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Sick of headaches and PMS ruining your day? If you rely on painkillers (which let’s admit it don’t always work), consider these natural alternatives which have been proven over time to help relieve pain.

St. John’s Wort

Studies have found that St. John’s Wort can be twice as effective as ibuprofen as a painkiller.


Ginger

A 2009 study found that ginger capsules (250 mg, four times daily) were as effective as ibuprofen for relieving pain associated with their menstrual cycle.


Omega-3 fatty acids

A 2006 human study found that omega-3 fatty acids (1200-2400 mg daily) were as effective as ibuprofen in reducing arthritis pain, but with the added benefit of having less side effects.


Olive Oil

A compound found within olive oil known as oleocanthal has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen.

Holy Basil

A 2000 study found that holy basil contains compounds with anti-inflammatory activity comparable to ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin.

Chinese Skullcap

A 2003 animal study found that a compound in Chinese skullcap known as baicalin was equipotent to ibuprofen in reducing pain.


Panax Ginseng

A 2008 animal study found that panax ginseng had analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity similar to ibuprofen, indicating its possible anti-rheumatoid arthritis properties.

Do you believe in natural alternatives to medicine?