3 Natural Fixes for Minor Aches & Pains

New research shows OTC painkillers can have some serious side effects. Try these natural pain solutions first.

Regularly popping over-the-counter pain relievers for minor aches and pains can come with an unexpected consequence: hearing loss that appears to be permanent. For instance, Harvard University researchers found that women who took ibuprofen four to five days a week had a 21 percent greater risk for hearing loss over a 14-year period than women who took it less than once a week. The researchers suspect the meds restrict blood flow to the cochlea, the ear’s snail-shaped hearing center. The next time you’re inclined to pop an OTC pill, try these natural and effective pain remedies first.