If I had a nickel for every time someone I’ve met has remarked, “You’re an Acupuncturist? Fantastic! I’ve been meaning to ask someone about this pain in my back/neck/knee”, I’d open up my own bank.
It probably happens with every 9 out of 10 people I meet.
A few facts about body pain:
- 7 out of 10 people will have some sort of body pain in their lives
- Chronic back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45
- 2 out of 3 people will have neck pain at some time in their life
With stats like that, it’s likely that you’re aching now or will ache soon.
Pain is often a sign of inflammation in the body that may be due to trauma, illness, injury, disease or stress. One approach to alleviating pain is to reduce inflammation.
Here are a few basics that you can easily implement to keep inflammation and pain at bay:
1) Include turmeric in your meals and even beverages
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin has natural anti-inflammatory properties and is great at improving arthritic pain.
Try making a tea by adding 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of boiling water. You may add more water to dilute the powder. I also add 1/2 teaspoon of organic raw honey for taste and may add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (which is also great for pain reduction).
You can also include turmeric as a spice when preparing meals such as scrambled eggs, salads, soups and meat dishes.
I commonly recommend a joint support product called, Procosa that my patients love (please let me know if you'd like to order Procosa). It is really effective and unique in part because it includes turmeric.
Careful because turmeric stains!
2) Go leafy green crazy
Leafy greens are packed with vitamins, minerals and powerful anti-oxidants. By providing your body with vital nutrients to work at it’s best, you make it easier for healing to take place. Furthermore, leafy greens are alkaline and will help balance the body when it’s inflamed and more acidic.
(If you have a clotting disease, you want to be mindful of the amount of greens you are eating as they are rich in Vitamin K, our blood clotting vitamin.)
3) Make sure to get in your omega’s
Omega-3, fatty acids actually suppress pro-inflammatory chemicals. Great omega-3 sources include wild salmon, walnuts and flax seeds to name a few. You can also take a high quality omega supplement, such as Biomega fish oil (please let me know if you would like to order Biomega) capsules that guarantee purity, bioavailability and zero mercury contamination.
As with any health information, please consult your physician before making any changes to your current wellness regimen.
Hope you've found this post helpful.