Posted on July 11, 2012 Living with chronic pain can be a daily struggle. On top of the physical discomfort, there is the endless cycle of prescription pain medications that can become addictive, posing additional health risks.
California poppy seed is a natural alternative to pain medication that is non-addictive while producing the same life-changing results. Those of you currently taking prescription pain medication should try taking California poppy seed for relief, as this natural pain reliever can be just as effective as Percocet and Vicodin. California poppy seed works by telling your brain to increase your opiate receptors, which then tell your body there is no pain and decreases the pain you feel. Where It Comes From
The California poppy is the official state flower of California, but it can also be found in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Native Americans first discovered medicinal properties of California poppy seed, using the pollen to cover skin blemishes, and in cooking to enhance flavor. The plant produces fruit, which averages between three and nine centimeters long. Once the fruit has matured, it splits apart into two pieces, revealing the black and dark brown seeds. Other Benefits of California Poppy Seed: Many people use California Poppy Seed as a natural sleep inducer. The reports say that it works as soon as you take it, and can bring restful, refreshing sleep for people who suffer from insomnia. Due to the sedative effects of this poppy, it can be used it to treat anxiety or tension. It’s also been used to help treat incontinence in people who have trouble with it during high levels of stress. Since it’s natural, with no known side effects, it’s an effective and safe anti-anxiety remedy for children. Those with behavioral problems, such as ADD or ADHD have found the California Poppy Seed to be just as effective as the prescription medication they take for their disorder. The elderly can also benefit from this natural remedy. It can improve the intellectual capacity for those suffering from memory or concentration issues due to aging. Taking California poppy seed can produce a false negative on a drug test, since they are legal, natural opiates. If you are scheduled to give a urine sample, inform the test practitioner you are taking California poppy seed or avoid taking them as a supplement. The appropriate dose of California poppy depends on several factors such as the individual’s age, health, and several other conditions. Keep in mind that with natural herb products correct dosages are important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and either consult with me, or other health care professionals before using.