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Natural Pain Killers


#1

I just caught on to a pattern, that on heavy workout days I have trouble sleeping that night. Not always, but most of the time. Then I realized that pain may be keeping me awake. See, after a hard session early in the day - that evening my body just aches! This seems to be keeping me awake. So, I'm thinking maybe some natural painkillers (herbal?) might be a healthy way to reduce this pain and help me sleep. Maybe something like Bromelain? I don't know much about these things and have no experience with them.

I think an epsom bath and light massage would help out a good deal, but I'm wondering if there is anything I can supplement to reduce the pain without drugs.

Thanks!


#2

cissus quadrangularis helped with my neck pain
4-6caps per day


#3

my nightime cocktail is

ZMA
Melatonin
Glutamine

out like a light. REALLY graphic and cool dreams too. Think thats the ZMA.


#4

Aspirin (white willow bark)? Though I remember reading somewhere in a JB article it lowers Test Levels.


#5

violatepropriety, what dosage?
What do the acronyms stand for?

Where can you buy?


#6

BTW, most people want to avoid taking malatonin every night for the same reason you cycle AAS. Melatonin is an active hormone and there is a negitave feedback loop.


#7

You can take melatonin every night. Do you have any information to back up your theory?

I stack melatonin and ZMA every night and have been for a while. No problems here. I bet adding in glutamine would help with muscle cramping and soreness. Have to look into that...


#8

ZMA is sold on this site.

I don't take it every night, but it certianly helps me get to sleep after workouts. I don't really have any pain but it helps relax the muscles, good stuff and cheap too.


#9

Are you using a good EFA supp? Excellent natural anti-inflammatory.