Back Pain is perhaps one of the most common results of over-working ourselves as we engage in physically demanding routines. Our back area, as we know, also has connecting tissues such as ligaments and cartilage. Thus, any strain applied on this area may cause the onset of painful sensations that can last for days.
For mild or moderate back pain, herbal remedies are available to provide both healing benefits, as well as the soothing sensation to alleviate the debilitating feelings of pain. Among the most popular medicinal herbs available today, two have shown the most promising benefits when it comes to back pain relief because of their potent pain-relieving properties.
Just like other types of spices, cayenne has been found to contain high doses of capsaicin, the chemical responsible for the spicy and “hot” flavors of peppers. A variant of penolic resins, capsaicin has also been observed to curb the onset of pain.
Chemical compounds that transmit signals to the brain are intercepted by capsaicin, which result in the reduction of pain sensations.
This herbal medicine may be prepared for application by mixing crushed cayenne with skin lotion. The mixture is then applied to the affected area. Olive oil can also be used instead of lotion in the application of cayenne on the back.
In China and some regions in Europe, the use of willow bark has become a common practice because of its known chemical compound, salicin. This compound has been proven to treat back pain effectively.
One study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), involved the administration of willow bark to subjects with lower back pain. Results of the study showed significant reduction of lower back pain in individuals who were given higher doses.
Today, commercial productions of willow bark means that anyone experiencing back pain can easily gain access to this natural medication. Salicin, in particular, can be obtained in liquid solutions or capsules. As for the dosage, the UMMC strongly suggests daily intake of 60-240 milligrams of salicin. However, patients who prefer to take salicin at higher doses should seek professional medical advice to ensure safety.
Whatever type of natural remedy you wish to use for your back pain, it is important to note that these natural alternatives are not intended to replace medication and treatments recommended by your physician. If you are unsure about the possible interaction of salicin with any medications you are currently taking, consult your physician.