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    Learn how to live without this debilitating disease!
    People in non-western cultures who eat diets low in animal fat and protein have much lower incidences of all types of arthritis!
    While most arthritis sufferers are being told that they will need to “learn to live with it,” Drs. Goldhamer and Marano of the TrueNorth Health Center in Penngrove, California, are helping patients learn to live without it.
    Arthritis is a general term which means inflammation of one of the joints in the body. We have all experienced inflammation at one time or another. The most common cause of inflammation is injury. Suppose you lose your footing and fall. During the fall you injure your ankle by twisting it. As a result, your ankle becomes inflamed. The injured area becomes red and hot, it swells up, and you experience pain. Fortunately, the symptoms associated with acute inflammation are part of the healing process. The increased blood flow to the area brings with it extra white blood cells, results in swelling and pain, and limits mobility, which prevents further damage. This process allows your body to heal itself quickly.
    Because there are many different causes of inflammation, there are many different kinds of arthritis. The initial inflammation resulting from trauma or other injury, such as the one described above, is not the big problem. Continuous inflammation- the kind that goes on for years- is what leads to the very debilitating problems of arthritis, and it can result in permanently dysfunctional and deformed joints.
    The most common form of arthritis is called Osteoarthritis. This is what most people mean when they say, “My arthritis is bothering me.” The other name for Osteoarthritis is degenerative joint disease, which is a pretty good description of what happens-the joints degenerate.
    Osteoarthritis is seen most frequently in the joints that are most used and abused. It is considered a disease of “aging,” but certainly it is not caused by getting older. Whether you develop Osteoarthritis or not depends, to a large degree, on how you live your life. In fact, Osteoarthritis is not just for the aged. By age 30, 35% of people are beginning to show some signs of osteoarthritic changes in their knees, and by ages 70 to 79, at least 85% of people have diagnosable Osteoarthritis.
    Osteoarthritis can take place in any joint. As you would expect, carpenters tend to develop Osteoarthritis in their wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Tailors tend to develop it in their hands and fingers. People who are obese tend to have inflammation in their ankles, knees, and hips.
    Typically, Osteoarthritis affects a single joint or just a few joints. The early stages of the process are painless. But in time, the pain begins to develop into a deep ache. Many people with Osteoarthritis feel some stiffness after resting and upon waking in the morning. But this stiffness usually lessens after the person has had time to move around a little.
    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Rheumatoid arthritis belongs to a group of ailments that are called antigen/antibody diseases, or immune complex diseases. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system malfunctions and damages the joint tissues. Inflammation of the joints leads to cartilage destruction. Rheumatoid arthritis is found in between 1% and 4% of the population.
    All of your joints are covered by a layer of smooth cartilage which allows your joints to move easily; this lets your body move and distribute its weight evenly. The rheumatoid arthritis process causes the degeneration and destruction of this cartilage. Once this happens, the bone itself begins to erode and the joint becomes deformed.
    Rheumatoid arthritis is usually seen in the peripheral joints-especially the hands, elbows, knees, and even the feet sometimes-and because it is a systemic problem, the distribution is usually symmetrical. If you have it on your right side, you usually have it on the left side, too, in the same joints. You have probably seen someone who has swollen and misshapen joints that do not bend properly. These severe changes are often the result of rheumatoid arthritis.
    Rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately three times more women than men, and most often appears between the ages of 35 and 50. Rest, which is helpful in Osteoarthritis, does not seem to alleviate the pain of rheumatoid arthritis; the pain persists. In addition, morning stiffness is much more severe than in Osteoarthritis; it lasts a longer time. As a result, many people resort to taking some kind of medication to get past the stiffness and pain just so that they can button their clothes or tie their shoes.
    Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types of arthritis. But there are other less common types, such as gout, lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc. There appears to be a genetic predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis, and the less common types of arthritis tend to have strong genetic predispositions associated with them as well.
    Is there hope for relief?
    People who suffer from arthritis usually seek some form of treatment to solve their problem. Unfortunately, arthritis of all types has a very poor prognosis under medical treatment. There is no cure for any of the types of arthritis, and medical treatment consists mainly of attempting to relieve pain.
    Although medical treatment is not a viable solution, there is hope for those willing to develop a new awareness. New attitudes and behaviors toward arthritis can lead to the lessening, and sometimes the elimination, of pain.
    Practical tips
    Some of the steps you can take to alleviate the pain of Osteoarthritis are primarily mechanical and are relatively easy to implement.
    Osteoarthritis can be caused or aggravated by poor body mechanics, so correction of poor posture and training in proper body use-such as the Alexander technique or similar techniques that teach proper body use-may be beneficial in relieving pain and stopping the progression of Osteoarthritis.
    Do not overload or overtax your joints. Alternate your activities to use different parts of your body, and if possible take frequent rest periods during the day. You can apply heat packs or ice packs both before and after a session of use of an inflamed joint. This can be very helpful in reducing pain and stiffness. Ice and heat stimulate blood flow to the area, which brings in added oxygen and nutrients.
    Beneficial exercise
    Mild exercise that moves the joint, but does not aggravate it, can be very beneficial. Exercise prevents muscle atrophy around the affected joints. Muscles protect the joints, which is why it is so important to maintain the muscle strength around an arthritic joint. Exercise also helps circulate fluids in the joint capsule. There aren’t any direct blood vessels that go right to the joint surfaces, so oxygen and nutrients cannot get directly to the cartilage coating around the joints. Nutrients have to diffuse from the nearest blood vessels into the fluid that is in each joint. Exercise assures that there is plenty of motion of the fluid around the joints, so that the nutrients and the oxygen can get delivered. This allows the joints to repair themselves and prevents further degeneration.
    Exercise only to the point where pain is not made worse. Some people may need to change the type of exercise they do. Runners who start developing arthritic knees and hips may need to switch to swimming, which takes the weight off the joint but still allows full joint motion. Consultation with a chiropractor or exercise physiologist may be necessary to determine what type of exercise you can do to maintain muscle integrity and joint motion, while not making the degeneration worse.
    Foot problems can cause the mechanics of the entire lower body to become faulty, which can put pressure in the wrong places and cause degeneration of the lower extremity joints. Wearing the proper shoes and possibly using orthotics (devices that hold your foot in a particular position) may help normalize the mechanics of the foot, resulting in reduced knee and hip pain.
    Full range of motion
    Chiropractic care and physical therapy can be of benefit. Chiropractic adjustments can help arthritic joints by restoring a complete range of motion. The breakdown and degeneration of a joint sometimes leads to the joint becoming tight and restricted in its movements. When it does not move through its full range, a number of problems can occur. The joint will not get the circulation it needs, and the joints above and below it have to move more to compensate. This puts extra stress on these other joints and eventually can cause problems. By restoring the full range of motion and the joint “play,” chiropractic care may alleviate pain and restore normal joint function.
    Every day, virtually everyone inflames their joints through normal daily activities. Fortunately, if you get sufficient rest and sleep, your body can heal during the night. If you do not get sufficient sleep, the inflammation can increase faster than your body can heal; this may lead to chronic problems.
    Dietary factors
    People in other cultures work just as hard as Americans do, and a certain percentage of those populations probably have genetic predispositions similar to those of Americans. But people in those cultures tend not to develop arthritis at anywhere near the same rate as in the United States. Why? It appears that diet is a major factor.
    In cultures where people eat very small quantities of animal fat and animal protein, there is a much lower incidence of all kinds of arthritis. When these people relocate to a city or country where people eat the same type of diet that we do in the United States, their incidence of arthritis increases dramatically. That is a clear indication that the westernized diet is involved in the development of arthritis. The two biggest dietary culprits seem to be animal fat and animal protein.
    At the TrueNorth Health Center, we see many people experience a decrease in their Osteoarthritis after changing their diets. The dietary changes do not reverse the joint deformities, which remain unchanged. But the pain still diminishes, because the improved diet helps reduce the inflammation in the joints.
    Eating animal products
    Rheumatoid arthritis is rare in societies where animal products are seldom eaten, such as in Africa, Japan, and China. And when rheumatoid arthritis does develop, it is usually much milder and is associated with much less disability than in the United States. There are several theories as to why diet influences these antibody/antigen complex diseases, and the culprits are again protein and fat.
    Any foreign protein that comes into the body is called an antigen. Our immune system manufactures antibodies to fight these invading substances, and antibody/antigen complexes are formed.
    The invaders can be viruses, bacteria, or food protein. (Most people do not think about food protein when they think of invading protein or other foreign proteins.) The antibodies fight antigens by attaching to them and clumping them together to form complexes (many antibodies and antigens clumped together). These complexes are usually eliminated from the body by the immune system. But in some people this does not happen. Instead, the complexes become lodged in various tissues around the body where they cause inflammation (much like a splinter causes when it lodges). When these complexes lodge in the joints, you get pain, swelling, and redness.
    Diet can play an additional role in antigen/antibody problems if a person’s intestines allow large food proteins to enter the body. When we eat, our digestive system breaks the food down into smaller and smaller particles. In most people the particles have to be very, very small-down to their basic components-before they can get from the digestive tract into the body proper. But in some people, proteins are able to get through at an earlier stage, when they are still quite large and complex. This process is called “gut leakage.”
    When these larger proteins get into the body, they are perceived as antigens. The body starts attacking them and trying to eliminate them. Eating a high-protein diet, especially one containing animal products, may make people who have a genetic tendency to allow larger particles into their bodies more susceptible to arthritis.
    Diet change alleviates pain
    One study that supports the contention that diet plays a role in the evolution of arthritis was undertaken at Wayne State University Medical School. The results were dramatic. Investigators took six rheumatoid arthritis patients and fed them a totally fat-free diet for seven weeks. During that time all six patients experienced a complete remission from the pain. The symptoms recurred within 72 hours when either vegetable oil or animal fat was introduced to their diets. If they ate chicken, beef, cheese, coconut oil, or safflower oil, they experienced severe arthritic pain within 72 hours.
    Fasting in recovery
    People’s reactions to the various antigens can be very different. Dairy products, eggs, beef, wheat, and corn are the most common culprits, but there are many others, some of them quite obscure.
    If a person suffering from rheumatoid arthritis wants to find out what foods he or she is sensitive to, the best way to go about it is to undertake a period of fasting (ingesting only pure water), followed by a period of rotational feeding. Many arthritis patients have fasted at the TrueNorth Health Center. During the fasting period, it is common for joint pain and swelling to totally disappear.
    This pain-free period provides welcome relief, but proper refeeding after the fast is crucial. In fact, there is no point in undertaking a fast if your intention is to go back to your previous way of eating because this behavior is part of the problem (possibly the major part).
    Life after the fasting
    During the refeeding period we can find out which foods are contributing to the joint pain. We introduce various foods slowly, one at a time, starting with those that are least likely to cause problems. Ideally, every patient would eat the diet we recommend at the Center-a plant-based diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and the variable addition of nuts, grains, and legumes. This diet is low in fat, low in protein, high in fiber, and contains no animal products. But some people’s systems are intolerant even to some of these plant-based foods.
    Arthritis patients need to learn which foods they can eat without inducing symptoms, and how much they can eat of those acceptable foods. Some people find that they cannot tolerate very much fruit; others find that they can tolerate some vegetables but not others. Simply eliminating the worst offenders-meats, dairy products, eggs, and wheat-may not be adequate to relieve the pain in a particular individual.
    Re-feeding is a learning process. Each person is different, and each person must learn how he or she needs to eat (and live) in order to remain free from arthritis pain. As a result of their new awareness, many people come to consider their arthritis a kind of “blessing” because a reoccurrence of their arthritic pain reminds them of their need to adhere closely to a health-promoting lifestyle.
    Experience of success
    At the TrueNorth Health Center, we have found that the most effective approach to arthritis involves an appropriate period of supervised fasting, followed by a health-promoting diet, appropriate exercise, adequate rest and sleep, good body mechanics and posture, and, when appropriate, chiropractic manipulation and physical therapy. Arthritis is something our patients are learning to live without.


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    Tai Chi HowTo: Quick & Easy Way to Treat Knee Pain or Stiffness

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    The MELT Method to Naturally End Your Pain | The Dr. Oz Show


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  • 28Oct

    chapter two in the power of now is very very good about the pain body – excerpt below

    the moment you observe it, feel it, the identification with the pain body is broken
    the higher dimensional consciousness comes in
    this means it can not use you anymore by pretending to be you
    the pain body is an insubstantial phantom that can not survive the power of presence in the now

    the darkness of it can not survive being exposed to the light
    if you can not fight the darkness you can not fight the pain body
    it consists of trapped energy because of mind identification with it
    our responsibility is not to create further pain around it

    when you become the watcher it will still stay with you awhile and gain momentum but stay present and watch it directly, it then can not control your thinking
    the moment you align with it you feed it.

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  • 14Aug

    Dealing With Chronic Pain?: Supplements That Can Help You Cope
    via Alternative Medicine and Natural Health by megan on 7/22/11


    Fish Oil
    DL-Phenylalanine, commonly referred to as DLPA
    MSM (methyl-sulphonyl-methane)

  • 01Jan

    Clare is actually dictating this to me right now:
    My daughter, Clare, who’s 27 years old, went through her first Hydro-colon Therapy Experience. She went in because she has been suffering severe anxiety/panic attacks for years – which have been throwing her into violent vomiting and sometimes, like recently, kidney problems. These are so severe she has to be hospitalized while they hydrate, de-nauseate and sedate her before her kidneys fail completely.
    She has been so upset about the hospital bills and the overall lack of a solution to the problem. I started googling all of her symptoms and finally came up with hydro-colon therapy and the possibility of a parasite. She had been complaining about a band of pressure around her transverse colon (the stretch of muscle below the ribcage), a lot of throwing up, continuous nausea, heartburn, sore throat from the throwing up, back-pain, severe anxiety, and more anxiety worrying about whether she would be hospitalized again!
    We went to Healing Waters Hydro-colon therapy where she underwent an hour of her first cleansing. Forty gallons of water flowed in and out of her for an hour! At first the water was clear and Clare was skeptical about this whole hippy-dippy thing. And then the first parasite showed up – whoa. She wanted to cry as about 5 minutes of blood clots, parasites and bile from her liver and intestines flowed past. And that was the first cluster! The parasite was about 6 1/2 inches long!
    Pause, while we both breathe and take a breath.
    She said it was very uncomfortable every time they came to a clot, but never painful. It wasn’t just a clot of blood, where the parasites had literally chewed away the intestines, but a clot of parasites as well. So dramatic.
    This happened 4-5 times! She has to go back next week to complete the process. The therapist was convinced that the parasite had lodged itself into the transverse colon, right in the area of nerve endings that send messages to the brain, specifically the point having to do with calm/anxiety.
    So how does she feel after her first colon cleansing? In her own words,
    “AMAZING! No anxiety, much lighter, emotionally relieved, not having something living off of you! This is the best I’ve felt in 3 years! It’s so good to feel things moving through me, instead of feeling clogged!”
    Great way to start the new year!
    Clare’s bug bite in Mexico happened 3-4 years ago and is still on her ankle today. We’re seeing if it’ll go away with these cleanses. Her nausea, vomiting, kidney problems couples with anxiety and panic attacks began shortly after her Mexico trip!
    Day 2 – Clare’s on the MMS and Para-Control. She called to tell me she feels fantastic! She had so much natural energy last night, she couldn’t sleep until 4 a.m. (Clare has taken no caffeine, for years.) “Seriously, all the blemishes on my whole body are clearing up! Look at my skin! It’s kind of insane!”
    Day 3 – I feel good! Look at my skin! It’s so clear! Energized!

    2nd appointment – Clare says that for 45 minutes there was clear water, only. She looked at the hydrotherapist and asked,
    “Does this mean I’m perfectly clean inside?!” Georgia’s words – “Nope – here they come!” And THOUSANDS of green worms came out of her transverse colon! She feels amazing! The first time in years that she hasn’t felt of band of pressure around and under her ribs!

  • 03Apr

    Thanks for sending this, Mapuana!


    Aloha Kakou,  Mahalo nui loa on the MSM!  I haven’t experienced anymore pain in the knee since I started to take the MSM.  I also started to apply the powder diluted in water to the area.  The first DIY organic product that I made was a lotion using Kalapana Gold beeswax, organic cold pressed oils and water which came out pretty good.  The draw back there was not using any preservatives in them so it started to get mold pretty quickly, especially here in the warmer climate.  I’m now researching making a lotion or cream with the MSM and thought I’d share the recipe I found.  I suppose making smaller batches and keeping them in the fridge may solve the mold issue.  When I first started to research DIY organic body care products, I found that even those with the USDA seal were not always truthful, natural and organic so I decided to make my own.

    In ignorance I put the MSM into my first meal of green juice after I came back from shopping and gagged it down.  I didn’t want to waste the juice so I toughed it out.  I now slam it down and chase it with lemon or lime juice diluted in water.  Even putting it into a smoothie won’t help.  The citrus helps tremedously and takes the taste away.

    “The Miracle of MSM – The Natural Solution for Pain”

    Co Authored by Stanley W Jacob MD., Ronald M Lawrence MD., and Martin Zukker.

    Both Dr Jacob and Dr Lawrence are members of the International Association for the Study of Pain with many years experience of the clinical use of MSM.

    Dr Lawrence is the Assistant Clinical Professor of the UCLA School of Medicine and former Physician for the American Olympic Sports team.


    2. General information on MSM Gels / Creams and Lotions

    Pure MSM can be applied topically (as a Gel / Cream or Lotion).

    You can buy ready made MSM creams and lotions on the web from a variety of companies however:

    a). They tend to be expensive.

    b). Most of the really good ones seem to be in the USA so you also have to pay the extra shipping if ordering from the UK.

    The page below shows how to:

    Make your own MSM Gel / cream / lotion – Easily and cheaply

    MSM is non allergenic so no matter which recipe you use below, always rub a small amount of your finished product on to a small area and leave for several hours to make absolutely sure it suits you individually.

    Important – for the recipe below use

    99.9% Pure New Horizons MSM Crystal Flakes.


    Impure or animal grades or MSM containing fillers, flow agents or additives !


    3). Recipe 1:

    MSM / Aloe Vera Gel:

    The easiest, quickest and probably the most effective recipe of them all!

    Non greasy and absorbs in to the skin and tissues extremely rapidly)

    Note: Because you are making it yourself, you won’t be adding preservatives (like most manufacturers do) so it’s best to make 100mls at a time – that way you can keep making it freshly and it won’t have a chance to spoil.

    All you need is:

    • Pure Aloe Vera Gel – 100mls (or more if you want to make more)
    • MSM Crystal Flakes – 15 grams for every 100mls of Aloe Vera Gel)

    (Note: 3 x rounded teaspoons of Crystal Flakes = approx 15 grams)


    1). Put 100mls (or more) of pure Aloe Vera Gel in a container or mixing bowl. (=it’s equal to 3.4oz.)

    2). Add approx 15 grams of MSM (3 x rounded teaspoons of Crystal Flakes)

    If you want to make more, simply add 15g of MSM for every 100mls of Aloe Vera Gel you use.


    Don’t add more than approx 15grams of MSM for each 100mls of Aloe Vera Gel you use -

    Why? Not that it’s dangerous or anything, its simply that if you add too much, it will become a saturated solution i.e. the MSM won’t dissolve and will re-crystallise and become gritty to use !

    3). Mix with a fork or spoon and leave for about 30 mins. The MSM will dissolve naturally in the Aloe Vera Gel. (Note: Use an electric hand blender if you want it to dissolve really quickly)

    Both pure MSM and Pure Aloe Vera are non allergenic so are usually suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, however, always rub a small amount on a small area of skin and leave for several hours to make absolutely sure it suits you.

    Use: As often as you wish.

    Storage: Store in a sealed container (Use a well washed out old cream tub).

    Storage: Store in a cupboard at room temperature.


    4). Recipe 2:

    MSM Cream / Lotion


    In the recipe below, you are going to add MSM to a shop bought cream or lotion of your choice so if you have sensitive skin, choose a cream or lotion that you know suits your skin!


    You will have noticed that many shop bought creams and lotions are white. This is because when you blend oil with water it emulsifies and turns white.

    Basically if a cream or lotion is white it means that you will be able to add a little more water along with the vital ingredient MSM !

    Note: don’t try to add MSM directly to a cream without first dissolving it in water Why? – Simply because it won’t dissolve and ends up gritty !!!

    Go to your local shop or drug store – Super Drug in the UK has some great economically priced creams and lotions. Select one that you personally like the smell of, the thicker the better as you are gong to dilute it slightly !

    Note - You are going to make a cream / lotion that contains 15% MSM (The amount recommended by the MSM Doctors).

    Important - Without solvents it’s difficult to raise the concentration of MSM above 15%. If you put too much MSM in your cream it will re-crystallise and feel gritty when you rub it on – so stick to around 15% or slightly less.

    This simply means that for every 100mls of cream you have, you need to add approx 15g of MSM.

    If you don’t have any scales, a rounded teaspoon of MSM weighs approx 5 grams


    For 100mls of cream add 15grams (approx 3 rounded teaspoons of MSM)

    For 200mls of cream add 30grams (approx 6 rounded teaspoons of MSM)

    For 400mls of cream add 60 grams (approx 12 rounded teaspoons of MSM)


    1. Put 100mls of Cream or lotion in a mixing bowl or container.

    2. Place the appropriate amount of MSM into a cup.

    3. Add about 2 tablespoons of boiling water. (Don’t worry, MSM is a mineral not a vitamin so it’s properties are not affected or denatured in any way by heat, even at extremely high temperatures.

    4. Cover the cup and place in a microwave for about 10 seconds. Check that the crystal flakes have completely dissolved, if not, repeat for another 10 seconds.

    5. When fully dissolved, slowly add to the cream and stir very thoroughly.

    You now have your very own MSM rich cream – if you added too much water it will be a lotion!

    How to Use

    Rub into the affected area as often as you wish. For best results take MSM Crystal Flakes, capsules or tablets daily as a supplement.

    M says, I wonder if aloe vera gel would stop a headache since it has salicylic acid in it.”

    Great idea, M! You could rub MSM cream on the temples and the site of pain!

  • 28Mar

    By Brigitte Mars, http://brigittemars.com/herbal-natural-healing-articles/herbal-natural-remedies/herbs-food-natural-pain-relief/

    Pain can serve a protective function by letting one 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 other ways to stimulate endorphin production.

    Dietary Recommendations
    The amino acid, tryptophan (found in avocados, bananas, grapefruit, nuts, seeds, papayas, peaches, and tomatoes) encourages production of the calming neurotransmitter, serotonin. Particularly beneficial foods for pain include broccoli, cauliflower, winter squashes, sesame and flax seeds. Strawberries contain natural salicylates, and are cooling and anti-inflammatory. Enzymes, present in unheated foods, reduce inflammation, which is often a factor in pain.

    Herbs and Supplements for Pain Relief
    Herbs that help pain can be classified in several ways. Analgesics help allay pain when used internally without affecting consciousness. Anesthetics numb existing pain either locally or generally. Anodynes are sedating and help keep pain from being transmitted. Antispasmodics relax muscle spasms. Sedatives promote rest and peace.

    Cayenne pepper stimulates endorphin production and is an anti-inflammatory agent. Topically it is used diluted in salves, as it blocks transmission of substance P, which transports pain messages to brain.

    Corydalis root, a relative of Poppy helps relieve pain from traumatic injury. Corydalis binds with opium receptors in the body and slows down the breakdown of choline. It is analgesic, antispasmodic and sedative.

    Cramp Bark is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and sedative. It can calm menstrual cramps, rheumatism and spasms of legs and lower back.

    Feverfew herb inhibits certain inflammatory type hormones known as prostaglandins and prevents blood platelet aggregation (clumping together). 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.

    Hops strobiles, a relative of Marijuana, are sedating to the nervous system. They calm cramps, insomnia, restlessness, stomachache and stress. Hops is an anodyne, antispasmodic, and sedative.

    Kava kava root, enjoyed by many tropical island natives is a skeletal and muscle relaxant. It improves anxiety, cramps, gout, insomnia, neuralgia, pain and rheumatism. It is an analgesic, antispasmodic, and sedative.

    Passionflower, doesn’t make you more passionate, but slows the breakdown of neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Try it for cramps, headache, insomnia, muscle spasms, neuralgia, shingles and stress. It is anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and sedative.

    Skullcap herb sedates the brain and spinal column and encourages endorphin production. It is used for arthritis, delirium, emotional trauma, headache, insomnia, neuralgia, and restlessness. It is antispasmodic and sedative.

    Valerian root is a smooth muscle and skeletal relaxant. Try it for cramps, headache, insomnia, neuralgia, shingles, stress and trauma. Valerian is anodyne, antispasmodic, and sedative.

    White Willow bark contains salicin; one of the original aspirin compounds and is a traditional herb for arthritis, backache, gout, headache, joint inflammation, migraine, and general pain. It is an analgesic, anodyne, and anti-inflammatory.

    Vitamin B-1 and calcium raise one’s pain threshold.

    Vitamins C and E are necessary for the production of endorphins.

    Magnesium can help relax muscle spasms.
    DLPA is made from the essential amino acid, phenylalanine. DLPA works by inhibiting the enzymes that destroy endorphins so that the naturally occurring endorphins can survive longer. DLPA helps relieve chronic pain, yet does not block the nerve transmission of short-term acute pain. Although DLPA is considered to be very safe, it should not be used with MAO inhibiting drugs, during pregnancy or by phenylketonurics.

    Exercise and Bodywork
    Exercise and acupuncture help stimulate endorphin production. So effective is acupuncture, that in the Orient it is sometimes used by itself as anesthesia during surgeries.

    Yoga, Rolfing, massage, chiropractic and osteopathic work may all help relieve pain. Check out the book Somatics by Thomas Hanna. Practice deep slow breathing. Visualize inhaling healing light and exhaling pain out of your body. The color blue is considered anti-inflammatory. Some have found that exposure to blue light; visualizing breathing in the color blue, or simply wearing blue helps them to experience less pain. Tighten the area around where the pain is centered and then release can help to alleviate achiness.

    Some find it helpful to write about their experience with pain in a journal. This may even help you to find clues such as “pain is lessened on the days where you take a walk:” or eat all raw,” for example. Art can be used to describe your pain. Is it like a biting dog or burning flames? Draw or paint it. In your mind’s eye, muzzle the dog or pour water on the fire. Then draw the images that may soothe pain and visualize them giving relief.

    Topical Applications
    Most throbbing pain will be best relieved by a cold application, such as an ice pack or cool compress. If it hurts too much to touch, cold is usually your best bet. Sharp pain is often remedied by heat such as a hot water bottle or hot herbal compress. A hot bath in which pain relieving herb teas or Epsom salts (1 pound) has been added may also be of benefit.
    Before putting anything on the area get a sense of what is appropriate. Heat or cold? Heavy or light?

    Things that can be used topically include castor oil, charcoal poultices, hot ginger tea, hot salt packs, or cold mashed cucumbers. Essential oils can be used in topical liniments to help relieve pain. Among the most pain relieving are birch, cajeput, camphor, chamomile, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, peppermint, rosemary and wintergreen.

    Since many of the drugs available for pain and when used for extended periods can be habit forming, cause fatigue and mental fogginess, and even constipation, it may well be worth exploring alternatives to. Whenever possible, correct the cause of pain. Om shanti. Thank you for teaching me.

    and from Mapuana-

    “Aloha Kakahiaka Kakou/All,   Mahalo nui loa Mary for the tip on MSM.  Several months ago I first learned of DMSO and MSM and how it was used on animals and humans.  From your great results and encouragement, I decided to research it more and try it so I purchased some on Sat.  My left knee had been throbbing, swollen and painful for several days.  As soon as I got home from shopping, I drank the suggested dose of 1/2 tsp. mixed in warm water 2 x a day, and the relief was immediate!!  I than applied some of the solution on the affected area and it certainly helped.  Today, 3 days later, I have not experienced any more pain.  The results also includes more energy. Thanks so much Mary, I’m am so very grateful to you.”

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