We’ve all experienced pain.
Sometimes it’s minor and fleeting, as is commonly the case when you hit your “funny bone” or stub your toe. Other times it’s moderate pain that manifests internally and presents itself in the form of ailments such as a headache or body ache. And in more severe instances, one might experience excruciating chronic pain brought on by things such as trauma or clinical disease.
Why Do We Feel Pain?
Pain is a feeling triggered by the nervous system to alert you that are being hurt. It may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. Without pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment.
Medications for pain management have become so prevalent, that we’re seeing a major epidemic with opiate dependency and abuse.
Unfortunately, the prevalence of pain and the need for relief has led to a large portion of our population becoming dependent on a chemical bandage, masking the problem, rather than fixing the cause. The widespread use of painkillers has resulted in the medical field viewing many of those in real need as being “drug seekers”.
So, rather than perpetuate an already rampant problem with controlled substance abuse, medical professionals are forced to turn many patients away. As a result, many chronic pain sufferers have resorted to obtaining painkillers illegally or resulting in alternative forms of medicine.
One alternative option, Lactuca Virosa is a tall leafy plant with small yellow buds that can be grown right in your backyard. Commonly found in North America and England, Lactuca Virosa is a cousin to the lettuce typically found at the grocery store.
Wild Lettuce as a Healthy Alternative
Lactuca Virosa is known as “opium lettuce” due to the pain-relieving and sedative effects produced by the white substance found in the stem and leaves.
The milky substance, lactucarium, doesn’t contain any opiates, but directly affects the central nervous system (CNS) in similar ways resulting in pain relief similar to what one would experience with morphine.
Wild lettuce has been used as a substitute for opium since the 19th century but didn’t gain popularity as a natural remedy for pain relief until the 1970s.
- Migraine Relief – Patients that use wild lettuce to combat migraines reported experiencing fewer headaches than they did prior to using the herb.
- Insomnia – Wild lettuce promotes feelings of euphoria and relaxation, resulting in easier sleep without the addictive qualities of commonly prescribed sleeping aids.
- Anxiety – Wild lettuce can act as a mild sedative, allowing people with anxiety to find a reprieve from stress.
So, next time you find yourself in need of relief from pain, stress, insomnia, or anxiety — perhaps you should seek Wild lettuce in lieu of potentially dangerous controlled substances.
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Don Patrick is an amateur writer and sports enthusiast. He loves reading books, listening to the Huberman Lab Podcast, and spending time with his family and friends. Don is also a personal trainer and youth hockey coach.