Effective Natural Therapies for Pain

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum discusses some of his favorite natural therapies for pain — from willow bark to passionflower.

| May 13, 2013

  • “Pain Free 1-2-3,” by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, offers over 100 natural and prescription treatment ideas for pain.
    Cover Courtesy McGraw-Hill
  • Saint-John's-wort has been found to be helpful in treating neuropathic pain for some people. This treatment is safe, inexpensive and helps depression.
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Pain Free 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill, 2006) demonstrates the three critical components for healing tissue: getting optimum nutrition and sleep, correcting hormonal levels, and eliminating the factors that put stress on the body. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum provides more than 100 treatments combining both natural and prescription approaches to guide you in aiding the body in healing, locating the source of pain and tailoring treatments for maximum effect. The excerpt below comes from chapter 11, “Natural Therapies.”

You can buy this book in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Pain Free 1-2-3.

Many natural therapies can be very helpful for pain. My three favorite pain-relieving herbs are willow bark, boswellia, and cherry. Let's look more closely at these three herbs.

Willow Bark

Willow bark is the original source of aspirin, but when used as the entire herb it has been found to be much safer than aspirin and more effective. The active ingredient is salicin, and willow bark has been shown to be effective in both osteoarthritis and back pain. People who are severely allergic to aspirin (those with aspirin-induced asthma or anaphylaxes, which are very unusual) should not use willow bark. Like aspirin and Celebrex, willow bark acts as a cyclooxygenase enzyme (COX) inhibitor, decreasing inflammation.

There is clearly a combination of other elements in willow bark that markedly enhances its effectiveness and safety — which can be a major benefit over aspirin and NSAIDs such as Motrin. Unfortunately aspirin and NSAIDs cause an enormous amount of gastritis and ulcer bleeding to the extent of killing fifteen thousand to twenty thousand Americans yearly! The studies on willow bark are quite consistent in showing its effectiveness and safety in reducing pain. Let's look at some of the research.

1/12/2015 1:47:33 PM

Where can one find the End Pain tablets?

5/20/2013 8:36:08 PM

Dr.Teitelbaum must know something considering he spent YEARS in med school, then more years in internship...

Does he know EVERYTHING? no he does not....nobody can know everything, that is physically & mentally impossible.

But I will trust him & what he has to say before I would trust this "New Age Medicine"...

By my way of thinking,  if it was good enough for the people 200 years ago(talking about the herbs & other plant material), it good enough for me today.

I'm not saying that Mr.Bonsor is wrong & the Dr. is right, I'm just saying that I do not know enough about this "New Age Medicine" & therefor I will not use it.

5/18/2013 5:11:20 PM

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum has no clue what the word effective means. None of the chemicals/herbs named will "fix/heal" damaged or distressed tissue and without fixing/healing those damaged/distressed tissues will just keep on generating pain signals regardless of how hard you block that signal.

There is only one way to stop the generation of a pain signal....fix the problem...or suffer till you die...pick one!

Here's the how to information.



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