Most people think that prescribed muscle relaxants are the only way to alleviate muscle pains and spasms. They either buy the medicine or shy away from using strong spasmodic drugs because of the pending side effects. However, there is some natural muscle relaxers believed to give the same relief as strong prescription muscle relaxants. One natural herb with muscle calming effects are: Valerian: A natural medicinal herb native to Europe and some part of Asia, valerian is used as a sedative and an alternative to benzodiazepine drugs. It has a calming effect that aids in the alleviation of hysteria, anxiety, stress and cramps. Valerian is available in the United States as an over-the-counter nutritional supplement.
Other muscle relieving herbs:
Chamomile herbal tea: This for many years has been used to help people who suffer from anxiety or stress. Because chamomile has natural calming effect, it not only helps with anxiety but it can also help people feel at easy and get them to sleep better. Chamomile can become a very effective muscle relaxer when used in aromatherapy, in addition to other benefits that it already has.
Using Licorice: Licorice has many uses, which includes being used as cuisine spice, effective muscle relaxing herb, and treatment of other auto immune condition illnesses such as: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and others.
Cayenne pepper: Also known as guinea spice, cayenne pepper can be used externally in poultice as a topical pain reliever.
Other ways to relieve muscle pains:
Aromatherapy: Pampering the olfactory or sense of smell can help relieve muscle spasms and stress. Slathering essential and relaxing oil like chamomile, lavender, and jasmine on the body relaxes the muscles progressively.
Stretching: Muscle cramps and spasms may be caused by tensioned muscles. Stretching, when done properly, can loosen tense muscles. Yoga and tai-chi are examples of exercises that can help maintain the muscle’s flexibility in the long run.
Massages: Maybe the easiest and most readily available natural muscle relaxant, massage relaxes the muscles, loosens muscle tightness, and decreases muscle pains and stress.
Muscle pains and spasms can be very agonizing conditions if left untreated. Natural muscle relaxants are more readily available and their long term effectiveness is very good; but make sure you get your doctor’s opinion before you decide on whether to use pharmaceutical or natural remedies. There is no question that most prescriptions or over the counter pain relievers are very effective, however, using them for long term can be very unhealthy. Use herbal muscle-relaxers and other natural methods of relieving muscle-pains if you are concerned about the long term side effect associated with pharmaceutical medicines.