We are getting smarter about all the chemicals we have been putting in our bodies. That’s a good thing. If you would like to “get off of” Ibuprofen for pain, Dr. Sayer Ji at www.GreenMedInfo.com writes about these alternatives, backed by clinical studies:
Arnica is an herb, and its flowers are used as a medicine. It is available in the health food sections of many stores. A 2007 study found that arnica, applied topically, was as effective as ibuprofen for relieving symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the wrist, with fewer side effects.
Difficult menstrual cycles (dysmenorrhea) often bring severe pain and natural spices have proved to be more than recipe additives. Ginger was found by a 2009 study to be as effective as ibuprofen for pain symptoms associated with difficult menstrual cycles. A 2015 study found cinnamon to be as effective as ibuprofen for pain associated with difficult menstrual cycles. A 2004 study found that an extract of thyme was as effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain and spasm symptoms associated with dysmenorrhea. Think how these spices might help with other pain and inflammation!
Turmeric, which comes from curcumin, is studied more than any natural substance today. A 2014 study found that turmeric extracts were as effective as ibuprofen in relieving symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. (Best absorbed if it contains piperine [black pepper].) CurcuminPro® offered by Diabetes Relief has a patented absorption method.
We hope that these alternatives might help you reduce any dependence you may have on ibuprofen.