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Tired of pain? Check the kitchen for a cure
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Orlando Sentinel - Orlando, Fla.
Author: Owens, Darryl E
Date: Jun 27, 2006
Start Page: E.3
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KITCHEN CURE [Carolyn Whitford], owner of Leaves & Roots in Orlando, adds spice to her customers' lives: They relieve pesky pains with natural remedies. ROBERTO GONZALEZ/ORLANDO SENTINEL Carolyn Whitford, owner of Leaves & Roots, an herbal business in Orlando, says people come to her store to find a natural remedy for pain. ROBERTO GONZALEZ/ORLANDO SENTINEL Advocates of herbal remedies say spices such as cayenne, turmeric and ginger are safer and cheaper than medicine. ROBERTO GONZALEZ/ORLANDO SENTINEL . BOX: Spices for your health Here are Dr. [Jacob Teitelbaum]'s favorite natural pain relievers: - Willow bark -- Its active ingredient is salicin, the original source of aspirin. Willow bark reduces inflammation and can be effective for arthritis and backache, Teitelbaum says. - Boswellia (frankincense) -- for treatment of general inflammation and pain. - Cherry -- Not as well-studied as the others, cherry extract counters inflammation as effectively as ibuprofen, Teitelbaum contends. These herbals are his go-to trifecta, but only a sampling of the harvest of pain-relieving herbals. Ginger can decrease inflammation in arthritis sufferers, Teitelbaum says. Buy fresh ginger, pop some in your mouth, slice it on sushi, or slice off a third of an inch, dice and soak in hot water to make a tea, he suggests. Other helpful spices include turmeric, the active ingredient in curry powder. A teaspoon a day can help counter inflammation and arthritis, Teitelbaum says. Spicing up your health life might not bring instant relief, Teitelbaum says. It may take up to six weeks for the natural remedies to build up in your system and kick in. -- DARRYL E. OWENS

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