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Thousands of years ago ancient human stood up of his two hind limbs and started walking with two legs instead of four, gradually the back and spine of human beings adapted to maintain this posture and bodily needs. This change in performance of body function gave many advantages to humans by free his hands for attaining the skills to sustain life, but this also brought the problem of backache along, as the weight of entire body was transmitted to ground via the back and this makes backache the second most common reason to visit doctors clinic.
Pain occurs most commonly in lower back which is commonly called as lumbago. Most common cause of backache is herniation of inter vertebral disc. Backache may also be caused due to spinal tumor, ankylosing spondylitis, diseases in the pelvis, injury to the back sometimes caused due to lifting heavy weights.
Various different types of herbal remedies have been used since ages for this chronic painful condition, which aggravates off and on in patients of spinal diseases. Herbal remedies are considered better than the allopathic medicines by many due to its long lasting effects and lesser chances of producing adverse effects. These herbal preparations may be either for external application or may be for ingestion to cure the pain.
External herbal remedies
The external remedies are applied over the back with a gentle massage or just applied over the affected area and left as such, to relieve the pain cause. They may produce soothening effect either by warmth produced or by local release of chemicals in body by stimulating nerve endings in skin of back.
Hot pepper – It releases chemical ‘capsaicin’ which irritates and stimulates nerves to release the endorphins, the pain relieving chemicals in body. Preparations made by including pepper in creams are made for local applications over the back.
Ginger – Application of ginger, mixed with suitable other herbs is also believed to decrease the pain.
herbal baths – By using herbs such as Chamomile, passion flower, Jamaican dogwood, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, ginger and St. John’s Wort hops may be helpful to many patients.
Herbal oils – Herbal oils obtained from trees such as eucalyptus and many such trees are available in markets are backache relieving formulas. You can also use Rumatone Gold Massage Oil for better result.
herbal remedies for internal use
Many herbs are used as medicine to cure the chronic nature of backache. These herbs for use have been described in ancient Indian medicine literature of Ayurveda, although their exact mechanisms of action are not knows, as we know of the allopathic medicines today.
Guggulu – This is a herb which is used in many herbal preparations to treats pains of chronic nature such as the backaches and the rheumatic pains of joints. The preparations in the form of tablets or powders marketed by companies have to be taken many a time along with special medicinal solutions known as ‘Kada’. Preparations of Guggulu such as Yograj guggulu and Kaishore guggulu are available in tablet forms and if taken for long time such as 2-3 months, are believed to relieve chronic pains arising from joints including the back.
Coriander and turmeric powder – Taking this powder along with water for few days is believed to relieve the pains arising from joints of body.