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Natural Painkillers

Varsha Rani, Nagendra Singh

Abstract


Various natural sources are extensively used as traditional medicine for the management of various types of pain including tooth ache, gastric pain, abdominal pain, ear ache and generalized body pain. These natural painkillers are used as alternatives of synthetic painkillers which show adverse side effects in patients. They also possess long term antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory action in patient’s body. Various studies have been performed on a variety of natural sources possessing painkiller properties ex: turmeric (Curcuma longa), saffron, Isodon rugosus wall, clove, cobra venom, pista, Selaginella convoluta, alpinia galanga rhizome. Mostly the ethanolic and aqueous extract of these species possess both central and peripheral antinociceptive property to reduce pain.

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