The Hmong have brought with their communities great knowledge into natural healing alternatives that has been passed down from their ancestors and elder generations.
Today when the use of herbal medicine has become more popular than ever, we can look into the Hmong traditions to find practical remedies that can help us alleviate symptoms and deal with pain. When it comes to true healing, using pharmaceutical drugs probably wont give you long lasting relief from pain, since the medical industry focuses on treating the symptoms but not the root of the illness.
In Hmong traditions herbal medicines where parts of plants are medically used to treat health related problems as of the most common ways to manage pain.
Even though in our society the research on herbal remedies is in initial stage, it has been known that a lot of these herbal solutions can provide relief from inflammations and body aches. Some of the most common Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief use by the Hmong and other Asian communities include:
Capsaicin is usually derived from hot Chili peppers. In fact, topical capsaicin is an excellent herbal option, which provides relief against inflammation. It works by depleting the substance P; this is a compound, which conveys a sensation from the peripheral nervous system to the central nervous system. Even though it is a good herbal option, the effects of this compound take a few days to occur.
For many centuries it has been used to treat toothache, stomachache and headache. Today, it is also used in treating rheumatoid arthritis and migraine. Some more studies are required to see how effective it is, but this herb is worth trying since it has no side effects. However, some of the mild side effects are irritation in tongue or lips and canker sore. Pregnant women must avoid using this herbal option.
Ginger is another common and popular herbal remedy, even though some more research is needed to prove its worth. The ginger extracts are good for joint and muscle ache. This is mainly because it contains the phytochemicals that stops inflammation. Ginger is also often combined with Ginseng to help inflammation more effectively. You can also find these 2 impactful ingredients combined in FGXpress Powerstrips which are patches for natural pain relief.
Devil’s claw –
There are some evidences, which proves that this South African herb is good for dealing with lower pain ache and arthritis. This herbal remedy is not recommended for those with gallbladder problems, intestinal or stomach ulcers and pregnant women.
Turmeric is used to relieve heartburn and arthritis as well as to reduce inflammations. It is not very clear how turmeric works to reduce inflammation, but is believed this is because of a chemical called curcumin present in it. Do not believe all of the 'hype' or 'incredible' benefits of other common ingredients. One that comes to mind is Garcinia Wow which has been proven to not be near as effective as all the information presented has been led to believe.
Curcumin has some anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is safe; however, consuming high doses can result in indigestion.
Along with these, there are some other natural remedies that are commonly use, such as Kava Kava which helps alleviate neuropathic aches and tension headache, ginseng for treating Fibromyalgia, St John’s Wong for treating arthritis, neuropathic ache and sciatica and valerian root for muscle cramps and spasms.
A side of herbal remedies the hmong were aware of the benefits of minerals and vitamins, which is why they opt a plant based diet when possible. Silica based mineral supplements that contain diatomaceous earth are known to strengthen bone health and help with elasticity that is crucial to avoid chronic pains in the body.