Webster’s home medical dictionary definition of pain is, “an elementary sensation of physical suffering. The sensation of pain is part of the protection system of the body. Pain serves as a warning of bodily damage, disease, or malfunction….” I agree with this definition, do you? Pain is there to bring your attention to an issue happening in the body. Pain can be from a physical or emotional challenge. Pain can be debilitating.

Pain can be dealt with in many different ways depending on where the pain is and what caused the pain. Let’s look at pain caused from a fall, accident or physical trauma to the body. In other words you know why you have the pain. On a short term some may want to take a pain killer, either naturally like arnica (but not if you are on a blood thinner), aconite, hypericum, bellis perennis, ledum or bryonia which are all homeopathic medicine that help in general with pain, bruising and nerve damage or a pharmaceutical medicine that helps with relieving pain. Choosing which way you want to go depends on your pain tolerance and the overall health challenge. For the long term you can again choose homeopathic or pharmaceutical medicine depending on what your overall goal is. With either choice it would be advisable to read up on if there are any long term side effects and understand if there are, what they are. Another question to ask is, is it addictive and what is the safe length of time for you to be on it? Ask questions, you have a right to know. In the end it is you that will reap the benefits or side effects of your choice.

Once you have made the choice as to your medication either natural or pharmaceutical you could consider a form of therapy such as chiropractic, osteopathic, physio, acupuncture or massage to name a few. These forms of therapy aid in uniquely different ways. I am not an expert on the above aforementioned but in general understand how different they are. Massage is great for muscles, physio for improving mobility, osteopathic for the tissues that surround almost all joints, muscles and organs and chiropractic for nerves and spinal issues. Thus depending on your health challenge you may need to seek a variety of therapists.

Then there is pain that is not from an accident or physical trauma but is there either on a regular basis or comes and goes. In my opinion this type of pain needs not be masked with pain killers but you need to find the root cause. Masking the pain is like trying to turn a smoke detector off when the house is on fire. The pain is there for a reason.

For some, emotional pain is as difficult to deal with as physical pain. If you choose to take medication either natural or pharmaceutical you need to know the side effects and what is the safe length of time you can take them. I realize that when you are in emotional pain it is difficult to do some of the things that actually aid your emotional mood, one of which is exercise. Exercise increases your endorphins which is a mood regulator. Be open and honest with others around you and ask for support to exercise with you. You’d be surprised what a walk can do your mood.

Diane Elms Homeopath, D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Specializing in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact diane@choicesforhealthandharmony.com or 905 768 0848.