Prescription and over-the-counter medications for spine pain, while often effective, may come with unexpected side effects. As an alternative, some people with back pain turn to herbal remedies for non-surgical spine relief. Since preparation and content can vary, meaningful data on herbal medications is considered scarce. However, certain herbal options have been shown to have natural anti-inflammatory properties, possibly providing welcome relief from spine pain.
Devils’ Claw (Harpagophytum)
According to research combining results from ten different studies, 50mg and 100mg oral dosages of devil’s claw were more effective than placebos. A 60mg dosage appears to have similar results previously achieved by Vioxx, which was taken off the market due to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Inflammation decrease
- Swelling reduction
- Arthritis relief
White Willow Bark (Salix Alba)
Often referred to as Mother Nature’s rival to aspirin, this herb is sometimes considered a natural alternative to NSAIDs. Patients participating in a German study involving a 240 mg daily dosage of white willow bark reported a greater reduction in pain compared to the placebo group.
- Joint pain relief
- Spine pain reduction
- Osteoarthritis symptom relief
Note: Due to similarities with aspirin, individuals with aspirin sensitivity or an allergy to aspirin should avoid white willow bark.
Cayenne is an herbal remedy that works best when applied directly to the skin as opposed to other herbs that can be ingested in pill form. A study involving the application of cayenne plaster to the back showed similar results to what was seen with the use of homeopathic gels.
- Muscle spasm relief
- Improved circulation
- Inflammation reduction
Herbal options are meant to supplement existing treatments. Before trying any herbal remedies for spine pain, however, it’s important to talk to your doctor since some herbal treatments may interact with medications you’re currently taking.
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