In the fight against pain and inflammation, many of us immediately go for ibuprofen. However, what we need to know is that this pill is quite harmful to our bodies. Therefore, before getting ibuprofen in your hands, try these 6 natural substitutes.


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Ibuprofen is what was originally distributed as Brufen (many of us still use this name), and it is used  to relieve pain, in arthritis, dysmenorrhea, fever, headaches, inflammation, and so on.

The use of ibuprofen is not harmless, especially if you often reach out for this drug. It is associated with heart and circulation problems, heart attack, stroke, poor digestion, bleeding in the stomach.

Many researchers have studied the natural substitutes for ibuprofen and similar medicines, used to treat pain and inflammation. These substitutes, that we look into below, are very mild and rarely cause side effects. Many of them come in tinctures and drops, and you can find them in pharmacies and bio shops. However, it is still desirable to consult your doctor before switching to any of these natural medicines.

1. Olive Oil
New research suggests that olive oil has proven to be a very good substitute for ibuprofen. The Mediterranean diet, which is based on pure organic extra virgin olive oil, is one of most suitable diets for sustaining the human health. While not working as fast as ibuprofen, you should consider choosing olive oil over painkillers. Use it on a daily basis, in fresh form, by seasoning salads, or adding it to cheese as a topping. Do not use it for frying.

2. Frankincense Oil
This oil is obtained by water distillation of aromatic resin from the tree Boswellia sacra, which grows in parts of Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, and it can be purchased in pharmacies. It contains an acid that has beneficial effects in treating joint pain and arthritis, it helps reduce headaches, supports sedating, etc.

3. Capsaicin
This active substance, found in chili peppers, is used to treat surface pain in joints and muscles. Some people claim that chili oil helps them calm pain by rubbing their wrists with it. You can also try this natural remedy and make your own pain relief chili cream for sore muscles and shoulders. Pure capsaicin is sold in the form of a gel or cream, and it is usually rubbed on the skin, where the painful part of the body is, three to four times a day.

4. Cat’s Claw
This plant is found in South America and has anti-inflammatory ingredients that block the secretion of prostaglandin, a hormone that leads to inflammation and pain. Usually you can find it in capsules. As a painkiller, you should consume 1 capsule, 3 times a day. Beware not to exaggerate with the capsules, as it can cause diarrhea.

5. Willow Bark
This plant is a predecessor of aspirin. White Willow Bark contains salicin, which is converted into salicylic acid in the stomach. It doesn’t irritate the stomach, which is the case with most synthetic drugs, and it is effective in relieving pain, inflammation and fever. You can use a tincture, or make a tea from willow bark.

6. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are found mainly in fresh fish, such as salmon and tuna, and vegetables like Brussels sprouts and kale. They are known to be good for the heart, since they promote cardiovascular health, and prevent hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. All this is owed to the anti-inflammatory properties of the omega-3 fatty acids, which in some cases also help reduce pain. In a study conducted in 2015, has been concluded that omega 3 fatty acids alone help with reducing pain.