We tend to think more in terms of nutritional supplements for health than we do food, let alone the herbs and spices we use to flavor our favorite dishes. And we think even less of food as a pain reliever. Yet, some flavor profiles play a major role in pain relief.
Food, herbs, and spices have been used for thousands of years for their powerful health building and curative effects. Traditional cultures the world over have well developed medical systems based on substances that appear in nature.
The use of spices for healing is less well known, but these two traditions, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, use mixtures of spices in their “food as medicine” principles, including relieving inflammation and pain.
Today, science has helped confirm that adding spices into your daily eating habits can go a long way toward low-side-effect, natural pain relief.