Everyone experiences physical pain as the body’s way of telling us something is wrong and needs healing. There are countless forms of pain from acute or chronic to joint or nerve. Most forms can be self-managed with the right combination of heat and cold therapy and herbal supplements for pain and inflammation.
About Pain and Types of Pain
Pain is a highly individualized experience but operates through similar sensory and emotional pathways in all humans. Different people have different pain responses and thresholds and some are better at ignoring pain than others.
But pain is an important message to pay attention to. It’s useful to learn how to describe the different types of pain so you can determine the underlying cause and apply to right treatments.
Acute pain vs. Chronic Pain: When you first feel or notice your pain, it’s important to determine whether it’s an acute or chronic pain. Acute pain comes on suddenly, goes away quickly, and is typically the result of immediate injury, damage or distress. Chronic pain is the opposite—a potentially constant, underlying pain that’s typically attributed to a long-term illness. Chronic pain can also cause emotional and psychological damage over time, as it leads to sustained suffering.1,2
In addition to dividing your pain into acute vs. chronic categories, there are also different types of pain that affect different parts of the body. Different areas of pain are caused by different conditions, some more treatable and manageable than others.
Below are some common forms of pain:1
Menstrual Pain: Affecting many women of child-bearing age, menstrual pain cause pelvic cramping and bloating and lasts throughout the menstrual cycle. Because menstrual pain goes away after menstruation, it’s generally considered an acute form of pain compared to other chronic conditions.
Fibromyalgia: As a chronic condition, fibromyalgia causes long-term, sustained pain throughout the entire body and affects the bones and muscles.
Arthritis Joint Pain: Arthritic joint pain is caused by inflammation in the joint tissues and is considered a chronic disease. There are several different types of arthritis, each with their own causes.
Nerve Pain: Nerve pain can either be acute or chronic depending on its cause, such as injury vs. nerve pain caused by diabetes.
Muscle Pain: Muscle pain can occur for several reasons such as sprains and strains or as the result of becoming dehydrated or overusing certain muscle groups.
Top Herbal Supplements for Pain
Many of the above conditions can be treated using the following herbal supplements for pain:
Ginger - Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic that can help alleviate chronic pain.
Turmeric - The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, is a natural anti-inflammatory known for treating arthritis and fibromyalgia pain.
Cayenne Pepper - The capsaicin compound in cayenne pepper is a natural pain reliever and can treat a variety of pain types including nerve pain, migraines and cramps.
Grapefruit Juice - Grapefruit juice is a home remedy for treating arthritis symptoms by reducing inflammation.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar has natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s a versatile home remedy that can be taken orally for menstrual and muscle pain or applied topically to relieve joint pain.