Drugs are expensive, especially prescription ones. Which makes it quite remarkable that 15 million Americans abuse them (as of 2015). Opioids are the most popular, 5.1 million out of 15 million people who abuse prescription drugs abuse them. And 13% of Americans take them medically, due to various conditions with one common side effect- pain.
70% of Americans are on at least one prescription, according to the Mayo Clinic in 2013. And there’s a good chance it’s an opioid, or one of them is. Opioids have several unpleasant side effects, including constipation, drowsiness, potential drug interaction, nausea, and addiction. But they still kill the pain, temporarily.
How did humans treat pain pre-prescription drugs? Besides currently illegal opioids, which Ancient Greeks and other cultures had been aware of, and not always used medically, there were herbal and holistic treatments such as massage, essential oils, acupuncture, biofeedback, diet, which could be combined with physical activity, herbal remedies, and healers.
Although not all of these have been scientifically proven to work, or concretely proven, several have shown some success. Massage, and chiropractic work, have shown the most success. Combined with acupuncture, they can not only stop or decrease pain but also have many other positive effects on the human body. Massage is also often used in tandem with essential oils, which applied to the body not only make you smell good, but can negate pain.
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You can also just smell them, some have been shown to have a relaxing, happy effect on the brain, it’s kind of like biofeedback, but with your nose. Speaking of biofeedback, when you learn or monitor your own body enough, you can prevent, decrease or treat some degree of pain all on your own, with enough practice and mental discipline. There are high tech devices coming out or currently available to help you do this. When successful, it could save you a copay and a prescription. It’s great for headaches and migraines.
And quite simply put, diet and exercise generally make you healthier. Losing 100 pounds can do wonders for achy joints. Plus, ironically, moving more actually helps ease pain. When it comes to diet some foods are simply better for you, plus there are certain foods, like chocolate, that increase endorphins, easing mental and physical pain.
Herbal remedies are increasing in popularity, some are even officially approved.
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Although some must be taken with care, in certain amounts, for safety reasons, particularly for pregnant women, when taken and administered properly, herbs like St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Ginger, and Tumeric, have shown to relieve a range of physical ailments.
Healers aren’t the most scientifically proven, but there are tried and true believers who claim to benefit. If not the healer him or herself, the remedy suggested like Tai Chi or Reiki therapy can help just by simply moving or helping you be more aware of your own body. Something is bound to work eventually.
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Opioid prescriptions maybe easily available today, but other older yet effective methods are also more available and accessible. They may not come in a bright orange bottle, but there are few or no unpleasant side effects, or side effects. Plus if you get addicted to them, you’ll live. People feel pain, have and always will. But the difference is how they treat it. Do you want to be able to go Number Two AND live? I thought so.