Whether you are prone to toothache, back pain, arthritis, or a more complex condition such as fibromyalgia, living with pain affects your mental as well as physical wellbeing. It is only too easy to reach out for a pill, but taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to excess can bring its own problems. Stronger painkillers typically contain codeine, which brings with it a risk of addiction if you use it for too long.
Surely there must be a better way. Ask 10 different people about herbal analgesics and there is a good chance you will get 10 different answers. Many of these have been passed down through generations, and some are based more on faith than fact. However, there have been more scientific research carried out on natural remedies in the past 10 years than ever before. Here, we look at three natural pain relievers that really work.