Back Pain Treatment: Herbal Remedies
Many people with back pain and arthritis are turning towards nutritional supplements to treat their problem, many out of fear that the available medications may be harmful to their bodies or because the medications they have tried don't work. Most consumers today, due to the available media and learning resources, also understand that pharmaceutical medications often treat the symptoms, not the cause, of pain. Many people are now turning towards nutritional supplements, to treat the cause of the problem so that it does not come back. Nutritional supplements. Also called dietary supplements, include herbal remedies such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Here we will look at some of the nutritional supplements that are out there to treat back pain.
Herbal Remedies. Long before researchers and practitioners of western medicine began synthesizing medications in labs, professionals in the healing arts around the world have been using herbs to treat medical conditions that cause pain and stiffness of joints and muscles. Herbs are plants of parts of plants that can be eaten, rubbed over the skin, or added to drinks. Herbs may have ingredients that can be used for fragrances or spices, or for medical purposes. Herbal remedies come in a number of forms, including the following:
- Tablets and capsules: With this delivery system of the herbal therapy, the preparation is made by removing the liquid from an extract, crushing the remaining dry herb into powder form, and then filling the capsule of forming a tablet with a powder.
- Whole herbs: The part of the plant that has healing properties is dried, cut, and powdered.
- Herb teas: Drinks made from steeping herbs in dry water.
- Ointments and salves: Topical holistic salves and ointments that contain herbal extracts. These ointments and salves are rubbed onto the body, near painful joints and areas, and are absorbed through the skin.
- Tinctures: Solutions created when an herb is soaked in glycerin or alcohol.
- Extracts: Tinctures in which some of the alcohol has been distilled out.
While most medications are thought to be artificially synthesized in labs, in fact there are over 100 that are manufactured from various plants or parts of plants. The tern herbal remedy, however, usually refer to products meant to treat disease that aren't available by prescription and haven't been thoroughly evaluated by the food and drug administration. Try to do your due diligence before taking or using any of them.
The following are some of the most common herbal remedies that are used to treat back pain and other musculoskeletal problems.
St. John's Wort: St. John's Wort is a small yellow flower that is indigenous to the US and Europe. St. John's Wort is a popular herbal therapy for relieving depression, which is closely associated with back pain. St. John's Wort may also have help to reduce inflammation in painful joints.
Ginger: Ginger is a large root that can be ground down to be added to drinks or as a spice in foods. Ginger has been used to improve the taste of foods, but also as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.