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Meadowsweet herb (Filipendula ulmaria)*

A gentle pain reliever that contains methyl salycilate, an aspirin-like chemical. Unlike aspirin, it does not usually irritate the gastrointestinal tract, nor does it thin the blood. Meadowsweet is actually used for excessive gastric acid secretion, hiatal hernia and nausea.

St. John's wort flowers (Hypericum perforatum)*

An amphoteric to the nervous system which makes it useful as an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety agent. St. Johnswort is used locally and internally for nerve and spinal injuries, nerve pain (Galeotti, et al 2010), sciatica, and shingles.   

Willow bark (Salix spp.)*

Long used for its salicin content for reducing fevers and for relief of pain caused by arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, back pain and headaches. In several clinical trials Willow bark was found to be as effective as conventional therapy for treating low back and arthritic pains, with fewer adverse events (Beer and Wegener 2008, Chrubasik et al 2001 and Chrubasik et al 2000). Willow also contains tannins which make it effective for diarrhea with intestinal spasms.

Corydalis yanhusuo rhizome (Corydalis yanhusuo)*

Used in Chinese Medicine to relieve pain caused by blood stagnation. It can be used orally and topically for hematomas, muscle pain and sprains. Yanhusuo is also used to treat gynecological pain, headaches, abdominal pain and insomnia due to pain.

Indian Pipe fresh whole herb (Monotropa uniflora)*

This unusual saprophyte (non-chlorophyll containing plant) was used by Native Americans and Eclectic physicians for pain. Its action is similar in effect to nitrous oxide at the dentist—you are conscious and aware of pain, but distant from it. It raises the pain threshold and our ability to tolerate pain. Used with analgesics and anti-inflammatory herbs, it can be an effective part of pain management.

Jamaican Dogwood bark (Piscidia piscipula)*

One of the strongest non-narcotic herbal pain killers (analgesics). It is used especially for menstrual (dysmenorrhea) and facial nerve pain or spasm (Trigeminal Neuralgia, temporomandibular joint pain). This tropical bark can also be used for back pain, acute pain and spasms of the bladder, vagina or musculoskeltal system.


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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.