It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain. While this number is alarming, there are many different reasons that someone may be suffering from chronic pain; motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and illness are among them. First of all, its important to talk to your family physician to find the root cause of the discomfort. Often mainstream western medical practitioners prescribe addictive and highly toxic pharmaceutical pain killers. Here are some natural alternatives to the pharmaceutical route:

  1. Medical cannabis. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory compound that is found in certain medical cannabis strains. The CBD in comparison to THC has very little to no psychological effects and can be taken before bed so that the sufferer can enjoy a nice deep sleep and not feel groggy in the morning. CBD has also been shown to assist in depression which is quite common with chronic pain sufferers. Here is a research link to CBD and its benefits: http://www.hempoilfacts.com/cannabidiol-cbd-pain-relief-research/
  2. Chiropractic massage and adjustment can help to relax muscle tensions that lead to soreness and stiffness. A new and interesting product on the market is the DR Cohen Accubal. When it is used in conjunction with exercise and adjustment, it is also very helpful for sore neck and back pain. www.acuball.com
  3. Many people find the ancient Chinese practice of Acupuncture to be of benefit in relieving symptoms and causes of pain and inflammation. http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/alternative-care/acupuncture-ancient-treatment-a-current-problem

  4. And of course I need to share with you one more thing. Instead of taking prescription drugs, I receive a monthly dose of Kambo. The Kambo assists greatly with inflammation, depression and chronic pain. There are many peptides in the frogs’ secretion including dermorphine and deltorphin that assist in long lasting pain tolerance. Reduced pain benefits from Kambo has helped clients for weeks to months. This, in my experience, combined with CBD seems to be the most beneficial treatment to combat chronic pain without running the risk of an addiction.
  5. Yoga and Meditation have extremely good results in providing relief. Yoga poses allow more blood and oxygen to reach the cells and systems of the body. http://www.yogajournal.com/category/poses/yoga-by-benefit/back-pain/
  6. Try Float Therapy! A simple way to achieve deep meditation would be to try floating in a sensory deprivation tank. Each tank has 800 pounds of pure Epsom salt added to the room temperature water. The Epsom salt provides extra buoyancy, enabling you to lose awareness of your physical form. Magnesium and sulfate, contained in the Epsom salt, are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream. The infused water pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter the body. Magnesium helps to improve muscle and nerve function and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulfates are building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. The combination of magnesium and sulfates helps to flush toxins from the body and build key protein molecules in the brain tissues and joints.

I recommend checking out Zee Float in Hamilton. This facility offers massage, osteopathy and meditation classes in addition to float therapy.

They can be found at www.zeefloat.com.

I am so inspired by the stories of people who bravely abstain from the chemical treatment route in the interest of renewed and holistic health. It is a brave and not always easy route.

Matthew Bowler


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