Herbs that can be used as an analgesic

What is analgesic?

Analgesic is an herbal action that induces analgesia i.e. a state of inability to sense pain without loss of consciousness. This action greatly assists in the management and treatment of pain associated with any potential or confirmed tissue damage. 

Analgesics are broadly divided into:

  • Nonopioid analgesics
  • Opioid analgesics

Nonopioid analgesics include all the semisynthetic and synthetic pain-relieving agents, such as paracetamol (acetaminophen), NSAIDs, antidepressants, anti-epileptic medications, and local anesthetics.

On the other hand, Opioid analgesic agents are natural plant alkaloids derived from the resin of opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). They serve as the most effective analgesics to treat moderate to severe pain. Although their indication is established for acute and chronic pain management, their usage has always been deemed controversial due to tolerance, addiction, and side effects. 

What are the benefits of Analgesic Action?

Analgesics are used for the management of pain of different origins:

  • Toothache 
  • Stomach ache
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Broken bones
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Sprains/strains
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia

3 Herbs Recommended as an analgesic




Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a legendary botanical that has been a part of herbal practice for millennia. It is named after a Greek mythical hero Achilles who used yarrow to stop the bleeding and pain of his soldier’s wound. It is used both orally and topically to manage pain and inflammation. It helps relieve toothache, bleeding, and pain associated with hemorrhoids, and lower pelvic-related pains, such as menstrual cramps. Drink Yarrow Tea or add its tincture to your water or teas to manage and treat painful conditions.

St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a pain-relieving herb. It has been documented to cater to various painful conditions, including neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, joint pain, etc. It contains hypericin that inhibits the protein kinase C gamma and epsilon activity which ultimately leads to a reduction in pain and swelling. Massage St. John’s wort oil on the affected area to alleviate pain and treat several skin conditions.



Catnip is a notorious painkiller in the world of herbalism. It is beneficial for both feline and human patients. Its dried leaves and flowers are used to make Catnip Tea to support the temporary management and treatment of painful and inflammatory conditions, such as intestinal spasms, toothaches, headaches, menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, and joint pain. Its relaxing property reduces the anxiousness and irritability of the patient, and greatly helps with relieving pain too.

Other Medicinal Plants that are analgesic