Natural Remedies

Holistic Chronic Pain Management: Natural Therapies and Supplements

| Modified on Sep 21, 2023
Arm Circles
Posted by Jason (California ) on 06/02/2023


I had extreme shoulder pain and limited movement as Little Wing described in a 2012 post on Magnesium Oil. Had also been looking into surgery, and had begun the process of having X-rays taken, when I remembered that we used to do arm circles in gym class for a warm up.

These arm circles are like this: hold your arms out to your sides, palms open, fingers extended. Begin rotating your arms in small circles. After doing this each night for a month, all of my movement limitations were gone!

For the pain, I saw in a video on YouTube to hold your arms out in front of you, clasp your left wrist with your right hand, and push your hands forward/ahead of you. Do the same thing, but overhead this time. Doing this for a month loosened up my shoulders and removed all pain!

ACV, White Grape Juice
Posted by Jayna D. (Orange County CA) on 04/14/2023

I have been taking ACV capsules for years because I do not like the taste of vinegar. They are reasonable and very effective for pain reduction. I take two in the a.m. before other natural meds or eating.

Avoid Tomatoes
Posted by Farmer (Hometown) on 03/12/2023

Read about the use and effects of copper sulfate when growing tomatoes. It may be the cause.

Avoid Tomatoes
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 03/12/2023 453 posts

Raw tomatoes and I don't get along. Not sure why. I'm going to grow my own this year, organic-style. See if it's something added. Apparently, they mess with organic produce, after the fact, as well. Technically, they're GROWN organically but what happens to them after that is anybody's guess.

Avoid Tomatoes
Posted by Michael (QLD Australia) on 03/11/2023

New to this site! A lot of posts re Lycopene? I have two tomatoes in my salad every evening, but am experiencing pain in my legs! This apparently is caused by the lectins in the core and skin

I have switched now to canned whole peeled tomatoes, and the leg pains have decreased markedly.

It is also worth noting that "force fed " tomatoes have a larger core and thicker skin.

Valerian Root
Posted by Caroline (Nyssa) on 11/06/2022

I fell 5 ft off of a ladder on my buttocks. I was in excruciating pain. My x-ray revealed a compression fracture. My chiropractor recommended icing and ibuprofen 4X daily. After a week and a half my stomach could no longer handle the ibuprofen. I was in too much pain to sleep so I took some Valerian Root. It was like a miracle.....I slept all night and woke the next morning with very little pain!

Rocking Chair Therapy
Posted by Meg (KY) on 09/22/2022

You just made a lightbulb go off in my head. I, like my old grandpappy, am a chronic rocker. I have almost no anxiety, no depression whatsoever and am really healthy for my age. Could it possibly be my rocking chair? That is so interesting. I've always wondered why everyone is so sick and I'm not. I eat whatever I want, don't exercise that much but have never been on any medication except the occassional antibiotic in my youth. Instead of prescription meds, they should hand out rocking chairs!

Rocking Chair Therapy
Posted by Samantha (NY) on 09/22/2022

What is a BSM?

EC: Blackstrap Molasses

Rocking Chair Therapy
Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 09/11/2022

Ahhhh MtM, so THAT'S why I love me some rocking chair time!

As a child, I would get nauseous on a swing but after starting on BSM a few years ago, I can rock and even read in a car!

Rocking Chair Therapy
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 09/10/2022

I have had a significant flare up of my bursitis, which has led me to a help that I have never considered.

Yesterday was a lovely day and I went out to the porch to swing and crochet in the sunshine for a little bit. I realized my pain was not bothering me as much. Certainly sunshine and something to do with my hands was a pleasant distraction, but then I considered the rocking.

Parents and caregivers naturally rock and sway to sooth babies and little children. Perhaps rocking is soothing for humans of all ages!

I did a little research and found that studies have found that rocking in a rocking chair has many health benefits.

It helps to decrease cravings of addicts in rehab facilities. It improves balance among the elderly in care facilities, it also reduces requests for pain medicines, and reduces agitation. Rocking can release endorphins, which can help with pain.

For the elderly, rocking in a chair improve blood flow and gives a bit of exercise to muscles.

Rocking chair therapy has also been used to improve outcomes after some surgeries.

My take away is that it makes sense to ensure that the elderly have an available rocking chair. And that anyone, no matter the age, may benefit from some rocking chair time to relieve anxiety, pain, and cravings.

Maybe rocking chairs are a way to restore some calm to our society which has become increasingly frenetic.

Happy Rocking,

~Mama to Many~

DMSO, Castor Oil
Posted by Linda (Ireland ) on 02/10/2022

Bought dmso for my sore shoulder, I dont know why it was sore but I couldn't lift my arm above my head and it was starting to hurt even without movement, so earth clinic suggested dmso and castor oil.

1 application and after a rash, itch and a little discomfort the pain went from 9 out of 10 to like a 2.....i love herbs and old remedies and would definitely recommend this

Horsetail and Solomon's Seal Tinctures
Posted by Felicia J. (Tennessee) on 10/06/2021

Hi Ron,

Now that it's been 2 months since your last comment, do your knees feel like they have been healed? Thanks.

Horsetail and Solomon's Seal Tinctures
Posted by Deirdre (Connecticut) on 08/07/2021

Hi Ron,

Thank you for your post! Besides trying out Palo Santo essential oil based on your other recent post, I also ordered solomon's seal tincture to check out (Yep, it's the fun part of my job as owner/moderator of Earth Clinic! )

I tried Solomon's Seal a few times, taking only 3-5 drops each time based on Amazon reviews even though the dose on the bottle was 30 drops! The first time, within 30 minutes my sinuses opened up and drained. Didn't know there was anything to drain, but apparently, there was. It didn't happen again.

Also I can confirm Solomon's Seal is not a MILD diuretic like many articles report, but quite a powerful diuretic. For anyone trying the extract, get ready to pee a lot... On the second day of testing the herb, I awoke with a headache that lasted all day. Finally figured out it was probably from dehydration even though I was drinking plenty of liquids. After gulping down a large glass of water, the headache promptly went away.

I also read about Solomon's Seal being safe and fabulous for dogs with arthritis, so I added just 3 drops to both of my elderly dogs' dinner one night earlier in the week. One dog did fine with it, but it set off a series of bowel issues in my other dog, who has a sensitive stomach, leading to a massive amount of diarrhea, leading to blood and anal discharge, leading me to rush him to the emergency vet and a $1500 bill! Turns out he had an anal abscess that started draining and leaking all over the place. I'm guessing it was simmering beforehand and just 3 drops of the herb accelerated the body's clearing of it... Poor guy. That was a rough few days.

I think one should be careful with this herb as it's extremely potent. That's my feedback on Solomon's Seal based on my first week. I'll update again on it in the future as it's a very interesting herb. But I won't test it out on my dogs again, just me! I bought the non-alcohol formula from Amazon, by the way...

Thanks again for posting!

Horsetail and Solomon's Seal Tinctures
Posted by Ron (Idaho) on 08/01/2021

I have found that horsetail and solomon's seal tinctures both work for pain with arthritis and lost cartilage and as well as pain, they also aid in healing, I have been told horsetail is known for regrowing cartilage, I know they help me a lot.

Garlic in Honey
Posted by Holly (Riverdale) on 07/25/2021

Dear Jenny,

You might try burdock root tea for your radiating breast pain. I have had some sort of painful breast congestion for over six months. I have tried different things and have found some temporary relief. (I have not had a mammogram and I am in my 50's. Honestly, I am afraid to get one and afraid of getting on the medical merry go round for this.) I started drinking burdock root tea (I don't even recall why) and realized that the pain/congestion in my breast has significantly reduced! I will keep drinking the tea. Burdock root tea is also good for nerve pain. Get good quality burdock root. Like Frontier Herbs organic burdock root. Put a tablespoon into a canning jar and pour 2 cups of boiling water over it. Let is steep for 2-3 hours. Strain and drink. It isn't bad tasting but you could add a bit of stevia or honey if you like. I drink it every day. It is an ingredient in essiac tea, which is a cancer/tumor/chronic illness remedy with many applications. Holly

Garlic in Honey
Posted by Jenny (CA) on 07/23/2021

This is just my personal experience, I am not a health professional. I have right breast pain that runs up my neck, radiates in my shoulder and down my arm into my hand.

I chop four garlic cloves and let sit for about 10 minutes to activate the Allicin, I then mix in raw honey about a tablespoon.

I chew a couple of times before I swallow and this provides pain relief almost instantly. It only lasts a few hours though.

Posted by HisJewel (New York) on 07/20/2021

Thank you, Tessa.

Posted by Tessa (Okanagan) on 07/19/2021

Hi HisJewel -

Glad to hear that lysine is working for your pain! I'm beginning to think it's one of those "unsung heroes" that not too many people know about. It's also good for cardiovascular health (among other things).

As part of Linus Pauling's cardiovascular protocol (which includes various nutrients), he recommended 1,000 mg lysine daily for prevention and up to 6 grams daily if you have heart disease.

As for exercise, I'm wondering if getting your lymph moving in a gentle way (like one poster, Cindy, recommends) by bouncing softly on your bed (feet on floor, bottom on a mattress with springs), a yoga ball (there are much smaller balls too that will do the trick), a rebounder or anything with "give" - just to help the flow.

I wish you all the best. Take care,


Posted by HisJewel (New York) on 07/18/2021

Hello Earth Clinic,

As ORH has desired for us to do I have been studying. I am a big woman and do little exercise until I get to the subway steps. (Mama and Michael I tried). Never the less I shall keep trying to pick up on the exercises.

It seems I'm dealing with two problems during the sitting; A numbing pain from poor circulation and Tailbone pain.

To cut to the chase, I just want to say that Lysine has helped my Tailbone pain more than any pain killers I have tried. Amazing!

I had wanted to cry after doing some traveling, and then rushed to a service. Before I knew it, I was back in the house and had fallen asleep and not taken my supplements.

I don't know if it was the good Lord or not, but it came to my mind you have not taken your Lysine. I got up and took two 1000 mgs because I was in PAIN! I fell back to sleep and when I awoke, no pain. I had a feeling before that it was the lysine that was giving me relief when I took it, now I know.

There is plenty of information about lysine and viruses, but very little information of lysine as an anti-inflammatory.

Healing Benefits of L-Lysine

Coconut Oil and Celtic Sea Salt
Posted by Elaine (OK) on 01/22/2021

5 tablespoons

Coconut Oil and Celtic Sea Salt
Posted by M. (Md) on 01/21/2021

Youtube has the remedy. It says 5 Tbsp.of salt.

Coconut Oil and Celtic Sea Salt
Posted by Sara (The Beaches) on 01/21/2021

How much salt?

Coconut Oil and Celtic Sea Salt
Posted by Elaine (Oklahoma City) on 01/21/2021

I found this pain reliever on YouTube. I was very skeptic, but tried it as I had both ingredients, yes two ingredients, in my cabinet.

Get one 14 oz jar of extra virgin coconut oil and Celtic Sea Salt. It has to be Celtic, no other sea salt works. You can find Celtic Sea Salt at a health food store or you can order it online.

Mix the two ingredients together then let it sit for 72 hours. It needs to marry/blend together. Then put it on an ache or pain.

This has worked for all but one person I have recommended this to. I have recommended to many and they have passed it on to their friends and family. It's AMAZING. If you try this I pray it works.

It's cheap compared to other remedies. My friend told me I had saved her $80 a month on CBD oil and the coconut oil worked better.

ACV, Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, MSM
Posted by Lana (Texas) on 01/16/2021

Thanks for sharing. I was on psych meds for over 20 years and in constant pain in shoulders and most muscles in legs and back. I began to suspect these were causing the pain so detoxed for 3 months and walla! With a little exercise and losing a few pounds, the pain disappeared. Four years later now, I'm living mostly pain free, clear minded and thanking God for giving me the wisdom to do that.

Epsom Salt Soak, Hot and Cold Therapy
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 11/13/2018 233 posts

Alex, doctors can sometimes miss fractures on x-rays, I would be applying comfrey (knitbone) salve, and making an infusion to take internally. When I have good supply I consume it daily. Read the comfrey page here on EC for more info on this amazing herb.

Epsom Salt Soak, Hot and Cold Therapy
Posted by Iowama (Ny) on 11/13/2018

Hi Alex,

I wonder if you could make an appointment with an Orthopedist? You may have a fracture that an x-ray did not make clear. An Ortho would order an MRI to get a better look into the problem. If it is broken, it would not be unusual that you are sensing a difference in the sensation and it would not be all that unusual that you don't know how it happened.

I speak from the experience of having a similar-sounding problem several years ago when my ankle gave me trouble. Our small local hospital did not have an MRI machine, so the doctor simply told me it was not broken. Luckily, my husband advised me to see an Orthopedist, who ordered an MRI, diagnosed the fracture, and put me in the proper boot cast. It healed quickly after that. I hope you will soon find your answer.

Epsom Salt Soak, Hot and Cold Therapy
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 11/13/2018

Alex, rubbing castor oil into the painful areas a few times a day, did it for my wrist.

Epsom Salt Soak, Hot and Cold Therapy
Posted by Alex (New Bern, Nj) on 11/13/2018

I injured my wrist. Couldn't say how, but it hurts. After 2 weeks, I went to the dr and had an xray, not broken. He said use a brace, hot/cold, and have to wait it out. Well, now it's 3 weeks later and it hurts worse than it did when I went to the Dr .I have been wearing a brace constantly except when washing, applying heat/cold periodically (can't while at work), soaking in epsom salts 2x/day and avoiding using it. What else can I do? Should I apply dmso? I have it on hand. I noticed overnight that now it has something rubbing in there if I flex my fingers (which are not held stationary by the brace). I think the dr didn't take it seriously since the first thing he asked was what was I taking for it. I don't take pain killers since I had an ulcer in the past and don't want to start that again.

Baking Soda
Posted by Luis (Valle) on 08/31/2018


Baking soda taken in high doses can cause the flow of oxygen to the heart to be reduced, producing a heart attack. That happened to me because I took a heaping teaspoon in a glass of water up to twice a day. The electrocardiogram was fine but the troponins were out of phase and the creatinine high. That meant my internment in intensive care for a week.

Please, see:

-Those with chronic kidney disorder have a higher risk of heart failure with a higher amount of bicarbonate in their blood.

-Oxygen flow to the heart may also be reduced with the use of sodium bicarbonate in some patients.

Baking Soda
Posted by Art (California ) on 08/29/2018 2159 posts

It should be noted that one teaspoon of baking soda in a single dose can give some people diarrhea.


Baking Soda
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/30/2018

Edward D. that sounds like a LOT of baking soda.... Make sure to watch out for side effects.

Baking Soda
Posted by Edward D. (East Tawas, Mi) on 08/29/2018

Arm and Hammer baking soda for pain. .....

I take 1 teaspoon in the morning, noon, night with 8 oz of water mix well until glass is clear. If. I have pain I add the same dosage every two hours.

Ginger Tea
Posted by Joann M. (Ohio) on 07/18/2018

I drink ginger tea every day. It helps with pain in my arms and back. I have a calcium deposit that is killing me on my left wrist. I am going to try the apple cider vinegar and magnesium.

Art's Topical Pain Reliever
Posted by Art (California ) on 07/10/2018 2159 posts

I was discussing a very simple mixture on another forum for topical pain relief that is easy to make and fairly effective so I thought I would mention it here since many people here at EC probably already have the ingredients.

The mixture is coconut oil and eucalyptus oil. I am not a big fan of the smell of eucalyptus oil so I thought I would not like this topical that initially smells much like Vicks, but what I found is that the smell faded away in about 5 minutes and seemed to work fairly well as a topical pain reliever. It is warm right now so my coconut oil is in a liquid state which made it easy to mix with the eucalyptus oil. I just used 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in about a half ounce of coconut oil. I just mixed it and applied it so I don't know how lasting it is, but so far it seems to be working fairly well and I can't smell the coconut oil or eucalyptus oil. Also, the eucalyptus oil seems to help the coconut oil soak in quickly which means that it doesn't leave you feeling oily or greasy by the time the smell goes away! It also leaves the skin nice and smooth!

I suspect this may be useful for other things like sinus issues, but you can just let your imagination go to work!


Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM
Posted by Martin (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/19/2018

I have hip and knee bursitis. Walking was very painful, esp in the hip joint on my right side. A sports friend told me to take Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM. I had side effects (headache, heart palps) at first and then had to break my capsules open and take only 1/4 of it to start. But after 2 weeks I stopped having pain and walking got easier. Wonderful supplements. Highly recommend to anyone with arthritis.