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Aches and Pains

 –  It's hard to focus and concentrate when you’re distracted by annoying aches and pains. Whether it’s back pain, a headache or achy muscles or joints, pain can put you in a crabby mood. Yet there are some herbal remedies available without a prescription that may help alleviate aches and pains.
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What is Arnica?



Many people have experienced back pain caused by muscle strain or soreness. Back pain that is caused by stretching the muscles and ligaments too far can possibly be treated by a product called Arnica. Arnica is a topical herbal, homeopathic remedy used to address muscle soreness, bruises, joint aches and sprains. There are not a lot of studies published on the use of Arnica; however, it can be considered possibly safe when applied to unbroken skin for short periods of time.

Does Feverfew Help With Migraines?



Most people experience headaches at one time or another; some may also experience migraines. A migraine headache is a common type of headache that may occur with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. The pain from a migraine may be very debilitating and may even be a cause of absences from work or school. Feverfew is an herb used by some practitioners to reduce the severity of symptoms associated with migraine headaches. There is some evidence demonstrating that taking feverfew may help lessen the frequency of migraines or may also reduce the severity and other symptoms associated with these types of headaches.

Is Feverfew Safe?



The active ingredient in feverfew is called parthenolide. Side effects that have been associated with the use of this product may include upset stomach, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloating and flatulence.

There have been other reported side effects as well including dizziness, joint stiffness, headache, nervousness, insomnia, tiredness, menstrual changes, rash, and weight gain. The product may also slow blood clotting. In addition, the safety of use of this product beyond four months has not been studied. It is also important to note that Feverfew may possibly be considered unsafe in pregnant women since there is a concern that it may cause contractions. Finally, individuals that suffer from allergies to ragweed and similar plants may experience an allergic reaction to this product.

As you can see, there are several natural ways to reduce the impact everyday aches and pains have on your life. If you have severe pain, pain associated with other symptoms or new onset pain, see your doctor for evaluation. Pain can sometimes be a warning sign of more serious health issues.

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