Chronic pain is a condition that can make us physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted.
And despite the fact that we can take pain medications, many are not available on a prescription and, therefore, are not suitable for people with chronic pain.
But it turns out that there are a number of herbal medicines that are very effective in relieving pain, and many people find them very effective, according to new research published in the journal PLOS One.
“The fact that the same medicines that work for treating other illnesses are effective in treating chronic pain makes them very valuable in treating patients with chronic diseases,” says Dr. Yulia Tikhonova, a professor of integrative medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The research found that patients with pain suffered significantly less with some herbal medicines than others.
The results were surprising, because many patients were prescribed some of the most common herbal medicines, including the popular painkillers OxyContin and Vicodin, and they did not feel the difference.
“There are many herbs that work well for treating chronic diseases, but for the patients who are suffering from chronic pain, they are not the best ones,” says Tikhontova.
“It’s a bit surprising that they work better for pain, but not for other diseases.”
In the study, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden recruited 100 patients with severe pain who were suffering from pain for at least a year.
Participants were randomly assigned to take either a placebo or a single dose of an herbal medicine.
The study found that the herbal medicine did not improve the patients’ pain, which is why it had a lower effect on pain patients.
“This was a very clear finding,” says co-author and professor of medicine at Karolinum University, Dr. Peter Nilsson.
The herbal medicine in question, which they call ‘apropos’, was a blend of three different herbs: sage, thyme, and bergamot.
The herbs were given as an extract, which was added to the patients food and water to make it easier for them to swallow.
The group was also given an alternative to the herb, called ‘preps’.
The researchers say that it is very unlikely that the herbs are causing the difference in pain, because the painkillers have a lower affinity to the brain.
However, they did find that the preps worked better than the placebo, and the patients experienced fewer side effects, including headache and fatigue.
And when it came to the other benefits, they found that it was the herbal products that were more effective than the alternative preparations, like ‘propos’.
“The combination of the herbal ingredients was better than either placebo or preps, and also significantly better than a placebo and preps combined,” Nilsson said.
This is very important because if the patients were not receiving painkillers, it’s very hard to find an alternative, which means that they might be getting worse pain.
This has been a problem for a long time, according, says Nilsson, because there is no way to know if painkillers are really beneficial in chronic pain and that a combination of herbs could be an effective treatment.
And now that they are showing that there is an effect of herbs on pain, it makes sense to think that there might be an effect on other diseases as well.
“I think it’s possible that other diseases are also affected by this interaction, which could explain why we do not see the results we would have expected,” he says.
“We do not know if this is the case with other chronic diseases and other diseases that are more severe, or if it’s just a rare disease that is caused by a combination.”
There are a lot of herbs out there, but it’s important to get the right one.
“Some of them are very potent and are used for a very long time.
It’s important that people choose a reliable one,” says Nilson.
“In this particular case, it seems to be the best one, and it’s a very good one.”
What you need to know about chronic pain: Why are painkillers still so popular?
Chronic pain affects about one in four people in the United States.
Many people do not take painkillers regularly, and a growing number of experts believe that their use has increased dramatically over the past decade.
“Painkillers have been around for decades,” says Nina Jha, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“They’re not as widely used anymore, and people are not going to go to the doctor for them anymore.”
For some people, painkillers can be a lifesaver.
“For people who can’t tolerate painkillers and are on the verge of death, it can be very important to have painkillers in order to be able to make the transition to a more hospitable and comfortable living situation,” says Jha.
“One of the reasons is because they can be helpful in relieves pain,