Naturally Pain Free with Letha Hadady
According to the American Pain Foundation, chronic pain is a condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans and despite decades of research, chronic pain remains “poorly understood and notoriously hard to control.” In her latest book, Naturally Pain Free, traditional Asian and alternative health expert Letha Hadady addresses chronic pain, brought on by poor habits, aging, injury, environment, and a variety of everyday stress factors that contribute to pain.
Letha’s called “The Martha Stewart of herbs.” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and “The best known blonde in Chinatown” by Newsday and she joined me on Amy’s Table to chat about managing pain naturally.
Letha suggests these 5 ways to beat pain:
1. Adjust your diet
2. Incorporate herbs that stop pain (ginger, guggul, trphala, skullcap, aloe vera)
3. Massage: the healing power of touch
4. Meditation: effective as drugs for easing pain
5. Activities: walking, dancing and sex
Here are just a couple of the tips Letha shared :
· To ease muscle aches and protect immunity: Add 5 drops each of essential oil of balsam pine and myrrh to one teaspoon of an oil such as grapeseed, coconut or olive oil and massage tired muscles gently.
· To boost energy and circulation: Add a sprig of rosemary to tea or a pinch of clove to tea or coffee to tone digestion and enhance breathing. Holly (mao dong qing capsules) used by Chinese herbalists protects the heart.
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