Pain-relieving botanicals have been used for millennia in traditional medical systems. Currently, scientists in the field of pain research are studying botanical extracts as they search for compounds that work through pathways other than the opioid receptors without causing side effects or dependency. Through this research, we are gaining a deeper understanding of the complex biological mechanisms that modulate pain.

The botanicals reviewed in this paper have a long history of safe and efficacious use to help calm inflammation and relieve pain through various pathways. Corydalis and Notoginseng are two of the most highly-regarded botanicals used in Chinese medicine to relieve pain and promote healing. They are used to address both chronic and acute pain, including traumatic injuries. They are blended in formulas with herbs appropriate for the condition and person being treated.

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