Buzzfeed recently published an article discussing ways to use holistic medicine for pain mild to moderate pain relief. Americans have reach epidemic levels of chronic pain and the use of over-the-counter pain remedies has tripled in the country since the 1920s. Medicines like Tylenol, Aleve, and Advil have become consistently consumed by a majority of the general public. These medicines have also been linked to dangerous conditions like liver damage, cancer, stomach bleeding, and ulcers. This list of holistic treatment can relieve everyday aches and pains without the introduction of toxic chemicals to the body.
Steaming is a holistic treatment that has been used since ancient times to relieve pain in the back, sore muscles, and congestion. Steam can be applied directly to the affected area or it can be released in a confined space to dilate blood vessels that are generally constricted to cause painful tension.
Acupuncture is another holistic treatment that has roots in ancient Chinese culture. The treatment involves the use of very small needles which are inserted into strategic places on the body. Acupuncture is especially beneficial for those suffering from chronic back or neck pain and is intended to cause a release of pressure points. Acupuncture is also beneficial for those struggling with intense or chronic headaches.
Heat Therapy is a commonly used holistic technique that involves the use of heating pads, blankets, or devices to relieve aches and pains. Heat therapy is scientifically based, and may prevent sore areas from becoming sore in the future. Heat can be administered at different levels of intensity to achieve the desired effect.
Chiropractic holistic practices involve the manipulation of muscles and bones in the spine to achieve balance alleviate pain associated with the alignment of the bones. Chiropractic medicine has become quite popular in the United States and clinics that perform this treatment can be found in most cities.
Many other treatments are available for the holistic treatment of pain and soreness.