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6 Herbs That Help in Chronic Pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Jun 25, 2020

6 Herbs That Help in Chronic Pain


Chronic pain is nothing to be taken lightly. It can completely disrupt your daily life, making it impossible to complete even the most basic of tasks.

While there’s a wide variety of painkillers available for chronic pain, many of them are highly addictive and have a long list of side effects and warnings.

So, it’s always best to go the more natural way and find herbal supplements with active ingredients that can help with pain management without getting you addicted. Of course, it’s in your best interest to discuss this with your doctor as they can help you find the best herbal solution for your condition.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at the most potent herbs that can help you relieve chronic pain.



Rosemary is a common herb you’ll find in almost every pantry. It has a delightful sweet smell and an earthy taste that can add the perfect flavor to virtually every dish. But it can do much more than this.

Studies have shown that rosemary essential oil has therapeutic properties that can help with pain management. Rosemary’s effectiveness in treating headaches, muscle pain, and bone pain, and its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, can be excellent for relaxing tense and stiff muscles.

So, don’t be afraid to sprinkle a liberal amount of rosemary over your food or brew it into a tea – it tastes great and has a significant effect on your body.


Kratom is an evergreen tree indigenous to Southeast Asia. It’s been used for thousands of years for its strong pain-relieving properties.

It’s a natural opioid that can simultaneously have sedative and stimulating effects depending on the dosage taken. It can treat chronic pain related to injury, muscle overuse, and a variety of different conditions. It can even be used for overcoming an addiction to painkillers. So, if you suffer from chronic pain, kratom capsules are a must-have in your medicine cabinet.

However, it’s important to note that as an opioid, users can develop a dependency on it. Use it with caution, always paying attention to the dosage, and only get it from reputable sources.



A common herb used in East Asian cuisine, cloves have a very strong taste that’s simultaneously bitter and sweet, so you don’t need to add a lot to your dishes. Although you might want to, considering how beneficial they can be for pain management.

Due to their powerful active ingredient eugenol, cloves have great medicinal value. They’re used for their antiseptic, anesthetic, and analgesic properties in fields such as dentistry.

They’re most useful as a topical treatment and should be applied directly to the painful area. You can still reap pain-relieving benefits when you ingest cloves, but you’ll need a large quantity, and it will take a while for them to start taking effect. 


Peppermint is one of the most easily recognizable herbs that’s used in everything from food and drinks to perfumes and soaps. It’s fragrant, flavorful, and has useful medicinal properties.

It’s an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent with great pain-relieving properties. It can be used for treating strong headaches and toothaches, and can even help to alleviate pain and spasms related to arthritis.

Peppermint is commonly used for relieving nausea and stomach aches. It’s calming and has a mild numbing effect that will help to relax your stomach muscles and soothe any aches you’re experiencing.


Capsaicin isn’t an herb per se, but it’s a powerful active ingredient found in chili peppers. While it can cause a mild burning sensation, it can be a potent treatment for chronic pain.

It’s mostly used as a topical treatment in the form of creams or patches. It’s slowly absorbed through the skin and can penetrate deep into the skin and muscles to help manage pain.

So, if you’re not a fan of chili peppers, you don’t have to ingest them to reap the benefits of the capsaicin found within them. Many therapeutic topical treatments with capsaicin are widely available.



Cannabis for medicinal uses has grown in popularity over the past few years as more and more research started popping up and showcasing all the benefits that it brings.

It contains an active ingredient CBD that acts as an analgesic and can help treat chronic pain. CBD can also be used for treating muscle tension, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and more, so a wide variety of CBD products like sour tangie, gummies, capsules are available at your disposal.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, and it will not affect your perception or state of mind. It’s entirely safe for use and can be ingested, inhaled, or applied topically.

The Bottom Line

Rosemary, cloves, peppermint, capsaicin, cannabis, and kratom can all be used for treating chronic pain, and they all bring numerous additional benefits.

However, it’s always best to consult with your doctor before you start taking any pain relievers, whether natural or pharmaceutical.

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Always remember one of my mantras., "The more you know about how your body works, the better you can take care of yourself."

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look at the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets. 


Topics: herbs that help with chronic pain relief, Rosemary, Peppermint, capsaicin

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