Herbs for Chronic Pain Management
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Herbs for Chronic Pain Management

There are many herbs that can help with chronic pain management. Some of the herbs outlined in this list reduce pain better than pharmaceutical medications. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis and even malaria have been treated with herbs. While herbs are helpful, be sure to talk to your doctor before taking anything. Some medications and herbs could cause interactions when taken together.

Dealing with chronic pain takes a physical and emotional toll on a person. Since pain cannot be seen by the naked eye and there is no test to prove the pain exists, many sufferers spend years trying to convince doctors and those around them that the pain is real.

Many patients would prefer natural pain relief instead of a pharmaceutical drug. This article will list the many herbs available to deal with chronic pain management.


This herb is from the frankincense tree bark and is used to treat pain.  An added benefit of this herb for pain management is that it does not cause stomach problems like many prescribed and over-the-counter drugs.


Found in pineapple stems, Bromelaineases deals with the hormones that cause inflammation. It is reported to also help with healing muscles and connective tissues. Bromelain is also used for sinus problems, ulcers, shortening labor and weight loss. It is a muscle relaxant, slows clots and improves the antibiotic absorption. It may also be used to help heal the skin of burn victims.


Curcumin is an element that is found in turmeric. This anti-inflammatory has shown promise in treating the pain from osteoporosis.

Devil’s Claw

Devil's Claw is a pain-relieving herb. Years ago, it was used to treat liver and kidney ailments as well as malaria and fevers. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it has also been used to heal boils and sores. The dried roots can increase appetite and help with heartburn. In recent times, Devil's Claw shows that it helps with headache pain.


This anti-inflammatory is said to be more effective in managing pain than its pharmaceutical counterparts. The Journal of Pain published the findings of a study that showed great promise in ginger treating sore muscles. Historically, the herb has been used to treat nausea and other stomach issues.

White Willow Bark

The elements in White Willow Bark are quite similar to aspirin and it is quite useful to those who suffer from joint pain. 


This desert cactus was used by the Native Americans for many purposes, including soothing aching skin and healing sprains. Yucca was also used to help with bleeding, dandruff and even balding. Today, it is used as an anti-inflammatory.

If you suffer from chronic pain, talk to your doctor about using natural herbs to help manage your symptoms.

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Comments (7)

Good morning Tay. Herbal medicine is not one of my areas of expertise, so I learned a great deal from reading this well researched and well-written article.

The devil's claw is something new to me.

Well presented list of natural pain controller. Thanks Tay.

Thanks for sharing this vital information.

Very valuable information here!  Thanks for sharing your knowledge in herbs for pain. 

I did not know about Devil's Claw, thanks for the info.

Very informative and helpful information.