Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Alternative medicine for lower back pain

Herbal medicine and anti-inflammatory
enzymatic therapy

Herbal medicine can utilize a variety of antispasmodic
and sedative herbs to help relieve low back pain
due to spasm. For this purpose and easily available at a
local healthfood store are herbs such as chamomile (Matricaria
recutita), hops (Humulus lupus), passion flower
(Passiflora incarnata), valerian (Valeriana officinale),
and cramp bark (Viburnum opulus). Bromelain from
pineapples has anti-inflammatory activity. Intake of fresh
grape juice, preferably made from from dark grapes, on a
daily basis at a time other than mealtime has also been
found to be helpful. Minor backaches may be relieved
with the application of a heating paste of ginger(Zingiber
officinale) powder and water, allowed to sink in for 10
minutes, and followed by an eucalyptus rub.
Aromatherapy with soothing essential oils of blue
chamomile, birch, rosemary, and/or lavender can be effective
when rubbed into the affected area after a hot bath.


Homeopathic treatment for acute back pain consists
of various applications of Arnica (Arnica montana); as an
oil or gel applied topically to the sore area or oral doses
alone or in prepackaged combination products including
other homeopathic such as St. John’s wort (Hypericum
perforatum), Rhus tox (Rhus toxicodendron) and Ruta
(Ruta graveolens). Bellis perennis may be recommended
for deep muscle injuries. Other remedies may be recommended
based on the symptoms presented by the patient.

Body work and yoga

Massage and the numerous other body work techniques
can be very effective in treating low back pain.
Yoga, practiced regularly and done properly, can be
combined with meditation or imagery to both treat and
prevent future episodes of low back pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine treat
low back pain with acupuncture, acupressure, massage,
and the application of herbal poultices. They may
also use a technique called moxibustion which involves
the use of glass cups, and heated air derived use of a
burning braid or stick of herb with a distinctive aroma.

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In Reiki tradition we believe that every pain and illness has an emotional root in the aura first. Financial woes and concerns are the cause for this illness and pain.


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