Back Pain Treatment: Herbal Therapies

Herbal therapies to treat back pain may refer to extracts and powered forms of natural sources, mostly plants and herbs, that can be digested or absorbed into the body to treat disease. Doctors and healers across all faiths and cultures have been using the vitamins and nutrients from plants, herbs, and fruits to treat diseases for thousands of years. Most of these herbal remedies come from plant sources and roots, and treat people through absorption through the skin, or are digested from drinks, teas, extracts, as food, or capsules/pills. Here are some of the most common types of herbal therapies.

Australian Herbs: Australian herbs such as mountain pepper, aniseed myrtle, lemon myrtle, and wild rosetta have been a well kept secret to the indigenous people of Australia, until recently. These herbs have enabled the natives of Australia to remain extremely mobile and flexible, long into old age.

Boswellia: Boswellia serrata is a tree from Asia that yields gum, oils and other products when it's bark is peeled back. The gum that can be extracted from this tree has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine as a natural anti-inflammatory and arthritis pain relief. In animal and in-lab studies, boswellia inhibits the synthesis of chemicals that produce an inflammatory response in cells.

Cat's Claw: Cat's Claw Uncaria tomentosa is indigenous to the tropical jungles of South and Central America. Cat's Claw is a woody vine, distinctive for its claw-shaped horns that look similar to the nails of cats. This vine has long been known in the Central and Southern American to treat inflammation and bone and joint pain. Some recent studies confirm the clinical benefits of Cat's Claw as a natural anti-inflammatory for arthritis.

Ginger: Ginger first grew in the wild in South Asia, and has been adopted by many countries in East.

Africa and the Caribbean as a spice and additive to certain drinks. Ginger has also been used for its healing properties, as a natural pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory. Ginger has also been known to successfully treat other medical problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol, and motion sickness.

St. John's Wort: If you are able to get over the ugly name for this flowered plant, you may be able to appreciate it's beautiful flowers and it's ingredients capable of reducing arthritis inflammation, relieving depression, and irritable bowel syndrome. The active ingredients of St. John's Wort have been proven effective in treating certain somatoform disorders. A Somatoform disorders is a mental disorder where patients have physical symptoms of a medical problem without any evidence of the underlying medical problem. For example, a patient with a somatoform disorder may experience severe joint pain or back pain, though a medical exam and other diagnostic studies don't indicate any underlying structural problem. Often in patients with chronic pain, severity of symptoms and emotional stress go hand in hand, for obvious reasons. Patients with unrelenting pain often experience fear and anxiety associated with their continuing of symptoms, and patients with chronic anxiety or depression are more likely to feel back pain or arthritis. St. John's Wort may be successful at relieving the depressing amplifying the person's symptoms of back pain, or may directly affect certain cells of the body by blocking an inflammatory response.