Dr. Mary Galloway • Newberg, Oregon

Natural Treatments for Pain

  • Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Your body is very smart. If something is wrong, it will tell you, even if it has to resort to the game of charades to do so. Hunger, thirst, itching and pain are just some of the ways the body tells you that it needs help.

Pain is especially difficult to live with. Perhaps you can’t find the source of your pain to make it stop. Perhaps your pain is permanent. Pain can drain your energy and put a negative spin on your life. How can you relieve, or at least manage your pain to live life as fully as possible using natural treatments?

If pain is due to a recent injury, homeopathic Arnica can help. Dissolve 3 pellets under your tongue and repeat as the pain returns. Rubbing homeopathic Arnica cream or gel on the injury can also help – just be sure to not put it on broken skin. Homeopathic Arnica can be used with other medications safely.

If the pain is due to arthritis, homeopathic Rhus Tox or Arnica can be used. Stretching exercises to increase joint mobility will help reduce the pain as well. Herbal medicines that are good for arthritis include supplements containing Turmeric, Boswellia or creams containing Capsicum.

If the pain is due to a toothache, clove oil can help keep the pain at bay until you can get to the dentist. Using a clean cotton ball or cotton swab, apply the oil directly to the tooth. Homeopathic Hypericum is useful for nerve pain due to a toothache. Dissolve 3 pellets under your tongue and repeat as the pain returns. Be sure to make an appointment with your dentist even if the pain has subsided to address the cause of the pain.

If your pain is due to a headache, you first need to determine what type of headache you have. If you have a headache accompanied by tightness in your neck and shoulders, you may have a tension headache. These are relieved by removing the tension in your neck and shoulders. Hot/cold gels (think Icy Hot) can be applied to the neck and shoulders for immediate relief. For long-term prevention, stretching exercises and meditation can relieve the tension in your neck and shoulders.

If you read, use a computer or play video games for long periods, you may have an eyestrain headache. This headache is concentrated around the eyes and can become a dull ache across your entire head. Hyland’s Headache homeopathic tablets can be used for immediate relief. Long-term solutions include resting your eyes for 5 minutes every hour and having your eyes checked to find out if you need reading glasses or if your current glasses are the correct prescription.

If you suffer from migraine headaches, Hyland’s Migraine homeopathic tablets can provide quick relief. Long-term solutions include seeing a chiropractor to be sure your neck correctly aligned, avoiding foods that contain tyramine – chocolate, aged cheeses, red wine and chocolate and using stress management techniques such as meditation and stretching exercises.

Finally, if you are not sure what is causing the pain or the pain does not go away, see your naturopathic doctor. She will help pinpoint the cause and find the best treatment for you.