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Back Pain can range from mild aches to pain so intense that it nearly paralyzes a
person. Since back pain is so common, many people have ideas about how to cure it
with anything from surgery to chiropractic intervention. Yet some of the best remedies
are found in herbal supplements. There are a variety of supplements that can help
with back pain. Since the sources of back pain vary greatly, it helps to know the
cause in order to choose the best cure.
5 Herbal Supplements for Back Pain
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata), also known as Indian frankincense, contains elements
that are natural combatants of inflammation with particular focus on relieving inflammations
in the back region. It can be taken in tablet form or used as a cream that can be
applied directly to the sore areas of the back. Boswellia herbal extract comes from
the sappy resin of the boswellia tree and has similar healing qualities to ibuprofen
and aspirin but without the potential damage to the stomach lining.
Magnesium helps back pain by strengthening bones and by relaxing
muscles. Without sufficient magnesium in the body, muscles tend to
cramp up. The cramping can cause back pain by itself. Taking magnesium overcomes
this and adds additional relaxation to all muscles including the large back muscles.
Magnesium comes from a diet including whole grains, seeds, nuts, leafy greens, fish
and soybeans brings into your diet.
3. Black Haw
Black haw (Viburnum prunifolium) has been used for centuries for
gynecological conditions but it also has the ability to alleviate back
spasms. The herbal treatment comes from the black haw bark which
contains scopoletin, aesculetin, salicin, clibutyl hemimellitate, and
viburnin. It’s the antispasmodic properties that help with the back pain
and the salicin helps with pain relief.
4. Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) offers a lot in terms of pain relief. It has
properties that help in the treatment of arthritis and gout. It works by reducing
uric acid levels and other acid metabolites. Stinging nettle also has a high potassium,
calcium and magnesium content and these elements promote good health in the body’s
immune system. The extract from stinging nettle leaf, hox alpha, contains an anti-inflammatory
element that lowers the cytokines in inflamed tissue.
5. Devil's Claw
Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) combats arthritis and since a major cause
for back pain is arthritis, devil’s claw is effective in easing back pain. This herbal
supplement can impede the body’s pain receptors so that the person feels less back
pain. It comes in capsule format as well as tea.
Herbal Supplements for Back Pain: Notes/Safety Advices
Back pain is usually a combination of tense muscles and damaged bones, most likely
in the spine. The more the muscles tense, the stronger the pain. Natural remedies
often have the ability to relax muscles. Combined with the supplements that block
pain sensors, these herbal supplements can improve levels of back comfort quite easily.
However since there are so many medications that are prescribed for back pain, a
person has to be very cautious about taking herbal supplements while taking prescribed