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Grow A Garden of Pain Relief

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Suffering from a stiff neck? What about an achy back? Approximately one-third of Americans report they feel aches and pains “very often” or “often”— more than people in any other country, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research survey 

Fortunately, relief is as close as your garden! Natural health expert Dr. Christine Horner, M.D., FACS, is a nationally known surgeon, author and professional speaker, is also an avid gardener and strong advocate for Grow This in Your Garden To Help Handle Pain Science.

Her natural approach is proving that certain foods can relieve pain as well as, or sometimes better than, drugs. Here are some plants to start growing in your own medicinal garden to relieve pain:

  • Mint: the menthol in peppermint helps prevent muscle spasms.
  • Edamame: soy protein from this vegetable can reduce knee pain according to a study from Oklahoma State University.
  • Hot Peppers: an ingredient called capsaicin in hot peppers stimulates nerve endings and depletes a chemical that relays pain signals.
  • Ginger: growing this root can help calm muscle pain and ease arthritis pain due to its anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Turmeric: like ginger, turmeric grows from the rhizomes of a plant and has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to a substance called curcumin. It can protect the body from tissue destruction and joint inflammation and also preserve good nerve cell function.

For tips and natural ways to keep your aches and pains at bay, click here! 

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