Get Relief Today With These Natural Remedies For Back Pain
Think about how many people you know currently experience back pain. The odds are, you know quite a few people with back problems, and perhaps have experienced back pain yourself from time to time. Have you tried some of these natural remedies for back pain?
When you think about it, the back seems ripe for a host of potential issues. It is a complex structure consisting of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Among other things, you can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints. These injuries are often not related to obvious causes (such as sports injuries) but rather to common activities in everyday life. Whatever the cause, pain and discomfort becomes an issue.
It’s hard to say why back problems and pain are so widespread, but the American Chiropractic Association offers a few interesting facts. Among them –
- lower back pain is a leading cause of disability across the world
- up to one half of all working Americans experience back pain each year
- back pain is one of the most often reported causes for missing work
- Americans spend an estimated $50 billion annually seeking help for back pain
This is incredible, but it is an unfortunate reality. If you have back pain and prefer a natural approach using earth’s healing medicinals, consider trying some of these herbal remedies instead. Certainly, in severe cases, prescription pain medications and surgical procedures may become necessary. Short of that, though, consider some of these natural remedies for back pain.
Turmeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, is effective as a natural anti-inflammatory, providing muscular pain relief. It’s available in supplement form, or you can just take some from your spice rack and sprinkle it into your cooking.
Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory and has been used for pain relief in China for millennia. Of course, it’s a common spice in many Asian recipes and lends itself well as an ingredient for tea. Ginger can also be applied topically, by grating the root, wrapping it in cheesecloth, heating it and applying directly to the back.
The inability to relax due to stress only makes back muscles tighter and more painful. Valerian acts as a tranquilizer, reducing nerve sensitivity. Unlike other herbal teas, valerian doesn’t taste very good as a beverage, so many people prefer to take it in capsule form.
Red pepper (Cayenne)
This is another spice that you probably already have handy in your cabinet. The active ingredient is capsaicin, a potent pain-relieving natural chemical. It’s conveniently available as a topical analgesic cream. However, if you’re really adventurous, you can just rub the juices of a red pepper directly onto your skin. It works by temporarily reducing a chemical that contributes to inflammation. Pain reduction usually starts after a few days of applying the capsaicin cream to the skin.
For centuries, the tribes of the Kalahari Desert have sworn by the healing powers of this plant, which gets its name from the “claws” growing from the plant’s fruit. Although it doesn’t yet have much science to back it up, one study found that more than 50% of people with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip or low back pain who took devil’s claw reported less pain and better mobility after eight weeks.
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