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Easing Pain with Papain

By June 12, 2013

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An enzyme found naturally in papaya, papain is often touted for natural relief of pain. Sold in supplement form, papain is thought to alleviate pain in part by curbing inflammation.

Although research on the pain-reducing effects of papain is very limited, there's some evidence that it may help treat certain pain-causing conditions. For instance, studies show that papain can aid in the treatment of shingles, as well as soothe sore throat.

If you're seeking a natural approach to pain management, a number of remedies have been found to possess pain-relieving properties. For instance, herbs like white willow bark, devil's claw, and boswellia each appear to help tame pain. In addition, studies suggest that taking up mind-body practices like tai chi, yoga, meditation, and guided imagery may be beneficial to people struggling with chronic pain. Read the full article: papain.

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