By Redd Remedies
Why do we hurt? We hurt because there is something wrong. You might have stepped on something sharp, pulled a muscle, have degraded cartilage causing bone to rub on bone, or thousands of other possible causes. It’s common to focus on the cause of your pain. But let’s look at how your body feels pain, which will help you reduce or maybe eliminate the pain while you are working on the physical cause.
Let’s start by looking at the definition of pain. “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that is associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” Did you catch that? Pain is both a sensory and emotional experience. This explains why we can have the same “sensory” experience, but experience very different levels of pain. Pain is always determined in our brains!
We tend to have an allopathic approach to what we believe is the best approach to dealing with our pain. The medical community says to take an anti-inflammatory, because where there is pain there is inflammation. So reducing the inflammation will reduce the pain. There is some truth to that, of course. Most people have experienced some level of relief by taking a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID). It is interesting to me that the natural community tends to lean in the same direction. We look for the strongest herbal anti-inflammatory with expectation that it will work similarly, but without the same side effects.
This approach stops short of a complete solution. As we just learned, pain is much more than just a sensory or inflammatory problem. To address pain from a “whole body” or “whole body and mind” perspective, there are 4 main objectives that should be addressed.
Objective # 1: Calm Your Mind. When your mind is calm, the pain sensation is not nearly as strong.
Objective # 2: Stress. Pain causes significant stress on your body. There are special herbs known as adaptogens that are amazing at helping your body manage the stress response. Building your strength by using these herbs to manage this response will reduce the level of pain you feel.
Objective # 3: Circulation. Delivering oxygen and other nutrients to your muscles and other body tissues will help to reduce pain significantly.
Objective # 4: Take an Herbal Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation should not be ignored, but addressed as part of a formula that supports the whole body approach.