One of nature’s best alternatives to painkiller drugs is the opium poppy. It is a plant that grows wild in most states. It is consumed for hundreds of years for the relief of muscular and analgesic pain. The poppy flower produces natural opiate alkaloids that bind to the receptors of our central nervous system and prevent pain signals from passing through. It reduces the severity of the pain. Morphine is the most prevalent alkaloid contained in poppy seeds. It comprises 8%-14% of the total alkaloids. The morphine binds to and activates the mu-opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which reduces back pain.
The soothing benefits of poppy seeds can be experienced by simply using them as a garnish or adding spice in your meals. They make delicious additions to meat, noodles, bread, salads, and fish. Poppy seeds are one of the vital ingredients for preparing cooling medications to ease inflammation and pain. You may also choose to grind a cup of poppy seeds with rock candy and consume this mixture twice daily, with a glass of milk.
The seeds will also be beneficial to those who are experiencing back pain as a result of improper diet and lack of nutrients. The seed is rich in minerals such as iodine, manganese, zinc, magnesium and copper and calcium. The minerals will strengthen your backbones and connective tissues, thus helping to prevent back pain.
The poppy seed can also be added to tea. Doing so, it will reduce pain as effectively as codeine. However, it is important to note that poppy seed tea can be dangerous when consumed in high dosages.