Back pain herb: Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain: A Cochrane Review
Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain: A Cochrane Review
Systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
To determine the effectiveness of herbal medicine for nonspecific low back pain (LBP).
Summary of background data:
Many people with chronic LBP use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), visit CAM practitioners, or both. Several herbal medicines have been purported for use in treating people with LBP. This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2006.
We searched numerous electronic databases up to September 2014; checked reference lists in review articles, guidelines and retrieved trials; and personally contacted individuals with expertise in this area. We included RCTs examining adults (over 18 years of age) suffering from acute, sub-acute, or chronic nonspecific LBP. The interventions were herbal medicines that we defined as plants used for medicinal purposes in any form. Primary outcome measures were pain and function. Two review authors assessed risk of bias, GRADE criteria (GRADE 2004), and CONSORT compliance and a random subset were compared with assessments by a third individual. Two review authors assessed clinical relevance and resolved any disagreements by consensus.
Fourteen RCTs (2050 participants) were included. Capsicum frutescens (cayenne) reduces pain more than placebo. Although Harpagophytum procumbens (devil’s claw), Salix alba (white willow bark), Symphytum officinale L. (comfrey), Solidago chilensis (Brazilian arnica), and lavender essential oil also seem to reduce pain more than placebo, evidence for these substances was of moderate quality at best. No significant adverse events were noted within the included trials.
Additional well-designed large trials are needed to test these herbal medicines against standard treatments. In general, the completeness of reporting in these trials was poor. Trialists should refer to the CONSORT statement extension for reporting trials of herbal medicine interventions.
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Herbal Supplements for Back Pain
Herbal supplements have been used for centuries by many cultures for their health and dietary properties. These supplements are made from herbs—plants that are valued for their distinctive flavor, scent, and/or medicinal benefit. If you have back or neck pain and would like to explore alternatives to conventional medications, herbal supplements may be an option for you. While dietary supplements and vitamins are primarily used to help meet basic nutritional needs, herbal supplements often serve a medicinal purpose. In other words, they may actually help treat your back or neck pain symptoms.
Some people choose herbal supplements because they may provide pain relief without the side effects associated with medications. Photo Source: 123RF.com.Some examples of herbal supplements that treat pain include cayenne (reduces the intensity of pain signals), devil’s claw (relieves inflammation), and eucalyptus (clears chest congestion).
The Benefits of Herbal Supplements
There are number of reasons people opt for herbal supplements instead of traditional drugs and medications. Some people choose herbal supplements because they may provide pain relief without the side effects associated with medications. One example is white willow bark, which has been used for many years for its anti-inflammatory properties. But it won’t upset your stomach like aspirin can.
Some people prefer herbal supplements because they are natural products. But this is a foggy area. You see, natural does not always mean safe or good for you.
Herbal supplements aren’t as closely regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as over-the-counter or prescription drugs. This is because drugs have a higher risk-to-benefit ratio than herbal supplements do, and therefore, they have stricter FDA regulation standards1.
And though some herbals may be a suitable alternative for some medications, such as the white willow bark example mentioned above, not all herbal supplements are free of side effects. Comfrey, for instance, treats stings, burns, and bruises. However, it’s also been associated with liver damage.
To learn more, read our article about herbal supplements and safety.
It’s always important to talk to your primary care doctor before you start taking an herbal supplement for your back or neck pain. He or she will let you know if it could cause side effects or interact with your current medication.
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Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center: Neurosurgery
The back is one of the more complex parts of your body. It is composed of the spine, discs, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Any or all of these parts of the back can become injured or strained, resulting in back pain. Around 65 million people throughout the United States suffer from some form of back pain ranging from tolerable to chronic. Here are 5 back pain remedies that are easy to use to find relief at home. A picture of a young man with a backache suffering over white background
Bromelain is a nutritional supplement that is made an extract of leaves from the pineapple plant. This herb has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which enable it to reduce swelling around the joints and vertebrae and help to increase flexibility. This makes it an ideal treatment for back pain.
Ginger can help reduce mild back pain. This herb contains active ingredients that can inhibit the production of leukotrienes and prostaglandins – substances in the body that lead to inflammation and cause painful swelling. This means that ginger can reduce inflammation of the spine and joints, relieving pain and improving flexibility.
Curcumin is an extract from the dried root of the turmeric plant. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties which make it a valuable treatment for lower back pain. Curcumin has been shown to be as effective as phenylbutazone or cortisone for treating inflammation.
If you suffer from any form of back pain and you have not yet tried yoga to alleviate your condition, now might be the time to consider doing so. Yoga classes or a yoga retreat may be the solution you’ve been looking for. A number of clinical studies have shown that a number of yoga poses can help to reduce or prevent back pain.
5. Tai Chi
Tai chi, or tai chi chuan, is a self-paced system of physical exercise. It involves a series of postures and stretching movements which are performed slowly and gracefully. There are different styles of tai chi, such as wu and wang. Some styles focus on health whereas others focus on martial arts. Tai chi can be beneficial for back pain, especially if you are recovering from a back injury.
Our team of medical experts at Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center has been providing patients with quality healthcare for more than three decades. We are committed to treating the debilitating effects of spine-related conditions. We specialize in the most minimally invasive surgical procedures possible. If you are suffering from a spine-related condition, contact us today and let us help you get on the mend as quickly as possible.
Exploring Natural Remedies For Upper Back Pain (Part 2)
In the last post, we discussed some natural remedies for upper back pain. And while physical therapy centers provide the best pain management options, understanding how to achieve temporary pain relief goes a long way in improving day-to-day activity and overall quality of life. Here’s part two of our guide that will explore some more natural upper back pain treatment options.
You may have heard of using ginger root as a natural health remedy before, but did you know it can also help provide temporary pain relief? This is because of its anti-inflammatory properties that help the muscles relax. To properly prepare ginger for use as a natural upper back pain treatment option, simmer some ginger root slices in one quart of boiling water for about 30 minutes. Strain out the ginger and drink the remaining liquid while it’s warm for maximum pain relieving effects.
Alternatively, purchase fresh ginger from your local grocery store. With a knife, carefully cut off a small piece of ginger. Place it under your lip or tongue. This root’s natural pain relieving properties will kick in shortly.
Yes, that’s right — honey has many healing properties, and pain relief is believed to be one of them. To use honey for upper back pain relief, simply add about a tablespoon of raw honey to warm water or milk, stir it in thoroughly, and drink it at least once each day.
This is a more conventional treatment option, and for good reason — it’s completely natural, and it works. For effective results, apply the ice or cold pack to to the direct center of the affected area. Keep it there for about 25 minutes before letting it rest, and repeat this process every half an hour for best results.
While these methods can provide temporary relief, studies have shown that physical therapy is one of the most effective long term treatment strategies. In fact, a University of Pittsburgh study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined older patients with pain caused by Spinal Stenosis. The researchers found that patients received the same benefits and relief whether they were treated with spinal surgery or physical therapy. Understanding how to achieve temporary pain relief can work in tandem with professional strategies to maximize your quality of life. For more information about upper back pain treatment options, contact Michiana Spine.
Ease Back Pain Naturally – Mother Earth Living
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Back pain is the second leading cause for doctor visits in the United States.
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The alternating yoga sequence cat-cow (cow pose shown here) can help improve spine flexibility.
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If your back feels bent out of shape, you’re not alone. Back pain is the second leading cause for doctor visits in the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health, in a three-month period, more than one-fourth of U.S. adults experience at least one day of back pain. The causes of back pain are many. Sometimes it’s brought on by slouching at our desks, sports injuries or sedentary lifestyles. In older people, conditions such as osteoarthritis may be the cause, making spinal joints stiff and sore, and creating pressure on the nerve roots.
Back pain can be divided into two basic categories: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain comes on quickly, but often ends quickly too — for example, lifting a heavy load or falling from a ladder. Chronic pain may develop suddenly or slowly, but it lasts longer — weeks and even months. In both cases, however, it’s best to address and treat the underlying causes of back pain, rather than simply alleviating symptoms.
Whether you’re dealing with long-term chronic pain, a sudden back injury or painful tension, here are a few herbs, specific remedies and techniques that will help you loosen up and relieve aches and pains.
Herbs for Acute Pain
When it comes to acute pain, it’s tempting to reach for seemingly simple pain remedies in the form of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin. However, frequent doses — even small ones — of OTC painkillers are hard on the liver, and they can lead to serious side effects such as stomach bleeding or increased risk of stroke. Instead of drugs, try these simple natural remedies for short-term back pain.
Ginger is a natural inhibitor of COX-2, an enzyme that uses stored fat to inflame injured areas and lead to pain. In a lab study conducted at the University of Sydney, Australia, researchers discovered that ginger was just as effective as aspirin at inhibiting this action. For best results, take 2,000 to 4,000 mg of ginger per day, or drink three to four cups of ginger tea.
Arnica has anti-inflammatory compounds that can treat sore muscles, sprains and other related pains. It comes in many forms for topical use, including tinctures, creams, salves, ointments, gels and oils. Note that arnica should never be ingested, or applied to an open wound.
Chamomile can soothe tense, knotted muscles. Steep a tablespoon of chamomile flowers in a mug of boiling water for 15 minutes. Drink one to three cups of the tea a day for as long as the pain persists. Chamomile essential oil is also often recommended for pain relief by clinical aromatherapists, and is gentle enough to be used with children.
Physical Treatment for Acute Back Pain
Unfortunately, no specific exercises have been shown to improve acute back pain, or increase functional ability. However, doctors often recommend exercise for those who have recently suffered a lower back injury, usually starting with gentle, low-impact exercises, and gradually building up intensity. If you’ve suffered a back injury, stretching or activities that cause additional strain are discouraged, so be sure to consult your physician regarding treatment and activity.
If acute back pain is injury-related (for example, after a fall, car accident or blow to the spine), it’s important to see a doctor immediately. However, most non-injury related acute back pain can be treated without professional help. If the pain interferes with normal daily activities, and doesn’t improve after one or two days, consult a physician. If mild to moderate pain persists after two weeks of home treatment, your doctor may want to check for other problems that could be causing the pain.
Herbs for Chronic Pain
While herbal remedies can take longer to effectively relieve pain, for chronic sufferers, natural solutions can help reduce dependency on prescription drugs and OTC painkillers. Here are a few herbal options to help ease recurrent back pain.
White Willow Bark
White willow bark has been used as an analgesic dating back to 500 B. C. in China. Modern research shows that it helps both chronic and acute back pain, as well as osteoarthritic and nerve pain. Willow bark contains natural compounds that make it an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-neuralgic. White willow bark can be purchased as standardized extracts and teas. To make white willow tea for pain relief, add one to two teaspoons of bark to one cup of water. Boil, simmer for 10 minutes, and then allow to cool slightly. Note that willow bark should not be given to children, and may interact adversely with blood-thinning medications. It may take several cups to get the desired pain relief.
Devil’s claw contains iridoid glycosides that, according to researchers, give it powerful pain-relief properties. In one double-blind placebo-controlled trial, 63 participants with lower back pain took devil’s claw or a placebo for four weeks. At the study’s conclusion, participants who took devil’s claw reported a significant improvement in muscular pain and stiffness. To relieve pain, take 100 to 250 mg of devil’s claw three times a day. Avoid this herb if you suffer from ulcers or gallstones, or if you’re taking warfarin.
Eucalyptus helps numb pain, and can be used to relieve spinal stiffness. To help with morning back pain, add two drops of eucalyptus oil to your morning shower, and breathe the steam to relax and get a direct dose of therapeutic herbs to your spine, or any other area that’s causing pain.
Physical Treatment for Chronic Back Pain
Studies have found that massage can be helpful for persistent low back pain, as well as for neck pain. In some cases, massage may even provide a stronger benefit than common OTC anti-inflammatory drugs. Stretching can also help sufferers of long-term chronic back pain, in addition to regular exercise. Here are two stretches that can help relieve chronic back pain.
Rectus Femoris Muscle Stretch
The rectus femoris muscle, one of the four quadriceps muscles, runs above the hip, down through the kneecap and into the front of the tibia. It is one of the most common muscles associated with back pain caused by posture problems, as tightness in the quadriceps can lead to an excessive amount of lumbar curve, or swayback, according to Doug Lewis, former chair of the Physical Medicine department at Bastyr University. Stretching this muscle can relieve tension in the legs, and help correct excess curve.
To do a rectus femoris stretch, stand next to a chair and put the knee of the leg you want to stretch on the seat, holding the back of the chair for balance. Pull the heel of the leg on the chair toward your buttocks, and push your pelvis back. You should feel the stretch all the way from the knee, up the leg, to the front of your thigh.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, this alternating yoga sequence, which stretches the lower spine, hips, back and core muscles, may promote a healthy, flexible spine. Begin with cow pose, starting on hands and knees. Make sure knees are directly below your hips, and your shoulders and elbows are in line and perpendicular to the floor. Inhale, lifting sitting bones and chest toward the ceiling, and sinking your belly toward the floor. Broaden your shoulder blades, drawing shoulders away from your ears. Lift your head to look straight forward. As you exhale, move into cat pose: Draw your belly toward your spine, round your back toward the ceiling, and release the crown of your head toward the floor. Repeat the sequence five to 20 times.
Alternative pain-relief therapies such as spinal manipulation, acupuncture and cupping therapy have a mixed record. Medical and scientific opinions on spinal manipulation and acupuncture differ, and spinal manipulation remains controversial. Research on cupping therapy has been scant and inconclusive. If you choose to use any of these therapies, make sure to go to a licensed professional.
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8 Incredible Teas And Herbs For Back Pain
While I do believe in conventional medicine and it has its place. Whenever I am in pain there are three things I go for. They are exercise, teas, and herbs. I reach for holistic first aid. The healing power of a cup (or two) of tea is the knowledge that saved many an ailing body and soul. Tea for back pain relief is a go-to. Tea and herbs for back pain and overworked muscles work. But how, why?
Tea healing history
Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. I believe water is first. Both are great beverages. Only one has properties that heal the pain. Hint, it’s not water.
Pouring water into a cup and infusing a group of teas and or herbs into a cup of hot water and let the healing begin. It’s not a simple drink and feels no pain. You will need to drink your choice of pain relief teas on a regular basis. Holistic healing is a slow but sure process. Conventional medicine addresses the symptom, not the cause.
One of my favorite quotes regarding medicine is this:
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”.
The author of that quote knew something long ago. The author: Hippocrates.
The first time we know that tea was used as medicine was in China around the 3rd century AD. It did not take long for the trade merchants to spread the word and the tea. Merchants traveled the globe and spread the good news. The most popular of the teas was black. The other teas followed in suit.
Herbal teas are made from herbs, spices, flowers, and more. These are not teas but called a tisane. Each of the varieties carries its own special healing premise. It’s so simple nowadays to find the healing properties of all of the herbals and teas known.
Chinese medicine still uses the power of teas and herbals. Today we have the best of all the diversity of holistic medicine. Ayurvedic, Chinese and Indian medicines. We also have the availability of conventional medicine at our fingertips.
We live in a great time. I have to tell you. I am not a doctor and I do not practice medicine. I do know the power of holistic medicine and I am sharing that with you today. If your pain increases, is horrific or is just too much to tolerate, don’t be stubborn. GO SEE A DOCTOR.
Last year I had gotten off of work. I got home and was getting things done. I had an incredibly sharp pain in my left side. It hurt. Bad. It did not let up. I drank some tea, did some yoga, meditated and the pain would not let up. I started to feel sick and realized I had to go to urgent care. I’m glad I did. I had a .7mm kidney stone lodged. I was given the option to try to move it myself or surgery. I chose surgery because I knew the chance of breaking that up or moving it would be difficult. I had the surgery, learned to drink tons of water, and change my diet, just a little. I’m very thankful for Dr.’s and Surgeons. They are much needed and appreciated.
We live in a toxic world. There are times our bodies have traveled too far to make it back holistically. Those are the times you need conventional medicine. Be wise, not stubborn.
So, I said all that to just let you know that things happen in life and you have to be wise with your treatments. If you do not know, consult someone who does. Do not play with your health, it’s not a game.
Do teas and herbs work? Absolutely!
Now, back to that cup of tea. Below are several teas and herbs that help with the pain.
How tea helps the body with back pain management
The pain we are going to focus on is that of inflammation. Back pain, joint pain, toothache, and more. The pain from inflammation is the most aggravating pain. We over-exert ourselves and demand a lot from our bodies.
The inflammation in our bodies plays a two-faced role. The pain from inflammation is an indication that your body has been stressed or infected. The other side of the coin is that the pain is the body working on healing itself after an injury. It’s a natural defense against attacks of viruses or bacteria. When the body is repairing tissue that has been damaged you can feel pain. It’s the body that gives attention to the ailing area.
When that pain becomes too much, it’s chronic and a problem.
Besides bacteria and viruses, our bodies can react to stress, exercise, toxic exposure, allergies, and even what we eat. Our bodies react by becoming inflamed. One of the best ways to calm our bodies is by our diet. There are certain foods and drinks that aid our body in healing. Beyond comfort foods, there are some drinks that help make that inflammation calm and soothed.
Today we focus on teas and herbs. Teas that help pain and inflammation.
What is it about tea that helps fight pain? Tea contains several ingredients that help with inflammation.
The two main ingredients of tea that help with pain relief are catechin and epicatechins. These are commonly known as polyphenols. Polyphenols help because they are antioxidants. Antioxidants help neutralize oxidative stress. When oxidants are high that is when the damage can be done.
Polyphenols – Polyphenols can suppress inflammation. They work by reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
Caffeine – Caffeine is found in teas not herbals. Caffeine can help reduce pain because of adenosine receptors 14-18. Caffeine seems to block the pain in these areas, thus causing the pain to subside.
Flavonoids – The studies on flavonoids like myricetin, quercetin, kaempferol have been increasing. The studies are showing positive results. These phenolic compounds are acting as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant.
The two main ingredients of tea that help with pain relief. They are catechin and epicatechin slaves (a polyphenol) acts as an anti-inflammatory. They reduce inflammation and easing muscle pain.
Catechins – Catechins are found in green tea. Scientifically known as epigallocatechin-3 gallate or EGCG. Controlling body fat and cholesterol issues helps to reduce inflammation. The phenols in Camellia Sinensis are part of the plant’s DNA that help protect the plant from disease. Phenols act as a disinfectant and antioxidant.
The pain management teas and herbs
Now that we have a very slight understanding of the DNA of Camellia Sinensis and the power of the tea plant. We can look forward to the power of tea and herbs. They help calm the body (and soul) and give our bodies some rest from the pain and inflammation.
The secret weapon with green tea is EGCG or Epigallocatechin-3-gallate. EGCG is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that puts an end to inflammation. This powerful antioxidant is considered stronger than Vitamin E or C.
Green tea which includes matcha is a good source to help reduce inflammation. They also help with irritable bowel disease and other inflammation-driven conditions. Also in some studies, it’s shown that green tea can help preserve cartilage. The studies show that more green tea is better.
While more may be better try to keep your consumption under 8 cups a day. Green tea may cause upset stomach and constipation. In rare cases, green tea has been linked to liver and kidney problems.
Valerian root is sometimes considered a natural tranquilizer. Relieving both acute and chronic pain. Valerian root has an analgesic effect. It can also be used to relax the muscles. Valerian root has been used for centuries. It helps to regulate stress and anxiety as well as help people calm down to get to sleep. Valerian root is also helpful in supporting upper body tension and muscle relaxation.
With all things moderation is key. Too much use can lead to a hangover effect the next morning if used for sleep. May take up to a couple of weeks to be fully active.
The cinnamon of the tea is made from the inner bark. You may know it from the curled sticks or ground into powder. Cinnamon is good for relieving menstrual cramps and reducing inflammation. One of the better ways to fight arthritis pain. Some arthritis is due to the wear and tear of joints and bones and cinnamon can help. While cinnamon can help slow the loss of movement, pain, and deformity. If the pain worsens or is bad it’s best to seek conventional help. Cinnamon is full of antioxidants. They help fight free radicals and protect cellular health.
Too much cinnamon can cause mouth sores, liver damage. It may also cause low blood sugar and may interact with certain medications.
Ginger is a kick-butt plant. Ginger tea is powerful as tea. Ginger tea helps with nausea, whether that is from motion or chemo. Ginger will calm your stomach and ease that pain. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat pain. There is evidence to prove that fact. Ginger has been proven to relieve pain from osteoarthritis (especially in the knee). Ginger can also aid with headaches, sore muscles, and other pains in the body.
Slice up some ginger and boil it in some water and sip your pain away. Remember moderation is the key. May lower blood pressure and make you dizzy. Ginger also contains salicylate which acts as a blood thinner.
Chamomile is a calming tea. Soothing and relaxing. Chamomile tea can also be used for arthritis, back pain, and more. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This makes it a strong pain reliever. Just drinking a cup of tea can calm back pain and spasms. The tea soothes the muscles. Calms the muscles that cause upper back pain giving some temporary relief.
You can try to double up your tea bags to get a bigger dose of chamomile to help smooth the pain. Try using chamomile for back and sciatica pain relief as well.
Allergies to pollen, ragweed, herbs, marigold, daisies, and other plants? Use caution with chamomile. Chamomile can also make birth control not as effective.
Turmeric is an inflammation powerhouse and fighter. Turmeric is what gives curry its yellow hue. Help for the cellular level of pain fighting. That pain-fighting level is compared to some over-the-counter medications. Turmeric has been shown in studies to help fight the pain of post-operative procedures. Also helping reduce the pain with dental crowns. Turmeric has been known to aid ulcerative colitis, IBS, and stomach ulcers.
Turmeric does have a few side effects. Stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea to name a few. These side effects are generally consistent with the overuse of Turmeric tea. Do not use it if you have bile duct obstruction, liver disease, or gallstones. Similar diseases you should not drink or take turmeric.
Bright Eyed (Turmeric Ginger Tea)
An invigorating blend of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and other fragrant spices, this loose leaf blend draws from Ayurvedic principles to energize and awaken your mind and body–all without caffeine! This autumnal tisane brews to a beautiful copper hue and can be enjoyed at any time of day.
Lemon balm Tea
Easy to grow in a backyard, it grows like a weed. A powerful weed. Lemon balm is part of the herbal family called nerving. They can be very helpful to the nervous system and tissue. Lemon balm is called the “nerve balm”. It works on relaxing the muscles by being anti-spasmodic. Lemon balm is an analgesic with diuretic properties. Lemon balm calms the entire digestive system relieving spasm, indigestion, gas, and colic. Lemon balm is also called the “happy herb’ to give you that uplifting happy feeling.
Not for long time use. Side effects can be headaches, nausea, bloating, gas, vomiting, indigestion, and stomach pain. The more you take the more these side effects can increase.
The calming and cooling effects of peppermint tea. Drinking peppermint tea can ease the discomfort of an upset stomach. Peppermint tea can cause burping to remove excess gas from the stomach. Can ease heartburn, stomach spasms, and cramps. Back in “the day” peppermint tea was used for people with fevers, chills, and rheumatism. Ever get that upset stomach from a headache? Use peppermint tea to relieve that nauseated feeling. There is even some proof that peppermint was used in healing ancient Egyptian times.
There does not seem to be any fallbacks in using peppermint tea. ENJOY.
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The list can go on and on. I tell people to keep trying until they find what works for their DNA. We are not all created equal. Some things may work better than others. But when you find what works, it’s like hitting the jackpot.
Here are a few lesser-known teas and herbs to help with pain and inflammation.
Tea and herbs for back pain
- Green Tea
- Black Tea
- Ginger & Green
- White Willow Bark
- Valerian Root
Tea and herbs for tooth pain
- Peppermint Tea
- Clove Tea
- Guava Leaves
Tea and herbs for joint pain
- Green Tea
- Black Tea
- Willow Bark Tea
- Nettle Leaf
- Holy Basil
- Rose Hips
Tea herbs for muscle pain
- Black tea
- Green Tea
- White Tea
- Rooibos Tea
- Ginger Tea
- Turmeric Tea
- Rose Petal / Rosehip Tea
If you are looking for teas and herbs and how they aid your body check HERE for my Tea in a Minute series. I share with you information about individual teas and herbs and how they benefit your body.
It’s incredible to think that a plant can offer us so much health and wellness. I would think that Hippocrates knew what he was saying. What we now need is the patience to learn and understand how tea works for pain relief.
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Although often mild, low back pain is a form of back pain, which may be of inflammatory, visceral, or mechanical origin. Back pain affects 10% of the world’s population and is one of the main reasons for seeking medical attention.
Low back pain, recognized as the “disease of the century” as it is the leading cause of disability among French people (under 45) and third among people 45 and over, also affects 84% of young people aged 18 years.at 24 years old.
How to relieve pain in the back, without resorting to drugs?
Which Medicinal Plants Soothe Back Pain?
Low back pain: causes and symptoms
A painful condition located in the lower back, which can extend to the buttocks, thighs or the back of the knee, lower back pain is also called “back pain” or “lumbago”.
There are many causes of , but the most common are: either improper movement, ligament sprain, muscle rupture, or a problem with the intervertebral discs.
Other factors such as pregnancy, ankylosing spondylitis, being overweight, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, or osteoporosis can cause back pain.
Tumors, infections of the kidney or spine, abdominal aortic aneurysms, gallbladder disorders, stomach upsets or even pneumonia are also among the 9003 potential causes of back pain.
With regard to symptoms , the main manifestation is back pain, which can occur suddenly and worsen with the slightest effort.This can last for several days or several years. We will talk respectively about acute low back pain or chronic low back pain .
Low back pain, treat yourself naturally
Among the medicinal plants, the most recommended for the relief of back pain, we find:
- Ginger : excellent anti-inflammatory
Known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it is recommended to infuse 5 g of ginger root in 250 ml of water: drink herbal tea hot after meals.
- Rosemary and Horsetail as anti-inflammatory
Dosage: Boil 15 g of rosemary and 15 g of horsetail in 1 liter of water. Let everything brew for about half an hour. After cooling, soak gauze in this treatment mixture, then apply to the painful area. Lie down for 30 minutes. Refresh twice a day.
- Rosemary vinegar : A bottle of vinegar, let a few sprigs of rosemary soak in, then massage in the pain localized to promote blood circulation.
Like horsetail, this plant with cleansing also contributes to the mineralization of the body.
For maximum enjoyment, prepare 1 liter of horsetail and sarsaparilla infusion. Add some stevia and lemon. Drink all day.
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Economical and easy to use, green or red clay – used as a poultice – this mineral is also recommended for relieving inflammation.Mixed with warm water, it is recommended to apply it to the skin and leave it on for 30 minutes, at best overnight.
In case of lumbago, refined flour, white sugar, dairy products, red meat should be excluded from the diet. Thus, red peppers, certain vegetables (celery, broccoli, beets, carrots), chia seeds, nuts, fruits (pineapple, papaya, etc.) and green tea are shown in favor of the anti-inflammatory diet.
Contrary to popular belief, focus on exercise.On the other hand, heavy loads should be avoided.
Bitter wormwood herb – benefits and harm to human health
Wormwood: side effects, health benefits
It is a perennial plant that has many species. This herb is famous for fighting a variety of serious diseases and ailments, from cancer to joint pain.
The most common types of wormwood are common wormwood and wormwood.Various types of wormwood grow in Asia, northern Europe and some regions of North America. Perhaps wormwood also grows on your site.
What is wormwood?
The scientific name of common wormwood Artemisia vulgaris comes from the name of the Greek goddess Artemis, protector of women. And vulgaris indicates one of the uses of this plant, which we will talk about. Wormwood has been used to ease the flow of menstruation and menopause.
In some cases, wormwood was used during the moxibustion procedure, which was used, in particular, to change the position of the fetus before childbirth and relieve joint pain. Californian wormwood leaves Artemisia douglasiana are used as a method of protection against poisonous oak and as an insect repellent.
The plant is rich in antioxidants that can help treat digestive problems and bowel disorders such as ulcers, vomiting, nausea and constipation.It also evokes vivid and colorful dreams. At the moment, scientists are studying and considering the components that make up wormwood as an alternative treatment for some types of cancer. Let’s find out more about the history and benefits of wormwood plants.
1. Changes the position of the fetus before birth
Typically, a baby will naturally turn head down a few weeks before birth. But in 1 case out of 25 this does not happen.In this case, we are talking about breech presentation.
Ancient Chinese medicine began using a technique called moxibustion as a natural solution to this dangerous problem. What is it? A small cone or bunch is made from the leaves of wormwood, and it is set on fire over those areas that, according to ancient Chinese medicine, slow down the release of energy and are responsible for blood circulation, creating a warming effect.
In the case when moxibustion is used to change the position of the fetus, a specific acupuncture point BL67, located near the nail on the little toe, is affected.Thus, the movement of blood and energy is stimulated, which leads to an increase in the activity of the fetus. According to a study published in in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 75% of 130 breech presentation cases were corrected with a cauterization procedure.
2. Relieves joint pain
During moxibustion, wormwood is effective not only in case of a change in the position of the child, it is also used for arthritis.
In one blind study, this ancient Chinese technique was used on patients with arthrosis.Three times a week for 6 weeks, half of the 110 participants received the moxibustion procedure, while the rest were offered a placebo version. At the same time, neither the patients themselves, nor the specialists performing the procedures, knew which group they were in.
What were the results? At the end of the experiment, 53% of participants who received moxibustion showed a decrease in pain intensity, while in the placebo group the result was 24%. Improvements in the work of the knee joint were noted in 51% of patients in the first group and in 13% of patients in the second.The effect of the therapy may not be long-term, but the results have certainly been promising.
3. Used to flavor beer
Most brewers use hops, or Humulus lupulus , to make beer. But 1,000 years ago, medieval brewers used a mixture of herbs called gruit , one of the main ingredients of which was wormwood.
In fact, the British believe that the word “mugwort” did not come from Ancient Greek or Ancient Chinese.Since the gruit beer was served in a mug ( “mug” ), the plant got its name.
The flowers are dried and boiled along with other herbs to create something similar to herbal tea. It is then added to a special liquid to make beer. This drink is said to have a sour taste.
Now this medieval way of brewing beer is becoming popular again. Some large breweries (New Belgium, Dogfish Head) , as well as some smaller breweries, have already started producing gruit.There are also many homemade gruit recipes.
4. Fights cancer cells and malaria
Completed, as well as ongoing studies of the possibilities of wormwood indicate that one of the main components of the plant, artemisinin, is toxic to some types of cancer cells. Wormwood also has anti-malarial effects.
While studying substances that fight malaria, scientists discovered that artemisinin acts on the mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum and lysosome.Cancer cells have higher iron levels than healthy cells, making them more sensitive to the effects of artemisinin.
In one study, scientists exposed iron-rich cancer cells to artemisinin. Once the substance was inside the cell, an increase in its toxicity was noted, which means an increase in anti-cancer capabilities. According to the hypothesis itself: “This substance can be used to create an effective chemotherapy agent in the treatment of cancer.”
Although this method of treating cancer has not yet proven its effectiveness, the results provide a reason for further, deeper research.
How to Find
Wormwood can reach 180 cm in height and is often confused with hemlock. However, they are distinguished by the height, color of the stem and the appearance of the flowers. First of all, hemlock is twice as tall. Its stem is green with purple spots, while the stem of wormwood is completely purple.The hemlock flowers are white with five petals, and their shape resembles an inverted umbrella. In wormwood, flowers are pale yellow or red, they are evenly distributed throughout the stem.
Wormwood leaves grow “in turn” on a purple stem with grooves, from below they have a lighter shade or silvery color.
On the market, wormwood is found in different forms. Always choose a product from a trusted and reliable manufacturer, and consult your doctor before use.Wormwood can be bought in the form:
- essential oil
- dry collection
Risks and side effects
Before consuming wormwood, make sure it won’t cause you allergies or other side effects. Plants of this genus are often the cause of allergic reactions, so consult your doctor before use.
The following are allergens that can also trigger a reaction due to the wormwood-like protein compounds present in these foods. If you are allergic to wormwood pollen, you may also have a reaction to these foods:
- Pine nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Unpeeled raw carrots
- Anise Seeds
- Fennel Seed
However, wormwood can cause more than allergies.Refrain from using this plant (or use only topically) during pregnancy planning, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Now that you are familiar with the wormwood species and know its history, you can use this plant and get the most out of it. Various types of wormwood have been used by people since Biblical times.
We’ve learned about the many ways this herb can help relieve joint pain, calm the stomach, lift your mood, and possibly even help cure cancer.And this medicinal plant can grow in your country house!
Wormwood can be a great alternative to certain medications and toxic chemicals for treating ailments. Perhaps you should ask yourself: “How will wormwood help me?”
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Herbs for joints are used as follows: they make decoctions, tinctures, compresses.In addition, baths will have a healing effect. Decoctions and ointments, which are made from cinquefoil, help relieve pain, remove inflammation in arthrosis and arthritis. Receives a powerful wellness boost and the immune system that. In the treatment of pain in the joints, the following have proven themselves well: – root of burdock, okopnik, valerian; – the herb of St. John’s wort, wild rosemary; – bark of oak, birch, aspen, willow; – flowers of calendula, rosette, St. John’s wort; – leaves of birch, nettle, hop; – needles and fruits of the juniper. Necessary plants. Herbs for joints are used as follows: they make decoctions, tinctures, compresses.In addition, they will. Herbs for joint and bone pain. Numerous herbs have a beneficial effect on the joints. Ginger has anti-inflammatory effects on the joints. It not only relieves inflammation, but also fights pain and reduces swelling. The area of the affected joint can be massaged. And it is possible not only to relieve joint inflammation with herbs, but also to achieve partial restoration of cartilage, or rather, launch. Properties of substances with a wider range of applications, herbs for joint inflammation. A list of what anti-inflammatory herbs should be in your medicine cabinet should be included.Herbs have long been used by the people for the treatment of joints, as they relieve pain, relieve inflammation and swelling, remove toxins, and restore metabolic processes. Herbs for joints can significantly increase the effectiveness of treatment and become a complete alternative. Recipes for pain in joints and bones at home. What herbs have medicinal properties – find out in the article! Herbs for the treatment of joints. Herbs for joint pain. Although the symptoms of joint diseases are in many ways similar, the nature of the occurrence of pathologies.The active substances of laurel promote the removal of salts, relieve inflammation and pain. To prepare the broth you will need: Laurel – 20-30 leaves. Anti-inflammatory herbs for joints help relieve inflammation and relieve pain. All these substances cannot be attributed to any one group, but they have similar actions: they relieve inflammation. Herbs for the treatment of joints in traditional medicine. From medicinal herbs for. What herbs treat joints. Many adults suffer from disease. Celery seed tea is considered an effective remedy for relieving joint inflammation during bursitis.To prepare a healing one. The most effective recipes based on medicinal herbs can be found on the pages of our tab. Take 0.5 cups 4 times a day to relieve back and joint pain. With articular rheumatism, stinging sore spots with nettles. Common tansy. There are many herbs available to heal joints. Various herbs can be used by patients who. Flaxseed can fight inflammation in arthritis. Flaxseed was originally used as a laxative. However, modern researchers have found better uses.
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Vodka will save from back pain, doctors say. Compresses mixed with honey will help relieve swelling and warm the affected area.
Compresses with vodka will help get rid of pain in osteochondrosis, reports the portal MedicForum with reference to unnamed doctors. Such compresses help relieve swelling and also warm the affected area.
The recipe is simple – vodka is mixed with honey, this composition is applied to a sore spot and wrapped in plastic bags and warm shawls or scarves.
Doctors recommend keeping such a compress as long as possible. The optimal amount of time is two hours.
There is a significant difference between the diagnosis of osteochondrosis in Russia and other countries. In the vast majority of developed countries, osteochondrosis is a family of joint diseases in children and adolescents, as well as fast-growing animals.
It is associated with the interruption of the blood supply to the bone and manifests itself in localized necrosis.
Osteochondrosis in adults becomes a consequence of youthful osteochondrosis.
In Russia, osteochondrosis is called degenerative-dystrophic damage to the tissues of the spine, which leads to a change in the shape and erasure of intervertebral discs, vertebral bodies and joint surfaces.
It is these changes that are believed to cause back pain.
Osteochondrosis in Russia is diagnosed on the basis of complaints of pain and radiographs, CT or MRI showing deformity of the vertebrae. Since almost all people have certain changes in the spine, not all experts agree that they are the cause of the pain syndrome. Back in 1984, Professor of Radiology Pavel Zharkov stated: “neurological disorders cannot be explained only by the presence of osteochondrosis of the spine and the degree of its severity.”
In 2003, he also noted that “in essence, osteochondrosis is a process of aging – peculiar or premature. This is not a disease, but a slowly developing pathomorphological condition, the same as graying, baldness, senile skin changes, etc. ” and “neurology itself fell into a dead-end situation and started all medicine behind itself because of speculative and far-fetched concepts and theories about the fault of the spine in general and osteochondrosis with herniated discs in particular.”
Thus, osteochondrosis has become a diagnostic “trash heap”, where many symptoms fall from pain in the back to movement disorders, “goose bumps”, crunching and tingling sensations and even tinnitus.
Symptoms, which in Russia are considered signs of osteochondrosis, are referred to in other countries as a whole spectrum of syndromes called dorsopathies.
Most often they are caused by mechanical damage due to overexertion of muscles and ligaments. About 10% are hernias, degeneration and dystrophy of the vertebrae. In rare cases, they are caused by tuberculosis or tumors.
Dorsopathies are characteristic of a person due to upright posture and a sedentary lifestyle – today, when in large cities most people work in offices or are engaged in heavy physical labor, the spine suffers from overstrain due to improper posture or excessive stress.
It is useless to “treat” dorsopathy with magnetotherapy, hirudotherapy, acupuncture and other popular practices for osteochondrosis. Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage also have no effect.
For acute pain, you can use a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the form of tablets or capsules (ointments with NSAIDs do not penetrate deeper than the subcutaneous tissue) and muscle relaxants. For chronic patients, the antidepressant amitriptyline can be used – it is also used to combat pain.Also, outside the acute period, with prolonged chronic pain, exercise therapy is useful. Moderate physical activity is recommended outside exacerbations.
In especially acute cases, when the pain is so severe that a person cannot even walk, blockades can be used – the introduction of local anesthetics directly into the diseased joint.
It damages the nerve, but the pain disappears almost instantly.
Surgical treatment is required extremely rarely – hernias are caused by no more than 1-3% of back pain.
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May weekend is approaching, and many of you have long left the city in search of “safety” at the dacha.
A city man who moves relatively little, and then suddenly decides almost in one day to complete all summer cottages, starting to dig, chop, carry weights, climb a ladder, mow the grass and do a lot of other things that he has lost the habit of performed for six months, runs the risk of earning health problems.
As a result, pain in the back, neck and lower back will not be long in coming.
According to statistics, the most vulnerable place is the lower back. Usually, the discomfort appears in this part of the back.
When we, for example, dig something with a shovel, the back is in a bent position. In ordinary people, the muscles are usually quite weak in order to perform flexion-extension in the lower back with each upward movement of the shovel, so it is not possible to maintain the correct posture. As a result, a person is in a bent / twisted position for several hours in a row, which causes the back muscles to spasm.Then there is pain and lumbago.
In order to prevent spasm and stagnation in the muscles during work, the back must be straightened every time. That is, with each upward movement of the shovel, the lower back must be fully extended, and the lifting of the excavated soil must be due to the strength of the legs, which, unfortunately, is very rare.
Well, what about weight lifting?
We think that everyone remembers the simple rules that must be followed so that the lower back does not turn into a “painful stake”.But the most interesting thing is that even if they remember it, they do not always observe it. In the heat of work, it is very easy to forget about the elementary safety rules – to lift a load with a bent back – and now a cry, a twisted posture, pain again …
Back pain can last a week, several months, and sometimes becomes chronic. At the same time, a person becomes irritable, he suffers, experiences a restriction of freedom of movement and even sleep disturbance.
What causes lower back discomfort?
Muscles and ligaments can not withstand overstrain, spasm, and in places overstretched.
There are two muscle groups in our body. The first of which is the large phasic muscles, capable of performing heavy work in dynamics, but for a short time. And the second group: special postural tonic muscles, most of which are small in size and located deep in the body, closer to the axis of the spine, but capable of performing constant work under static conditions for a very long time.
These memory muscles are one of the main parts of the human muscle corset. Their tone helps maintain a constant posture and overcome gravity.
When these important postural muscles suffer sharply from our “summer zeal”, a failure occurs in the spine support system, and if this is not corrected in time, the vertebrae will “get stuck” in a pathological position of tilt and / or twisting and intervertebral hernias begin to form.
Therefore, it is important not to delay and as soon as possible turn to an osteopath – a doctor who carefully examines and gently relaxes the formed spasms and tightness.
Our body is a living system: if it hurts in one place, then another zone takes on additional work, suffering unnecessarily and overstraining. That is why, behind pain in the lower back, over time, painful sensations arise in the neck, in the thoracic region, in the joints of the legs, and so on.
An osteopath examines the entire body in order to eliminate the consequences that he “accumulated” during the illness. Such an integrated approach contributes to a speedy and complete recovery!
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Pain in the lumbar region
Lumbago is an acute pain in the lumbar region that occurs mainly due to overloading of the muscles of the spine (when lifting weights or awkward movement).A predisposing factor is general hypothermia of the body or local cooling of the lumbar region. Lumbago can often be one of the manifestations of sciatica, diseases of the spine, etc.
The disease usually begins with a sudden acute shooting pain in the lower back, less often it begins with mild pain, which turns into acute pain after a few days. The patient cannot straighten, the muscles of the back are tense, painful; the slightest movement, physical exertion, sneezing, coughing aggravate pain; body movements are limited.The pain is often one-sided. Pressure on the lower back is very painful.
Bed rest is recommended first. It is advisable to lie on your back with your bent legs raised on pillows or rolled-up blankets. In this position, the large muscles of the spine relax. The bed should be flat and firm.
Treatment of back pain
For the preparation of ointments, the following herbal teas are used:
coriander fruits, birch buds, mint herb, dandelion root – equally
birch buds, snake root, St. , mint herb, hop cones, celandine herb, eucalipa fox – equally divided
burdock root, mint herb, plantain leaf, chamomile flowers, pine buds, tricolor violet herb – equally divided
marshmallow root, lavender herb, yarrow herb, horsetail herb, root dandelion – equally divided
mountaineer snake root, St. John’s wort, mint herb, pine buds, celandine herb, eucalyptus leaf – equally
birch buds, mint grass, chamomile flowers, aspen buds – equally
burdock root, mint grass, chamomile flowers, pine buds , tricolor violet herb, dandelion root – equally divided
Preparation of ointments: 3 tablespoons of powdered collection and pour 100 ml of boiling water, boil over low heat with constant stirring for 5 minutes, mix with melted inner pork fat (can be replaced with butter) and vegetable oil 75 grams each, cool, store in the refrigerator.
The ointment is applied to the affected area, rubbed in for 3-5 minutes, after which this place is well wrapped. The procedure is repeated 3-4 times a day.
Use of compresses is useful: the ointment is lightly rubbed into the skin, covered with polyethylene on top (ideally, it is advisable to cover the area with fresh leaves of one of the plants – lilac, sage, mint, lemon balm, put on top in 1-2 layers of burdock or cabbage leaves), close the woolen cloth and fix.
To enhance the effect, local herbal medicine can be used together with the general:
sweet clover herb, calendula flowers, plantain leaf, field horsetail herb, blueberry shoots – equally
lingonberry leaf, angelica root, herb interspers, mint herb, chamomile flowers, hop cones – equally divided
wild rosemary shoots, birch leaf, veronica grass, viburnum bark, meadowsweet flowers, motherwort herb, yarrow herb, tricolor violet herb – equally divided
anise fruits, knotweed grass (knotweed), St. John’s wort, burdock root, chamomile flowers, shoots blueberry – equally
lavender herb, plantain leaf, yarrow herb, dandelion root, celandine herb, eucalyptus leaf – equally divided
marshmallow root, mountaineer herb, calendula flowers, mint herb, peony root, wheatgrass rhizome, blueberry shoots flowers – equally
immortelle, mountaineer snake root, sweet clover herb, nettle herb, meadowsweet flowers, om shoots spruce, pine buds – equally
coriander fruits, birch leaf, lingonberry leaf, St. John’s wort, viburnum bark, mint grass – equally divided
wild rosemary shoots, knotweed herb, sweet clover grass, nettle herb, burdock root, mint herb, horsetail herb, grass celandine, eucalyptus leaf – equally divided
birch leaf, knotweed root, peppermint herb, angelica root, calendula flowers, lavender herb, mint herb, plantain leaf, motherwort herb, tricolor violet herb, dandelion root – equally
Preparation and use of fees: before preparing the collection, herbs are ground in a meat grinder or coffee grinder.2-3 tablespoons of the chopped collection are poured with 1 liter of boiling water, brought to a boil, simmered for 5 minutes, poured together with the grass into a thermos, infused overnight. Take 100-200 ml 30 minutes before meals during the day. To improve the taste, you can add honey, sugar, jam. Infusions are taken throughout the acute period of the disease and another 10-15 days after the disappearance of pain. In case of a chronic disease, general herbal medicine is carried out for a long time (1-1.5 years) in courses of 1.5-2 months with intervals between them of 1-2 weeks, using a different herbal collection for each new course.
Herbal collection can be used in combination with other medicines.
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A LASEGA SYMPTOM – INDICATES ON THE SUFFERING OF THE SITITAL NERVE
To test yourself, you can do the simplest things: bend over and slowly straighten up. If, at the time of tilting, back pain occurs, which goes through the buttock and the back of the thigh to the bottom of the leg, then there are problems with the sciatic nerve. Neurologists call sciatica sciatica, since this syndrome involves a whole range of neurological symptoms associated with compression (squeezing) and inflammation of the sciatic nerve.To assess the suffering of the sciatic nerve, they are guided by the so-called Lasegue symptom – this is pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve or one of its roots is stretched. It is caused by a gradual and slow rise of the straightened lower limb in the supine position. The pain disappears when the person bends the leg at the knee, which indicates a “positive Lasegue symptom.” That is, the presence of sciatica.
Usually with sciatica, pain is noted in only one leg. Although there are cases when cross syndrome occurs, then the pain is given to the second leg.Along with sensitive symptoms, motor symptoms often occur – weakness and lack of mobility of the leg, paresis or paralysis of the foot, knee flexion. Neuralgia cannot be considered as an independent disease – it is a symptom complex or a syndrome that develops as a result of a complication of any other disease. Usually pathologies leading to sciatica are localized in the spine, although there are exceptions.
THE CAUSE OF PAIN IN THE LOWER LIMBS LOOK IN THE SPINE
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in our body.It is formed from the spinal roots of the lumbar spine and is directed along the thigh, lower leg, down to the tips of the toes. It innervates the muscles of the back of the thigh and lower leg and transmits sensory information from the lower extremities to the spinal cord. Therefore, we feel pain during degenerative changes in tissues, which lead to inflammation, displacement of discs and pressure on the spinal nerves.
The most common cause of sciatica lies in dystrophy of the cartilage of the intervertebral discs.A herniated disc in the overwhelming majority of cases occurs as a result of the progression of chronic osteochondrosis. External factors, for example, a sharp turn, lifting weights, hypothermia, and others, can also serve as an impetus for damage to the annulus fibrosus and protrusion of the hernia. Another pathology is closely related to the advanced form of osteochondrosis (sometimes osteoarthritis or spondylosis) – osteophytes (bone growths that form on the vertebrae and squeeze nerve endings).These reasons are also joined by stenosis of the spinal canal, in which the intervertebral discs become thinner (they are located between the vertebrae, being a kind of shock absorbers) and their displacement towards the spinal canal leads to compression. Together with the intervertebral canal, the joints are also displaced, also clamping the spinal canal and nerve endings that extend from the spinal cord. People of retirement age who are over 60 years old are especially susceptible to stenosis, since changes in the elements of the spinal column occur with age.This causes pain in organs and muscles and dysfunction.
If the appearance of pain in the lower extremities occurs due to hypothermia, which often happens, it provokes inflammation and contributes to the manifestation of latent infections. And intoxication can occur as a result of metabolic diseases – diabetes mellitus or gout. To get rid of sciatica, you need, first of all, to release the pinched nerve, eliminate pain, relieve inflammation, strengthen muscles and expand the range of motion.But this is the work of specialists. Unfortunately, drug therapy with the help of local anesthetics, immunostimulants, anti-inflammatory drugs successfully relieves pain and inflammation, but the structural disorders leading to sciatica cannot be eliminated by drugs. For example, eliminate an intervertebral hernia.
APITOXIN THERAPY – THE BEST NATURAL METHOD
According to many doctors specializing in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, apitoxin therapy is the best method in this case.The fact is that bee venom is a very complex, multicomponent substance. Biochemists have identified more than 40 biologically active components contained in it. These are mainly peptides. Apitoxin has a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. It increases blood fluidity and has an antispasmodic effect (eliminates smooth muscle spasm).
Bee venom is a powerful stimulant of the endocrine glands and, through the activation of the adrenal cortex, increases the production of endogenous cortisol by the gland.It is a powerful anti-inflammatory hormone that plays a key role in treatment. Apitoxin also has the ability to restore damaged cells of the intervertebral disc and nerve fibers. There is a powerful complex effect of apitoxin on all links of the pathological process. Bee venom triggers self-regulation mechanisms, helps to improve metabolic processes and restore the affected tissues of the spine. There are observations that in the process of restoration of intervertebral discs as a result of bee treatment, protrusions and hernias decreased, which ultimately relieved pain.Unlike medicines, which have a short-term result and are not able to prevent their relapses, bee venom acts for a long time and in a complex manner.
Since in 95% of sciatica cases, osteochondrosis precedes, even despite the acute onset, it should be treated as a chronic disease. With a lumbar hernia or disc protrusion, the innervation of the lower body is disrupted, and this leads to disruption of the bowel and bladder. Apitoxin therapy is effective in these cases as well.
HOW TO QUICKLY RELIEVE PAIN
The first thing to do with sciatica is to stay in bed and minimize the load on the spine.For treatment, drug therapy, massages, balneotherapy, physiotherapy exercises, physiotherapy are used. Folk remedies are effective, but they only complement the main course of treatment prescribed by a specialist. In the later stages, if the root cause of sciatica is not treated, persistent lameness and even muscle atrophy are often observed, which is caused by impaired innervation of the lower extremities. Therefore, it is very important to coordinate their use with a doctor before starting treatment with traditional medicine.Since taking medications by mouth can cause problems with the stomach, kidneys, liver and other organs, and external use can cause allergic reactions.
For internal use, I can recommend horse chestnut seeds: 1 tbsp. l. pour 0.5 liters of boiling water, leave for 15 minutes in a water bath. Take 100 ml cooled down before each meal. It is also good to use calendula flowers: 1 tbsp. l. pour 1 glass of boiling water, cover (do not boil). Drink 0.5 cups of cooled strained infusion before each meal (no more than 4 times a day).
FOR OUTDOOR APPLICATION NUMEROUS FORMS ARE USED: COMPRESSES, SPRAYS, APPLIQUES, BATHS.
Water perfectly relieves muscle tension, warms and relaxes the nervous system.
Decoction of herbs: calendula, chamomile, fir oil. The water should not be hot, the duration of the bath is 15 minutes.
Grind raw horseradish root and place in a gauze bag. Dip into a bath filled with water (one bath – 100 g of horseradish). Stay in the water for no longer than 5 minutes.
Dip 1 kg of young pine shoots in 3 liters of boiling water, warm up for 10 minutes, leave for 4 hours and pour into the bath. Take a bath for 15 minutes.
Prepare an infusion of vodka (300 g) and white acacia (100 g dried flowers) for a week. Then rub into the painful points. White Persian lilac can be used instead of acacia.
Mix black radish juice with honey 3: 1 and rub sore spots.
Fresh (not dried) bay leaf (20 leaves) to insist in a glass of vodka for three days.
Warm natural beeswax in the microwave or water bath until soft.