Can a sleep aid really stop your pain?

March 10, 2014
Volume 4    |   Issue 19

On Saturday, I showed you an incredible way to control back pain. When muscles are the cause of your back pain, the hormone melatonin can work wonders. But it's not just muscle pain that melatonin can help. In fact, researchers are struggling to find a limit to melatonin's pain-control abilities.

For instance, researchers in one study set out to discover how well melatonin can control pain all along the spine. This study looked at numerous pain studies and found that melatonin definitely has the ability to reduce back and neck pain that originates in the spine. That means this simple sleep hormone can help just about any type of back pain.

But this study uncovered a lot of other uses for melatonin in pain management. In fact, they found studies suggesting melatonin can help just about any nerve pain. That's great news for people who suffer from neuropathy.

The researchers said melatonin does more than just change the way your brain thinks about pain. That's a huge part of melatonin's pain control. They found that it also helps control inflammation by inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that aid in the communication between cells, particularly pain signals. By actively reducing these proteins, melatonin keeps your perceived pain levels at a more manageable level.

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Other studies show melatonin can relieve the pain of fibromyalgia. In one study, researchers gave fibromyalgia patients 3 mg of melatonin before bed for four weeks. All of them said the melatonin provided them with significant pain reduction and better sleep.

Another study showed that melatonin can greatly reduce the severe pain of migraine headaches. What's more, it also reduced the number of migraines the patients experienced over an extended period of time.

And yet another study found that melatonin can relieve the gut pain associated with Irritable Bowel syndrome.

So the next time you're suffering with any type of pain, don't automatically reach for a pain medication. They can cause damaging side effects to your liver and your gut. Some people have even died after taking them. Instead, try taking melatonin. It will likely take the edge off your pain, it could relieve it altogether, and you know it will help you sleep better.

I take the melatonin in Advanced Heartburn Relief. Advanced Bionutritionals designed this for heartburn, but the melatonin and other ingredients work for a lot more than just indigestion.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

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