Pain is an odd thing. We all experience it, but usually never in the same way. As a result, managing pain is difficult. Thankfully there are many over the counter option readily available. Except, this isn’t always your best choice. 

In this article, let’s try to understand why you feel pain, and what are some brands that provide alternatives to what you find in the pharmacy..

Why Pain Occurs in the Body

Pain occurs in the body as an initial response to tissue damage. Pain is part of the body’s defense mechanism that warns us to take steps that will prevent further injury. This is done through special nerves called nociceptors. These detect tissue damage and send signals to the brain.

Pain isn’t always the immediate response, however. The classic example is when you touch something hot and you jerk back, then feel a sharp pain a second later. In this situation, prioritizing a signal to jerk back is more beneficial than sending a pain signal and waiting for you to make a conscious decision to pull away. 

While there is a general consensus about what the term pain refers to, it should be noted there are two general types of pain. The first is acute pain, which is generally intense but short-lived. Acute pain occurs when the body needs to send an alarm about localized tissue damage. Acute pain is considered somatic if it occurs on the skin or soft tissues just below the skin, while visceral acute pain originates in the internal organs in the linings of the body’s cavities. Chronic pain lasts much longer than acute pain and cannot be resolved easily. Chronic pain can be mild or severe, continuous (like arthritis) or intermittent (like migraines).

Alternatives for Temporary Pain Relief

Ancient chinese herbalism is an interesting and potentially beneficial source for comfort in the body. Tiger Balm is a brand of skin care products that use herbal ingredients and traditional herbal wisdom to create soothing creams, gels and more. The brand’s origins stem back to Aw Chun Kin, an herbalist who worked in the Guangxu Emperor’s court in the 1870s. Kin eventually developed his own herbal operation selling special ointments, before leaving this work to his sons who changed the name to Tiger Balm.

Another brand, Gaia Herbs, provides products for soothing joints, providing gentler sleep, relaxation, and a whole lot more. Gaia Herbs is unique because of its “living laboratory.” This on-site, state-of-the-art lab in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is where Gaia Herbs tests and processes all of its products. The staff at Gaia Herbs takes pride in learning from nature. They are committed to treating the earth with the utmost respect by using only organically fertilized soil. 

Yet another brand that takes a compassionate, ecological approach to their medicine is Boiron. Boiron’s work in homeopathy has lead to awards such as the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Brand in Flu Products. Boiron’s top-selling medicine is Oscillococcinum, which is suggested for use by people with symptoms such as body aches, fever, chills and fatigue. 

Boiron’s roots trace back to 1932 France, but they have had an American presence since 1983. It took just a decade for Boiron to become a leading U.S. provider of homeopathic formulas, with products offering support for swelling, cold symptoms, intestinal discomfort, and so much more.

When it comes to helping find relief for painful symptoms, there are quite a few options out there. Some of the best methods for pain management are both herbal products and homeopathics.

Thankfully, there are many good natural products that come from brands like Tiger Balm, Gaia Herbs, and Boiron.