In most cases the pain is mechanical triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly.
Orthodox treatment involves reducing the pain with paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. While this relieves pain, it suppresses rather than heals and does not address the causes. Moreover, long term use of NSAIDs can spark gastrointestinal upset, peptic ulcers and intestinal bleeding.
Herbal treatment can offer an effective alternative. Some herbal medicines have an analgesic action, although not as potent as pharmaceutical pain killers, but more importantly herbal medicines can be used to resolve the conditions causing the pain and promote healing for long term recovery. Herbs are well tolerated by people and do not cause the long term damage of NSAIDs.
The herbal approach to treating lower back pain is by reducing the inflammation, which causes the pain with anti-inflammatory, analgesic herbs such as Devil’s claw, Ginger, Willow bark, Turmeric, Capsicum and Boswelia. These herbs are combined with others that reduce muscle spasm and relax muscles, restore the function of injured nerves and promote structural healing of muscles and connective tissues.
Using a combination of herbs allows treatment of pain, inflammation, muscle tension and tissue damage for healing and long term recovery rather than just suppressing the pain.