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You want your pain to stop. Some natural supplements can help. But first, you need to know what the problem is.

The best thing to do is to check with your doctor. Describe what you feel, when it happens, and how long it’s been going on.

Once you know what the cause is, you can look into all things that would help, which may include physical therapy, exercise, and diet changes, as well as supplements.

Check which supplements are good for which types of pain. Ask your doctor what’s OK for you to try. Some can affect your health or medicines that you take.

Back and Joint Discomfort

Turmeric is a root that’s part of the ginger family. It curbs inflammation, says Eva Selhub, MD, a clinical associate at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of Your Health Destiny.

You can cook with this dark yellow spice or make tea with it. Or take it in capsule form up to 1-2 grams per day.

Devil’s claw root is an herb that may ease low back pain and common arthritis discomfort. You can take enough to get 30-100 milligrams of the active compound, harpagoside, per day. If you have a sensitive stomach, stick with a low dose or you might get a mild stomachache.

Capsicum/capsaicin comes from chili peppers. A skin cream with 0.25%-0.75% capsaicin may soothe your back pain. Apply it directly to the area that hurts. Supplement pills may also help with diarrhea and cramps.

Comfrey. If you have lower or upper back pain, you could try a skin cream made with comfrey extract. Use it three times a day. Comfrey can harm your liver if you take it by mouth, so don’t drink comfrey tea.

Glucosamine may help with joint pain. Chondroitin, which is often sold with glucosamine, may ease pain and give you better joint movement. They are part of what makes up the cartilage in your body.

Many people who take glucosamine and chondroitin combine it with aspirin or other treatments. So it’s hard to say which is effective.

Give it time. It may take up to 4 months to see an improvement.

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