10 Healing Foods That Fight Pain Naturally


8. The Rx: Mint

The Target: IBS, headaches
The Dose: 1 cup of tea daily

We all know we should keep peppermint with us at times, to freshen our breath, but there are some other reasons why trying this herb is important. Peppermint contains menthol in it that helps prevent muscle spasms and treats irritable bowel syndrome too. Peppermint oil is very useful to treat headaches. You can apply it on your wrists and temple and breath in the fresh scent to cure headache.

Botanist James A. Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods recommends brewing mint tea to relieve any kind of pain. You can pour boiling water over peppermint leaves and let it steep for as longer as the tea is perfectly strong for you. For an extra pain-fighting boost, you can add wintergreen leaves too. Wintergreen leaves contain a compound called methyl salicylate that blocks the inflammation and pain causing enzymes. He says that you can also call it herbal aspirin. Also, adding lemon in it extracts as many pain-reducing chemicals from the plants, as possible.

Peppermint Health Benefits

9. The Rx: Edamame

The Target: Arthritis
The Dose: ¼ cup daily

Osteoarthritis is a very challenging situation when it comes to culinary fixes for pain. Wear and tear on the joints that leaves the cartilage ragged and the bones grinding against each other leaves effects that are not reversible at all. However, there is hope for relief to some extent.

Researchers from Oklahoma State University did a research and gave 40 g of soy protein (about ¼ cup of shelled edamame) to one group of participants and 40 g of milk based protein to the other group, for three months. They results showed that the group that was given soy protein experienced a reduction in pain while the one which was given milk protein did not experience any change.

Edamame for Arthritis

James N. Dillard, MD, author of The Chronic Pain Solution says that by soy proteins he means tofu, tempeh and other forms of whole soy that are fermented. Not the soy protein isolates that are quite commonly seen in processed snacks in the market. Cooking with tofu is quite simple, as long as you know the basics. It tastes good too. Silken tofu is soft and often used in soups, desserts and creamy dressings whereas firm tofu is often cooked like meat as it is marinated and grilled.


  1. These are really good ideas. These are things I use to know and I need to become aware of to be more healthy than I am today. Every bit of information helps. It doesn’t hurt to say it again.

  2. I have been praying for a new way to manage my pain. I decided that for every disease known to man God made a cure for it. In its natural form the herbs and spices taste better and are better tolerated by the body. Thanks

  3. I do not know whether already pounded turmeric are also good because I have been using them for a while especially in food but always get some pains in the body. Is there any other way of using that powdered one? Thanks.


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