ShoulderPainReady to try a new way to treat pain? Pharmaca offers a variety of natural ways to help relieve backaches, joint pain, muscle strains and more.

Turmeric/Curcumin
Good for: joint and back pain, digestive issues
This yellow spice is a common staple in Indian and other Asian dishes, and with good reason—it has serious anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Case in point: Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has been clinically shown to be as effective as ibuprofen in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

Homeopathy
Good for: muscle sprains and strains
Homeopathic medicines like arnica are great for helping bring circulation to the site of an injury, helping reduce bruising and swelling and speed healing. In addition to oral arnica, try a topical like Topricin—featuring homeopathic preparations of Arnica, Rhus Toxicodendron and Ruta Graveolens, which combine to relieve inflammation, sharp pains and bone injuries—rubbed liberally into the area three times a day.

Magnesium
Good for: migraines, sore muscles
This wonder mineral is helpful in relieving tension, flushing toxins, reducing inflammation and more. Research has also indicated that it can be helpful for reducing hot flashes and migraines. Try it in a bath, as a supplement or by mixing magnesium powder with water.

Essential Fatty Acids
Good for: joint pain
A variety of oils are thought to have therapeutic effects for the joints, including borage, evening primrose, black currant and fish oils. “I typically receive good feedback from my patients on these oils,” says Dr. Tori Hudson, ND. “Some even say they just feel like their joints are ‘better lubricated.’”

Essential Oils
Good for: headaches, toothaches, muscle aches
Next time you have a headache, try mixing a drop of peppermint oil into a carrier oil (like jojoba or almond) and dabbing it on your forehead and temples. Have a toothache? Conside a clove compress—it’s another great pain reliever because of its active compound eugenol, which has analgesic and antibacterial properties. For muscle aches, try mixing 5 drops lavender, 4 drops marjoram and 3 drops rosemary with 30 ml of a carrier oil in a hot bath.