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What are the best Khmer Natural Remedies for Body Pain ? Body Pain is a common health problem affecting many of us. Most likely you have felt pain at some point.  If you are in pain, you will have difficulty performing your daily tasks. It can also result in anxiety and depression. The National Health Interview Survey conducted last 2016 to 2017 showed that 70% of adults felt pain most days or every day in the past 3 months.

Most people suffer from sciatic, abdominal, and back pain. Let’s find out the possible causes, symptoms, risk factors of common body pains and how Khmer Natural Medicine can help.

Different Categories of Body Pains

Sciatic/ Sciatica/ Sciatic Nerve Pain

The symptoms of sciatic nerve pain or sciatica include pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, legs, and feet. It is often characterized by tingling, numbness or weakness of the affected part. The pain tends to last for 4-6 weeks. Old, obese, and people who sit for a prolonged time or carry heavy loads are at risk.

Back/Lower Back Pain

Back pain is pain felt specifically in the lower back, middle back, and upper back. It can result from strain or injury caused by improper lifting, poor posture, and lack of regular exercise. The episodes may be mild or severe. With proper treatment, most episodes of back pain will resolve on its own since in most cases it isn’t a serious problem.

Shoulder and Neck Pain

The shoulder is vulnerable to some kind of ailments, injury, and strain due to sports and accidents. Shoulder pain is commonly accompanied by neck pain. Occasional neck pain is usually the result of poor posture such as leaning or hunching over your computer for a long time, worry, stress, and even sleeping awkwardly. It may come and go, or worsen with certain movements. Both pains can develop suddenly or slowly over time leading to a stiff neck/shoulder and reduced range of motion.

Abdominal /Stomach Pain/Ache

The abdomen contains many vital organs like stomach, kidneys, liver, small and large intestines, appendix, pancreas, and gallbladder. Abdominal pain may accompany constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, and other symptoms.

Chest Pain

Chest pain can be caused by many diseases or conditions but not limited to heart problems. Both heartburn and heart attacks can cause pain in the center of the center. The first is just a minor and temporary ailment while the latter is life-threatening. Being able to differentiate symptoms that could be signaling trouble is important.

Knee Pain

Most people associate knee pain with older people, but this problem can affect people of all ages. Cyclists, runners, and overweight people are at risk of knee pain. If you’re suffering from this, you may have knee stiffness and swelling.

 Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent or relieve pain. Try the following alternative and complementary approaches.

Different Khmer Natural Remedies for Body Pain


Massage for health purposes dates back thousands of years. It helps stimulate circulation and release tension, so it is an effective pain management therapy. Our traditional outdoor spa is one of the best spas in Siem Reap. Our trained therapists use massage oils like Herbal Oil (108 Herbs), Medicinal Oil (108 Herbs) and Medical Oil Herbal to help ease the symptoms of body pains. If you are located in Siem Reap, you can benefit from our treatment to heal and get rid of your body pain. More details and get an appointment on the page dedicated to our therapeutic massage in Siem Reap

Hot and cold compress

Cold compress numbs the pain so it provides temporary pain relief in the first few days after your injury.  It also reduces the inflammation or swelling around the nerve. Heat compress also reduces pain, but it relaxes tense muscles and encourages circulation and tissue repair, unlike cold compress.


Aromatherapy is a time-tested healing method for various kinds of pain. It is one of the alternative treatments used for a wide variety of conditions, including pain. Herbal bath salt containing lavender and chamomile are highly recommended because of its relaxing yet energizing properties.


Though some people think physical activity will make their pain worse, exercising can reduce pain and improve your strength and flexibility. Some types of exercise like isometric exercise not only reduce pain but also improve mobility.

Khmer Natural Supplements for Body Pain

There are many supplements available in the market, so you have to choose the ones that are proven, effective, and safe.

Turmeric Bombs/ Dried Turmeric Powder/ Dried Curcumin Powder

Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric. Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, it is used as a natural treatment for pain. Curcumin also offers analgesic properties. It is commonly used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, liver problems, diarrhea, stomach pain, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, and stomach ulcers.

Dried Makabuhay Plants Powder

Makabuhay or Guduchi, a plant native in the Philippines, South-East Asia, and India, is a popular Ayurveda medicinal plant widely used to promote overall health. It is used to treat gout, arthritis, and rheumatism by reducing pain and edema. It is also used to treat gastrointestinal and digestive problems such as abdominal pains and gas pains.

Dried Lemongrass Powder

Lemongrass contains phytonutrients that are effective in treating spasms and muscle cramps. It lessens the throbbing pain you are experiencing. This is specifically good for athletes and should be part of their diet as it boosts recovery.

Sra Thnam Liquor

Aside from its sexual benefits, this liquor is proven to improve health as a cure for swollen joints, gassy stomach, and constipation. Sra Thnam Liquor is a very special elixir to boost your emotions too. It is also known to enhance appetite, stimulate the circulation of blood, treat muscle aches, reduce fatigue, and cure insomnia.

Lotus Seeds

Lotus seeds are believed to be good for the heart due to their cooling features. It is useful in alleviating restlessness due to its calming and sedative effect. The bitter properties of the seeds from isoquinoline alkaloids which are antispasmodic in nature helps in dilating the blood vessels. This results in decreased blood pressure.

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