- A bee stings you, or you get a splinter in your finger. After removing the stinger or splinter, you put ice on the area to reduce the inflammation.
- You wake up with a sore throat. You head to the kitchen for some tea with honey and a pain reliever like ibuprofen, to ease the inflammation.
- You turn your ankle while running. You come home, put your leg up, and use an ice pack to reduce the swelling and inflammation.
Not too long ago, there were only two real choices to treat pain: over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or ibuprofen, or prescription medications. Any sort of holistic or naturopathic alternatives were quickly dismissed as quackery by the medical establishment and most “thinking” Americans.