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Back Pain
 
by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Back Pain

Super Prescription #1   Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Take 3,000 to 8,000 mg daily in divided doses. Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs. MSM alleviates muscle spasms and has natural anti-inflammatory effects.

Super Prescription #2  Calcium and magnesium

Twice daily, take a complex of these two minerals that contains 500 mg of calcium and 250 mg of magnesium. These minerals alleviate muscle spasms.

Super Prescription #3  Homeopathy

Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms under Homeopathy later in this section. For acute back pain, take a 30C potency four times daily. For chronic back pain, take twice daily for two weeks to see if there are any positive improvements. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised.

Super Prescription #4  Bromelain

Take 500 mg three times daily between meals. Look for products standardized to 2,000 M.C.U. (milk-clotting units) per 1,000 mg or 1,200 G.D.U. (gelatin-
dissolving units) per 1,000 mg. Bromelain has a natural anti-inflammatory effect. Protease enzyme products also have this benefit.

Super Prescription #5  White willow (Salix alba)

Take a product standardized to contain 240 mg of salicin daily or 5 ml of the tincture form three times daily. This herb reduces pain.

Super Prescription #6  Glucosamine sulfate

Take 1,500 mg daily. It's useful for back pain that is caused by osteoarthritis.

Super Prescription #7  Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) cream

Apply the cream to the affected area two to four times daily for symptomatic relief. Choose a cream standardized to 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin. Capsaicin depletes the nerves of substance P, a neurotransmitter that transmits pain messages.

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