NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin and ibuprofen cause thousands of hospitalizations and deaths every year due to gastrointestinal bleeding. Fortunately, there are very powerful natural painkillers you can use that do not have harmful side effects.
Learn about an effective painkilling herb used by Chinese, Indian, and Native American Indians for centuries, as well as a do-it-yourself acupuncture tapping technique. Become pain-free at last with no damaging side effects.
Why You Should Only Use Natural Painkillers
Nearly one-third of all gastrointestinal bleeding related hospitalizations and deaths are the result of using aspirin, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), according to an August 2005 report in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. And if you want a more recent case study on the potential dangers of NSAID use, read this article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) published in 2015.
You may think, oh well I’m only on low-dose aspirin, or baby aspirin, and my doctor told me to take it for heart attack prevention. However, up to one-third of these GI bleeding deaths were due to low-dose aspirin. In real-life numbers, this means that out of every 100,000 people that use aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDS, 15 will die from it.
If these odds look okay to you, then carry on. But if they seem rather high, and out of proportion to the reason you’re using painkillers, then you may want to look at some natural alternatives.
EFT – Acupressure Mind/Body Pain Relief
If you find yourself in need of a painkiller, you should investigate both acupuncture and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), if you want long-term results.
Taking a pill or supplement that kills the pain for a few hours is a coping mechanism, but not a solution. You have to find out why your body is experiencing pain and heal/release the root or cause of that pain from your body. I particularly like EFT (which involves tapping on acupuncture meridian points) for this, because once you know how to do it, you can perform it on yourself and do not have to see a therapist for relief. EFT is amazingly effective with all kinds of pain; back pain, migraines, gut spasming, joint pain, etc. See my special webpage for more resources and information on EFT.
I also invite you to join me for a FREE Lazer Tapping session. Lazer Tapping, EFT, TFT, and other acupressure tapping methods work by stimulating the acupuncture meridian points on the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that energy (chi, ki, prana) flows through the body along energy pathways – similar to how blood flows along arteries. Now imagine this network of energy pathways is 3D; connecting every organ, bone, cell, tissue, atom, emotion, belief, spirit, and feeling, together into one grid.
The meridians are the pathways along this 3D grid or network. And all along the meridians are individual portal points; these are the acupressure tapping points. The acupressure meridians are the connection between the visible and the invisible.
Lazer Tapping is an integrated mind/body/spirit healing modality; healing, shift, release, or transformation takes place across all levels of the self. We laser-focus into individual issues, traumas, memories and beliefs, and access where they live, or are stored, in the physical body, as well as the emotional body. As we speak out loud, we engage the conscious mind and get our emotions flowing. We talk about our feelings or memories, while tapping on key points along the meridians, and this connects us into our energy body, our subconscious, and the traumas stored in the physical tissues and cells of the body.
White Willow Bark – Natural Painkiller
Another natural painkiller is White Willow Bark (from which aspirin was derived). White willow bark was originally used by Native American Indians and boiled to make tea which was drunk to alleviate pain. It was also used 2,500 years ago by Chinese physicians, who also used the bark of the willow tree to treat pain and fever.
In the 19th century, western scientists discovered the active ingredient in willow bark was salicin, a natural chemical that the body first converts into saligenin and then into salicylic acid. Using this model, German chemists synthesized acetylsalicylic acid (a non-natural molecular structure and therefore able to be patented by the Bayer drug company), from which all pharmaceutical ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) products are made. However, both ASA and natural salicin work in a similar way.
White willow bark reduces pain by blocking the body’s production of inflammatory prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances involved in inflammation and muscle contraction. White willow bark is also a very effective fever reducer. You can buy it in capsule form and either swallow it or open the capsules, and you can mix the powder with Cocoa Butter to make a suppository. I do this for children – but make sure to reduce the dosage appropriately.
In its centuries of use, there have been no contra-indications recorded from the use of white willow bark, or salicin. Traditionally it has proved safer than Aspirin and other synthetically derived salicylate-based anti-inflammatory drugs. No cases of any serious side effects have ever been reported in medical literature. It is gentler on the stomach and has a less toxic effect on the body in general.
The only restriction on usage is that white willow bark should not be taken with aspirin, or by those sensitive to salicylates (found in foods like berries, currants, prunes, and raisins). People with gastritis or ulcers should also avoid it, or use it in suppository form only. It should not be used by children under 16, for the same reason aspirin should also not be used: there is the potential for developing Reye’s Syndrome in children, during a viral infection.
I’ve had numerous people test white willow bark for headaches and they all said it worked as well as a drug painkiller. You can take the white willow bark for immediate relief, and to hold you while you’re learning EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Then, once you’ve addressed the root and cause of your pain using EFT, you’ll be truly pain-free for the long term and won’t need any herbal or drug painkillers.
Detailed information on acupuncture, EFT, and other painkilling protocols are in LISTEN TO YOUR GUT, Chapters Six and Seven, and on this website. You can also learn more about my game-changer healing course, Lazer Tapping, which I created for my readers and others who are struggling with chronic health issues, disempowerment, lack of abundance, unsupportive relationships, and boring in-a-rut lives. Because our unresolved/unhealed crap holds us back!
Also, if you’d like to try a full 90-minute EFT session for free, then consider our EFT Teleseminar with Annabel Fisher, EFT-Adv.
Original post dated 2010. Most recently updated September 2021.
Jini Patel Thompson is an internationally recognized expert on natural healing for digestive diseases. She healed herself from widespread Crohn’s Disease and has remained drug and surgery-free for over 20 years. Jini has appeared on numerous podcast, TV, and radio shows throughout the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, giving people hope and vision for how they can heal their Colitis, Crohn’s, Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), using entirely natural methods. Her books on natural healing for digestive diseases have sold worldwide in over 80 countries.