Herbs for Back Pain

Most back pain cases are understood as a physical problem, caused by some combination of traumatic injury or degenerative change in the body. In western medicine, it is thought that it is very difficult to reverse the degenerative effects of the aging process. However, it is possible for people to improve their posture and to strengthen the muscles that surround and support the injured soft tissues, so that the symptomatic effects of the degenerative injuries may be minimized. People who treat degenerative injuries with alternative therapies think something different: that diseases may be cured using a combination of spiritual, physical, and nutritional therapies.

Alternative medicine practitioners often think that many diseases can be cured once the cause of the disease has been removed. Herbal therapies are one way that alternative healthcare practitioners believe the body may be healed and restored. Some useful herbs for back pain include Tumeric, Ginger, Licorice, Salicin-containing herbs, Teasel, Solomon's Seal, Sweet Clover, Jamaicin Dogwood, Saint John's wort, Sweet Clover, Arnica, Black Cohosh. Some of these herbs and herbal treatments make people feel better by acting as natural inflammatories, some provide general health benefits, and some are directly tied to strengthening the musculoskeletal system. Let's take a closer look at where these herbs come from, how they work, and what they may do to improve your body.

Tumeric: Tumeric is a food spice that comes from the ginger plant in tropical South Asia. This spice is a key ingredient in curry dishes used in a variety of Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisines. This spice gives the curries a mustardy hot peppery flavor. For health purposes, the phytochemicals found in this herb are known for treating medical ailments such as pancreatitis and the effects of diabetes, diabetes, and other chronic orthopedic injuries. Curcumin is considered to be one of the key ingredients found in this herbal product to lessen the symptoms associated with chronic pain conditions.

Ginger: Ginger is another food additive that is native to South Asia which has also been known to be associated with a variety of medical benefits. Some of the health benefits associated with ginger include lessening the effects of stomach upset, vomiting, colic, and constipation. This herb is often used as a component to drinks and teas, and as a food spice. As a natural pain reliever, this spine has been shown to treat the painful effects of both osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritic conditions. This food and drink additive has been adopted by countries from nearly all continents to treat other medical problems, including blood circulation (Japan), a remedy for the common cold (Nepal), and to avoid heat cramps (USA).

Black Cohosh: Black Cohosh, also known as black snakeroot, is a homegrown treatment for us Americans suffering from medical problems such as depression, kidney problems, and sore throats. Early European settlers quickly adopted this herb for various medical uses, and it quickly became a natural medical treatment that was prescribed by the prominent physicians of the early American settlers. Physicians began to use this plant to provide pain relief for conditions such as gynocological problems, post-partum pains, and rheumatism. In our modern era, this herb is usually consumed as a tablet or capsule supplement to treat medical conditions related to female menopause and the associated loss of estrogen.

Arnica: Arnica is an herb that is sometimes used with black cohosh to sometimes reduce muscle reactivity. These two herbs together may help to break up tightness in the muscle fibers, in muscles suffering from tension or spasms. Arnica is not classified by most alternative health professionals as an anti-spasmotic, but it is believed to increase circulation to treat muscle injuries. This herb may increase the healing of muscle injuries by reducing inflammation in and around the muscle. Arnica is found in one of about 30 herbaceous species in the sunflower family; and these plants/herbs are native to Eurasia and North America.

Sweet Clover: Sweet Clover, also known as Melilotus looks and is classified as a common weed found in Asia and Europe, but it does have a number of exotic health properties. The health benefits of this grassland plant include treating nerve pain and chronic headaches related to spinal nerve injuries. People who have long suffered from migraine headaches have experienced pain relief after using this clover plant.