Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

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HOME REMEDIES FOR BACKACHE

Natural treatment for backache

PHYTOTHERAPY

(Herbal remedies for backache)

Useful plants for backache

Willow: (Salix sp.) Because of its content in salicin, principle of aspirin. (Decoction of a tiny amount (2 gr.) of the dry crust per water glass. Take two or three cups per day. Children of 4 to 10 years half a dose. It must not be taken in case of allergy to aspirin.

Willow leaves
Willow leaves

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Rich in parthenolide to inhibit serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for carrying pain information to the brain. (Infusion of a spoonful of dry leaves. Take two cups a day) (Prepared capsules. for dosing see leaflet) Do not administer during pregnancy because it may be abortive

Mint, peppermint: (Mentha x piperita, Mentha rotundifolia) Very useful to solve back pains (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day)

St. John's wort: (Hyperycum perforatum) It constitutes a good remedy for sore body especially those caused by rheumatism, gout, arthritis, sciatica, low back pain... etc (Infusion of a flowering tops teaspoon in a cup of water a couple of times daily) Phototoxic plant. See Contraindications.

St John's wort
St John's wort ready to make an infusion

Rosemary: (Rosmarinus officinalis) Slightly lowers the pain of menstruation and facilitates the discharge, avoiding collateral problems such as headaches, backache, stomach ache, etc. (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops. 2 cups per day)

EXTERNAL USE PREPARATIONS FOR BACKACHE

Baths to treat backache

St. John's wort: (Hyperycum perforatum) (Spray the back with essential oil diluted in olive oil) (Sitz baths with the resulting liquid of having the plant for 10 hours immersed in cold water. Strain and pour hot in the bathroom) Phototoxic plant. See Contraindications

Rosemary: (Rosmarinus officinalis), thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and sage (Salvia officinalis): Very useful as muscle relaxants in pain caused by stretching or straining too hard without prior preparation.

(Rub the back with a mixture of 10 drops of essential oil in two tablespoons of Olive oil. Do not drink the essential oil.) (Add 20 drops to bath water. Take a bath for 15 or 20 minutes) (Add to bath water the infusion of 3 tablespoons of dried plant in a liter of water. Take a bath for 15 to 20 minutes)

Rosemary infusion
Rosemary infusion

Compresses to treat backache

Mint, peppermint: (Mentha piperita, Mentha rotundifolia) (Apply a compress soaked with the decoction of leaves and flowers on the affected zone) (poultice of leaves soaked in hot water to be applied directly over the painful area.)

- Vervain (Verbena officinalis) (Decoction of a handful of leaves in water for 15 minutes. Wet a compress and apply to the painful area).

PINEAPLE FOR BACKACHE

pineapple

Bromelain from pineapple, ideal for the treatment of ligaments: Bromelain from pineapple possesses anti-inflammatory properties making it useful to reduce pain. Eating pineapple is a common feature among all the athlete to prevent inflammation of the tendons (tendinitis) or synovial sacs (bursitis).

The habit of adding pineapple to salads, mixed possibly with papaya also contains bromelain, help to overcome joint pain, not only of athletes but of all people in general.

Back problems, sprains or dislocations may be less painful and heal before with a good diet rich in pineapple.

Other natural therapies for backacke

In addition to herbal medicine, the use of other natural therapies that may be suitable for the treatment of backache. These would be:

- Yoga

- Chi kung

- Shiatsu

- Tai Chi

More information on backache in the listing above

TABLE OF COMMON PAINS

Muscles and sinews
Muscular atrophy Bones and joints
Fibromyalgia Joint pain
Spasms/ache/cramps Back or spine ache
Muscular distensions and tears Neck pain
Tendinitis Sprains
bursitis Dislocations
Others
Stomach ache Period pains
Sore throat Headache
Toothache Migraine
Earache

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