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Back Pain
by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
General Recommendations

The following exercise will often relieve lower back pain:

1. Take your shoes off and stand against a wall so that your heels touch it.

2. Now adjust your posture so that your buttocks and shoulders also touch the wall.

3. Imagine that you are straightening the curvature of your spine, and try to make your entire back press flat against the wall. Take the stretch as far as you comfortably can, and hold it for twenty to thirty seconds.



Vitamin C reduces inflammation and strengthens connective tissue. Take 1,000 mg three times daily.

Pine bark or grape seed extract reduces inflammation. Take 100 mg three times daily.

Ginger (Zingiberofficinale) is a popular choice for relief of both inflammation and pain. Pour boiling water over the grated root and drink the tea, or try adding ginger fresh to your meals. If you want something stronger, take 1 to 2 grams of dried powder in capsule form, two or three times daily, or use 1 to 2 ml of a tincture three times daily.

Boswellia (Boswelliaserrata): Take 1,200 to 1,500 mg of a standardized extract containing 60 to 65 percent boswellic acids two to three times daily.

DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) is a topical pain-relieving substance. Work with your doctor to use DMSO.

Many excellent herbs reduce inflammation. Devil's claw root (Harpagophytumprocumbens), alfalfa (Medicago sativa), and yucca root (Yucca schidigera) capsules are among the best. Give these herbs at least two months to take effect. Recommended dosages are as follows:

Devil's claw should not be used if you have a history of gallstones, heartburn, or ulcers. Take 1,500 to 2,500 mg of the standardized powdered herb in capsule or tablet form daily, or use 1 to 2 ml of a tincture three times a day.

Arnica (Arnica montana) oil reduces pain and spasm. Rub this oil over the affected area twice daily.

Saint-John's-wort oil (Hypericum oil) reduces nerve pain. Rub over the affected area twice daily.

D-L phenylalanine is an amino acid used to reduce pain. Take 500 mg three times daily on an empty stomach.

Vitamins B1, B6, and B12 have been shown to reduce the amount of medication needed for back pain. Take 50 mg of B1 and B6 and 400 mcg of B12 three times daily. Also, when using these individual B vitamins long term, make sure to also supplement a 50 mg B-complex for a balance of all the B vitamins.

Protease enzymes reduce inflammation. Take 1 to 2 capsules twice daily between meals or as directed on the container.


Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms 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 results, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised.

Aesculus is for lower back or sacral pain that is worse when you are sitting. The pain often radiates into the right hip.

Arnica (Arnica montana) is for an injury that leaves your back feeling bruised and sore and is helpful if you have difficulty moving around.

Bryonia (Bryonia alba) is for lower back pain and stiffness that feel worse with any movement and in cold, dry weather, and that feels better when the area is rubbed.

Calcarea Carbonica is for chronic lower back pain and weakness in overweight individuals who also are chilly. Symptoms are worse in the cold and in dampness.

Cimicifuga Racemosa is for a stiff and aching neck and back. Muscles feel bruised, but feel better with warmth. Also, it is used for menstrual cramps with lower back pain radiating to the thighs.

Ignatia (Ignatiaamara) is for back spasms and cramping as the result of emotional stress.

Magnesia Phosphorica is for a muscle spasm in the back that feels better from warmth.

Nux Vomica (Strychnosnuxvomica) is for back spasms and cramping, especially in the lower back. The person may also have constipation and feel chilly and irritable. The symptoms are worse from cold and feel better with warmth.

Rhus Toxicodendron is for a stiff lower back that is worse in the cold and the damp and feels better with movement. It is specific for a sprained back muscle or ­ ligaments.

Ruta Graveolens is for pain near the neck or for lower back pain. The area of the injury feels lame, and the pain is worse at night. This remedy is useful for back sprains and strains. more
Sources :

Bruggemann, G., C. O. Koehler, and E. M. Koch. 1990. Results of a double-blind study of diclofenac + vitamin B1, B6, B12 versus diclofenac in patients with acute pain of the lumbar vertebrae. A multicenter study.KlinWochenschr 68:116-20 [in German].

Kuhlwein, A., H. J. Meyer, and C. O. Koehler. 1990. Reduced diclofenac administration by B vitamins: Results of a randomized double-blind study with reduced daily doses of diclofenac (75 mg diclofenac versus 75 mg diclofenac plus B vitamins) in acute lumbar vertebral syndromes. KlinWochenschr 68:107-15 [in German].

Schwieger, G., H. Karl, and E. Schonhaber. 1990. Relapse prevention of painful vertebral syndromes in follow-up treatment with a combination of vitamins B1, B6, and B12. Annals of the New York Academy of Science 585:54-62.


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