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Dr. Oz: Natural Pain Remedies and Anti-Aging Skincare Tips

The plant Corydalis is a natural painkiller for migraines.

The plant Corydalis is a natural painkiller for migraines.

Dr. Oz said you can relieve back pain and migraines without drugs with natural painkillers on the Sept. 3 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

“You can kill the pain before it starts,” said Dr. Oz, who said you shouldn’t always reach for pills because they usually have side effects.

Acupuncturist Dr. Daniel Hsu told Dr. Oz the plant Corydalis, also known as Chinese poppy, contains the potent painkiller dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), which alleviates backache, headaches, joint pain, and menstrual cramps. It also releases dopamine in the brain, which boosts mood.

Dr. Hsu said Corydalis has no side effects and is not addictive. Unlike drugs, you don’t develop a tolerance for Corydalis, so you don’t have to keep taking larger and larger doses to relieve pain. Dr. Oz suggests taking three to nine grams of Corydalis two to three times a day to treat chronic pain.

Another drug-free back pain remedy is a butt pillow, which is a horseshoe-shaped pillow that reduces pressure on the lower back, tailbone and hip bones. It’s especially helpful for people who sit a lot. A less expensive but effective alternative is an orthopedic wedge cushion.

Finally, Dr. Oz said you can dramatically reduce migraines with magnesium citrate. Dr. Oz said over 50% of migraine sufferers have a magnesium deficiency. He suggests taking 400 to 600 mg of magnesium a day for migraine relief.

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz said a simple anti-aging beauty secret for preventing premature wrinkles and aging is always remove your makeup before bed every night.

Dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton said not taking off your makeup before going to sleep causes acne, blotchy skin and wrinkles. A Dr. Oz fan agreed to sleep with her makeup on for a week to see how it affected her skin. After one week, she said her skin got extremely dry and she looked 10 years older.

Dr. Ingleton said even if you don’t have time to wash your face before bed, you can minimize premature aging and wrinkles by cleaning your face with a makeup wipe. They’re a convenient way to clean and tone your face, as many makeup removing wipes contain moisturizing ingredients.

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