Chronic pain is a modern day epidemic that affects more than 25 million Americans. It affects more individuals than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.
Unfortunately, doctors tend to push drug after drug at these pain syndromes with very little long-term success. The most commonly used drugs to treat chronic pain conditions include opioids, antidepressants, antiepileptics, and anti-nerve growth factor inhibitors. Not only do these drugs have terrible side effects, they have addictive tendencies. In fact, prescription and over-the-counter pain medicines are the fastest growing drug addiction in North America.
Sometimes conventional medicine, such as prescription medication, isn’t effective at treating chronic pain associated with certain medical conditions, such as arthritis and Buerger’s disease. So today, we are going to tell you about a natural treatment for chronic pain.
Natural treatment for chronic pain
In the early 20th century, before the discovery of penicillin and sulfa drugs, Americans relied on homegrown remedies and natural spas. This was a time when natural spas across the country flourished.
One of these natural spas is Soap Lake, a meromictic soda lake in the town of Soap Lake, Washington. The lake gets its name from the naturally occurring foam that gives the water a soapy appearance and because the lake’s mineral-rich waters have a slick, soapy feel. The name Soap Lake came from the word Smokiam, an Indian term that translates to “Healing Waters”.
The lake’s mineral-rich waters have long been thought to have medicinal value. In fact, before the area was settled by pioneers, rival Indian tribes would call a truce when they came to Soap Lake to relax and heal themselves and their animals. In the 1920s, tourist guides and newspapers referred to Soap Lake as the ‘world’s greatest mineral sea’ and people afflicted with Buerger’s disease, psoriasis, and arthritis would flock to the lake from all over the world.
Soap Lake’s Mineral Waters
If you suffer from chronic pain, arthritis, or even fibromyalgia, soaking in mineral-rich water can effectively improve pain. An Israeli study in the journal “Rheumatology International” shows evidence that hot mineral baths may aid in pain relief and fibromyalgia fatigue. Further, soaking in mineral water can stimulate the immune system, relieve stress, boost blood circulation, and solve skin problems.
One of the most common ways to enjoy Soap Lake is with a soak and a mud bath. For as long as people have visited the mineral lake, they have enjoyed soaking in its waters and lounging in the sun covered in the dark curative clay.
Visiting Soap Lake
If you are in need of a natural treatment for chronic pain, we encourage you take a trip to Soap Lake. While visiting, we recommend staying at Soap Lake Natural Spa & Resort. A majority of their rooms, suites, cottages, and log cabins have in-room jetted tubs that pump the lake’s curative water directly to your room. This way, you can reap the lake’s benefits in your private room at any time of the year. To learn more about Soap Lake’s benefits, click here. To reserve your stay at Soap Lake Natural Spa & resort, please call (509) 246-0462.