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Ten Natural Pain Remedies You Won't Hear About From Your Doctor

12/12/2012, 12:35 p.m.

Early on in his career as a professional fitness trainer, before exploring natural pain remedies, Jesse Cannone realized that it was not the lack of will or desire that kept a large percentage of his clientele from reaching their fitness goals; it was the presence of chronic, debilitating pain.

"The most common types of pain limiting the client's motion were neck and back pain, often related to injuries," said Cannone. "To help these clients regain mobility I decided to make it my mission to research available scientific literature and become familiar with every clinically effective pain relief cream, pain medication and natural pain remedy available in the marketplace."

He soon discovered that prescription pain medications, while often able to effectively block aches and discomforts, came with a variety of dangerous side effects which, in his opinion, made their long term use inadvisable.

"Studies showed that even garden variety over-the-counter Salicylates (Aspirin), when taken for prolonged periods, doubled the likelihood of perforated ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding," said Cannone.

Further research eventually brought him to a 6-year observational study of 6,500 outpatients entitled "Homeopathic Treatment for Chronic Disease" published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The study, which measured the results of using homeopathic intervention for a wide range of diseases, found nearly 71 percent of the patients treated with natural pain remedies got better.

"Because homeopathic remedies produced overwhelmingly positive results and no harmful side effects, we then narrowed our focus to find the most effective natural remedies for treating the specific types of pain that our clients were suffering from, which included back pain, neck pain, muscle pain and joint pain," said Cannone.

Below are 10 natural pain remedies, found in clinical studies to produce the fastest and most effective pain relief, which can be rubbed directly into the skin over painful areas.

CMO - "The story behind the discovery of CMO is that a scientist working for the National Institute of Health noticed that lab mice never contracted arthritis," said Cannone. "After investigation, he determined that mice produced a rare fatty acid known as Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) which gave them immunity from arthritis. When the scientist applied CMO to his own arthritic joints he found it completely alleviated his pain symptoms." Cannone said researchers at the University of Connecticut were able to use CMO to produce pain relief for 100 percent of patients with joint and muscle pain in one or both knees. A double-blind study at the Joint European Studies Program revealed everyone who took CMO experienced up to 87 percent improvement in pain relief.

MSM - While CMO is one of the rarest substances to occur in nature, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is one of the body's most common. This naturally occurring nutritional sulfur makes the body's cells more permeable, allowing nutrients to more easily flow in and out through the cell membranes. "MSM works in two ways to naturally relieve pain," said Cannone. "First, it blocks the 'C' pain nerve fibers from delivering their chronic pain message to your brain. Secondly, MSM decreases swelling and inflammation."