Natural remedies for pain

6 Cheap, Natural, and Quick Chronic Pain Remedies

Chronic pain affects about 1 in 5 people in the U.S., making it difficult if not impossible to work and enjoy family and social time.

If you have chronic pain — typically defined as longer than three months and not responding to treatment — your body hasn’t turned off the pain messages to the brain, even though the original source of the pain may be gone.

The pain may be linked with a condition such as arthritis, to a sprain or other injury, or to any number of more elusive causes.

While medications abound, some prefer more natural or holistic methods to quell the pain. Others find that medication doesn’t quite give them enough relief, and are looking for natural treatments to add on to their standard treatments, or replace them.

Complicating the picture is that doctors still don’t understand chronic pain, but they do know that what works for one person may not work for another. So, in this case, try, try again is good advice.

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Next time chronic pain is dragging you down, consider trying a more natural route to relief. And, because pain is individual, ask your doctor for specifics about these treatments, such as doses and time to continue trying them.

1. Exercise. “People who exercise and maintain a good aerobic condition will improve most pain conditions,” says Charles Kim, MD, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine and anesthesiology and a certified medical acupuncturist at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center.

When we work out, he says, the body produces its own version of painkillers, such as endorphins, hormones that actually increase your pain threshold. Endorphins interact with brain receptors and can change our perception of pain.

When patients tell Dr. Kim they are in too much pain to exercise, he suggests they start slowly, and do even a little burst of walking or other activity — then build up.

In one review of non-pharmacologic treatments for chronic pain, researchers concluded that exercise was moderately effective.

2. Fish Oil. Fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation plays a large role in pain, says Michael Cronin, ND, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Az., and immediate past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

In one study, researchers instructed patients with neck or back pain to take 1200 milligrams a day of fish oil supplements with eicosapentaenoic and decosahexanoic acid. After 75 days on fish oil, more than half of the 125 patients who reported back said they had stopped their prescription painkillers.

3. Turmeric. Also called Curcuma longa, turmeric is basically a root, Kim says. “It’s often found in spicy foods, very much in Indian cooking. Studies have shown it has definite anti-inflammatory properties.”

Researchers who tested a combination of turmeric with two other substances, Devil’s claw and bromelain, on patients with pain from osteoarthritis found the mixture gave noticeable pain relief. Patients took two 650-milligram capsules either two or three times a day.

4. Resveratrol. Found in red wine, grapes and berries, resveratrol is known to have many beneficial effects, including anti-cancer, brain protective and even life-prolonging benefits.

Recently, researchers reported that the substance works on a cellular level for pain regulation.

5. Heat Therapy. Using heat as well as cold therapy are time-honored ways to quell pain, Dr. Cronin and Kim agree.

“Hot Epsom salt baths relax the mind and change the nervous input from the body to the brain,” Cronin says. “Using ice is a well-accepted modality that decreases inflammation locally.”

The key is to know when to use which.

“When you have an acute injury, put ice on it right away,” Kim says. For instance, you twist your ankle and it’s painful and swollen. Using heat in this situation will increase blood flow and increase the swelling, he says.

“If you have lingering back spasms, heat would be the best for that,” Kim says. He suggests taking a warm shower and massaging your neck or back (or whatever body part hurts) under the warm water.

6. Meditation. Meditation can quell pain, Kim says. While some people get anxious, thinking they have to do meditation a certain way, Kim tells them it’s just not true.

“Meditation is not scripted,” he says. While you can get instruction, you can also look up approaches and follow instructions, such as this information on the approach known as mindfulness meditation.

Researchers who assigned 109 patients with chronic pain to either a mindfulness meditation program or a wait list found that those who did the meditation reported more pain relief, as well as lower anxiety and depression and a better mental quality of life, than those who did not.

Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation,” but medically it also refers to more than 100 different rheumatic diseases that cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints or connective tissue. One form of arthritis or another afflicts 50 million Americans, and it’s the most prevalent cause of disability in people 65 and older.

Osteoarthritis (OA) develops from excessive wear to the cartilage between joints, commonly affecting athletes and older people who have “worn out” their joints. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system attacks itself, causing pain and inflammation. RA can strike any joint—regardless of how much or little it’s been used—at any age.

Here are some of the best herbs to use for relieving arthritis symptoms.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for treating arthritis. It works, in part, by inhibiting an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). When the body overproduces COX-2, chronic inflammation and pain are the result.

A study published in Inflammopharmacology tested turmeric extract for knee arthritis. The herb was shown to improve symptoms significantly compared to a placebo. Use up to 10 grams of powdered turmeric, in capsules, per day. Use it liberally in cooking too. You can make a turmeric tea by mixing 1 tsp. of turmeric with honey to form a paste, then adding hot water.

Boswellia

Also known as frankincense, boswellia (Boswellia serrata) contains boswellic acids, compounds that help prevent inflammation via several mechanisms in the body. A 2013 study in Rheumatology compared several herbal remedies, including boswellia, to the supplement glucosamine and the arthritis drug celecoxib. The results were impressive—the herbs reduced knee pain and improved knee function as well as the drug and glucosamine. Take 500 mg per day of boswellia extract standardized to 30% boswellic acid.

Combining boswellia with other herbal anti-inflammatories may be even more beneficial. According to a study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers gave patients with OA either a combination of 100 mg of boswellia, 450 mg of ashwagandha, 50 mg of turmeric, and 50 mg of a zinc complex per day, or a placebo, for three months. The herbal combination significantly reduced the severity of pain and disability associated with OA.

Ginger

In a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, ginger (Zingiber officinale) was tested in 261 people who suffered from OA of the knee. Patients received either ginger extract or a placebo twice daily for six weeks. The ginger group experienced less pain overall, and reported reduced knee pain when standing and after walking. In capsules, take 250 mg per day.

Topically, a ginger compress helps bring blood to an area, thereby speeding healing. In one study from the Journal of Holistic Nursing, researchers evaluated changes in moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis before and after treatment with a topical ginger compress or patch. Twenty adults with chronic osteoarthritis received seven days of topical ginger treatments by trained nurses, and then the participants self-administered the treatments for 24 more weeks. After just one week, subjects reported a decline in pain and fatigue that continued over the course of the study. Researchers concluded that topical ginger treatment has the potential to relieve symptoms and increase independence in people with chronic osteoarthritis.

Simmer the fresh herb (about ½ cup grated or sliced ginger) or brew a strong batch of ginger tea. Soak a washcloth in this preparation and apply as needed.

Aloe

For rheumatoid arthritis pain and swelling, try rubbing a little aloe (Aloe vera) gel directly on your joints. You can purchase the gel (most commonly used for sunburn pain), or grow your own. Snip a leaf directly from the plant and rub the gel on afflicted joints as you would lotion.

Willow Bark

A traditional pain reliever, willow bark (Salix alba) contains salicin and other constituents (salicylates) that are the herbal forerunners of aspirin. A review of several studies published in Phytotherapy Research concluded that willow bark performed as well as commonly used drugs for musculoskeletal pain. Take 400 mg of willow bark per day in capsules as needed. Willow bark also makes a soothing tea. Simmer 1 oz. of chopped bark for an hour, strain, and drink over the course of the day.

Hemp CBD

CBD oil from hemp (Cannabis sativa) is a well-established anti-inflammatory. Anecdotal reports confirm its ability to moderate pain and inflammation. All cannabis plants contain an array of cannabinoids—powerful plant compounds that have multiple healing properties.

Cannabinoids don’t come just from the cannabis plant—we also make them in our bodies. The ones we make are called endocannabinoids (endo meaning coming from within). The well-known “runner’s high” is actually caused by an endocannabinoid that increases in the blood during aerobic exercise and then crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Certain herbs, such as ginger and boswellia, help naturally support your body’s endocannabinoid system for less pain and inflammation.

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With Prince’s unfortunate death linked to painkilling drugs and the recent news that even acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, affects us in ways we’re only now starting to fully understand (it makes people less empathetic), it’s more important than ever to turn to safer, scientifically proven natural painkillers when we feel discomfort.

Luckily, there are plenty of natural painkillers to choose from. Let’s take a look.

The Power of Nature: 8 Natural Painkillers

1. Painfully Spicy Foods

If you’ve got a taste for hot stuff, you likely know some level of pain is involved. Interestingly, though, hot foods like wasabi and cayenne pepper can actually act as natural painkillers. Cayenne pepper benefits include several types of natural pain relief. The powerful pepper actually helps alleviate post-operative pain, including pain relief after a mastectomy or amputation.

Cayenne pepper is also a potent candida killer. Scientists found it’s active against 16 different fungal strains, including candida, a common internal infection linked to joint pain, among other candida symptoms. (1) Cayenne also provides external pain relieve. Capsaicin, an important natural painkiller found in cayenne, helps treat muscle soreness, tension and even skin infections. Look for it in natural painkilling creams.

Wasabi is another spicy food with natural painkilling properties. Scientists are studying the isothiocyanates in wasabi as potential pain relievers. Researcher from University of California San Francisco made a recent discovery suggesting that isothiocyanates could block an inflammation receptor, making it a potentially important natural painkiller. (2)

2. Powerful Pain-Relieving Oils

Evening Primrose Oil for Menstrual Pain

Evening primrose oil is naturally rich in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid and is becoming more popular around the world as a natural PMS treatment. Many women take it to alleviate common premenstrual symptoms, including pain, thanks to its hormone-balancing effects.

I recommend a woman takes 1,500 milligrams starting on the first day of her period and continuing until ovulation. If your’e on certain antidepressants, you have a bleeding or a seizure disorder, you’re on phenothiazine drugs for schizophrenia, or you’re being treated for high blood pressure, you should talk to your doctor before starting evening primrose oil.

Arnica Oil for Bruises & Carpal Tunnel Pain

Not as popular as many other essential oils, arnica oil belongs in every medicine cabinet. Considered generally safe for topical use, arnica oil used on the skin helps ease inflammatory pain associated with insect bites, bruises and even arthritis flare-ups. (5, 6) To treat bruises, applying arnica oil twice daily (as long as the skin is not broken) helps reduce bruising inflammation even better than low-concentration vitamin K formulations. (3)

When it comes to carpal tunnel relief, arnica oils is also a smart choice in the natural painkillers department. For some, it helps reduce pain to the point of not needing carpal tunnel surgery. For others, arnica oil is a proven way to help lower inflammation and associated pain in the weeks following carpal tunnel surgery. (4)

Lavender & Peppermint Oils for Muscle Pain & Headache Relief

One of the benefits of peppermint oil involves its natural painkiller and muscle-relaxant properties. It’s even been shown to help alleviate fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. (5)

For natural headache relief, two essential oils team up for natural pain relief. Peppermint oil improves circulation and lavender reduces muscle tension — two ways to quickly stop a headache in its tracks. Try placing a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil into your hands and then rubbing the blend on your forehead, temples and back of neck. You can also dilute a few drops down by mixing the essential oils with almond, grapeseed or coconut oil.

The peppermint-lavender combo also teams up to reduce post-workout muscle pain. This handy homemade muscle rub recipe also helps alleviate sore muscles:

Note: Certain essential oils posses incredible pain-reducing qualities. (As always, it’s important to use essential oils according to directions because these plant-based compounds are potent. So be sure to mix with carrier oils accordingly when appropriate.)

3. Epsom Salt

You may already know that magnesium-rich epsom salt is a natural painkiller for bone and joint pain and muscle soreness. (It’s a go-to remedy for heel spur pain, specifically.) But epsom salt can also come in handy when you’re dealing with a painful splinter or even post-childbirth soreness.

Soaking an area affected with a splinter in warm water and epsom salt helps painlessly draw out splinters. A sitz bath including epsom salt can help increase magnesium and quell inflammation associated with soreness after childbirth.

4. Self Myofascial Release

Foam roller exercises are a form of self-myofascial release that, while kind of mildly painful at times, actually gets out those nagging muscle knots while helping you fix muscle imbalances that lead to poor posture and related musculoskeletal pain. It’s also an emerging treatment to reduce your risk of developing delayed muscle onset soreness, a common exercise-related pain that keeps people out of the gym. (6)

5. Drink Your Great-Grandma’s Go-To Broth

Back in the “olden days,” our ancestors didn’t like to waste any part of an animal they were using for food. Because of that, back then, bone broth was a normal part of almost everyone’s diet. Made of bones, marrow, skin, feet, tendons and ligaments, this old-fashioned stock helped provide an ample dose of collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that is largely missing from the modern American diet.

Bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. (7) Here’s one of my go-to bone broth recipes.

One of the reasons bone broth serves as such a potent natural painkiller involves the ability to act as a soft cushion to help bones glide without friction due to its gelatin content. Think of it as a joint anti-ager.

6. Graston Technique

Digging a metal tool into a painful spot, such as the bottom of your foot if you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, sounds like some sort of medieval torture practice. The Graston technique is an instrument-aided manual therapy that serves as a noninvasive way to deal with soft tissue ailments like achilles tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, shin splints, back and shoulder pain, and other ailments. It’s even been proven to help relieve pain associated with chronic conditions like trigger finger and post-surgery pain in a way that can reduce the amount of painkillers administered.

The technique works by targeting scar tissues, alerting the body’s immune system that it’s an area that needs to be targeted and healed.

7. Needles

When you think of a needle poking into your skin, the last thing you probably think about is natural pain relief. The truth is, though, that dry needling works by stimulating trigger points to reduce pain or disability. A 2007 study found dry needling significantly reduced shoulder pain by targeting a trigger point. Dry needling can also help deal with trigger points that reduce a person’s range of motion, which can lead to serious pain and musculoskeletal side effects.

8. Rolfing

Could you find pain relief through a method that focuses on soft tissue manipulation and your psyche? The answer is yes. Rolfing, also known as structural integration, involves soft tissue work and movement education to realign your body’s myofascial structure with gravity. (8) (Think of your body’s fascia as the “netting” that encases your muscles and organs.)

Rolfing not only relieves physical muscle pain rooted in your fascia, but also improves your emotional well-being and energy. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve your game or someone suffering with TMJ pain, chronic back pain or spine pain, rolfing is something worth exploring. It’s a potent natural painkiller that impacts your neuromuscular system in a positive, pill-free way.

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The Dangers of Prescription Painkillers

There’s no doubt that prescription painkillers help reduce your pain. The problem is you often need more and more to quell pain associated with chronic symptoms. Worse yet, overdoses and addiction are becoming even more prevalent, meaning natural painkillers are more important than ever.

The three most common prescription painkillers involve oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. Try seeking natural painkillers before opting for these potentially addictive and harmful solutions.

Final Thoughts on Natural Painkillers

Prescription and over-the-counter painkillers help relieve pain but come with a whole bunch of side effects. Aspirin side effects include stomach ulcers and breathing problems, while prescription painkillers are blamed for an increasing amount of overdose deaths.

Natural painkillers that focus on breaking up muscle adhesions and trigger points, along with posture improvements and pain-fighting essential oils, can go a long way in helping you feel better without resorting to addictive and damaging over-the-counter and prescription pills.

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Tramadol For Dogs Side Effects Tramadol & Alternatives

Side Effects of Tramadol For Dogs & Alternatives

It can be flustering not to know what to do when your dog needs your help, especially when they’re down with pain. The most automatic response is to go to the vet and, without any question, buy whatever painkiller is in the prescription. Following the prescription strictly is not unwise. However, it’s better to think about your dog’s medication more extensively before settling with a painkiller. This is most important if your dog is suffering from chronic pain.

One of the painkillers you should think twice about is Tramadol. Though Tramadol can give your dog fast-acting and long-lasting relief, it isn’t formulated to be safe for long-term use. In the following post, you’ll learn all about Tramadol and why you should be cautious in giving them to your dogs.

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What Is Tramadol for Dogs?

Tramadol is the generic name for a kind of opioid drug. It is medically used as a narcotic analgesic for relieving moderate to severe pain in both humans and dogs.

This kind of painkiller can be prescribed for dogs who are suffering from acute and chronic pain caused by any of the following conditions:

  • Post-operative pain
  • Physical injury
  • Cancer symptoms
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Nonsurgical inter-vertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Other joint and nerve diseases

Tramadol is sometimes also prescribed for relief of anxiety and even coughing.

Main Ingredient in Tramadol

Tramadol hydrochloride is the main active ingredient of Tramadol medications. It can be combined with other weaker or stronger analgesics to enhance the painkilling effect. Tramadol is like a mild version of morphine. It works by blocking chemicals in nerve pathways that signal the perception of pain. Norepinephrine and serotonin are the chemicals that stimulate feelings of happiness and well being. Tramadol blocks the reuptake of these two chemicals so that your dog will feel more of the happiness effect than the perception of pain.

This works only as a diversion that tricks your dog’s mind to perceive happiness rather than pain. Tramadol does not, however, help relieve any of the symptoms that cause the pain. Unlike NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Tramadol does not help reduce swelling and pain in the affected parts. It does not provide assistance to the body’s compensatory and rehabilitative processes that help the body recover from the cause of pain.

Dosage and Cost of Tramadol for Dogs

The dosage for Tramadol depends on the dog’s weight and condition. There is no dosage guide for Tramadol that the public may follow. It is strictly dispensed and administered per prescription only to prevent overdose. As a class 4 controlled substance, Tramadol cannot be bought and dosed like any over-the-counter drug. Only a licensed vet can determine the right dosage for your dog.

Tramadol for dogs is available in 50 mg tablets at pet pharmacies. The cost per tablet depends on the prescribed brand and also your location.

Tramdol 50 mg can cost between $0.75 and $2.00 per tablet.

Side Effects of Tramadol

Tramadol is a narcotic analgesic that causes your dog to feel at ease and happy to mask the pain. But it may also cause certain unwanted side effects.

Some of the common side effects your dog may experience while on medication include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Tremors

Aside from these side effects, you should also watch out for signs of overdose and adverse reactions that may cause serious problems in your dog:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Decreased heart and pulse rate
  • Weakness and sleepiness
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive vomiting
  • Excessive tremors
  • Seizure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma

These reactions can cause serious damage to your dog’s body. That is why Tramadol should be strictly given as prescribed.

In some cases though, even if you follow the vet’s directions religiously, it’s still possible for your dog to experience adverse reactions. This is because every dog is different. Many dogs can tolerate Tramadol well, but some dogs may not be able to put up with its effects.

Tramadol’s Interaction with Other Drugs

Tramadol is a strong painkiller that causes narcotic effects. These effects may interfere or counteract with the effects of other drugs. Tramadol should never be given to dogs who are also taking medications such as:

  • Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Drugs like sertraline and fluoxetine are SSRIs that inhibit the re-uptake of serotonin in the body. If used with Tramadol, the effects might lead to overdose reactions.

  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

Selegiline is a MAOI that inhibits the break-down of serotonin and norepinephrine. Using this with Tramadol will also lead to overdose effects.

Tramadol Alternatives

The risk of overdose and “addictiveness” to Tramadol is moderately high. That’s why many pet owners are advised to seek other safer options for their dog’s pain management.

Although it’s relatively safe to give Tramadol for acute pain, it isn’t the best medication for chronic pain. For dogs that need to take pain medications daily on a long-term basis, safer and more natural alternatives should be explored. One of the most popular alternatives to Tramadol is CBD oil.

CBD oil is a safe, naturally-derived supplement that can be given to your dog on a daily basis. It can be used an anti-inflammatory agent for pain management. You can also give CBD oil in different ways that your dog might enjoy.

CBD is an effective anti-inflammatory agent that helps the body to cope better and faster from pain and inflammation. It works by stimulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to control prostaglandin levels and establish chemical balance. This state of balance fights off inflammatory responses that cause pain and swelling in the affected parts.

Other safer alternatives also include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

NSAIDs are also chemical drugs like Tramadol, but they provide more beneficial effects and fewer side effects. NSAIDs benefit the body by regulating inflammatory responses to reduce swelling and pain. Unlike Tramadol, NSAIDs are better tolerated and are not addictive and mind-clouding.

  • Physical therapy

Physical therapy will help your dog recover faster and manage pain better. The exercises in physical therapy will gradually build your dog’s physical vitality to restore normal functions and fight off inflammation.

  • Acupuncture

Acupuncture is also becoming popular for dogs with chronic pain. This procedure works by regulating the body’s energy flow so that pain can become more manageable.

  • Herbal therapy

There are some herbs than can be safely given to your dog for pain management like Turmeric. However, you must ask your vet first before giving any herbal medication because herbs work just like drugs. If you give the wrong herb for the wrong condition, it may cause bad reactions and worsen the problem.

It’s not bad to trust prescription drugs and to stick to them. There are prescriptions that cannot be alternated with anything else.

However, it’s every owner’s responsibility to look out and ahead for their dogs. If it’s possible to choose other safer options, you should always discuss them with your vet.

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Plants in Cameroon may not produce the painkiller tramadol at all. Cattle fed the drug may account for its discovery in nature

In 2013 the surprising discovery was made that the opioid painkiller tramadol, thought to be synthetic, was being produced by the African herb Nauclea latifolia. However, new research casts doubt on this claim. Researchers from Germany and Cameroon conclude that the tramadol detected in the plants’ roots was actually the result of soil contamination by the urine and faeces of farmers and their animals. The team leader of the original study, however, is standing by his results.

The flowering evergreen N. Latifolia grows widely in Cameroon and nearby parts of Africa, and is used by traditional healers to treat a wide variety of complaints including pain. In 2013, Michel De Waard of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble and colleagues from elsewhere in France and Switzerland analysed the root’s chemical composition using spectroscopic analysis of methanolic extracts and found up to 0.4% +cis-2–1-(3-methoxyphenyl)cyclohexanol, also known as tramadol. Although several pharmaceuticals have been discovered in plants after being synthesised in the laboratory, this was the first time a drug had been found in clinically significant concentrations.

Tramadol was first marketed in Germany in 1977

Analytical chemist Michael Spiteller of the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany and colleagues obtained a sample of the root with the highest concentration of the drug from De Waard’s group. Conducting their own analysis they found that, sure enough, it contained 0.4% tramadol. Spiteller’s group’s own samples, however, told a different story – none of them contained more than 0.00015% tramadol. Furthermore, samples from southern Cameroon contained no detectable tramadol at all. ‘I thought, “That’s strange – there must be something wrong”,’ says Spiteller.

Locals told the researchers that tramadol is readily and cheaply available from local markets or street sellers in northern Cameroon, and that farmers often consume far more than the recommended dose and feed it to their cattle. Taking tramadol helps the farmers to work all day in temperatures often exceeding 40ºC. This practice was not reported in the south. In such temperatures, farm animals often relax and excrete in the shade of trees, providing a potential route for high quantities of tramadol to get into plant roots. The researchers also detected both tramadol and several mammalian metabolites in surface, stream and well water and soil in the north of the country. Finally, they found trace quantities of both tramadol and its metabolites in the roots of other, unrelated plants like acacia in the same areas.

De Waard is unconvinced though. ‘We sampled this root in a national park where livestock is prohibited,’ he says. He suggests that baboons and other mammals in the national park that eat the fruits from the N. Latifolia trees, which may also contain tramadol, could explain the metabolites in the soil. He concludes: ‘This is a formal insult to the African populations and their traditional practices of using plants as medicines.’

Safe and Effective Natural Alternative to Tramadol for Dogs

Tramadol is a powerful pain killer that Vets prescribe when your dog is recovering from surgery or is dealing with aging bones and joints. Although it is supposed to help relieve pain, Tramadol has terrible side effects and risks.

You’re looking at kidney damage, liver failure, and increased chance of death. It is quite horrific to know that Vets are prescribing Tramadol when there is a safe and effective alternative to Tramadol for dogs.

You don’t want to see your puppy or dog in pain. You want to see your pet feeling great and energetic and most of all happy.

What is Tramadol?

Tramadol is pain medication that is used to help manage pain. It is also used to treat pain in humans and acts as an alternative to Vicodin. It is also considered to be a narcotic because it is highly addictive in humans.

How Does Tramadol Work for Dogs?

Tramadol increases the serotonin levels in the brain which helps change the awareness of the pain by your dog.

Tramadol increased the serotonin levels in your dog’s brain which helps change their awareness of the pain. These increased levels of serotonin also create a euphoric sensation which makes your dog calm and relaxed. This is why the drug is addictive for humans, but we can control our dogs dosage and medicine so they’re safe from this destructive manner.

Tramadol Side Effects

  • Excessive nausea & vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and drowsiness
  • Tremors
  • Lack of coordination (ataxia)
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety

Natural Alternative to Tramadol for Dogs

The #1 rated alternative for painkillers is CBD Oil for dogs. It is a natural and holistic supplement for wellness and pain management. CBD for dogs is derived from hemp plant making it all natural and organic. CBD Oil is a natural alternative that helps maintain a normal inflammatory response while supporting joint paint.

Paws Elite’s mission has been to help pet owners to use a natural and holistic approach to managing your dogs pain.

CBD oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and serves as an effective alternative to tramadol for dogs because of its non-addictive, non-toxic and natural form. When Cannabidiol is ingested by your dog it activates their Endocannabinoid system which produces its own cannabinoids and allows the ingested CBD to be effective.

CBD Oil Effects

  • Alleviate Pain
  • Improve Mood
  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Anti-Inflammatory

Why CBD Oil is better than Tramadol as a Natural Alternative

Ultimately, Tramadol does not have any anti-inflammatory properties it only focuses on taking your dogs mind off of the pain and into a euphoric state. It also has the potential to cause death for dogs. However, CBD oil will help your dog by decreasing inflammation and managing pain. Also, CBD oil has never posed life-threatening effects on dogs or cats.

Read here to find out how to give your dog CBD oil.

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