Natural remedies that replace ibuprofen

Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen are the solution to which people turn to for different types of pain.

It is considered a quick fix for a broad spectrum of pains, but may also have some negative effects. Some studies have shown that ibuprofen may increase the risk of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding. Its negative effects do not stop there, the list including hypertension, anaemia, hearing loss or genetic damage.

There are a number of natural alternatives, such as ginger or willow bark.

Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, through its content of antioxidants. It is recommended for headaches or menstrual pains, thanks to its action at the cellular level.

Willow bark is used since ancient times in relieving pain. It contains salicin, the active ingredient on which aspirin was developed, the effect of the natural remedy being longer.

Cayenne pepper is another alternative, obtained by grinding pulp and seeds from cayenne pepper. Thanks to its content of capsaicin, one of the most useful healing substances, the hot pepper is very effective against pain. Capsaicin blocks the action of neuropeptides that are released when we get hurt.

Turmeric has a similar effect to that of capsaicin and has the ability to inhibit specific proteins involved in the inflammation process.

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