What is the Message in Pain? Find Relief with Herbal Pain Remedies
At various times in our lives we all experience pain. Below you will find some suggestions for herbal pain relief products, and herbal pain remedies.
Before you explore some of our favorite natural pain relief solutions enjoy reading a thought filled article by Toria, who explores pain as a journey for deeper self exploration.
Dealing with Chronic Pain
By Toria Betson
How do we deal with chronic pain? We can use visualization, acupuncture, massage, hot or cold compresses, diet, and a myriad of other methods to lesson the pain. I guess the question I am really asking, is how do we keep a healthy attitude about pain?
Do we get angry, maybe blame God? Do we feel sorry for ourselves, and ask, “why me?”
As I write this, my jaw is swollen like a couple of grapefruit. I’ve had TMJ since at least the ’80’s, and am trying my third appliance to heal it. This time it’s a splint that has to be worn 24 hours a day. My jaw is being completely realigned, and is not too happy about it.
Continuous pain wears you down, real fast. It can be all consuming, which makes it difficult to focus on daily obligations.
Being kind to yourself is crucial, but can be so difficult to do. It’s all too easy to feel guilty for not keeping up with household chores, or for being a little short of temper on those really bad days. The truth is, we need to give ourselves a break. We need to build up our energy. Guilt and stress only lead to tension, which equals more pain.
I’ve been having a little trouble with self-forgiveness, because I broke down and resorted to a non-alternative form of pain relief. I needed a real break from the unrelenting pain. So, after much kicking of self, I decided as a last resort to take Vicodin. The Vicodin has allowed me to take my mind off the pain for a while, which has helped my muscles to relax.
I’ve really felt I’ve been in the universal flow lately, and I was very concerned that taking prescription painkillers would change all that. The lightheadedness certainly doesn’t help me feel grounded, but on the other hand, it’s hard to be ‘open’ when all I can think about is how much my jaw hurts. Like in all things, I suppose balance is key. I can change what I can, and accept that which I can’t. I can do what I can to help the swelling go down, and to help my body heal, but the fact remains, while my jaw is readjusting to its new and ultimately healthier position, it’s going to hurt!
So, do we look at pain as the enemy, to be battled and fought (sounds exhausting to me!), or can we recognize it as an ally, a messenger, and or a teacher? Can we find the gift within pain?
Obviously, pain is most often a warning that something is wrong. Without pain, we may put off making the changes, or getting the help, we need.
Can pain help us move forward in our personal evolution? If one allows pain to open their heart, then like the archetypal wounded healer, experiencing pain can give one empathy and compassion for others who suffer. Almost every energy healer I know has been through great physical and or emotional pain. It was their own experiences of pain that led them to help others.
One of the greatest gifts I received from pain was given to me as a child; I learned to leave my body. I would detach, and actually see myself from above. I was able to witness what was happening to me, without having to feel it. It certainly isn’t something that can or should be done all the time, and all the pain does later resurface, but it’s a handy ability. That skill later made shamanic journeying very easy for me.
I’ve been asking myself if the pain in my jaw is a metaphor for what is going on in my life? Does it represent the need to express myself creatively, and with words? It was right about the same time I began to blog here at HealthyNewAge.com, that news of a TMJ specialist with excellent outcomes, and a strong push from my dentist to see her, brought me to this place of healing. Did accepting this opportunity to blog set the wheels in motion for the universe to put a new healing option in my path?
I realize the questions I am asking are coming from the point of view of someone who is lucky, because she sees a pain free future ahead of her. Perhaps I would feel differently if such a future was only a distant dream, or if I had different kinds of pain.
I asked the universe for assistance in following the path that is best for my evolution. I am grateful for this opportunity to heal what has been a decades long problem. I have no doubt I am right where I am supposed to be, with “in” pain.
Natural Pain Management Suggestions
Wild Lettuce; Valerian Root; Scullcap; Blue Vervain; Arnica; Lobelia; Cayenne.
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