Over the counter NSAIDS such as ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen are go to choices for fast pain relief. However, NSAIDS have many side effects. Acetaminophen is toxic to the liver. Aspirin can cause ulcers and gastrointestinal problems, as well as problems with internal hemorrhaging and strokes. Ibuprofen is known to have side effects such as dizziness, nausea, hypertension, hearing loss, miscarriage and DNA damage. Hence, it seems smart to turn to all-natural alternatives to NSAIDS.

Here are 6 Natural, Pain Relieving Alternatives to NSAIDS That Work Great!

1. Devil’s Claw~

Devil’s Claw is a herb originating in South Africa which is popular in Europe. It is useful as an anti-inflammatory agent for arthritis, muscle pain and tendonitis. Though the FDA has not recognized Devil’s Claw yet, The German Commission E ─ Germany’s version the FDA ─  does recognize it as a non-prescription treatment. You can purchase Devil’s Claw from online retailers.

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Spherical Devil’s Claw Flowers

2. Kratom~

Kratom is a controversial herb with many saying it is a wonderful and fast natural treatment for pain, anxiety and even depression. However, the DEA says that it might not be safe, though they have no evidence of it not being safe. You can read more about that here.

A plant indigenous to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, Kratom has long been used in conventional herbal medicine to boost energy, alleviate anxiety, depression, pain and to strengthen feelings of happiness and wellness. To learn more about Kratom visit kratom.com.  

3. Turmeric/Curcumin~

Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric and when taken on its own will provide faster pain relief from inflammation than Turmeric by itself. The best way to get Curcumin is in capsule form and the key is to purchase capsules coated with piperine, black pepper’s active ingredient. Curcumin is not highly absorptive so adding piperine, which increases nutrient absorption, is excellent for getting it past the stomach lining.

If you don’t want to purchase Curcumin capsules, you can grow Turmeric yourself or buy the root from your local health store and use the root to make powders and teas. Here is a recipe for brewing Turmeric Tea to reduce aches and pains! 

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Turmeric Root

4. Arnica Ointment with DMSO~

DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a natural product from trees. It is known to relieve joint and muscle pain as well as treating bladder inflammation. Studies show that DMSO protects healthy cells from cancer and chemotherapy drugs.

Arnica (Arnica montana) is a flowering perennial similar to the daisy. It is native to Siberia and Europe but now grows in North America for cultivation. It has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1400s and is still popular today for a pain relief treatment. Arnica must be applied to the skin as an ointment, cream, salve, tincture or liniment because it is harmful if ingested internally. Arnica is good for reducing inflammation, soothing muscle aches and healing wounds. It’s also great for injuries such bruises and sprains.

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5. Cannabis~

Unfortunately, Cannabis is not legal or is only legal with a prescription. Cannabis is a herb that is proven to relieve pain fast. If you are fortunate enough to live in a state that has legalized medical cannabis and can obtain a medical card, you can get fast pain relief with cannabis as one of the alternatives to NSAIDS.

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Cannabis Plants

6. Natural Pain Relieving Formulas Such as Zen Sports Balm~

Zen Sports Balm combines all-natural essential oils such as peppermint oil, camphor oil, clove oil, lavender oil, wintergreen oil, cinnamon leaf oil, nutmeg oil, borneol oil, jasmine oil, menthol oil, cassia oil and eucalyptus oil. These all-natural, essential oils have properties such as analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fibrosis, anti-Inflammatory and antioxidant which are all great for reducing inflammation and relieving aches and pains.

Zen combines the essential oils with other all-natural ingredients to produce the finest, natural, pain-relieving alternatives to NSAIDS. There is a formula for every lifestyle at an affordable cost. Take a look at how Zen Sports Balm products work!

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All-natural, pain-relieving alternatives to NSAIDS!


In conclusion, we know that there are many effective, natural, pain-relieving alternatives to NSAIDS such as essential oils and herbs. However, we wanted to list some alternatives that might not be as commonly known as others!


Robin, and the Zen Team!

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*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.

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