The way of living today in the stressful environment at work and at home, many difficulties to manage some problems and dealing with demands of modern society, are influencing the overall human health. The people are suffering from various pain, such as a headache (a migraine), chest pain (which is hard to evaluate), joint pain, back pain, pain related to chronic neurological disorders or malign tumors and many others. Generally, acute and chronic pain is becoming more and more common in people’s lives today.
To relieve pain most of the people take prescription drugs, such as Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
What are NSAIDs?
To that group of drugs belong ibuprofen, ketorolac, and diclofenac, which are most commonly used as analgesics (pain relievers). Their effectiveness is due to the cyclooxygenase enzymes (COX-1 and COX-2) which induces inflammation. These drugs are easy to obtain, cheap, and efficient in most cases of mild to moderate pain relief. However, in many cases, NSAIDs have different side effects, mostly due to the long-term use.
Side Effects of NSAIDs
The most common side effects are gastrointestinal that appear because NSAIDs inhibit the synthesis of protective prostaglandins, causing micro-injuries to the gastrointestinal mucosa. The usual consequences are stomach or intestinal ulcers, but many studies have also shown that NSAIDs can worsen the symptoms of hypertension.
When the ibuprofen or other NSAIDs are used a longer period of time it can cause kidney problems, too, and thus it leads to fluid retention and swelling because the function of the kidney is diminished. As cardiovascular effects of NSAIDs are the most serious, these medications should be replaced in persons with coronary heart disease and increased risk of stroke.
This is also the case with asthmatic patients and those who have problems with allergies because they can worsen the symptoms of asthma and allergy to some components of NSAIDs.
Natural Alternatives to NSAIDs
Because of mentioned side effects, many people are trying to find some alternative ways to heal pain, by using natural remedies, which have been shown very effective since the ancient times.
According to many studies, the ginger root extract can help women with menstrual-related pain with the same effects as ibuprofen.
In order to relieve the leg caused by advanced atherosclerosis in leg arteries, many people use Ginkgo biloba extract, which has the extraordinary effects. Another natural painkiller is olive oil, especially for the persons with chronic pain.
HERE ARE SOME MORE NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO IBUPROFEN:
- White Willow Bark
- Holy basil
- Turmeric or Curcumin Extract
- Omega Fatty Acids
- Chili peppers
- Capsaicin (Chili Pepper)
- Essential Oils