Do you suffer from chronic pain?

Does it seem as if the amount of pain you are experiencing is growing over time rather than diminishing?

Do you have a hard time functioning because of chronic pain?

Is it hard to relieve your chronic pain with medication?

What Causes Chronic Pain?

There are many causes of pain. Certainly, trauma can result in a permanent condition of daily and chronic pain. However, not all pain comes from traumatic accidents or injuries of some sort.

Much chronic pain comes from imbalances in the body that accumulate over time to the point that they interfere with the normal functioning of the body.

Because we often think that illness comes from external factors like germs,  it may seem like a stretch to learn that chronic pain most often comes from a variety of causes related to our living conditions and living habits. According to Ayurveda, the following are the general types of imbalances at the source of most chronic conditions, including chronic pain:

  • Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor digestion
  • Imbalance of the nervous system
  • Accumulation of physical and mental stress
  • Lowering of natural resistance and immunity

The modern medical approach, which matches drugs to symptoms, does not completely address many of these factors. As a result, modern medicine often cannot fully remove the conditions creating pain and illness so imbalances can become chronic conditions. By chronic, we mean the dictionary definition of a condition that persists over time or recurs regularly. These situations occur even with the best modern medical treatment, indicating that some new approach is needed if we are to achieve good health.

Visualizing The Causes Of Chronic Pain

One way to begin to understand chronic pain is to visualize how your body works.

Our bodies are very complex, high functioning organisms. Each part of your body has a function to perform and cannot do so if interfered with.

A high functioning digestion system is key to minimizing toxic accumulation in the body. Here are four  ways in which our digestion can be disrupted causing toxic buildup and eventually illness along with chronic pain:

  1. our digestion is not working properly. Illness and chronic pain can develop through improper digestion if:
    1.  we are eating at the wrong time which means our digestive system is weak and cannot digest properly.
    2. we eat too frequently so that our digestive system cannot digest all of the food we eat. You need to space eating a minimum of 3 to 4 hours apart to let your digestion do its job.
    3. we eat the wrong foods. Processed foods and fast foods are particularly harmful. They will cause toxic accumulation resulting in disease and chronic pain.
    4. eating when we are upset. Stress disturbs the digestive system making it difficult for food to be converted into fuel. Instead, it becomes a kind of sludge that accumulates as toxic buildup in the body.
    5. eating while watching TV, or engaging in any other activity will also create problems. Our brains will be occupied with the other activity and will not register the meal that has been consumed. As a result, we are likely to overeat.
  2. we accumulate toxins. So if you start to accumulate toxins in your cells, the cells cannot function well. Then a domino effect occurs that interferes with the functioning of other cells. When the process has gone on for long enough, impairment, pain and disease are the result.
  3. we have too much stress in our lives. Stress causes a rise in your blood sugar levels.  If heightened stress is ongoing, your body will think it is in a chronic state of emergency, consuming all of your energy and food stores so that you become tired, depleted and your immune system becomes compromised. This situation also leads to metabolic disorder, diabetes and other chronic conditions created by long term imbalances in the body.. Reducing stress helps prevent chronic illness and the pain that goes with it.
  4. we have a lot of chaos and anxiety. The vata biosystem or dosha of the body governs our mind, brain and movement in the body. When our body is clogged in any way whether from toxins or food we are stopping the natural flow of nutrients to our cells and the elimination of wastes. Having a daily self-care schedule helps reduce chaos and the anxiety it creates. Regular healthy meals are an important part of creating the conditions for good health.

What Can You Do To Relieve Chronic Pain?

When you become aware that stress, chaos, processed food, poor digestion, and toxins can accumulate and cause disease as well as chronic pain, you can start to do something about it.

Here are some simple solutions:

  • eat a beet every day. Beets cleanse the liver and the bile it processes which often become thick and sluggish and improved the digestion. According to Dr. John Douillard of Lifespa, beets are a great cleanser for the body. Beets also help the lymph system located around your stomach which helps your immune system.
  • eat three meals a day in an agreeable environment to let your body fully digest each meal so that you do not accumulate undigested food in your body.
  • get 8 hours of sleep at night. You will have an easier time making changes if you are getting adequate rest.
  • drink water. Warm water consumed every 15-20 minuted throughout the day will help you remove toxins from the body.
  • find a good stress reduction practice for yourself. Many people like meditation.
  • add some  supplements:
    • triphala is great for detoxing and improving constipation symptoms
    • neem is excellent for supporting the immune system
    • manjistha and turmeric are great detoxers
    • pain-free boswellia  with turmeric and ginger can help with joints
    • anxiety-free capsules for reducing stress and anxiety.

There is so much you can do by changing diet and your daily schedule.

Relieving the burden on the body of accumulated toxins, will start a process of natural pain relief and is worth undertaking because no one deserves to live in pain.

Note: this article is for information only and not meant to replace the advise of a physician. Sensitive Evolution has an affiliate arrangement with Lifespa.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.