Let’s face it, pain really sucks!

It can thoroughly over-power your consciousness, creating a fog out of everything... til it's your single focal point in your life, making all things difficult...EVERYDAY!


Many people think that plants don’t really work that well for pain. That the only things that really work are the heavy hitting BIG PHARMA drugs (which are essentially opiates) or even the OTC anti-inflammatory's like Ibuprofen or Aspirin.

But the truth is that your OWN herbal medicine cabinet can do MUCH more for you and your family... than any of pills can.


The thing about the drugs is that they only do 1 thing- albeit quite strongly- but they are limited in their action. Plants on the other hand, & especially when strategically blended, can have a much broader spectrum of action and thus address multiple facets of your pain. I only mention red Kratom once below, because it would be redundant to post in all, because you can use RED Veined Kratom for ALL pain!!


You can be in pain for a wide variety of reasons.

There’s the ............

  1. Inflammation part of course, but there’s also specific kinds of pain associated with irritation of the nerves

  2. Swellings, or

  3. Spasm of the musculoskeletal system.


Rather than just kill our senses or make us so out-of-it that we just don’t care about the pain or it feels far away for awhile, Mother Nature's plants have the ability to work on multiple angles of pain that is much more holistic than a single (highly addictive) pill is!!


So we have some general categories of herbal actions that are good to consider for addressing someone in pain. In general the primary action associated with pain is anodyne, which is essentially anything that relieves pain. This- like many other herbal actions- is pretty vague and doesn’t get very specific.


I mean Turmeric and Black Cohosh can both be anodyne, but they do so in very different ways. So we like to break down the category into some more specific sub-actions to help differentiate our anodyne materia medica so you can select the ones that are most fitting (usually a formula of them is a good approach to take).


Anti-Spasmodic: relaxes spasm and eases tension in the smooth and skeletal muscles. Examples here include: Black Cohosh, Akuamma, African Peach, Crampbark, and Black Haw


Inflammation Modulating: helps to gently dampen down overly active inflammation pathways. These are not technically “anti-inflammatory” as they don’t shut down the inflammatory pathways like drugs do.

Good examples here are: Turmeric, Licorice Root, Nettle leaf, Willow, Yarrow, Birch and Chamomile.


Nervine Hypnotic: these would be strong depressants to the nervous system helping to relax, calm, and sedate consciousness. Many help to numb pain and most are also anti-spasmodic.


Top 4 are:

  1. California Poppy

  2. Pedicularis aka American Betony

  3. Wild Lettuce

  4. Jamaican Dogwood Other faves includes:

  5. Valerian

  6. Kava-Kava

  7. Skullcap-- best as a strong infusion or powder.


Nervine Anodyne: these would be 4 specific remedies for nerve pain, like toothaches or sharp shooting pains that traverse a specific pathway:


  1. St. John’s Wort

  2. Kava-Kava

  3. Ginseng-fibromyalgia.

  4. Prickly Ash


Circulatory Stimulants: these help to increase circulation of blood to the local area, detoxifying cellular debris and bringing fresh oxygenated blood to the area.


Top Choices here would be:

  1. Cayenne

  2. Ginger

  3. Rosemary


Diuretics: this would herbs to help drain damp accumulation from tissues which can potentially promote a certain pressurized pain, especially in the joints. Good examples here classically used for pain would include:


  1. Nettle leaf

  2. Horsetail

  3. Gravelroot

  4. Juniper


Connective Tissue Tonics: here are some herbs that we use to strengthen up the connective tissues over time, including tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, as well as bone . The ones I have the most experience with are:


  1. RED Strained KRATOM

  2. Horsetail

  3. Gotu Kola

  4. Hawthorn leaf


The range of possibilities for putting together an herbal formula with a spectrum of these types of herbs--can do so much more than those little pills!


An example of a starting place for a formula could look something like this (this is actually what I’ve used for my lower back pain)


  • Wild Lettuce 20%

  • California Poppy 20%

  • Red Kratom 25%

  • White Willow 15%

  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) 10%

  • Licorice Root 10%


I was using about 1 tsp every few hours when the pain was at level 8 out of 10. The trick, especially with the stronger nervines, is that you honestly have to take a decent amount of the herbs for them to really kick. IE you should start to feel pretty loose both physiologically and psychologically- though nowhere near any of the prescription drugs will take you!


Have you ever used herbs for pain? What are your favorites? I’d love to hear about it, so post in the comments sections below!

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