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Pain Relief Alternatives

Nature's Alternatives to Ease Pain 

The good news is if you have pain, some alternatives can be an effective and safe way to ease the pain. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Physicians recommend trying non-drug treatments for pain relief as the first course of action.

Usually, nature's alternatives to ease pain do not cause any side effects. Plus, some treatments have additional benefits besides reducing pain. Consider the following ways to ease the pain: 

Topical Pain Relief

Topical pain relievers can be a great way to treat aches and pain. Topical medications provide relief without causing the systemic side effects of oral drugs. Topical pain relievers may be in the form of a lotion, spray, gel, and cream and are applied directly to the skin. Many topical pain relievers work by blocking nerve endings close to the skin. Look for a topical reliever that contains ingredients, such as menthol, arnica, or trolamine salicylate, which may help to decrease the discomfort. Other beneficial ingredients include Capsicum, Aloe Vera, Emu Oil, Willow Bark, and More.


Applying heat to a painful area can decrease soreness and improve blood flow. It also relaxes the muscles and can ease painful spasms. You can use dry heat or moist heat to ease pain. For example, apply dry heat by using a heating pad or dry heat packs. Use moist heat by applying a warm towel or sitting in a warm bath. Use heat for 20 to 30 minutes several times a day. Be careful to avoid burning the skin when applying heat. 


Stretching can also be an effective way to decrease pain, especially low back pain. The specific stretches to do depends on the muscle or area of the body that is sore. General stretching guidelines to decrease pain include stretching gently and slowly and holding the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds. 

It’s also important to avoid stretching cold muscles. Walk for about five minutes to warm up your muscles before stretching. Try stretching once or twice daily to decrease pain. Keep in mind; you should feel the stretch, but if you feel sudden or sharp pain, stop stretching. 


The saying “mind over matter” may be true when it comes to meditation and pain. Research published in the Journal of Neuroscience indicated that meditation significantly reduced pain in study participants. There are different types of meditation that may help pain. Most studies used mindful meditation. Classes, books, and webinars are available to teach meditation. Meditation may take practice before it is an effective pain reducer. 

Herbs and Supplements 

Several herbs and supplements may also reduce pain. Herbs and supplements are generally safe for most people to take. But it’s always best to talk with your healthcare provider before taking them. Some of the most common pain reducing herbs and supplements include: 

  • Joint Support Supplements: There are herbal blends of supplements that contain beneficial ingredients for the health of joints and cartilage, which can help reduce common aches and pains.
  • White willow bark: One of the compounds in white willow bark is salicin, which converts to salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is one of the components in aspirin. Naturally occurring salicin appears to cause fewer side effects than aspirin. 
  • Turmeric: Turmeric, which contains the active ingredient curcumin, may also be effective in reducing pain. Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, which may decrease certain types of pain. In research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, turmeric was as effective as ibuprofen in treating pain due to knee osteoarthritis. 
  • Omega-3: Omega-3 is a fatty acid that has been found to have several health benefits including decreasing pain. Omega-3 is thought to affect the same biochemical pathways in the brain as pain medications. It also decreases inflammation, which reduces pain. 

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Depending on the type of pain you have, acupuncture or acupressure may be an effective natural treatment. Both treatments involve stimulating pressure points in the body. Specific pressure points are associated with certain areas of the body. By stimulating the pressure points, it restores balance in the body and treats various conditions including pain. Acupuncture and acupressure may also promote the release of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that reduces pain naturally. 

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Inflammation Information

What causes inflammation?

Inflammation causes pain by squeezing the nerves within your injury or condition, which sends a pain signal to the brain, which is now trying everything it can internally to heal the painful injury or unhealthy condition. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body's white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues. resulting in swelling and inflammation. This protective response stimulates nerves and causes pain and discomfort, even thought it is a vital part of the healing process. Your body is using your pain to create inflammation to help heal wounds, injuries, and conditions. Inflammation is your body's attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria; and repair the damaged tissue due to injury or an unhealthy condition. Chronic inflammation contributes to numerous diseases and can make you overweight, irritable, uncomfortable, have a negative attitude, sleeplessness, feel tired, lack of appetite, and an over sense of lack of well being. There are three main stages of inflammation which can each vary in intensity and duration. They are the Acute swelling, The Sub-Acute Regenerative healing stage and the Chronic stage where tissue is trying to heal and restore you back to a healthy physical, mental, and emotional condition, while in daily pain and suffering.  Symptoms of inflammation include: Redness, Swelling, Soreness, Joint pain, stiffness and loss of function. 

At some point your brain and body needs help in getting rid of the swelling and inflammation, so that you can complete the healing process and be well again. That is why your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers, so that you can heal faster and be happier during the healing process. Take away the inflammation and you take away the pain! Take away the pain and your body will have the added healing energy it needs to restore you from an unhealthy to a healthy condition. Irritating, aggravating, and re-injuring yourself is very common as you need to move around and function as normal as you are able. Inflammation is both a healing element and a chronic long term condition that keeps your from healing and getting better. Reduction and removal of the swelling is a natural part of the final healing process and Mana Kokua - "Powerful Healer", gives you the pain relief you need in order to heal and restore you back to health. Mana Kokua gives your all of the natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory healers that your need in order to BE PAIN FREE NOW, which  helps you to be well again.

What should I eat when I have pain causing inflammation, that will help speed up the healing process? 

These are only some of the foods that have been shown to help reduce inflammation. You may heal faster if you Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your daily diet:

  • Olive oil and Coconut oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds.
  • Leafy greens, including spinach and kale.
  • Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel.
  • Fruits including blueberries, cherries, pineapple, and oranges.
  • Chia seeds and flaxseed.
  • Cage free, non-GMO feed, organic eggs

What should I NOT eat when I have pain causing inflammation? 

 These are only some of the foods that aggravate inflammation and slow down the healing process:

  • Fried  foods such as French fries and fried fish, Vegetable and Seed Oils such  as Corn oil, Soybean oil, Canola oil, standard cooking oil.
  • While  organic eggs are high in the anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid  arachidonic acid, commercial eggs cause inflammation partly because the  chickens are fed GMO soy and Genetically Modified corn, rather than  their natural organic diet. 
  • GMO soy, GMO corn which is what High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from, and any of the many Genetically Modified Foods found in our supermarkets today. Nine out of 10 things you buy at the grocery store have at least one GMO ingredient. Eating organic is the only alternative and healthy solution. European studies prove that eating GMO foods, causes inflammation in the body.
  • All refined Carbohydrates such as White bread, white pasta, pastries, candy, pies, chips, white crackers, cookies and other processed foods.
  • Sugar, Soda and all sugary drinks which are filled with High-Fructose Corn Syrup and simple carbohydrates.  Table sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the two main types of added sugar in the diet and also may cause obesity and diabetes.  
  • Red meat and processed Deli meat or Cold-cuts.
  • Margarine and lard.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco 
  • Table Salt and preservatives.
  • Dairy is a star player at every meal. It's clear that a diet high in saturated fats, which are plentiful in cheese and full-fat dairy products, can increase inflammation. The body creates swelling, bloating, and inflammation as an immune response to milk, cheese, etc, to protect it from a cow’s milk intended only for a cow’s calf. We are the only species on earth that eats another animal’s milk and we drink it as adults, not babies, well into our elderly years. 

Anti-Inflammatory Drinks

    Apple Cider Vinegar Drink. Apple cider vinegar contains a variety of nutrients that help in its ability to do many things in the body that reduce inflammation fairly quickly. It contains vitamin C that reduces inflammation, stress, and contributes to a healthy immune system to keep the body strong.

  • Turmeric Tea
  • Berry Beet Blast Smoothie 
  • Pineapple & Ginger Juice

    It is highly recommended to start your day with lemon and water on an empty stomach,, upon rising to improve digestion, liver function and to enjoy its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric and limes will also increase the wonderful anti-inflammatory, liver and digestive benefits.

    Coffee, which contains polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory compounds, may protect against inflammation,

What vitamin and supplements should I be taking to help reduce my inflammation?

Some people use supplements to try to help manage joint pain and reduce inflammation. Glucosamine, chondroitin, omega-3, and green tea are just a few of them. Glucosamine helps keep the cartilage in joints healthy and may have an anti-inflammatory effect. Natural glucosamine levels drop as people age. Research has show the following to help with reducing or eliminating pain due to inflammation along with Mana Kokua.

  •  Alpha-Lipoic Acid. Alpha-lipoic acid is a fatty acid made by your body.
  • Curcumin. Curcumin is a component of the spice turmeric. 
  • Fish Oil
  • Ginger
  • Reseveratrol
  • Spirulina powder, tabs, or capsules. 
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Probiotics

    In recent years, much attention has been paid to its possible immune and inflammatory benefits of vitamin C and D.  Low vitamin D levels have been associated with several diseases including asthma, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Cloves
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

What is the best prescription drug for inflammation and pain?

Many prescription drugs prescribed by your doctor for inflammation are heavily advertised on television, because so many people have pain caused by inflammation. It is available by prescription, and comes with a list inside the package, of the many unhealthy side effects and serious health warnings about potential risk while using the drug. The list inside the box or TV commercial usually ends with anal bleeding and death! But even long-term use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen (Advil, Aleve, and Motrin) may carry some of the same risks. Many doctors prescribe painkillers, medical marijuana, steroids, surgery, various medical procedures, anti-inflammatories, and a host of other pharmaceutical drugs. .The following list is an example of NSAIDs available:

  • Aspirin
  • CDelecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Diclofenac (Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren-XR, Zipsor, Zorvolex)
  • Diflunisal (Dolobid - discontinued brand)
  • Etodolac (Lodine - discontinued brand)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin)