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Five Herbs That Can Naturally Heal Back Pain

You’ve probably heard a lot about herbs, but maybe you haven’t tried out their healing powers yet. It’s easy to think that herbs or spices are too good to be true, but the truth is that they really do work! Plus, they don’t provide the nasty side effects that many medications do, and they are certainly not as risky as surgical procedures are.

If you’re looking to heal your back pain in a natural way, consider trying the healing powers of Valerian root, herbal oil, turmeric, ginger, or white willow bark. You’ll never know unless you give them a try!

Valerian Root. Valerian root has been used for centuries in regulating the nervous system and in relieving tension, irritability, stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It is sometimes referred to as “nature’s tranquilizer” and greatly reduces the sensitivity of nerves. People can enjoy the benefits of valerian root by simply sipping on a cup of valerian tea when they are in need of natural pain relief.

Herbal Oil. Herbal oil is especially effective in providing relief from headaches or minor aches and pains. Oils are applied to the body and massaged gently in a circular motion. Tonic oil is popular for relieving pain and consists of camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and fennel.

Turmeric. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and even helps to fight cancer! It also helps to ease the pain associated with joint inflammation, sprains, or bruises. Turmeric is sold in supplement form but you can easily sprinkle turmeric in just about any meal, or you can sip on a turmeric tea.

Ginger. Also an anti-inflammatory, ginger has been used for thousands of years to cure pain, but it also helps relieve nausea, headaches, arthritis, and sore muscles. Ginger is a great addition to stir fries or vegetable dishes, marinades, tea, or smoothies.

White Willow Bark. White willow bark is another excellent anti-inflammatory and helps to relieve painful inflammation in the joints. White willow bark contains salicin, which is the same compound that is found in aspirin. With this said, people who are allergic to aspirin should not use white willow bark. However, those who do use it will find longer-lasting results than aspirin!

In addition to natural pain relievers, exercise, a healthy diet, and chiropractic care can greatly reduce your painful symptoms. Contact a member of our staff at Premier Health and we can help you find the best method for your body. We will teach you about the benefits of chiropractic care and we will help you to maintain a healthy exercise and eating regimen that will help you to ease your joint and muscle pain.

In the meantime, speak with your doctor about trying any of these five herbs in alleviating your aches and pains. Not only will you experience long-lasting and natural pain relief, but you can also forget about nasty side effects. Give them a try for yourself!

Herbal medicine for low-back pain

Review question

We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).

Back pain is common and up to 35% of the population can be affected in a given month. Non-specific LBP is defined as pain between the lowest rib and the bottom of the buttocks that is not caused by serious, underlying problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, infection, fracture, cancer, or sciatica due to a ruptured disc or other pressure on nerves. Herbal medicines taken orally or applied to the skin are being used to treat many conditions including back pain.

Study characteristics
Researchers from the Cochrane Collaboration examined the evidence available up to August 5, 2013. Fourteen studies tested six herbal medications and included 2050 adults with non-specific acute or chronic LBP. Two oral herbal medications, Harpagophytum procumbens (devil’s claw) and Salix alba (white willow bark), were compared to placebo (fake or sham pills) or to rofecoxib (Vioxx®). Three topical creams, plasters, or gels, Capsicum frutescens (cayenne), Symphytum officinale L. (comfrey), and Solidago chilensis (Brazilian arnica), were compared to placebo creams or plasters and a homeopathic gel. One essential oil, lavender, was compared to no treatment. The average age of people included in the trials was 52 years and studies usually lasted three weeks.

Key results
Devil’s claw, in a standardized daily dose of 50 mg or 100 mg harpagoside, may reduce pain more than placebo; a standardized daily dose of 60 mg reduced pain about the same as a daily dose of 12.5 mg of Vioxx®. While willow bark, in a standardized daily dose of 120 mg and 240 mg of salicin reduced pain more than placebo; a standardized daily dose of 240 mg reduced pain about the same as a daily dose of 12.5 mg of Vioxx® (a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug). Cayenne was tested in several forms: in plaster form, it reduced pain more than placebo and about the same as the homeopathic gel Spiroflor SLR. Two other ointment-based medications, S. officinale and S. chilensis appeared to reduce perception of pain more than placebo creams. Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment. Adverse effects were reported, but appeared to be primarily confined to mild, transient gastrointestinal complaints or skin irritations.

Quality of the evidence
Most included trials were at low risk of bias and the quality of the evidence was mainly very low to moderate. A moderate grade of evidence was only found for C. frutescens. Trials only tested the effects of short term use (up to six weeks). Authors of eight of the included trials had a potential conflict of interest and four other authors did not disclose conflicts of interest. Vioxx® has been withdrawn from the market because of adverse effects, so all three substances should be compared to readily-available pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, for relative effectiveness and safety.

Low to moderate quality evidence shows that four herbal medicines may reduce pain in acute and chronic LBP in the short-term and have few side effects. There is no evidence yet that any of these substances are safe or efficacious for long-term use. Large, well-designed trials are needed to further test the efficacy of these interventions.

Natural Anti Inflammatory and Herbal Therapy For Back Pain

Today we focus on herbs as a natural anti inflammatory therapy for back pain.

I recently wrote about how black cohosh can be used for back pain. The article generated a lot of questions about black cohosh – whether the use was topical or internal. So this week I thought I would share some great herbs for back pain.

Typical Causes of Back Pain

Before we discuss relieving back pain, it’s important to understand why you have back pain in the first place. Herbs can help with inflammation and pain relief, but if you have an underlying issue that is being ignored while you use herbs, your relief will only be minimal at best and temporary for sure.

Back pain can start from any number of causes – misalignment of the spine, kidney infection or inflammation, poor posture, sitting too much, diet, lack of physical activity, or physical injury.

In most cases of back pain, herbs should be part of your therapy, not the whole. Chiropractors specialize in ensuring that your spine is in alignment and not infringing on your nervous system or twisting your muscles. Massage therapists can help work out knots in your muscles that can pull on your nerves and bones. Above all, it is important that you exercise and eat a proper diet to ensure that your back is strong and healthy.

Herbs For Inflammation and Back Pain

If you have figured out the source of your back problems and are working through them with the appropriate diet, lifestyle, and therapy, herbs can make a bad situation heal much more quickly than it would otherwise. Here are my favorite choices:

For Internal Use

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

I have used mullein leaf in a tea while undergoing chiropractic care for years. The root can also be used, which some find to be even more effective, but I tend to be well stocked in leaf and use that instead. It’s wonderful for people who frequently suffer with misalignments and need help with stability in their spine. (Find organic mullein leaf here.)

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)

Taken internally as a tea, tincture, or pill, black cohosh is a strong anti-inflammatory that has a specific affinity as an aid for back pain. (Find black cohosh root here, tincture here, and capsules here.)

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

In some cases, back pain can originate in the kidneys. When used internally, parsley leaf  is an important diuretic (aiding in the removal of water from the body through the kidneys) and kidney tonic. It is even effective when taken for infections in the urinary tract.

Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus or V. trilobum)

Cramp bark is well known for its anti-spasmodic attributes. I have used this plant for all kinds of cramping. In the case of back pain it will excel when the pain is in relation to muscles that are in spasm. (Find dried cramp bark here or cramp bark tincture here.)

For External Use

Arnica (Arnica montana)

Arnica is used homeopathically as an internal relief of pain and would be helpful in this application as well, but it is the topical use of the plant itself that I like in the case of back pain. Many sore backs caused by overuse or injury can be easily solved with the application of arnica cream. (Find arnica cream here, or learn how to make your own arnica cream.)

Cayenne (Capsicum annum)

Cayenne peppers infused into an oil will result in a natural capsaicin remedy. As an oil, or made into a salve, this type of product will relieve the pain of sore muscles and joints. (Learn how to make an easy herbal infusion or read more about how to make your own healing salve. )

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Years ago I was taken aback by a student during one of my weed walks who suggested the amish community in our area use the fresh leaves of burdock directly against the skin under their shirt to relieve back pain. I have used it in this way with good results. The root of burdock can also be taken internally as a tea, tincture, or pill for pain and stiffness of the lower back.

Have you ever used any of these natural remedies for back pain? If so, how did they work for you? Please share in the comments below!


Herbal Remedies for Back Pain, Back Pain, Natural Cure Back Pain

Backache, is one of the most common conditions with persistent pain. The pain can be mild, irritating in many ailments like leucorrhea and can be severe in sciatica or slipped disc. The problem can cause difficulty in bending forward and also on sideways. Feeling as if entire area is sore and sensitive to even slight touch.

  • Herbs in Chanderprabha Vati, Kaishore Guggul are useful herbal remedies for backache due to leucorrhea and other gynaecological problems.
  • If you have chronic back pain, keep yourself warm and eat hot food items.
  • Include herbs like Turmeric, Tulsi, Ginger and Garlic in your daily diet.
  • Boil ten Tulsi leaves in one cup of water until the water is reduced to half a cup. Add salt to it after cooling. Take this mixture daily. For severe backache, take it twice a day.
  • Make a decoction of garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric in 100 ml water. Mix 100 ml Mustard Oil into it. Heat it and massage it in the back. It is most effective among herbal remedies for back pain.
  • Kaishore guggul is very helpful among many herbal remedies for backache. Take two tablets thrice daily to get rid of backache, after meals.
  • You could take a mixture of five black pepper corns, five cloves and one-gram dry ginger powder, 5 gram fenugreek powder and 5 gram Turmeric and consume at least twice a day.
  • Include in diet tomato, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, lettuce and at least two lightly cooked vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrot and fruits etc.
  • While sleeping, sleep on a firm mattress. Avoid sleeping face down.
  • Do the exercises daily, 10-20 times each. Increase the number of times as your strength increases. Do not do exercise in acute and severe backache. Just take rest.
  • Avoid constipation. Constipation can also cause backache.

What is Back Pain ?

An article on Back Pain by Dr. Vikram Chauhan – MD (Ayurveda)

The most common problem a physician comes across in his clinic is back pain. Backache is one of the commonest of all the complaints. The backache can be mild dull ache to a severe excruciating back pain radiating to legs because of sciatica and may cause someone to take complete bed rest and restrict range of movement of back. Here are some of the causes of back pain.

Causes of Back Pain



Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease causing destruction of synovial membrane, synovial fluid and formation of osteophytes i.e. bony fragments which rub against the bones and cartilages within and around the joint. The joint space is impossibly reduced in severe cases causing extensive reduction in range of movement. Osteoarthritis generally affects the knee joints and vertebral column of the females as low estrogen levels cause extensive joint erosion and calcium depletion (osteoporosis) after menopause. The knee joint is no more able to bear the weight of the entire body and ultimately the joint space is reduced. Losing some weight is the key to treat osteoarthritis in obese patients. Quadriceps muscles (thigh) muscle strengthening exercises are recommended to increase the joint support. Nutrition plays a very important role in all the degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis. Natural calcium and vitamins like Aloe vera juice is recommended along with other herbs for osteoarthritis. Long distance walk, climbing of stairs, squatting and sitting on knees is forbidden in cases of osteoarthritis. Massage with anti-inflammatory oils is recommended.

2. Sciatica

It is a condition in which the sciatic nerve is pressed upon by the protruding disc, which can prolapse out of the intervertebral space due to injury or pull. The disc can also bulge out of the intervertebral space because of the prolonged wrong posture and degenerative osteoarthritis causing severe back pain radiating towards back of the legs upto to the feet sometimes. It is a condition in which the back pain is so severe that a person feels comfortable after strong muscle relaxants, pain killers and other drugs. Herbal remedies for such back pain are Joint Aid Plus, Kaishore guggul, Stress support and Ashwagandha powder helps a lot in this condition. These herbal remedies are available at our website.

2. Rheumatoid Back Pain

Rheumatoid Back Pain is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased range of motion and function of multiple joints. Rheumatism is caused by fault in our immune system. Although it is a disease of the joints but other body parts also get affected as they also become inflamed. The stiffness of joints in rheumatoid arthritis starts early morning and slowly gets reduced as the day passes. Morning stiffness is an important diagnostic hint for rheumatoid arthritis even if the RA factor is negative. For example, osteoarthritis does not generally cause prolonged morning stiffness. This disease affects smaller joints more rather than big joints. Bigger joints are involved in severe cases and the patient may become bed ridden. The back pain in rheumatoid arthritis is very severe can also cripple someone because of its severe form. Such backache can be helped by Kaishore guggul, Aamvatantak Churna, Stress Support, Ashwagandha, Punarnava mandoor and Yograj guggul etc. All these herbs are also available at our website. Other symptoms that may accompany rheumatoid arthritis with painful stiff joints are-Anemia, loss of energy, loss of appetite and low-grade fevers. Sometimes there is an associated condition known as Sjogren’s syndrome which results in dry eyes and dry mouth.

3. Back Pain due to Constipation

Sometimes constipation may also cause mild backache, which can be on and off in nature. It is relieved as the constipation is relieved.

4. Back Pain due to Pelvic Conditions

Some conditions such as inflammation in the pelvic organs like uterus, ovaries, urinary bladder, kidneys, ureteric stones, prostate and rectum diseases can also cause backache. Herbal remedies like Kumari Saar, Punarnava Mandoor, Chanderprabha vati etc. help a lot in such conditions.

5. Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is among many other diseases which comprise the group of rheumatic diseases. This is also caused by some fault in our immune system. A specific Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) tissue type called HLA-B27 occurs in about 90% of individuals with ankylosing spondylitis. The disease affects the vertebral column in large and causes widespread destruction of most of the intervertebral as well as hip joints, resulting in marked stiffness and decreased range of movement. There are some useful herbal remedies for ankylosing spondylitis like Aamvatantak churna, Joint aid plus, Yograj Guggul and Kaishore Guggul tablets. Kumari Saar (Aloe vera juice) should be consumed regularly to improve overall outcome of this natural treatment of ankylosing spondylitis.

Herbal Remedy for Back Pain by Planet Ayurveda

In Ayurveda backpain is known as “Katishoola”. There are many herbs which are described in Ayurveda for Back Pain. These herbs are useful in all types of backache. The back pain can be due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory joint conditions, inflammatory pelvic conditions, stress and strain on back muscles, sciatica and many others. The herbal remedies explained here act at different levels in different conditions. Some of them reduce the pain, some reduce inflammation while herbs like Giloy and Ashwagandha are helpful in autoimmune disorders like Ankylosing spondylitis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Mild backache can be cured by consuming herbs like turmeric boiled in milk consumed for 10 -15 days.

Joint Aid Plus

Joint Aid Plus is a blend of unique herbs described in Ayurveda as best anti-inflammatory herbs. These rare herbs are nature’s answer to moderate to severe forms of inflammation, swelling and pain. Joint Aid Plus contains extracts of Nirgundi, Shallaki, Guggul, Ginger, Giloy and Ashwagandha. These herbs act together in a synergistic manner and control acute and chronic inflammatory reactions.

Herbs in Joint Aid Plus

Joint Aid Plus is purely an herbal formulation without any chemicals added into it. The ingredients are frequently used in Ayurvedic system of medicine since 5,000 B.C. without any side effects.

Ingredients of Joint Aid Plus

Sr. No. Ingredient Name Botanical Name Quantity
1. Nirgundi Vitex negundo 100 mg
2. Shallaki Boswellia serrata 150 mg
3. Guggul Commiphora mukul 150 mg
4. Sonth Zingiber officinale 50 mg
5. Ashwagandha Withania somnifera 50 mg

Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)

Vitex negundo is described in Ayurveda as one of the most potent natural anti-arthritic herbs. It is very effective in controlling pain and inflammation particularly in backache and sciatica patients.

2. Shallaki (

Boswellia Serrata)

Boswellia serrata is a very popular natural anti-inflammatory herb used by Ayurveda physicians all over the world. It is commonly known in India as ‘Salai Guggul’. The resin obtained from the tree is purified and then used for pain and inflammation. It relieves backache naturally without causing any side effects.

3. Guggul (

Commiphora mukul)

Commiphora mukul is a known anti-inflammatory agent used by Ayurveda physicians worldwide. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory action is almost immediate. Guggul is also used in weight loss formulas and is effective in reducing weight, thus helping osteoarthritis patients directly and indirectly. It also reduces blood cholesterol levels.

4. Sonth

(Zingiber officinale)

It is commonly known as dry ginger. Dry Ginger is another useful anti-inflammatory herb. It also improves appetite and good for digestive and respiratory system. Dry ginger remarkably reduce markers of inflammation in the blood and is a very potent analgesic.

5. Ashwagandha

(Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is popularly known as Indian ginseng in the west. It has known anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-stress activities. The plant steroids exert anti-inflammatory action where as another active ingredient of this herb root is Withaferin, which act as a potent stress buster.

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More Herbal Remedies for Back Pain by Planet Ayurveda

Commiphora mukul is a very unique and powerful anti-inflammatory herb and is very effective in all types of Back Pain. Some of the tablets containing this herb are mentioned below. These herbal tablets are purely classical herbal remedies for Back Pain and are used in Ayurveda since ages. These tablets should be used in various combination in different forms of Back Pain. For back pain due to sciatica, we recommend tablet Kaishore guggul, Lakshadi guggul and Yograj guggul with Joint Aid Plus.

1. Kaishore Guggul

These herbal tablets are useful in chronic inflammation of joints. It can be used for long term backache herbal remedy in cases of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. In cases of Rheumatoid arthritis Yograj Guggul should be combined with Joint Aid Plus and Aamvatantak Churna. Curcumin (Turmeric- Curcuma longa) is a very useful herb for ankylosing spondylitis. (You can buy all these herbs for backache and arthritis at our website)

2. Yograj Guggul

These are herbal tablets are useful in chronic inflammation of joints. These can be used for long term backache herbal remedy in cases of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.In cases of Rheumatoid arthritis; Yograj Guggul should be combined with Joint Aid Plus and Aamvatantak Churna.Curcumin (Turmeric- curcuma longa) is a very useful herb for ankylosing spondylitis. (You can buy all these herbs for backache and arthrtis at our website)

3. Lakshadi Guggul

These herbal tablets contain guggul and are very useful in cases of fractured bones, strains and sprains in muscles. Lakshadi guggul tablets hasten the healing in case of muscle rupture, ligament sprain. It is also very useful natural remedy for osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

4. Punarnava Mandur

These herbal tablets contain Boerhavia diffusa which reduces the inflammation remarkably. It removes excess body fluid through kidneys. These tablets strengthen immune system and improves haemoglobin levels. It contains the natural iron. The tablets are useful in inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis which is usually associated with anemia. These tablets should be used along with Aamvatantak churna, Yograj guggul and Kumari Saar for better results.

Back Pain Management with Herbs and Natural Medicines

There is sometimes very painful conditions causing severe back pain. So the pain and inflammation needs to be tackled quickly. There are very common herbs for painful joint which work instantly. The herbs are very common like Dry Ginger, Turmeric (curcumin), Ashwagandha, Shallaki (Boswellia), Guggul, and Giloy (Tinospora). Extracts of these herbs are more effective in reducing the pain, inflammation and joint pains. All the above mentioned herbal medicines are useful in treating mild, moderate and severe forms of backache due to any reasons.

Home Remedies for Back Pain

  1. Potato Juice – The raw potato juice therapy is one of the very successful treatment for rheumatic and other arthritic conditions. It is an age old traditional remedy in many countries of the world. The whole potatoes without peeling off the skin are cut into slices and kept overnight in a large glass of cold water. The water is consumed early morning on empty stomach. 1 medium sized potato is put in 1 cup of water.
  2. Other herb juices like that of aloe vera juice, celery, carrot and red beetroot juices are very useful in arthritic conditions. The alkaline nature of juices dissolves the acidic uric acid crystals and helps a lot in other forms of arthritis as well.
  3. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple. Pineapple juice also helps in reducing the inflammation around the joints because of this enzyme.
  4. Copper – Drinking water from a copper pan after keeping it overnight is also very useful in Rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis.
  5. Turmeric – 1 tablespoonful of turmeric boiled in 100 ml milk till it remains half is very useful natural treatment of Back Pain, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint pains.
  6. Massage with warm coconut oil or mustard oil mixed with 2-3 pieces of camphor on stiff aching joints in different forms of arthritis and reduces inflammation and pain in the joints. Consuming castor oil at night with milk or alone is a very useful herbal remedy for Back Pain, especially in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, backpain and ankylosing spondylitis.
  7. Fenugreek – Fenugreek powder mixed with celery powder is an effective natural treatment for Back Pain of all types.
  8. Improve your nutrition as first step. It plays an important role to fight against diseases. When nothing works, nutrition works a lot.
  9. Use herbal juices like Aloe vera juice (Our Kumari Saar) and Amla Juice (Our Amla Saar) in routine. Amla is the richest source of natural Vitamin C. Vitamin C improves the natural immunity of the body. 100 gm of Amla juice contains 30 times more vitamin C than 100 gm of oranges.

5 top herbs for muscle and joint pain

1) Turmeric

Turmeric is a yellow-coloured powder that originates from India and Indonesia and is often used in cooking to flavour curries. Turmeric is thought to help relieve pain, inflammation and stiffness as a result of curcumin, a key chemical found in this herb. Curcumin is thought to have this effect by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. Traditionally in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine turmeric was used to provide relief and treat arthritis, as well as a cleansing agent and digestive aid. Check out our blog for 6 more fantastic uses of turmeric!

Studies have found promising results of the actions of turmeric on inflammation however, one study found that turmeric was more effective at joint inflammation prevention rather than reducing the joint pain itself.1 One review found that 8-12 weeks of turmeric supplementation was sufficient in reducing arthritis symptoms.2

The curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that helps to keep the body clear of damaging free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage surrounding molecules leading to the damage of tissues and cells. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals thus helping to protect our cells and tissues. 

Sadly, turmeric is often poorly absorbed by the body so liquid supplements or through food are the best ways to get it into your body. 

2) Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw, or Harpagophytum procumbens, is a herb that is only found in the wild Kalahari desert of South Africa. Devil’s Claw is often used for rheumatic pain, backache, as well as muscle and joint pain. The botanical name Harpagophytum means ‘hook plant’ in Greek and it gets its name from its hook-like appearance.

One study looking at the effectiveness of Devil’s Claw on mild to moderate rheumatic disorders found that although Devil’s Claw had no effect on the blood count results of the actual conditions, it had a significant effect on pain reduction with more than 60% of patients seeing a positive impact.3 What’s more, the study also suggests that the use of Devil’s Claw long-term is not only safe but also may show improvements in those with chronic lower back pain.

Devil’s Claw is widely available in tablet form however it is important to take into account the health of your digestive system, as well as the quality and quantity of Devil’s Claw that actually makes it into the tablets. Our founder Alfred Vogel was a big fan of using liquid oral tinctures instead of tablets because liquid tinctures are more readily absorbed than their tablet counterparts. What’s more, if you have digestive distress such as diarrhoea or constipation often little of the herbs actually get absorbed by your gastrointestinal tract. 

Tinctures, on the other hand, are swiftly absorbed directly into the bloodstream on ingestion without needing time to be broken down by the digestive system first. This not only means that tinctures are often quicker acting, but also more effective too! Why not try our own Devil’s Claw tincture out for yourself? For best results mix the recommended dosage with a little bit of water (only around a centimetre or so of water). 

3) Ginger

Ginger is another common spice that you can easily find by opening up your kitchen cupboard! Traditional uses of ginger include treating nausea and digestive issues however, ginger is now up-and-coming for another amazing benefit – pain relief! Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to function as a COX-2 inhibitor in a similar way that some arthritis medications function.4

These anti-inflammatory properties are thought to come from several different compounds present in ginger including gingerols and shogaols. These compounds also have antioxidant properties which help to reduce the amount of damage by free radicals and oxidative stress. Research into ginger’s effects on muscle and joint pain has been promising. One study comparing the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to a placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee found that ginger reduced pain and stiffness by 40% in comparison to the placebo!5

Ginger comes in a whole variety of shapes and forms including teas, tinctures, capsules, powders and food made from either dried or fresh ginger root. It can be tricky to know which will benefit your joint pain the most – some experts recommend capsules with brands that use ‘super-critical extraction’ to maintain the nutrients of ginger. Some suggest taking ginger alongside food to help quail an upset stomach. Others prefer and recommend a more natural approach; a study published in the Journal of Pain found that a few tablespoons of freshly grated ginger can help ease muscle pain caused by exercise.6

4) Arnica

Sometimes referred to as the ‘mountain daisy’ Arnica is a perennial flower found in the mountains of Europe and Siberia. Its bright yellow flowers have a long-standing traditional use of relieving muscle and joint pain, as well as the appearance of bruising. Arnica contains lactones which, in the herbal format, contribute to an anti-inflammatory effect. The lactones intervene at the core of the inflammatory process by inhibiting the production of an inflammatory substance known as Nuclear Factor Kappa Beta (NF-kβ). NF-kβ is a protein complex that plays a key role in regulating the immune system’s response to infection and tissue damage.

Arnica works by preventing the activation of this inflammatory substance at the very start of inflammation. One study found that 3 in 4 people suffering from mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knees experienced an improvement after using Arnica.7 Another study comparing the benefits of a topical Arnica gel alongside a 5% NSAID Ibuprofen gel found that Arnica gel was more effective in relieving pain in osteoarthritis of the hand.8 Our own Arnica Atrogel is made from organically cultivated, fresh Arnica flowers and is vegan friendly too. If need be this friendly pain relief gel can be used alongside other pain medication.

5) Bromelain

Pineapples are a well-loved, tasty tropical fruit but did you know it could help with muscle and joint pain too? Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and pineapple stem and is often used to reduce swelling or inflammation. It is also thought to have beneficial effects for hayfever sufferers, as well as preventing muscle soreness after intense exercise. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme meaning that it assists the body’s own digestive mechanisms to breakdown complex protein molecules. It is thought to work because of its anti-inflammatory properties and by producing substances that fight pain and inflammation.

Although the research on bromelain for osteoarthritis and muscle soreness after exercise is conflicting, there have been studies that have found it to be useful for relieving symptoms of acute nasal and sinus inflammation when used in combination with other medications.9  Even although supplement forms of bromelain are available, I’d definitely suggest cutting up a tasty pineapple instead as any nutrients and benefits will most definitely be available through eating this tasty fruit.

1  https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/supplements-herbs/guide/turmeric.php
2  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5003001/
3  Warnock M, McBean D, Suter A, Tan J, Whittaker P. Effectiveness and safety of Devil’s Claw tablets in patients with general rheumatic disorders. Phytother Res 2007; 21: 1228-1233
5  http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-of-ginger/
6  http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-of-ginger/
7  Knusel O et al., Arnica Montana gel in osteoarthritis of the knee: an open, multicentre clinical trial. Advances in Therapy. 2002: 19 (5): 209-218.
8  Rheumatol Int 27:585 – 591, 2007 (Widrig, Suter, Saller , Melzer)
9  https://nccih.nih.gov/health/bromelain

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Suffering from arthritis aches and pains? Try these foods, exercises, and home remedies that bring on pain relief naturally.

Sip ginger tea

Numerous studies have found that ginger can mimic NSAIDs, the front-line drugs for arthritis pain relief. It seems to work by curbing pain-causing chemicals that are part of the body’s inflammatory response—without the side effects common in medications. Use powdered, raw, or lightly cooked fresh ginger liberally on food. Make your own ginger tea by simmering slices of ginger for 15 minutes in a few cups of boiling water, or buy ginger tea bags at the supermarket. And don’t miss these arthritis symptoms you could be ignoring.

Eat inflammation-fighting foods

Ditch the fast food, junk food, fried food, and processed food if you want to improve joint pain. A Swedish study of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients found that those who switched to a Mediterranean-style–eating plan (think fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, garlic, onions, and herbs) had less inflammation and regained some physical abilities as a result. Here are 16 anti-inflammatory foods that you can eat to reduce pain.

Breath in fragrant spices

Pleasant aromas like lavender can alter the perception of pain, studies show. Japanese researchers found that lavender reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can make you feel relaxed and less aware of pain. But lavender isn’t the only pleasant aroma that works as a natural home remedy for arthritis pain relief. Korean researchers found that arthritis patients experienced less pain and were less depressed when they were exposed to the aromas of a variety of kitchen spices, including marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint. For a pain-soothing aromatherapy treatment, add a teaspoon of one of these dried herbs to a quarter-cup of olive, coconut, or vegetable oil. Take a whiff periodically. Don’t miss these other soothing essential oils for arthritis pain relief.

Wash dishes by hand

It sounds counterintuitive, but this simple kitchen task soothes hands experiencing arthritis pain. How does that work? First, dipping your hands in hot water can help relax muscles and joints and relieve stiffness. Second, the exercise of gripping and spongeing helps keep your hands and fingers mobile, which also helps with joint pain relief.

Make your own heat pad

Fill a cotton sock with uncooked rice grains and seal it. (Caution: Don’t use a synthetic-fiber sock, which could melt if heated.) Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. When it cools down slightly but is still nice and warm, place it on sore, stiff joints. Your DIY heat pad should stay warm for about half an hour. The rice grains will shape to your body and provide soothing heat. If you have lavender or another fragrant herb on hand, toss it in with the rice grains for an additional relaxing aromatherapy treatment, too. Check out these other home remedies for arthritis even doctors recommend.

Make your own capsaicin cream

Capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that gives them their heat, is an ingredient in many over-the-counter pain relief ointments. It works by reducing levels of a compound called substance P, which transmits pain signals to your brain. You can whip up your own massage oil by mixing a few dashes of ground cayenne with 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil. Apply it with gauze to unbroken skin on your painful joints several times a day. The first few doses will cause a mild burning sensation on the surface of your skin, but you’ll become desensitized to that feeling after a week or so. Just be sure to keep it away from your mouth, eyes, and other mucous membranes, where it will really sting.

Apply a chamomile tea poultice

Chamomile tea is an anti-inflammatory that may help with joint-pain relief. Brew a strong infusion using four chamomile tea bags in a cup or so of hot water. Steep, covered, for 20 minutes, then squeeze and remove tea bags. Soak a clean cloth in the cooling liquid and apply to achy joints.

Give joints the cold-hot treatment

You’ll need two containers for this treatment—but the relief is palpable and worth the trouble. Fill one container with cold water and a tray of ice cubs; the other with hot water at a temperature you can tolerate to touch. Starting with cold, immerse the aching joint for a minute, then switch to the hot water and immerse for 30 seconds. Keep switching from cold to hot for about 15 minutes, immersing the affected joint in each for 30 seconds each time. Finish with cold water and hold for a full minute.

Sip 4 cups of green tea a day

In a study on mice, Case Western Reserve University researchers gave one group the equivalent of four cups of green tea a day and the other group the same amount of plain water. Then they gave all mice a substance to induce RA. The tea-drinking mice were far less likely to develop arthritis than the mice that drank water. Other research has found tea’s polyphenol antioxidants were anti-inflammatory, improved arthritis-related immune responses, and significantly reduced cartilage damage.

Go for a swim

Swimming has long been recommended as a good exercise for people with arthritis; the weightlessness reduces the impact on joints while the exercise and improved circulation can help you find joint pain relief. A Taiwanese study found that working out in water significantly improves knee and hip flexibility, strength, and aerobic fitness. Meanwhile, an Australian study found that such programs also resulted in less pain and better overall function. Ask your local health club, hospital, or swimming pool about classes specifically designed for people with arthritis. Here are an additional 15 life hacks that can help make arthritis less painful.

Stir in some turmeric

The yellow spice found in curries and ballpark mustard contains a powerful compound called curcumin, which inhibits enzymes and proteins that promote inflammation. Several studies have found that turmeric specifically reduces pain and swelling in arthritis patients. In one study of people with knee osteoarthritis, those who ate just 2 grams of the spice a day (less than a teaspoon) had pain relief and increased mobility equal to those who took 800 milligrams of ibuprofen. How to get some curcumin in your diet? Sprinkle ½ teaspoon on rice or in vegetables daily. Or keep some packets of ballpark mustard in your pocket and break them out at lunchtime—it’s the perfect dose for arthritis pain relief. This is how much turmeric you need to reduce inflammation.

Make sure you get enough vitamin C

Vitamin C not only helps produce collagen, a major component of joints, but sweeps the body of destructive free radicals, which are harmful to joints. One of the best-known studies looking into vitamin C and arthritis found that people whose diets routinely included high amounts of vitamin C had significantly less risk of their arthritis progressing. Spread out your intake throughout the day because your body doesn’t store vitamin C; rather, it takes what it needs from the bloodstream at any given time and flushes out the rest. This means a megadose in the morning doesn’t really do as much good. Sip citrus drinks or eat C-rich fruits and vegetables such as strawberries or melon, broccoli, or sweet peppers. And be sure to avoid these foods that might flare your arthritis.

Add cloves to your diet

Cloves contain an anti-inflammatory chemical called eugenol that interferes with a bodily process that triggers arthritis. In one animal study, eugenol prevented the release of COX-2, a protein that spurs inflammation (the same protein that COX-2 inhibitor drugs like Celebrex target). Cloves also contain antioxidants, which are important in slowing the cartilage and bone damage caused by arthritis. Aim for ½ to 1 teaspoon a day for joint pain relief.

Load up on omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent at relieving inflammation and soothing joints. Coldwater fish such as salmon and tuna are among the best dietary sources. But your body may need more omega-3s than you can consume from eating fish alone, so talk to your doctor about adding an omega-3 supplement. And always cook with olive oil over corn oil. Olive oil contains omega-3s and antioxidants that have been shown to reduce inflammation. These are the ten types of arthritis you could have—and how you can tell the difference.

Stick to low-allergenic foods

Food allergies may play a role in autoimmune illnesses like RA. Researchers at the University of Oslo in Norway found that people with RA had higher levels of antibodies to cow’s milk, eggs, codfish, and pork than people who didn’t have the condition. In one study, people with RA who followed a diet that eliminated common foods associated with allergies, such as grains (especially gluten-containing wheat products), nuts, milk, and eggs for 10 to 18 days had significant improvement in symptoms. When they started eating these foods again, they felt worse. Other studies have found that corn, wheat, oranges, oats, rye, eggs, beef, and coffee may also be problematic. Many of these foods help produce arachidonic acid, a body chemical linked to inflammation. Find out why autoimmune conditions are on the rise.

Turn up the tunes

Listening to your favorite music can ease pain (it may raise levels of hormones that reduce your pain sensitivity). In one Cleveland Clinic Foundation study of people with back, neck, or joint pain, one group was given a playlist of relaxing tunes, a second group chose their own soundtrack, and a third didn’t get a musical prescription at all. The two music-listening groups had lower rates of arthritis pain, depression, and disability than the non-music group, which experienced an increase in pain. The study also indicated that the kind of music you listen to doesn’t matter, as long as you like it. People who chose their own tunes experienced a greater reduction in pain, depression, and disability than those who listened to generic relaxing music. Find out how pain doctors avoid arthritis.

Make a ginger poultice

Applying crushed ginger to a painful join works along the same lines as capsaicin—elements in the plant can deplete the body’s stores of substance P, a brain chemical that carries pain messages to your central nervous system. One study of 56 people found that ginger eased symptoms in 55 percent of people with osteoarthritis and 74 percent of those with RA. To treat yourself, peel and finely mince a 3-inch piece of fresh ginger. Mix it with just enough olive oil to form a paste, then apply it to the painful joint. Depending on where the pain is, you may need to wrap the paste in place with a gauze or a length of ace bandage. Leave in place for 10-15 minutes to allow the ginger to penetrate.

Walk barefoot

Going au naturel reduces the load on knee joints, minimizing pain and disability from osteoarthritis by 12 percent compared to walking with shoes, according to a Rush University Medical Center study of 75 people with osteoarthritis. When you must don shoes, find footwear that mimics your natural arch and heel contour, but doesn’t lift up the heel, which puts more pressure on the joints. Orthotics are another option.

Switch over to spicy food when arthritis flairs

Spices such as cayenne pepper, ginger, and turmeric contain compounds that reduce swelling and block a brain chemical that transmits pain signals. Look up some spicy Mexican, Indian, and Thai recipes (or keep a bottle of hot sauce on the dinner table at all times). These foods help reduce inflammation and pain as well.

Up your calcium intake

Getting too little calcium raises the risk of osteoporosis, a brittle-bone condition that accelerates if you have RA. Men and women should get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day, 1,200 for women over 50 and men over 70. Dairy is the most famous source of calcium, but it’s also found in such veggies as cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, and turnip greens. Here are 11 foods with more calcium than a glass of milk.

Make a spice rack joint rub

Add a little cayenne, rosemary, or thyme to ½ cup olive or vegetable oil and use it as a rub for meat. All these herbs have pain-soothing properties and offer natural arthritis pain relief.

Soak up some sun

Many people with arthritis are deficient in vitamin D, which appears to play a role in the production of collagen in joints. Studies find that getting more vitamin D may protect joints from osteoarthritis damage. To boost your D levels, get some sun for 10 to 15 minutes every day, two to three times a week—that’s all it takes for your body to synthesize what it needs. Don’t miss these signs your mystery back pain is actually arthritis.

Consider these supplements

Ask your doctor whether any of these supplements might be right for you.

Ginger extract twice a day. Researchers from the University of Miami found ginger significantly reduced knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, as well as improved how the knee worked. Ginger has anti-inflammatory effects, just like ibuprofen.

Fish-oil capsules. A British study found that 86 percent of people with arthritis who took cod liver oil had far fewer enzymes that cause cartilage damage compared to those who got a placebo. Plus, they had far fewer pain-causing enzymes. Cod liver oil is a fish oil, so your basic fish-oil supplement will do fine.

Vitamin E containing pure alpha-tocopherols. A German study found taking 1,500 IU of vitamin E every day reduced pain and morning stiffness and improved grip strength in people with RA as well as prescription medication.

Glucosamine/chondroitin. This combination supplement may provide long-term pain relief and slow the degeneration of cartilage. Some researchers believe that glucosamine and chondroitin may repair damaged cartilage. It appears to help some patients and not others; if it’s working for you, you should experience relief within two to three months. If you do experience relieve, after about a month you should be able to stop taking ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. If you don’t see a benefit by three months, you’re probably not going to. Next, don’t miss these signs your joint pain could actually be a lot more serious.


5 Herbs To Support A Body in Pain – Herbal Academy

Pain is a common symptom of many acute and chronic conditions—one that often leaves us searching for natural solutions to our problems. Thankfully, herbs can assist us during these times, and with the right mindset, herbs can be an effective piece to the pain puzzle.

Herbalist Maria Noël Groves has written a new book, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies, and in this book, she teaches about herbs for pain and how they can come to our assistance during times of need. Below is an excerpt from her new book about five herbs for pain-soothing, how to use herbs for this purpose, and an herbal pain-soothing recipe that you can make right away. She’s even sharing a special limited time book offer that you won’t want to miss at the bottom of the post!

5 Herbs For Pain-Relief [Soothing]

None of these herbs acts like an NSAID for quick, all-purpose pain relief [soothing]. Yet blue vervain [Verbena hastata], black cohosh [Actaea racemosa], Solomon’s seal [Polygonatum biflorum], horsetail [Equisetum arvense], and mullein root [Verbascum thapsus] are invaluable for specific types of pain. Some work quickly, others take time, but they work best when well matched to the person and situation. All grow easily in the garden, though horsetail can be a bit of a weed. North American wildflowers black cohosh, Solomon’s seal, and blue vervain bring subtle beauty to a part-shade garden. Also look to the topical pain herbs on page 213, many of which can also be used internally. Other pain-relief [soothing] herbs include betony [Betonica officinalis], pleurisy root [Asclepias tuberosa], meadowsweet [Filipendula ulmaria], birch [Betula spp.], cramp bark [Viburnum opulus], St. John’s wort [Hypericum perforatum], ashwagandha [Withania somnifera], holy basil [Ocimum tenuiflorum], and rosemary [Rosmarinus officinalis].

Blue Vervain [

Verbena hastata]

Blue vervain grows wild on riverbanks, preferring partial shade and moist, rich soil. It’s tall and erect with pretty purple flowering spikes. The bitter flowering tops relax both physical and emotional tension, especially for type A control freak list-makers with a susceptibility to neck and shoulder tension and headaches. Just a few drops of the tincture will ground and relax most people. It has a long history of use for many health issues and deserves an herbal renaissance of recognition. See page 253 for more.

Best in: tincture, flower essence, possibly vinegar, oxymel, tea — so bitter!

Black Cohosh [

Actaea racemosa]

Black cohosh favors the same woodland ecosystems as Solomon’s seal, and one plant reaches 2 to 3 feet wide and 6 to 7 feet tall. Harvest the roots after 3 to 5 years, at which point the plant will be large enough to offer plenty of medicine [phytochemical benefits]; be sure to leave or replant some roots for future harvests. Black cohosh has many uses. It balances estrogen levels and lifts the dark cloud of depression. As an analgesic, it eases the aches and pains of arthritis and rheumatism and relaxes and relieves uterine cramps. See page 252 for more.

Best in: tincture (preferably fresh)

Solomon’s Seal [

Polygonatum biflorum]

This attractive woodland perennial thrives in rich soil, and just one plant quickly multiplies for good root harvests within just a few years. Solomon’s seal’s white, knobby rootlike rhizomes look like the joints of the spine. Jim McDonald teaches us to use it both topically and internally for chronic joint pain as well as problems with tendons and ligaments, including osteoarthritis, sprains, and strains. See page 301 for more.

Best in: tincture, tea, food, topically: liniment, mixed into cream, oil

Horsetail [

Equisetum arvense]

Gardeners usually hate horsetail, which thrives in rich, moist, and soggy soil near waterways, because it’s almost impossible to eradicate. However, the medicinal species stays a manageable height and doesn’t outcompete other plants. Horsetail is rich in silica, a mineral that supports healthy connective tissue. Try this underrated herb both internally and externally for healing [supporting] wounds and bone breaks, maintaining joint health, and relieving [soothing] arthritis. Studies support its benefit for rheumatoid arthritis and wound repair. See page 276 for more.

Best in: tea, broth, tincture, topically: oil, liniment, cream

Mullein [

Verbascum thapsus]

We don’t really know how mullein works, but herbalists Matthew Wood and Jim McDonald teach us to use it to cushion to joints, promote spinal alignment, and heal [support] tendons and ligaments. It blends well with Solomon’s seal and horsetail. In the garden, mullein prefers dry, sunny locations. Sprinkle its seeds and let it move around your garden year to year. This biennial weed’s silvery soft foliage and tall flower stalks are a welcome sight. Harvest the roots before the flower stalk appears. See page 288 for more.

Best in: tincture

Aches and Pains, Strains and Sprains Tincture/Liniment

This multipurpose mix can be used topically and internally for joint, bone, tendon, and ligament pain, for both acute and chronic issues. You can make separate tinctures to combine as needed or make one combination blend in spring from scratch. Tinker with the herb proportions based on how much you can harvest.


1 ounce fresh Solomon’s seal [Polygonatum biflorum] root
1 ounce fresh horsetail [Equisetum arvense] [aerial parts]
2/3 ounce fresh mullein [Verbascum thapsus] root
5 1/3 ounces high-proof alcohol

Suggested tools: harvesting and processing equipment (garden fork to dig up the roots, scissors for the horsetail, pruners to chop roots), 8-ounce jar with lid, scale


  • Follow the instructions on page 38 for making a fresh plant tincture. Once strained, take 0.5–1 ml (15–30 drops, diluted in water) as needed, 1–4 times daily. You can also rub a bit directly on the affected area. Topically, you can use the tincture straight, shake it vigorously with oil (comfrey-infused oil would work well), stir it into premade cream, or use it for the “waters” in the cream recipe on page 66.

More Ways to Use Pain-Relieving [Soothing] Herbs

Ashwagandha and holy basil tinctures: This is a great combo for when pain, inflammation, mood, and stress issues overlap. See pages 247 and 274 for more on these herbs.

Solomon’s seal, mullein root, and horsetail: In formula or as simple tinctures or teas, they are excellent for joint, bone, tendon, and ligament issues. Horsetail and/or Solomon’s seal can also be added to bone broth for joint support.

Blue vervain tincture: You can use just a few drops of this nice simple tincture for muscle spasms, neck tension, and stress tension headaches. Betony (page 250) works similarly.

Black cohosh tincture: Just 5–15 drops of tincture can help relieve [soothe] rheumatic aches and pains as well as dark cloud depression and uterine pain.

Ashwagandha-turmeric [Curcuma longa] golden milk: A great regular tonic for mood, inflammation, and pain support. Recipe inspiration on page 247.

Ginger [Zingiber officinale], turmeric, boswellia [Boswellia serrata], and rosemary: While not all of these are garden-friendly, they can be profoundly useful solo or in formula for pain and inflammation as tinctures, food, or pills.

Flower Essences for Pain

Don’t forget about flower essences when working with pain. They can be used solo or added to any kind of formula including tinctures, glycerites, and topical preparations. Blue vervain is among my favorite remedies for a stiff neck or headache caused by physical or emotional tension. Others include comfrey (deep healing) [Symphytum officinale], dandelion (another one for tension release) [Taraxacum officinale], lowbush blueberry (resilience) [Vaccinium angustifolium], and echinacea (healing after trauma) [Echinacea spp.]. For restoring physical vitality on various levels, try essences derived from nasturtium [Nasturtium spp.], forsythia [Forsythia spp.], red maple [Acer rubrum], lilac [Syringa spp.], and chili pepper [Capsicum annuum] blooms. Get directions on how to make and use flower essences on page 68.

Excerpted from Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies © by Maria Noël Groves, photography © by Stacey Cramp, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

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Medicinal plants in this case can become a good addition to therapy, with their help you can significantly improve your health and reduce the dose of medicines. The most effective recipes based on medicinal herbs can be found on the pages of our tab.

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Joint pain

K dioecious brine

Leaves are harvested during nettle flowering. Nettles are usually mowed with scythes, and after a few hours, when the leaves of the plant lose their pungency, they are cut off.

In the collection, nettle is used for muscular and articular rheumatism. Plant preparations have a tonic effect, improve tissue regeneration.

The plant is contraindicated in patients with hypertension, atherosclerosis and pregnancy. Should not be taken with increased blood clotting.

Recipes :

3 st. tablespoons of chopped leaves are brewed in 2 cups of boiling water. Take 0.5 cups 4 times a day to relieve back and joint pain.

In case of articular rheumatism, sore spots are stung with nettles.

Common tansy

Tansy inflorescences are harvested during flowering, cutting off baskets with peduncles (the length of the latter should be no more than 2 cm).

Preparations of common tansy have an anti-inflammatory effect in arthritis and gout, have a bactericidal effect.

The plant is poisonous, contraindicated during pregnancy. It should be used inside carefully and in compliance with the exact dosage.

Recipes :

1 st. a spoonful of flowers is brewed in 0.5 liters of boiling water and drunk as tea during the day for arthritis.

In Bulgaria, wine from tansy inflorescences is recommended to be taken for rheumatism: 50 g of inflorescences infused for 8 days in nutmeg wine, take 1-2 tbsp. spoons of infusion 2 times a day after meals.

St. John’s wort

The grass is harvested during flowering. St. John’s wort preparations are used to treat arthritis. The plant has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, antiseptic properties, stimulates tissue renewal and restoration.

Preparations of St. John’s wort when taken orally can cause discomfort in the liver and a feeling of bitterness in the mouth, constipation, decreased appetite. The plant increases blood pressure, therefore, patients suffering from arterial hypertension are advised to take St. John’s wort only as part of herbal preparations.

Recipes :

1 st. a spoonful of dried and chopped herbs is brewed for one and a half cups of boiling water. Take ¹ / 3 glasses 20-40 minutes before meals to relieve pain and inflammation in the joints.

2-3 st. spoons of herbs are brewed in 2 cups of boiling water, slightly cooled and used in the form of compresses on a sore joint.

Ordinary mother-and-stepmother

Leaves are harvested in June-July, while they still have a felt cover on the underside.

Preparations of the plant have an anti-inflammatory effect on the joints in case of rheumatism.

Recipe :

3 st. tablespoons of flowers or leaves are brewed in 2 cups of boiling water, infused for 15 minutes and taken ² / 3 cups 3 times a day 20-40 minutes before meals with arthritis.

Siberian Pine

Pine buds are used, which are harvested in February-March, before the start of intensive growth. In addition to pine buds, they use peeled resin (resin), young needles and tar.

The needles, buds and young cones of the plant are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritis, myositis, lumbosacral sciatica.

Pine kidney preparations are contraindicated in glomerulonephritis, hepatitis and pregnancy.

Recipe :

50 g of pine buds are poured with 2 cups of boiling water and insisted in a warm place for 2 hours. Take 2 tbsp. spoons 3 times a day for arthritis. A decoction of pine buds is also useful to add to the bath for rheumatism.

Pharmacy burdock

Grass is harvested during flowering, while cutting off the tops of the stems at a level of 25-30 cm from the base of the plant.

Burdock herb improves health in case of arthritis, gout, rheumatism, has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties.

Recipes :

20 g of dry crushed herbs are brewed in 2 cups of boiling water, cooled and taken ½ cup 4 times a day for rheumatism and arthritis.

30 g of dry grass are poured into 350 g of water, boiled over low heat until the volume of the liquid is halved. The strained broth is taken in 1 tbsp. spoon every three hours for joint pain.

Herb powder is prescribed for rheumatism inside 0.5 g 3-4 times a day 15 minutes before meals.

After a long walk, to relieve fatigue, foot baths are recommended, which are prepared at the rate of 6 tbsp. tablespoons of grass turnip per 1 liter of water.

In case of rheumatism, tea from the herb agrimony with honey is drunk ½ cup 3 times a day.

Three-part succession

Gather the grass during the budding period, cutting off the tops with leaves and side branches 10-15 cm long.

The series is used for arthritis, rickets, gout.

Recipe :

10 g of chopped herbs are poured into a glass of boiled water, insisted and drunk at

1 st.spoon 3-4 times a day for joint pain.

Recipe :

3 st. spoons of herbs are poured with 2 cups of boiled water, insisted for 30 minutes, filtered and washed with sore joints or add infusion to the bath.

Back pain

Burdock large

Roots are used more often, leaves are less often used. The leaves are harvested during the flowering of the plant, the roots – in the fall. Plants are dug up at the age of 1 year.

Infusions of roots and leaves are used for osteochondrosis, rheumatism, gout.

Recipes :

Infusion of roots : 1 tablespoon of chopped roots is poured with 2 cups of boiled water, infused for 8 hours, ¹ / 3 cups are taken 2–4 times a day.

Infusion of leaves : 1 tablespoon of crushed raw material is poured with 1 glass of boiled water, insisted for 2-3 hours, 1 tablespoon is taken 4-6 times a day one hour after meals.

For patients with gout, tea is recommended, which includes: burdock roots – 25 g, wheatgrass rhizomes – 20 g, string herb – 20 g, tricolor violet herb – 30 g, Veronica officinalis herb – 20 g.40 g of this mixture is boiled in 1 liter of water for 15 minutes, 3 glasses are taken daily before meals.

For rheumatism and arthritis, baths are taken from decoctions of burdock roots, heather herb, nettle, wild rosemary, tartar and lingonberry, taken in equal proportions.

Common lingonberry

Lingonberry leaves and shoots are harvested immediately after the snow melts and stopped before the beginning of its flowering. Secondary harvesting is carried out in the fall.

Decoctions of shoots and leaves of lingonberry have a bactericidal and antimicrobial effect.The plant is used for osteochondrosis, gout, rheumatism.

Recipe :

1-2 tablespoons of chopped leaves are brewed with 1.5-2 cups of boiling water. Take 3-4 times a day for half a glass 20-40 minutes before meals for osteochondrosis and arthritis.

Wheatgrass, creeping

In autumn, rhizomes are harvested, which are cleaned of soil, small roots and stems.

Inside and outwardly (in the form of baths) the plant is used as an anesthetic for osteochondrosis, rheumatism, gout, arthritis, fractures.

Recipes :

15 g of crushed rhizomes are poured with 2 glasses of cold water, infused for 12 hours and taken ½ cup 3-4 times a day for arthritis, rheumatism and osteochondrosis.

90 g of crushed rhizomes are boiled in 800 ml of water until half of the liquid evaporates, then they cool and take 1 tablespoon 4-5 times a day to relieve pain in the back and joints.

Horseradish ordinary

Basically, fresh plant roots, leaves, and horseradish juice are collected.The roots are harvested in the fall – in September-October.

As an external remedy, fresh grated horseradish root is used for lumbosacral radiculitis, lumbago, sciatica. Horseradish preparations treat gout and rheumatism. Horseradish leaves are applied in the form of a plaster for bruises, as an analgesic for sciatica.

It is necessary to limit the intake of horseradish in large quantities, as the plant can cause gastritis. Horseradish is contraindicated in acute and chronic gastritis, kidney inflammation.

Recipes :

1 tablespoon of grated horseradish roots pour 400 ml of boiling water, infuse for an hour, filter and take 30-50 ml 4 times a day before meals for diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

For pain in the back and joints, the leaves of the plant are applied to the sore spots, covered with a warm blanket for 20 minutes.

Horseradish root is crushed on a grater, mixed with water, vinegar or vodka in a ratio of 1:10 and applied to a sore back.

Flax ordinary

Flax seeds and flaxseed oil extracted from the seeds are used for medicinal purposes.

Flax seeds have anti-inflammatory properties; in folk medicine, seeds are used externally as a warming agent for pain in the back and muscles.

Recipes :

For poultices and compresses, flaxseed flour is kneaded with hot water until a slurry is obtained, which is placed on a cloth or gauze napkin and applied to a sore spot, then wrapped on top with a piece of woolen cloth.

For radiculitis, inflammatory muscle diseases, heated dry seeds in bags are applied to the lower back, to the muscles.

Pharmacy chamomile

Chamomile inflorescences are harvested at the beginning of flowering. Flowers are harvested in dry, sunny weather.

Chamomile improves health in case of diseases of the musculoskeletal system (myositis, myalgia, radiculitis, plexitis, arthritis).

Recipes :

1-2 tablespoons of flowers are brewed in 2 cups of boiling water and drunk as tea during the day.

4-5 tablespoons are brewed per 1 liter of boiling water, slightly cooled and used as compresses.

Heart-shaped linden

Collect inflorescences. The collection of flowers is carried out within 10-15 days during the blooming of most of them.

Linden preparations have an anti-inflammatory effect, they are prescribed for pain in the back and joints, rheumatism.

Recipes :

Infusion for internal use is prepared at the rate of: 2-3 tablespoons of plant materials for 2 glasses of boiled water (daily dose).

Infusion for external use is prepared at the rate of 4–5 tablespoons for 2 cups of boiled water.


Stony Bone

Use the fruits, juice and leaves of the stone fruit. The berries are harvested immediately after ripening, the leaves at the beginning of summer.

Bones are recommended for the treatment of gout, arthritis, hernias, neuritis.

Recipe :

2 tablespoons of chopped plant materials are brewed in 2 cups of boiled water, allowed to cool and the whole broth is drunk during the day to improve well-being with arthritis and gout.

Vase-leaved meadowsweet

Collect grass, flowers, sometimes rhizomes. Grass and flowers are harvested in June-July, rhizomes – in September-October.

Meadowsweet treat gout and rheumatism, this plant has anti-inflammatory and sedative effects.

Recipes :

1 teaspoon of herbs and flowers is poured with 1 cup of cold boiled water, insisted for 8 hours, filtered and taken ¼ cup 4 times a day before meals for gout and rheumatism.

2 teaspoons of flowers are brewed in 1.5 cups of boiling water, cooled and taken ¼ cup 4 times a day before meals for joint pain caused by gout.

For rheumatism and gout, this mixture is recommended. Meadowsweet flowers – 10 g, bearberry leaves – 15 g, hernia herbs – 10 g, corn stigmas – 15 g, bean valves and herb elderberry root – 15 g each, birch buds – 15 g, horsetail herb – 10 g, knotweed herb – 10 g, cornflower flowers – 10 g.4 tablespoons of the mixture are poured with 1 liter of boiled water, infused for 15–20 minutes and drunk warm throughout the day.

Dandelion medicinal

The roots are used, which are harvested in the fall during the wilting of the leaves. Dandelion is recommended for gout, arthritis, rheumatism. Plant preparations are contraindicated in case of a tendency to diarrhea.

Recipe :

1 tablespoon of chopped roots or herbs is poured with 2 cups of boiled water, insisted for 2 hours and taken 3 times a day, ² / 3 cup 20–40 minutes before meals for gout and arthritis.

Bitter wormwood

Grass and leaves are harvested at the beginning of flowering.

Wormwood preparations are used for gout, rheumatism and arthritis. Compresses, poultices for rheumatism and hematomas are also prepared from wormwood.

Prolonged use of wormwood is contraindicated. In case of an overdose, the plant causes a strong excitement of the central nervous system (up to convulsions and hallucinations), followed by transcendental inhibition. With prolonged use of wormwood, even in small quantities, hemoglobin decreases, nausea and vomiting may appear.The plant is contraindicated for peptic ulcer disease and pregnancy.

Recipe :

Baths are recommended for the treatment of gout and articular rheumatism. 0.5-1 kg of herbs are boiled in a bucket of water, infused and taken in a bath for 15-20 minutes. The water temperature is 36–37 ° C.

Saxifrage thigh

Use plant roots that are dug up in fall or early spring.

Femoral preparations are recommended for gout and rheumatism in the form of infusion, decoction and tincture.

Recipes :

Broth : 10-15 grams of crushed roots are brewed in a glass of boiling water, let it brew until it cools, take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day.

Infusion : 1 teaspoon of crushed roots and rhizomes is infused in a glass of cold boiled water for 8 hours, then filtered. The remainder of the roots is brewed in 1 glass of hot boiled water, infused for 10 minutes, both infusions are mixed and 1 tablespoon of honey is added.Take ½ glass 3-4 times a day before meals.

Alcohol tincture is prepared with 40% alcohol or vodka (2 parts of roots and rhizomes to 10 parts of alcohol). 15 drops of tincture are diluted with 1 tablespoon of water and taken 3-4 times a day.

Willow brittle

The bark is used, less often the leaves of the plant. The bark is harvested in early spring, the leaves – during flowering: in early May.

A decoction of the bark is drunk for gout, rheumatism. Willow bark infusion is also used for rheumatism and as an anti-inflammatory agent for joint pain.

Recipes :

10-15 g of chopped bark is brewed in 1 glass of boiling water and 1 tablespoon is taken 3-4 times a day for gout and rheumatism.

1 teaspoon of chopped bark is poured with 2 glasses of cold water, insisted for 8 hours and drunk during the day for arthritis and rheumatism.

Black elderberry

The inflorescences are harvested at the beginning of summer, they are cut with knives or secateurs.

Black elderberry flowers have anti-inflammatory properties and are used to treat gout and joint pain.

Recipe :

In case of joint pain, gouty tumors, neuralgia and myositis, it is recommended to cover with a mixture of elderberry and chamomile flowers doused in boiling water, taken equally.

Common blueberry

Berries are harvested when fully ripe. Blueberry shoots are also used, which are harvested by hand before the end of fruiting.

The plant is used as a normalizing salt metabolism, anti-inflammatory and diuretic for gout.

Recipe :

2-3 tablespoons of blueberry berries or leaves are poured with 2 cups of boiled water, infused for 2-3 hours and taken 3-4 times a day before meals for arthritis, gout and rheumatism.

Helpful hints

Diet for gout

Metabolic disorders play a major role in the onset of gout, therefore a correct diet is an important part of treatment.

Not allowed :

  • Rich meat, fish and mushroom broths
  • Sausages and smoked meats
  • Pickles and marinades
  • Legumes
  • Certain vegetables: cauliflower, sorrel, spinach, parsley
  • Canned fish and meat
  • Offal dishes
  • Chocolate
  • Cocoa
  • Strong tea
  • Alcohol, especially beer

Can :

  • Bread and pasta
  • Groats
  • Lean meat no more than 2-3 times a week
  • Any fruits and vegetables, except prohibited ones
  • Dairy products
  • Vegetarian soups

Sports for joints


  • Squat .When you squat down and then stand up abruptly, the knee joint is overloaded. This can lead to serious injuries such as a ruptured meniscus. By the way, this injury is very common among summer residents who squat for a long time, cultivating the beds. The angle of flexion of the knee joint during squats should not be more than 90 degrees.
  • Dumbbell Exercises . It is especially dangerous to lift weights while standing.
  • Step aerobics .The risk of injury to the knee or ankle joint is quite high.


  • Swimming . This is a great workout for all muscle groups, especially if you are swimming in different styles. But at the same time, when a person is in the water, the joints do not experience overload, and the likelihood of injury is very small.
  • Yoga and Pilates . During this training, the muscles are stretched slowly, the range of motion increases gradually.

Take care of your back!

People with a bad spine should be especially careful when performing some mundane activities.

In the car . Get in the right position. Move the chair forward so that you can reach the pedals with your feet without stress. Sit so that your back rests securely against the back of the chair.

On the street . If you are returning from a store with many purchases, do not put them in one bag. Carry your purchases in two hands. Unloading the trunk, take the desired position: knees bent, back straight. Place the heaviest items near the trunk wall so that they can be pulled towards you if they move inward during the trip.

At the dacha . Earthwork in the garden is the most time consuming. Before starting them, do a 2-3-minute warm-up, choose a lighter shovel, and when lifting a lump of earth, keep your back straight and bend your knees. Place your forearm on your thigh and use it as a lever. Take a break every 10 to 20 minutes.

On the playground . To lift the child into your arms, squat down in front of him, keeping your back straight. As you rise, tense your leg muscles.

How to get rid of back pain

In herbal medicine for the conservative treatment of lumbosacral radiculitis, tinctures, ointments, compresses from medicinal plants are widely used.Many of these forms can be used at home for people who have experienced low back pain for the first time, and for those who have long been suffering from low back pain with a known diagnosis.
Here are some recipes that are useful to everyone.


Medicinal plants are used both for oral administration and topically during exacerbations and for prophylaxis during periods of remission. For treatment, individual plants or herbal plants are used, which have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative effects, regulate mineral metabolism, improve the activity of the liver, kidneys, nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems.

For internal administration with pain syndrome, infusions of medicinal plants are taken throughout the acute period and another 10-15 days after its complete disappearance. With often recurrent pains, general herbal medicine should be carried out for a long time (1-1.5 years) in courses of 1.5-2 months with intervals between them 1-2 weeks. It is advisable to use a different herbal collection for each new course. It is optimal to replace the fees 3 times a year.

The greatest effect during periods of exacerbations can be obtained by ingestion of infusions from the following herbal teas:

  • Helichrysum flowers, heather shoots, sweet clover herb, calendula flowers, meadowsweet herb, motherwort herb, horsetail herb, dandelion root, fireweed leaves, agaric grass – equally divided.Pour 8 g of powdered collection with 400 ml of boiling water, boil for 3 minutes, insist in heat for 1.5 hours, strain. Take the whole infusion warm 3-4 times 30 minutes after eating.
  • Lingonberry leaves, veronica grass, viburnum leaves, meadowsweet grass, oat straw, horsetail grass, grass of a string – equally. 5 g of powdered collection pour 250 ml of boiling water, boil over low heat for 3 minutes, insist warm for 1 hour, drain. Take the infusion as the previous collection.
  • Black elderberry flowers, snake mountaineer rhizome, calendula flowers, plantain leaves, wheatgrass rhizome, blueberry shoots, primrose leaves – equally.5 g of the collection pour 250 ml of boiling water, heat in a water bath for 10 minutes, insist in the heat for 2 hours, drain. Accept as the previous collection.
  • Viburnum flowers and thyme herb – 15 g each, calendula flowers – 20 g, horsetail herb – 30 g. 2 tbsp. Spoons of the chopped collection pour 0.5 liters of water, boil for 5 minutes, cool, strain. Take warm 0.5 cups 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.

There are many local folk remedies for the elimination of lumbar pain.

For rubbing

Avicenna also recommended the following composition for lubricating sore spots in the lumbar zone: purified turpentine – 50 g, camphor oil – 50 g, birch tar – 50 g, ammonium chloride – 50 g, wine alcohol 96% – 100 g, vinegar essence with iron – 100 g.Prepare acetic iron as follows. Place 15 razor blades in vinegar essence (100 g) and leave in a dark place for 2 weeks to dissolve. It turns out a cherry-colored solution. Shake the mixture before use.

Popular among the people and quite effective remedy for lumbago (lumbago) and sciatica – lashing the sore spot with nettles (however, not everyone can stand it).

The stinging secret of nettle hairs penetrates the skin and after a short burning sensation stimulates blood circulation with a long-lasting sensation of warmth.To do this, you need to put on gloves, cut off the young stalks of the nettle and tie them into a bunch. For 3 days, whip sore spots on the body with nettles. Be sure to take breaks to avoid an increased skin reaction to the formic acid in the nettle. At the end of the procedure, do not wet the burning areas of the skin with water, otherwise the burning sensation will resume.

The following dosage forms can be used for rashes:

– 300 g of lilac flowers and leaves pour 1 liter of olive oil, leave in a sunny place for 30 days, filter.

– Insist 100 g of eucalyptus leaves in 0.5 liters of vodka.

– Dissolve 120 g of crushed iris root in 0.5 l of vegetable oil.

– 20% tincture of black poplar buds on vodka.

– Bleached oil – mix 30 g of leaves with 100 ml of sunflower oil and leave for 8-10 days. Extreme care is needed as the plant is highly toxic.

– Finely chop fresh caps of red fly agarics, put them in a glass jar, cork and cook in a water bath until a jelly-like mass is formed.Rub sore spots with this mass. For the same purpose, you can use fly agaric caps filled with vodka and prepare the tincture for future use.

– 40 g of horse chestnut flowers pour 700 ml of 70% wine alcohol, leave for 7-10 days. The tincture is effective when used for rubbing the lower back, as well as for compressing the lumbosacral region.

– Black radish juice – 5 cups, bee honey – 1 cup, vodka or 40% alcohol – 0.5 cups, table salt – 1 tbsp. spoon. Shake the mixture thoroughly and rub the sore spots.

For rubbing and massage, it is good to use natural essential oils as a pain reliever.

  • After physical exertion, the pain can be relieved by massage with the following forms: add 10 drops of juniper, clove and rosemary oils to 100 ml of base vegetable oil. Or 5 drops each of thyme, eucalyptus and clove in 50 ml of base vegetable oil. This set promotes the removal of lactic acid from the muscles and the rapid elimination of pain and soreness.
  • In case of inflammation of the back muscles (myositis), massage the muscles with an aroma composition: to 2 tbsp. add 10 drops of peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils to tablespoons of base vegetable oil.
  • For back pain caused by lumbago, massage with the following aroma mixtures: add 8 drops of pepper, cabut and lavender oils to 50 ml of base oil. Or 8 drops each of chamomile, ginger and lemon oils. Or 3 drops of lavender, 5 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of clove oils.Back and lumbar massage should be done once a day. While taking aromatherapy procedures by contact (massage, compress, bath, etc.), it is advisable to drink up to 1.5-2 liters of water per day (mineral or key) to remove residual essential oils from the bloodstream.

For compresses

Compresses can be made from native herbal raw materials, ointments, tinctures, infusions using medicinal plants to relieve pain.

The following forms are used for compresses:

– Wrap the pulp of fresh dogwood fruit in gauze, apply to sore spots.

– Oil infusion of bay leaves (pour finely chopped raw materials with sunflower oil to cover the biomass, leave for 14 days at room temperature). Keep the compress from 2-3 to 6 hours. Repeat the procedure every other day. The course of treatment is usually 10-14 procedures.

– 15 g of wormwood herb (Chernobyl) pour 100 ml of olive oil, bring to a boil. Make a compress from the warm extract (keep it overnight).

– Add an equal amount of flour or bran, a little salt and vinegar to the gruel of 1-2 chopped fresh horseradish roots.Use the mixture to compress on the problem area, keep for 2 to 8 hours. To “soothe” the skin after such a compress, put a compress from a cold bran broth. Repeat the procedure in 3-10 days until the redness of the skin disappears.

– You can also use grated horseradish (1 tablespoon) or black radish without honey or with honey (2 tablespoons) for a compress. Apply the mixture to a flap of cloth, cover with 1 layer of gauze and apply the same side to the sore spot, wrap it for 3-4 hours.Such a compress is done 2 times a day.

– As an effective pain reliever, a mixture of horseradish root (200 g), black radish (200 g) with the addition of 1 tbsp. a spoonful of kerosene, table vinegar and table salt. The mixture should be infused for 10 days. The procedure is carried out 2 times a day for 1 hour.


For lumbar pain in the subacute stage, baths are indicated as local irritating, distracting and pain relieving agents:

  • Pine buds (500 g of raw material boil for 10 minutes in 5 liters of water) in the form of an aqueous extract is added to the bath.
  • Sage herb (200 g) in a gauze bag, pour a bucket of boiling water for 2 hours, then pour into a bath and add warm water until a temperature of 37 ° C is obtained. Treat 15 minutes every other day.
  • Infusion of creeping thyme herb (100 g of raw materials for 2 liters of boiling water) or infusion of chamomile flowers (300 g of raw materials for 5 liters of boiling water). Prepare and apply both infusions in the same way: leave for 2 hours, filter and pour into a bath of water (temperature 34-36 ° C). Treat procedures every other day for 15-20 minutes.The course of treatment is 10-15 baths.
  • Infusion of oat straw (2-3 kg of crushed raw materials) with peppermint leaves (2 handfuls). Pour straw in the morning with cold water, and in the evening bring to a boil and add mint, let it brew, filter and pour the infusion into the bath. The procedure is taken before going to bed every other day.


For prophylaxis with lumbosacral plexitis, lumbosacral radiculitis or sciatic nerve neuralgia, the following rules should be observed (both during treatment and after recovery):

  1. In the acute period of the disease, bed rest is required.The leg should be bent at the knee, put a pillow under the leg, and a heating pad under the lower back, if it does not increase the pain.
  2. After recovery, do not run, if possible, do not lift weights, do not ride a bicycle, do not jump.
  3. Do not lie on damp ground, do not sit on a stone, do not cool your legs, lower back, do not stand with bare feet on the cold floor. Keep your legs and lower back dry and warm at all times.
  4. Monitor the correct bowel function.
  5. Do not swim in the sea or river if the water temperature is below 20 ° C.
  6. If the work requires prolonged standing, sit more during rest, and if the work is sedentary, get up and walk during the rest.
  7. After an exacerbation, you can warm your feet in the sun in the summer, sprinkle them with hot sand. The duration of sunbathing for the legs and lower back should be gradually increased from 10 minutes to 1 hour.
  8. Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  9. To systematically engage in medical gymnastics. Massage, hardening, sanitizing foci of chronic infection.

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Medicinal herbs for the treatment of back pain and osteochondrosis

Today one of the most common diseases is osteochondrosis. Millions of people suffer from this disease and have to endure severe back pain. In this case, drugs are mostly powerless or do not give much effect.

However, there is a way to relieve back pain and at the same time strengthen your body without harming it. Medicinal herbs have long been used with traditional medicine to treat pain, edema, inflammation, with their help, you can relax and stimulate muscles and carry out a general cleaning of the body.

How to use

Medicinal herbs can be used both internally, in the form of tinctures and decoctions, and externally in the form of baths, lotions and compresses.

Acute back and joint pains are treated with lotion from mint .3 tablets of pharmacy pressed mint and 1 tablespoon of sage are infused in 1 glass of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. The resulting infusion is moistened with cloth and applied to the sore spot, covering the top with oilcloth and warm cloth for 25-30 minutes.

For muscle pains, or neck pain with dizziness, lotions with valerian and motherwort help well. 2 tablespoons of valerian and 2 tablespoons of motherwort are infused in a glass of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Then the fabric is moistened and applied to the sore spot.Such lotions not only relieve pain, but also soothe and help with insomnia.

In the treatment of chronic pain, lotions with nettle leaves are indispensable. Moreover, they do not use the broth, but the leaves themselves. Fresh or dried nettle leaves (the last one should be kept in boiling water for 5 minutes) is applied to the sore spot and covered with a cloth and oilcloth. Repeat for 5-7 days for 15-20 minutes. Such lotions help well in the treatment of joint pain, especially if they are used after a bath, massage or mustard plasters.

Herbs with anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties are taken internally. These are parsley, celery, asparagus, dill, currant leaves and fruits, blueberries.

As home reflexology, needle applicators have a good effect, for example the Lyapko Applicator Mat, massage foot rests, foot baths. When combined with the use of medicinal herbs, such devices relieve pain, stress and general tension.

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Treatment of the spine with traditional methods | MRI Expert

Traditional methods of back treatment. What happens if you follow them?

How did our ancestors treat their backs when there were no pharmacies or drugs that we now see in them? How relevant is traditional medicine in the treatment of back pain today?

We are talking about its capabilities in modern realities with the Deputy Chief Physician for the Clinical Advisory Department, the neurologist “Clinic Expert Tula” Kapralova Isabella Ivanovna.

– Isabella Ivanovna, it is known that the Greek physician Dioscorides spoke of the extraordinary power of clay. Pliny the Elder, Galen and Avicenna paid much attention to the healing properties of clay. Tell us how does clay affect the body in case of diseases of the spine?

If you will allow me, at the beginning of our conversation I would like to say a few words about traditional medicine in general.

They often consist of many components. Even if we are talking about one plant, one must remember that this is a whole complex of complex substances.Can a person know for sure how this or that remedy will affect him? Of course no.

Therefore, if you have thoughts about using alternative methods of treatment, you must adhere to the following rules:

– know the exact diagnosis;

– consult with your doctor about the possibility of using this or that traditional medicine. There should be no contraindications, allergies, hypersensitivity. It is recommended to find out these points at a doctor’s appointment;

– if the doctor’s answer is positive – strictly adhere to the treatment regimen, inform the doctor about all changes – both positive and negative;

– do not make such medicines yourself.This should be done by certified pharmacists.

Now for the clay. It is mined in different places, and therefore it may have a different composition and, accordingly, properties.


Clay is used locally – for example, in the form of applications and wraps on the skin of a particular area of ​​the body. The elements contained in its composition penetrate the skin, improving local blood flow and tissue nutrition.For the most part, clay has a cooling or heat-retaining effect, as well as an analgesic effect.

It is widely used in physiotherapy, rehabilitation for pathologies in remission.

Read the material on the topic: Does osteochondrosis exist?

The use of clay for back pain in the acute period of illness is prohibited.

– They say that horseradish leaves are able to draw all the pain out of the back. Is it really so?

Rubbing horseradish leaves for back pain in certain situations may be of some benefit.It contains essential oils that have an irritating and warming effect, which leads to an improvement in local blood flow, a decrease in the inflammatory process, and relaxation of tense muscles. Horseradish nutrients have a regenerating effect on tissues.

In case of improper use of horseradish products, in particular, the appearance of a burn on the skin is possible. In acute conditions, including those accompanied by fever, the use of these drugs is contraindicated.

– Knowledgeable people say that you can get rid of sciatica with mustard. What will happen to our back if we start treating it with mustard?

It is used in the form of powder or mustard plasters. Mustard contains many essential oils and is irritating to the skin. As a result, in this area, the delivery of blood to the tissues improves, the metabolism increases, and toxic substances leave. As a result, inflammation and pain are reduced.

– Is it true that sheep’s wool helps with diseases of the spine?

To a certain extent, yes.The components of sheep’s wool are able to retain heat well, but without the “greenhouse effect” (ie, there is no overheating). In other words, the temperature of the skin at the place where the wool is applied remains constant, there are no temperature extremes.

Read the material on the topic: What can really hurt in the lower back?

Of the effects – massage, improving blood flow, analgesic and relaxing muscles. The texture of the belt or shawl should not be prickly, they should not be worn around the clock (the wearing time is selected by the doctor individually).

– What is the basis of the effect of various warming rubbers used for pain in the spine? How do they help a sore back?

Among the effects are irritating, warming, increasing blood flow, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, relaxing muscles.

Sometimes, to enhance the warming effect, patients take a hot shower and put on a belt. This should not be done, since a burn may develop.

– Since ancient times in Russia, nettle has been used to treat back pain.Will this treatment be beneficial?

For the treatment of some manifestations in a number of pathologies of the spine, stinging nettle is used (that is, this is its variety).

Like any other medicinal plants, nettle must be properly collected (including at the right time during the year) and stored.

Read the material on the topic: How are hernias and protrusions of the spine treated?

Apply it topically (in particular, in the form of alcohol tincture, rubbing), on the skin.The effect is annoying, like a number of agents that we talked about earlier.

– Isabella Ivanovna, summing up our conversation, tell me, what do you think – can alternative methods of treating spine diseases, in principle, be beneficial?

Yes – provided that this is not an acute phase of the pathology, there are indications, there are no contraindications, there are no side effects and the treatment is carried out under the supervision of a doctor. In particular, a certain effect from these funds can be obtained during rehabilitation.


It is important to remember that, for example, the same herbs are not neutral in terms of their effect on the body. Therefore, in order to avoid harmful effects, the use of any folk remedies should be approached thoughtfully and in no case should self-medicate.

– In your practice, have there been cases when such self-medication worsened or, on the contrary, improved the health of patients?

Self-medication is a generally wrong thing, even if in some cases improvement is noted.Do not play roulette – in any case, you must first see a doctor.

Let me give you a negative example. For example, a person applied a warming ointment to their skin and then took a hot shower. As a result, after such treatment, sometimes it is necessary to cancel the drug and already treat the burns.

– How would you advise our readers to act in case of pain in the spine? What should you do if your back breaks?

First of all, seek medical advice (if the situation is urgent, call an ambulance).

You can make an appointment with a neurologist in your city here

attention: the service is not available in all cities

It is necessary to understand what kind of problem is taking place, and then follow the doctor’s recommendations. It may turn out that the point is not in the spine at all, since the back can hurt for reasons that have nothing to do with it. In other words, diagnosis first, then informed treatment.

If it is not possible to go to a neurologist right away, you can start with a visit to your general practitioner or therapist.

Read other materials on the topics:

Are you worried about lower back pain? Talking about sacroileite

Why is manual therapy useful?

Who will benefit from an MRI of the spine?

For information:

Kapralova Isabella Ivanovna

In 2009 she graduated from the Russian State Medical University of the Federal Agency for Healthcare and Social Development.

From 2009 to 2011 passed clinical residency in the specialty “Neurology”.

Since 2011, she worked as a neurologist in hospitals in Moscow and the Tula region.

Currently holds the position of Deputy Chief Physician for the Clinical Advisory Department, neurologist at the Expert Tula Clinic. Accepts at the address: st. Boldina, 74


Quite often, before going to the doctor, the patient uses traditional medicine.How many times did it happen to hear one person complaining to another: “Oh, something grabbed his back …”

The village grandmothers from whom these recipes were heard are immediately cited. You can, of course, be ironic about such advice, but the competent use of the experience of traditional medicine by traditional medical practice has never been rejected. Moreover, this experience goes back several millennia. Even in the runes of the Druids, it is said that a tree and a person have the same destiny.And if so, then, as they say, “the living helps the living.”

In the “Papyrus of Eber”, dating back to the 6th century BC, the Egyptians collected more than 900 recipes for the treatment of herbs for various diseases. The famous Chinese herbalist is almost three thousand years old. And herbal treatment came to Europe from Ancient Greece. Hippocrates described in his writings about 300 herbal medicines. Until now, doctors use the famous recipes of herbal medicines of the Roman physician Galen, and it is not without reason that pharmaceutical production that uses plant raw materials is called galenic pharmaceuticals.

The effect of herbal medicines is determined by the active substances contained in various parts of the plant: alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, essential oils and others. It cannot be said that herbal preparations completely replace synthetic medicines, but nowadays herbal medicine is experiencing its rebirth. The reason for this is the desire to be closer to natural sources of medicinal raw materials.

Let’s not forget that the very first pharmacy was opened for humans by Nature and all the old folk recipes for dryness and aches are based on the use of herbs.


  1. The following recipes for traditional medicine are presented for informational purposes only, and not as a guide to action !!!
  2. All the recipes below have their own contraindications! Before using them, you should definitely consult your doctor!
  3. Applying any of the recipes described below without consulting a doctor, you act at your own peril and risk !!!

So, here are some of the popular recipes:

decoction of maisky birch buds

At the end of April, several unblown branches are cut off from a birch.Dry in a dry, dark place (under the bed, for example). When the branches are dry, the buds are cut from them. Store them in cloth bags.

The broth is prepared as follows: a tablespoon of kidneys with a slide is brewed with 4 – 5 cups of boiling water. Boil over low heat for half an hour. They insist. Drink a glass 3 times a day.

The decoction helps with rheumatism, osteochondrosis, gout, polyarthritis.


Pine buds are harvested from April to November.The most valuable medicinal raw materials are apical buds collected from young trees felled during forest clearing. After drying, the buds should be smooth, covered with resin, with closed scales, greenish on the cut, with a strong resinous odor.

The buds are brewed in the same proportion as in the previous recipe. Use a decoction for aromatic baths for rheumatic diseases.


100 grams of chamomile medicinal insist for about an hour in 2 liters of boiling water and prepare a bath with this broth.

Acts as a general tonic, indicated for osteochondrosis.


Horse chestnut is harvested in November. Dry it up. Grind in a coffee grinder.

Prepare infusion: 20 grams of fruit per 400 milliliters of alcohol. Insist for several days.

Used for rubbing and compresses for rheumatism, polyarthritis, intercostal neuralgia, radiculitis.

Sorrel root tincture

Pour 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped sorrel roots with one and a half glasses of water.Boil for 15 minutes. Insist, wrapped, 2 hours, drain.

Take 2 tablespoons 3 times daily before meals.

Recommended for back pain.


Take 2-3 medium pieces of Adam’s root, rinse, grate on a coarse grater. Then put it tightly in a liter bottle, fill with alcohol, close tightly with a cork. After 10 days, the tincture is ready.

Use it as a rubbing for back pain. You can make a compress and put a heating pad on it.


Fill a linen cover half the size of a pillow with 3/4 of its volume with fresh hay. Tie tight and boil in a pot for 10 minutes. Squeeze out, cool slightly. Then, carefully, so as not to burn, apply to the sore lower back. Tie the top with a sheet and over it with a woolen scarf.

Good for rheumatism, sciatica, joint pain.


In addition to the above recipes, for back pain, decoctions of wild rosemary leaves, bark and roots of common barberry, hawthorn flowers, Veronica officinalis herb, purple willow bark, aspen bark are used; infusions of parsley, sorrel, celery are widely used… However, infusions are infusions, but they are not a panacea.

It is believed that herbal preparations and apitherapy (treatment with honey and bee products) are harmless. This is not true. Here, as in everything else, it is important to know when to stop. I recall a patient who was advised to lie around in what her mother gave birth to in young nettles at dawn for sciatica. After applying this method, she was treated for severe allergies. And the patient of one colleague, to whom the healer advised bee stings, could not be saved… However, with medical supervision and the correct dosage, rubbing, decoctions and ointments from medicinal herbs and honey can be very useful.

herb that heals joints

herb that heals joints

herb that treats joints


What is joint healing herb?

I work as a turner and, after prolonged physical exertion at work, my back and knees hurt terribly.I went to the doctors, gave injections, smeared them with various ointments, wore bandages – it didn’t get much easier. I was afraid that I would completely collapse, lose my job, but I still have a wife and children. In search of a solution to the problem, I came across Biotrin, left a request. I got a call from a specialist who persuaded me to buy the course. I doubted for a long time whether to buy from the post office or not, after all, the money is not small. I decided to pick up the package, I thought, suddenly it will help, and if not, there will be a lesson for me. As a result, I completed half of the course and what can I say – yes, I have not completely recovered (but the hope that this can happen before the end of the course does not leave me).But the pain is almost gone. I smear Biotrin on my knees before work and on my knees and back in the evening. It has become definitely easier to work. Of course, I have not abandoned other ways that I tried to cure, but Biotrin was a great addition. In general, if you have problems with joints, then biotrin should definitely suit you. Whether you are satisfied with the prices or not is another question. I’ve spent a lot of money on useless drugs, so paying for a remedy that actually works isn’t a bad decision.

Effect of the herb that heals joints

I bought Biotrin for my mother, as she works in a store and often complains of pain in the back and legs. That she just didn’t try. And I decided to take this matter more seriously, ordered biotrin and began to apply the gel on my body every day after work. A few days later, my mother said that there was no improvement, they say, let’s leave this business, but I insisted on my own and hoped that it would help. And after 8-10 days of use, we noticed improvements, and very significant ones.

Expert opinion

Biotin gel stops the process of bone tissue destruction. The substances that make up the composition protect the joints from thinning. The manufacturer also claims that the drug restores their mobility. Late treatment can lead to the development of various diseases, for example, gout, muscle atrophy, osteoporosis.

How to order

In order to place an order for herbal remedy for joints, you must leave your contact information on the site.The operator will contact you within 15 minutes. Will clarify all the details with you and we will send your order. In 3-10 days you will receive the parcel and pay for it upon receipt.

Customer Reviews:


Biotrin – means for maintaining healthy joints. The product includes 3 unique additives. Biotin gel for joints has practically no contraindications. This tool is innovative. It has no analogues and that is why it is very popular among people who take care of their health.The substance is synthesized naturally in the intestines. It is especially important to use the drug after 40-50 years, when the joints become fragile and more susceptible to injury.


I used Biotrin to treat the knee and hip joint. It always helps, no matter how and where it hurts. Firstly, it quickly relieves pain, and, secondly, it actually restores joint mobility. Now I feel like an 18-year-old girl, I have so much energy, I don’t know what to do with it.Experts advise using the gel even after the symptoms have disappeared. I did so, now I don’t worry about a relapse …

I used Biotrin to treat the knee and hip joint. It always helps, no matter how and where it hurts. Firstly, it quickly relieves pain, and, secondly, it actually restores joint mobility. Now I feel like an 18-year-old girl, I have so much energy, I don’t know what to do with it. Experts advise using the gel even after the symptoms have disappeared.I did just that, now I don’t worry about a relapse … Where can I buy herb that treats joints? Biotin gel stops the process of bone tissue destruction. The substances that make up the composition protect the joints from thinning. The manufacturer also claims that the drug restores their mobility. Late treatment can lead to the development of various diseases, for example, gout, muscle atrophy, osteoporosis.

According to statistics, 80% of adults experience problems with the back and joints to one degree or another.At the same time, diseases of the musculoskeletal system often become chronic and require long-term treatment. Traditional methods of treating joints seem to many to be safe, natural. Treatment of joints with snow and salt in the form of cold compresses is one of the most famous and affordable folk methods. Herbs for joints can significantly increase the effectiveness of treatment and become a complete alternative. Recipes for pain in joints and bones at home. Herbs for joints are used as follows: they make decoctions, tinctures, compresses…. Therefore, check with your healthcare professional before using these herbs for joints. Useful to know: About Joint Diseases. Diet needs to be adjusted to improve joint health. … Healthy products for joints. With arthritis, arthrosis and other joint diseases, it is very important to follow a certain diet. For example, it is worth giving up. Plants for the treatment of joints. A famous friend of mine. Decoction of twigs of Kuzmicheva grass is used to treat not only rheumatism, but also diseases.Herbs for the treatment of joints. Herbs for joint pain. Although the symptoms of joint diseases are very similar, the nature of the occurrence of pathologies can be different. Conventionally, all medicinal plants used in. Herbs for joints are effective, but before starting a course of treatment, you should definitely consult with your doctor. Anti-inflammatory herbs for joint treatment. … Gout is treated with cleansing herbs – oregano, pine buds, hawthorn.

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I bought Biotrin for my mother, as I work in a store and often complains of pain in my back and legs.That she just didn’t try. And I decided to take this matter more seriously, ordered biotrin and began to apply the gel on my body every day after work. A few days later, my mother said that there was no improvement, they say, let’s leave this business, but I insisted on my own and hoped that it would help. And after 8-10 days of use, we noticed improvements, and very significant ones.

herb that heals joints

I work as a turner and, after prolonged physical exertion at work, my back and knees hurt terribly.I went to the doctors, gave injections, smeared them with various ointments, wore bandages – it didn’t get much easier. I was afraid that I would completely collapse, lose my job, but I still have a wife and children. In search of a solution to the problem, I came across Biotrin, left a request. I got a call from a specialist who persuaded me to buy the course. I doubted for a long time whether to buy from the post office or not, after all, the money is not small. I decided to pick up the package, I thought, suddenly it will help, and if not, there will be a lesson for me. As a result, I completed half of the course and what can I say – yes, I have not completely recovered (but the hope that this can happen before the end of the course does not leave me).But the pain is almost gone. I smear Biotrin on my knees before work and on my knees and back in the evening. It has become definitely easier to work. Of course, I have not abandoned other ways that I tried to cure, but Biotrin was a great addition. In general, if you have problems with joints, then biotrin should definitely suit you. Whether you are satisfied with the prices or not is another question. I’ve spent a lot of money on useless drugs, so paying for a remedy that actually works isn’t a bad decision.
Joint pain is the most common complaint of patients. Every second patient goes to the doctor with complaints of joint pain. … What you need to know about coronavirus joint treatment. Doctors, all as one, warn their patients to be extremely careful with Covid-19. It ran like this: the sense of smell disappeared, terrible pains in the muscles, lemon bones and joints, the skin could not stand on its feet. This is neuropathy against the background of a postponed coronavirus. For treatment Neurobion 1 tablet 3 times a day for a month, Magnerot 2 tablets 3 times a day for a month.Joint pain after coronavirus. We realized that the COVID virus can provoke the body to attack itself. For example, if a patient has persistent shoulder pain that began after being infected with COVID-19, their healthcare provider may order an MRI / ultrasound scan. Another problem is joint pain after coronavirus. … How to treat leg pain. To reduce discomfort with coronavirus infection, you can use folk remedies or traditional medicines. Joints hurt after coronavirus for a long time, and during the period.Pain medications will help relieve joint pain after Covid, but experts warn that this is not the best way to cope with an unpleasant symptom. Consultation on the topic – Joint pain after coronavirus – Hello! I had a viral pneumonia on the background of covid 19. During the illness, the sacrum and hip joint on the right began to hurt. I was sick quite hard – 2 weeks. Arthritis and coronavirus. … In the context of COVID-19 and arthritis, forms of joint inflammation are considered in which a person is forced to take potent drugs that affect the state of the body as a whole.Common inflammation in the joints (of traumatic origin, on the background. But often joint pain persists after coronavirus. Similar symptoms are most often residual.pain in the chest after coronavirus, especially if it is accompanied by heart rhythm disturbances, hypo- or hypertension, increased discomfort Resuming treatment after COVID-19 For patients with a positive PCR test for coronavirus infection but no symptoms, consider resuming treatment within 10 to 17 days after receiving test results.

Phytolysin® paste | Cystitis medicine


Natural herbs included in the Fitolysin® paste contain antioxidants, vitamins A, K, E, C, group B, alkaloids, trace elements (magnesium, potassium, sodium, selenium, etc.), essential oils, other useful substances [3, 4] . The drug has anti-inflammatory, diuretic effects [3] . The antispasmodic effect is due to the presence of flavonoids in herbs.Natural components of Fitolysin® have antibacterial, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic effects [3, 6]


This herb is rich in organic acids, flavonoids, amino acids. The plant has a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial effect, it can increase the pH of urine.


Field horsetail. The composition of raw materials includes flavonoids, silicic acid compounds, tannins.The herb has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antiseptic, detoxification effects.

Bird Highlander

This herb is rich in vitamins (C, K, A, E), flavonoids, macro- and microelements. It has antimicrobial, diuretic, anti-inflammatory properties.

Birch Leaves

They contain vitamins, essential oils, flavonoids, etc. Young leaves are capable of exerting diuretic, bactericidal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant effects.

Fenugreek Seeds

They contain a lot of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids, flavonoids, phytosterols, zinc, sodium, ascorbic acid, retinol, etc. They have a hypoglycemic effect. Stimulates insulin synthesis.

Parsley root

It contains organic acids, proteins, di- and monosaccharides. The root contains potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and other micro- and macroelements.It stimulates the production of food enzymes, lowers blood glucose levels.

Lovage root

Contains organic acids, lecithin, flavonoids. It has antispasmodic, diuretic, analgesic, antifungal effects.


Has anti-inflammatory and diuretic effects

Onion peel

It contains vitamins of group B, PP, E, C, A, salts of calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, iodine, phytoncides, and other biologically active substances.It has antispasmodic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effects.


Has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect


Has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and sedative effect


Has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect


Has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and diuretic effects