In-depth guide: Relieve pain without medication
We take more pain pills than ever. But they can cause side effects - and more pain, especially in women. Here is the guide that will give you the best alternative remedies and methods for pain relief.
Rosehip: Rosehip is rich in vitamin C and has been shown in several studies to relieve pain and increase mobility, especially in osteoarthritis. Available in: LitoMove capsules or powder made from organically grown Swedish and Danish beach nips and contains the anti-inflammatory substance gopo, which according to Nordic studies, reduces the degradation and increases the build-up of cartilage. Rosehip is also found in Rosehip tablets.
Nervous stimulation: TENS, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is used, among other things, in rheumatic pain, nerve damage, and birth pain. Some types of wounds and nausea can also be treated with TENS. Electrodes attach to the skin over the painful body part, and a weak electrical current stimulates the body’s own pain relief system. The method has long been used in healthcare but is also available in the form of anti-pain pens sold in health stores and on the internet.
Shock wave therapy
Provided by orthopedics and naprapaths to treat chronic pain in joints, tendons, and muscles. Tennis elbow, heel spurs, and knee injuries are injuries that can be treated with this method. The pressure waves stimulate the body’s healing system and increase blood circulation and nutritional supply.
Laser: Treatment with therapeutic laser can relieve local inflammatory pain such as neck block and tennis elbow. An Australian study shows that the chance of pain relief in the case of neck pain is four times greater with a laser than with a placebo. According to the study, a laser can keep the pain away for up to 22 weeks. Why laser works in pain is not yet clear. Still, it may be because the laser beams that penetrate the tissue reduce inflammation and fatigue in the muscles.
Acupuncture and acupressure: Inserting thin, sterile needles into the body’s acupuncture points increases the production of endorphins, which are the body’s own painkillers. Even acupressure, pressing the points, can be effective. In health care, acupuncture and acupressure are used to treat muscle pain, neck and back pain, migraine, and nerve pain.
Treat the cause of the pain by massaging, stretching, or stretching muscles and joints. It is usually used for pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. A new study from the Karolinska Institute shows that naprapathy is more effective against back and neck pain than physical activity and pain management in doctors. The chance of the pain decreasing was 30 percent greater in those treated with naprapat.
Increases blood circulation and dissolves tension. There are many different massage methods for pain relief. In several studies, massage has proven effective against migraine and tension headaches. American scientist Candace Pert has been able to show that the body’s own pain-relieving hormones are released during body contact, such as massage. People who have fibromyalgia with chronic pain can be helped by a soft relaxing massage.
It can relieve pain, especially muscle tension. Meditation does not remove the pain, but a study from the University of Manchester in England shows that people who have long meditated experience the pain as less unpleasant. It may be due to reducing the negative expectations that something will hurt. Research also shows that meditation can help with depression, which often aggravates chronic pain.
Hypnosis can relieve both chronic and acute pain and is also used in labor pain. Learning how to self-control your pain with self-hypnosis is a method found in some pain clinics. There are also CDs with instructions for learning hypnosis.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not remove pain and pain. Still, studies show that KBT can increase the ability to cope with long-term pain and learn to live with it.
Natural & herbal medicines
The following herbals are approved by the Swedish Medicines Agency and are listed in the Swedish “Medicines Bible” Fass. They are prescription-free and can be purchased at pharmacies, health stores, and some even in the grocery store.
The root of the African herb devil’s claw, harpago, has long been used for, among other things, menses and stomach ulcers. Today it is used to relieve joint problems. According to a British study, the root is as effective in acute back pain as strong painkillers. Available in: Helaflex, a traditional herbal tablet-based medicine that relieves pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis. Sold both at pharmacies and in the grocery store.
Omega-3 is the collective name for the essential fatty acids found in oily fish and plants such as flax seeds and rapeseed. Omega-3 from fatty fish contains the fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are among other things anti-inflammatory. Studies show that omega-3 can be effective as a pain reliever in arthritis. According to some studies, omega-3 can also help with menstrual cramps. Available in: The capsules in herbal medicines Pikasol Forte and Eskimo-3 contain large amounts of useful fatty acids. Eskimo-3 is also available in liquid form. They are sold both in pharmacies and in the grocery store.
Comfrey: A herbal remedy for comfrey used to relieve mild to moderate local pain in the event of minor joint injuries. Available in: Flexagil cream
Creams: There are many non-prescription creams and gels with various active substances that relieve temporary pain in the muscles and joints. Tiger conditioner Red, Soft or White has long been used for stiff muscles and joints, and has been approved by the Swedish Medicines Agency for temporary muscle pain.
It has not been checked or registered by the Swedish Medicines Agency, but is only covered by the food legislation and sold in health stores and some pharmacies.
Ginger: The ginger’s tasty root contains painkillers that have anti-inflammatory effects and relieve pain in osteoarthritis and rheumatism. According to a Danish study, ginger can also help with migraines. Available in: The capsules Zinaxin and Glucopharyn which are used to maintain the flexibility of the joints. Zinaxin is also available as a cooling balm in pain for sports injuries, for example.
Turmeric: Herb turmeric has a long tradition in Indian folk medicine, where it is used to relieve pain and inhibit inflammation. Several studies show that the potent antioxidant is anti-inflammatory and that osteoarthritis of the knees can be relieved with the help of the herb. Available in the capsules Arosan and Fortodol S and the medicines Fortomax. Fortodol was recognized just over a year ago when a banned drug that could cause liver damage was discovered in the product. After that, production was moved from the US to Sweden, and control was tightened.
Green-leaved mussel: Off the coast of New Zealand, the green-leaved mussel is rich in omega-3 and relieves various types of joint problems. Several studies on people with osteoarthritis confirm this. Available in: Extracts from the mussel are found in the capsules Lyprinol, and combined with glucosamine and chondroitin in the Glycomega capsules.
Arrow and sallow: Bark and leaf from willow and sallow contain a substance that in the body is converted to salicylic acid, the same substance that is the active substance, including Treo and Magnecyl. Available in: Tea cooked on willow bark and willow leaves have traditionally been used for headaches and migraines.
ASU, Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables, is an oil extracted from avocado and soybeans. A French study of people with knee and hip arthritis is one of several studies showing that the oil relieves pain and improves joint mobility. Available in: Among other things in Avosol capsules.
The body’s own salt hyaluronic acid “lubricates” the joints and is used for pain relief in osteoarthritis. The substance is extracted from rooster combs but can also be produced synthetically. The acid is often given by injection. Available in: Nutrilenk active in capsule form, which has not been studied scientifically.
The organic protein keratin builds up cartilage in the joints and is used for pain in osteoarthritis and, according to some studies, can have an anti-inflammatory effect. Available in: The Cynatine FLX medicine contains keratin made from wool from New Zealand sheep.
Chondroitin: Several studies show that chondroitin, which is part of human cartilage tissue, relieves both pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis. Available in: Kondroitin is available in the Arosan capsules and combined with rosehip in the tablets Nypozin.
Try it yourself at home!
Relaxation: When you get sore muscles, you often tighten the muscles even more, which leads to even more pain. Then it can help to calm down breathing and pulse with relaxation. You can take the help of CDs, and there are also websites with suggestions for relaxation exercises.
Physical activity: Physical activity has proven effects against migraine and back and neck pain, among other things. Which exercise form you choose plays less role, but above all, fitness training has proven effective as pain relief. Many doctors also today prescribe physical activity, FaR, specially adapted to the patient’s diagnosis.
Heat: A heating pad, heat pad, or hot water bottle is an old trick that temporarily relieves pain in the case of menstrual pain or stomach pain. The heat should be above 40 degrees to block the pain receptors in the body, British researchers have found.
Cooling: Just like heat, cold blocks the body’s pain receptors. A cooling lamp or ice cubes in a towel can, therefore, be used for temporary pain such as splints.