You may not have heard about this, but caffeine is a strong pain killer. It’s been proven in double-blind studies that caffeine is as strong a pain killer as ibuprophen (Advil). If you have a toothache or a backache or any muscle pains, just taking 100 milligrams or 200 milligrams of caffeine will often stop your pain completely. And, because caffeine is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, it can also act to actually allieviate the causes of some of your uncomfortable symptoms.
As good a pain killer as caffeine is, however, it works even better if combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and best of all if combined with ibuprophen (Advil).
Bennett experienced the powerful pain relieving effects of caffeine in a big way when he contracted a serious flu that gave him a 103 degree fever. He had just finished a television interview for “CBS Sunday Morning” and was hardly able to make it back to his hotel room. His whole body was aching, and he was in such intense pain that he couldn’t sleep. He even tried codeine, a narcotic pain killer, to no avail. Then he took 200 milligrams of caffeine. To his amazement, his pain disappeared! And he was so exhausted by his illness that, once his pain was relieved, despite having taken caffeine, he fell into a restful sleep. There is no question that caffeine not only helped him feel better, but the rest it allowed him to enjoy helped him to get better!
Many years ago, pharmaceutical companies recognized the pain killing power of caffeine and they often sold tablets that combined aspirin and caffeine. For some mysterious reason, when aspirin fell out of favor and was replaced by acetaminophen, the addition of caffeine stopped.
However, you can simply take acetaminophen or ibuprophen tablets or capsules with a cup of coffee or with a caffeine pill to get the full benefit of caffeine’s pain killing power.