9 Natural Remedies for Pain Management

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If you suffer from chronic pain, you’re not alone. One in five Americans – that’s nearly 20 million people – live with chronic pain.

That means for a large portion of the population, pain management is a daily concern. Not everyone wants to take prescription medicine, though. Luckily, there are numerous natural remedies to consider when it comes to managing pain.

If you’re not a fan of prescription drugs or Big Pharma, here are some natural pain management solutions to consider.


This ancient Eastern art of acupuncture uses fine needles, heat, and pressure to target acupoints on the body. While acupuncture points are found throughout the body, it’s commonly used to treat neck, back, and joint pain.

Acupuncture in Toronto has long been recognized as an effective method of naturally managing pain. A recent study from Harvard Medical School further supports this idea. Research found that acupuncture successfully quelled systemic inflammation in mice.


This spicy compound found in peppers, which gives the vegetable its natural kick, is also known for its pain-relieving properties. It works by interrupting your body’s neurotransmitters as they communicate pain to your brain. Essentially, it minimizes your perception of pain.

It’s easy to find capsaicin products in any pharmacy or store. It comes in many forms – ointments, gels, patches – so it’s easy to apply and target specific areas of your body in pain.


You might know turmeric as an ingredient in one of your favorite dishes, but it’s also an excellent supplement for relieving long-term pain, stiffness, and inflammation. This bright yellow spice contains the chemical curcumin, which is where it gets its pain-relieving properties.

For some extra oomph in relieving your aches and pains, pair turmeric with ginger and black pepper. The three work well together in this area. You can work them into your diet or take supplements.


Physical exercise is another way to naturally target pain and is often prescribed by doctors. By moving your body regularly, you can prevent tight muscles and stiff joints.

If you’re dealing with pain following a specific injury or incident, short-term physical therapy or a rehabilitation program can help. For long-term pain, consider joining a gym or incorporating a targeted fitness regimen into your routine to alleviate symptoms.

Fish Oil

Taking fish oil every day can reduce the amount of joint pain and discomfort you experience. Fish and fish oil are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to facilitate blood flow throughout your body and reduces inflammation. It’s also been shown to have an impact on tissue regeneration.

If you don’t like the taste of fish, don’t worry. Fish oil is available in a gel capsule, making it easy to add to your daily supplements without having to deal with the taste.


Cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s used to treat numerous ailments and promote overall wellness.

It’s used to treat mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. It’s also commonly used to alleviate symptoms associated with many physical conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy and seizure disorders, the side effects of cancer treatment, heart disease, and Parkinson’s Disease. Check out this article to find out more about the benefits of using CBD oil.

CBD comes in many forms, as well. You might opt for an oil-based tincture that can be mixed with any beverage – water, smoothies, or juices. Some people take CBD in capsule form, vape or smoke it, or ingest it in edible form. (It can be added to any baked goods, chocolate, or other candy, as well as savory dishes.)

You might also prefer topical CBD, which comes in creams, gels, or patches. These allow you to target specific areas of your body that are in pain.

Plant-Based Diet for Pain Management

Diets high in fats, meat, dairy, and processed foods are often associated with inflammation and chronic pain. By adopting a whole food and plant-based diet, you can relieve some of these symptoms.

Many vegan foods – fruits, vegetables, and legumes – are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that have anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the best plant-based foods to eat when tackling pain and inflammation include red grapes, blueberries, soy, ginger and turmeric (which we learned about earlier), and leafy greens.

Essential Oils

If you’re familiar with essential oils, then you know that they’re used for numerous ailments. Many are known for their analgesic effects and are often part of pain treatment.

Oils can be used on their own or as part of a blend. Scents that are often used for pain include lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary, and chamomile.

Use these essential oils in a diffuser to inhale their scent and enjoy their pain-relieving properties. Others incorporate drops of these oils into creams and lotions you can rub into the skin directly where you’re feeling pain.

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage offers relief to the muscles, tendons, and joints. Massage therapists apply varying levels of pressure at these points to relax your body and lower your levels of pain. Massage increases blood flow to these targeted areas, which loosens muscles, as well, and releases natural opioid-like chemicals to relieve your pain.

Enhance Your Life

If you’re concerned about pain management, read our home and health sections for more lifestyle and wellness hacks. Our writers tackle various topics to improve your life and enhance your overall well-being.

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