In pain? You’re not alone. There are so many ailments that can cause achy, stiff joints. While many people find help from pain relieving drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen, and other anti-inflammatory medicines, those pharmaceutical drugs can be harsh on the body (especially the liver). Herbal remedies, healthy foods, and exercise are all great ways to help relieve joint pain and stiffness. Here’s a list of pain relieving herbs to help you reduce your dependence on Big Pharma.
Boswellia, or Indian Frankincense as it is also known, has been used for centuries in folk medicine for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.
It is known traditionally to be an effective pain reliever, and it is believed to help prevent the loss of cartilage in joints. Boswellia works by preventing the creation of leukotrienes that are a known cause of inflammation.
A cautionary note: this herb can interact with, and dampen the effectiveness of, other anti-inflammatories and medications. Also, it is advised that pregnant women avoid this herb as it may lead to miscarriage.