There are different types of pain. There are pains caused by inflammation such as arthritis, sprains and so on. Arthritis is associated with inflammation of joints. These inflammatory pains can be reduced by changing diets.
It is known that antioxidants are known to reduce inflammation. Antioxidants can be found in deep coloured fruits and vegetables such as Acai berry, blueberries, prunes, pomegranates, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, red beans and kidney beans. Besides that, another good source of antioxidants is spices and herbs such as cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, cumin, parsley, basil and curry powder. Diet compromising salmons, olive oil and flaxseed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation. By incorporating foods rich in antioxidants into everyday diet, it can help reduce pain without counting on painkillers.
Another pointer to help with pain associated with inflammation, putting ice or frozen peas for 10 minutes a few times a day can help reduce pain. However pain associated with menstrual cramp cannot be cured by putting ice on the stomach. In fact, it makes matters worst. Try putting a hot water bottle on the lower part of the stomach to ease the pain. If a hot water bottle is not available, use a hot towel instead.
Drinking hot liquids such as hot herbal teas with peppermint or wintergreen does help as well. Chinese used ginger to expel wind from stomach and restore heat to the body. This helps also in menstrual pain by pounding a piece of ginger and boil in a cup of water for 2 minutes. It is a warm drink and taken with honey or sugar, it is a good way to end meals.
Exercising is good for the body and improves limb function. Muscles work as shock absorbers. By doing yoga and strengthening exercises, it helps the body to combat pain. However, exercise regime must be done regularly to get positive results. This applies to inflammatory pain and menstrual pain as well.
So painkillers are not the only way to tackle pain. By doing lifestyle changes, it does help with the symptoms in the long run.