Most of us remain ignorant about the herbs given to us by mother nature. Some of them may be there either in or around our house or are available in the market. Even if we can get them, we do not use them because either we do not know about the use or they are mild and hence not as much effective as the over the counter drugs are. But we all understand that value of herbs as a safer remedy.
There are some herbs that can be used in combination with the other herbs to reduce pain. Additionally, some herbs act as a mild sedative and anti spasmodic too. The herbs that can have the effect of prostaglandin-suppressor can be an essential part of the formula to make these remedies more potent. Many such combinations have become popular among the professional herbalists in advanced countries such as the USA and the UK. This article gives you a list of certain effective herbs for your back pain, some to be had as tea, while some others are to be eaten.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Back Pain
Cayenne pepper, also called hot pepper or red chilli is a species of capsicum. Its red powder is commonly used in many oriental cuisines. In folk medicine it holds a special place for its medicinal properties. It is added to some analgesic pharmaceutical formulations, though in a very little quantity.
It has some active ingredients which are likely to be the reason for its effectiveness. They are capsaicin, believed to reduce our perception of pain and triggers our own endorphins. Endorphins are the natural pain killers present in the body. Cayenne can be used in many ways. Take some rubbing alcohol from a chemist or a drug store. Add 1 tsp cayenne pepper to 10 tsp of alcohol. Let it steep in it for about 20 days. It is good for topical application.
One more interesting remedy from cayenne, to any skin cream, which usually will be white as required by this formula, add just a bit of cayenne, so that the cream changes its colour to pink. Apply it on your back.
Willow bark contains salicin, and this bark is available in US and European markets. In fact Aspirin a powerful analgesic has salicin. Willow bark has analgesic as well as anti inflammatory properties. It is specifically effective for low-back pain. It is better to avoid it for children, however the adults can feel safe about using it. It has been a common medicine used in the American Indian community and in Egypt, dating back 2400years.
Make tea with the dry herb using a cup water and a tbsp of this herb. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and drink 4 such cups a day. It is available in tincture form as well as in capsule form. See the guidelines and have accordingly.
In India and China ginger is used for pain relief as an old remedy. But in the Arab countries it is an important pain reliever used in contemporary system of medicine. About a tbsp of grated ginger root is put in half a liter of water, boiled and simmered for half an hour. It should remain covered with a lid. Sip this tea thrice a day. The given measures are enough for one day.
Those who swear by the use of herbs for their curative properties keep angelica herb in stock for pain management. Chinese and North Americans make use of angelica as it is easily available in dried form. In Europe too it has been used as a folk remedy for pain relief. It is anti spasmodic too.
It is used as a tea. Take the dried roots about 1 tbsp, soak them in about half a liter of water for an hour. Simmer them on heat for 10 minutes. Keep it covered. This makes three doses, can have these three doses in a day.
Turmeric is available in capsule form too. For intense pain some people find relief with four to eight capsules per day. If it suits you will feel change in your life. It is best had in simple powder form 1 tbsp thrice a day with water. If you are taking blood thinning medicines consult your doctor before taking turmeric in large quantities.
Bromelain can be taken in combination with turmeric to have an enhanced effect. It is anti-inflammatory. Its popularity in folk medicine is immense. It is derived from pineapple plant.
Its efficacy has been established in a few studies done by a German study. They found that if 50 mg of devil’s claw is taken twice a day for a month it reduces the pain significantly. Another study reported in The European Journal of Anaesthesiology used 50gm dose over a month and found it to be beneficial.
The over the counter medicines like can damage the liver, this herb is a good alternative for alleviating pain. It is not so well known in America, but has been popular in Europe since it was discovered in south Africa by the Europeans. They used it extensively for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be taken as a capsule or a tea. Devil’s claw comes in capsule, tincture, and can have it in the form of tea.
Mexicans find rosemary to be of tremendous value as a pain relieving herb. It has a few substances namely camosol and rosemarinic acid. They act in the similar as manner, as do the steroids and the aspirin. One can use its oil for massage or drink its decoction.
For two doses of tea, which will be enough for a day you need two tsp of rosemary herb add it to two cups of water. Let it soak for half an hour. Now simmer it for 10 minutes with lid on top of the vessel. That will not allow the essential oils to evaporate. Drink it hot at bedtime and in the morning.
Peppermint or mint
Teas made by brewing a few leaves of fresh or dries peppermint or mint leaves from your backyard or from the store can be taken. The other herbs that can be used are St John’s wort, yarrow, burdock, valerian and meadowsweet.