When you have been in a car crash, there is a chance your injuries can include whiplash, which is actually a cervical strain or hyper-extension injury. Whiplash injury symptoms can begin to show up right after the crash and up to 48 hours after. The more quickly your symptoms begin to show, the more serious your injury can be. It is important to seek immediate medical treatment if you experience dizziness, nausea, extreme pain, and stiffness in your neck, shoulders, and down your arms. For less severe injuries, you can seek treatment from your chiropractor and use these two at-home herbal remedies to help with treatment of your whiplash pain.
One natural method to reduce the pain in your neck and back from whiplash is to apply a capsaicin cream, which contains pure capsaicin from chili peppers. Capsaicin is the compound present in chili peppers that produces the heat and is its natural protection from a fungal attack.
Capsaicin is extracted from chili peppers and is used to create a cream that can be applied externally to your body to help alleviate pain. Chili pepper's capsaicin contains no color or odor, but will create a burning sensation when it touches your body, which is how it alleviates pain.
Substance P in your body is what helps transmit pain signals to your brain. When capsaicin cream is applied onto your body, it causes a burning sensation, which depletes your body's supply of substance P and dulls the nerve receptors in your body that are responsible for feeling pain. As a result, chronic exposure to capsaicin cream acts as an analgesic.
Boswellia is an herb that is effective for treating pain without side effects. Boswellia, also known as Frankincense has been used for many years to treat back and joint pain. While it reduces pain, it also reduces swelling and stiffness from a whiplash injury. As an added benefit, using boswellia helps improve blood circulation, which is helpful for tissue repair in your whiplash injury.
For treating a chronic pain or whiplash injury, it is recommended to take 300 milligrams of boswellia in a capsule up to three times every day. You can also apply a topical boswellia cream onto your neck and back every four to six hours as needed while taking the herbal supplement. Only apply a pea-sized amount and rub it into the affected area. Using the herb in a topical form allows you to use it for as long as necessary without any harmful effects.
Use these natural remedies to help treat whiplash pain along with chiropractic treatments like SpineCare Chiropractic Daniel S. Wright, D.C.