Dr. Randy Meltzer, a naturopathic and chiropractic professional, has maintained a private practice in New York City for more than 35 years. Dr. Randy Meltzer focuses on the development of natural care plans for chronic pain.
As with any illness or injury, the proper natural remedy for chronic pain depends on the source and type of discomfort. Many people with osteoarthritis and other inflammation-based conditions find relief using turmeric, a root related to ginger. Arthritis pain may respond similarly to devil’s claw root, which can be effective for lower back pain as well.
For nonspecific forms of chronic pain, patients may find success with willow bark. This traditional pain-relieving herb provided the active ingredient in the original formulation of aspirin, and it remains a source of long-lasting relief for many.
There are also a number of herbal remedies that treat not only the pain but also the anxiety and mental distress that often accompany chronic discomfort. Skullcap stands out as a popular treatment for both issues, as does valerian. The latter can be particularly useful in the treatment of muscle and joint pain, menstrual cramps, and headaches. Finally, kavakava root often proves helpful for those whose chronic pain is particularly linked to psychological distress, as it offers integrated mental and physical relaxation.