Backache affects at least 80% of people at some time, and most often concentrates in the lower back. This results in an estimated 40 million days of lost work, at a cost of $70 billion. Poor postural habits are a major contributing cause, while other factors include repeated strains or micro-trauma, muscle tension, nutritional deficiencies and reflex irritation from related internal organs. However, home remedies backache can relief pain quickly and safely.
When repeated episodes of injury are added to this mix, the discs become subject to thinning, deterioration or rupture. These events can also gradually lead to arthritic changes.
With nerves close by, swelling or compression in the spine often results in neuritis, lumbar neuralgia or sciatica.
Herbal medicines are used similarly to medical drugs in this type of condition, though with far more safety. Both the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities of plants can be used effectively and taken for prolonged periods of time. Other benefits are relief of muscle spasm and repair of connective tissue and cartilage tissue. Bioflavonoids and other healing factors contained in herbs, along with well-known nutritional substances like glucosamine sulphate, can complete deeper repair and strengthening of tissues. The herbs listed under Arthritis can provide further help for chronic joint dysfunction. If nerves become inflamed or compressed, additional sedative and nerve-repairing herbs may be needed.
See also Arthritis
List of Home Remedies for backache
Barberry* *—Berberis vulgaris: For low backache, often related to kidney weakness or congestion. For sciatica and neuralgia with radiating pain and weakened muscles Use in rheumatic disorders, sciatica, bursitis, neuralgia and gout.
Black Cohosh**—Cimicifuga racemosa: Anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing muscle spasms in low back and neck. Suitable for wry neck (torticollis), sciatica, neuralgia and intercostal (rib) neuralgia. Treats muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis.
Black Haw***—Viburnum prunifolia: With aspirin-like ingredients, relieves spasms and neuralgia of back and neck, sciatica, leg cramps, tension headache, wry neck, digestive spasm. A nervous system tonic and sedative, helps backache during menses.
Boswellia***—Boswellia serrata: Strong anti-inflammatory effects, reduces stiffness and pain. Works for acute problems, but needs 2-4 weeks for maximal effects. Improves circulation around inflamed joints, ligaments, tendons.
Bromelain**—Pineapple/Ananas comosus: Enzyme found in pineapple stem, helps resolve late stages of inflammation, speeding healing and reducing the potential for scar tissue.
Corydalis*—Corydalis soldida: Chinese herb that relieves pain of all kinds, especially from injury. Sedative, analgesic, relives spasm and abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea. Often used in combination with other complementary herbs.
Devil's Claw**—Harpagophytum procumbens: Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving herb, with rapid results. Useful for low backache, arthritis and chronic rheumatic disorders, neuralgia and headaches. The whole herb preparation works best.
Dong Quai**—Angelica sinensis: Reported to possess 1.5 times the analgesic activity of aspirin. Relieves backache, cramping, muscular spasms and inflammation. Also for menstrual cycle regulation, anemia; a liver and heart tonic.
Horse Chestnut*—Aesculus hippocastanum: Low back, sacrum, and sacroiliac pain. Stiff, weak back that "gives out." Helps with arthritic and rheumatic backache with heaviness, swelling.
Jamaican Dogwood***—Piscidia erythrina: Strong sedative, pain-relieving and antispasmodic effects. Especially valuable for muscular back spasms and pain, but also used in asthma, menstrual pain, insomnia, toothache or nervous conditions.
Kava Kava**—Piper methysticum: Relaxes muscles, reduces internal and external spasms and cramps. Pain reliever, plus enhances pain-reducing effects of aspirin and drugs. No hangover, tolerance, build-up or addiction, typical of medical drugs.
Meadowsweet*—Filipendula ulmaria: Herbal forerunner of aspirin provides anti-inflammatory pain relief. No gastric irritation like medical NSAIDs; neutralizes stomach acids and general internal acidity.
Valerian**—Valeriana officinalis: Relaxing and sedative effects, reduces transmission of pain signals.
Muscle relaxant, relieves muscle spasms and contractures due to stress and tension; eases menstrual pain, colic, asthma, irritable bowel spasm.
Wild Yam**—Dioscorea villosa: Indicated for backache characterized by sharp, knife-like sensations. A relaxant used for pain originating in the digestive system, gall bladder, nervous system, uterus. Supplies precursors for adrenal cortisol.
SEE ALSO: Back Pain Home Remedies
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