Arthritis Back Pain Relief Naturally
Does your arthritis back pain relief drug worry you? Are you disappointed in its effectiveness to relieve pain and improve joint symptoms? Are you feeling side effects, such as nausea, stomach bleeding, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headache and drowsiness?
Have you thought about alternative natural supplements but the words “natural” and “herbal” scare you? Rest assured you’re not alone. Millions of arthritis sufferers are just like you.
I have had recurring low back pain since my auto accident in 1991, which also caused a lateral whiplash. I have now been diagnosed with neck arthritis and have had recurring back pain. I am unable to handle painkilling drugs of any kind—they all mess up my stomach and I am bothered by other side effects, including dizziness.
For that reason, I have discovered natural products for arthritis and back pain relief, including a glucosamine joint health supplement, a boswellia-based pain relief supplement, and a menthol-based pain cream that provides relief like no other I’ve ever tried.
Study: Safer glucosamine and chondroitin relieves osteoarthritis pain better than Celebrex
Did you know that the natural substances glucosamine and chondroitin proved more effective in relieving pain from osteoarthritis than the COX-2 drug celecoxib (Celebrex) in patients with moderate-to-severe pain by a score of 79.2% to 69.4%?
The above statistic was published Feb. 18, 2006 in the Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Notably, the study said that glucosamine may also help to prevent cartilage damage, and of 1583 patients who took glucosamine there was zero side effects.
Did you know that Celebrex has no ability whatsoever to help prevent progression of cartilage damage and has numerous side effects?
Drug side effects are serious concerns for patients seeking arthritis back pain relief
The popular painkilling drugs Bextra and Vioxx are no longer marketed due to harmful side effects. The FDA has issued a warning to physicians concerning heart side effects from Celebrex.
The rheumatoid arthritis drugs, Enbrel, Remicade, Humira and Cimzia were issued black box warnings by the FDA September 4, 2008 because they raise the risk of possibly fatal fungal infections (see Living with RA).
Adverse drug events (ADE) requiring hospitalization or intervention to prevent harm, birth defects and death, have tripled in the period from 1998 through 2005. Four of the top ten ADE were attributed to the painkilling drugs aspirin, hydrocodone/acetaminophen, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Study: one in four patients takes a drug prescription that could injure them
One in four patients walks out of a doctor’s office with a pharmaceutical prescription that could injure them, Harvard University researchers reported April 17, 2003 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers surveyed 661 patients from four Boston area primary care practices and found 162 of them suffered one or more medication-related injuries. There were 182 adverse events in all, including 24 serious but non-fatal events.
The researchers were led by Dr. Tejal Gandhi, director of patient safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Which natural dietary supplements are effective for arthritis back pain relief?
The concept of treating joint inflammation, swelling and stiffness by using herbal preparations for back arthritis pain relief is centuries old and continues to thrive in most parts of the world today.
Modern science has perfected the technology of preserving into extracts the potency of the plant or herb’s flowers, leaves, or roots. This process allows the herb’s natural properties to be bottled as dietary supplements in the form of capsules or tablets.
Nature provides the substances that have the same power to produce an effect in the body as drugs. For example, clinically-proven boswellia extract is an anti-inflammatory. Clinically-proven glucosamine makes and repairs joint cartilage. Clinically-proven cat’s claw enhances the action of white blood cells, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. All three effectively provide arthritis back pain relief.
What other herbs have proven effective for arthritis back pain relief?
In addition to boswellia, glucosamine and cat’s claw, the following is a list of additional herbal and natural substance supplements that may be helpful for arthritis and its symptoms (click each link for more complete information):
Alfalfa (referred to as “the father of all foods,”) has health benefits recognized for centuries. The alfalfa leaf contains a wide range of healing properties that help reduce arthritic stiffness, swelling and pain in joints. It is a natural diuretic.
Ashwagandha (in combination with beta sitosterol—below) helps relax the body and mind. It has sedating and anti-stress properties and its root contains flavanoids and active ingredients helpful for reducing inflammation.
Beta sitosterol (in combination with Ashwagandha—above) is a soybean phytosterol that helps blunt cortisol—a hormone produced during stress, a common aggravation for many arthritis sufferers.
Borage Oil (GLA). Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) from borage seed oil is used as an anti-inflammatory and assists the body in forming prostaglandins that help regulate many normal body processes.
GLA (See Borage Oil above)
Menthol is an organic compound obtained from peppermint oil with local anesthetic and counter-irritant qualities. Menthol replaces the pain message from symptoms of arthritis or other conditions with cooling arthritis back pain relief.
Safflower (in combination with boswellia—above). The safflower plant provides natural alternatives for joint discomfort of arthritis as its properties reduce pain and inflammation.
St. John’s Wort is a shrubby plant used as a natural alternative treatment for mild depression, anxiety or sleep disorders commonly linked to people with arthritis. It has far less side effects than drugs.
Valerian root promotes a calm, restful sleep and helps maintain a relaxed state naturally. The pain and discomfort of arthritis can prevent sound sleep.
Fish Oil (Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids) from cold water fish (tuna, mackerel, halibut, cod, salmon) are anti- inflammatory for arthritis relief. Fish oil is also effective in rheumatoid arthritis.
Self-care tips for arthritis back pain relief naturally
Here is a list of self-care tips to help in the treatment of arthritis of the spine:
Recommended natural supplements for arthritis back pain relief
My husband and I have used three natural pain products since they first were scientifically developed in 2003. We both have osteoarthritis and I suffer from recurrent low back pain. My husband has knee arthritis.
Pain cream for muscles and joints—Consists of natural plant extracts with pain-relieving cooling menthol, this topical analgesic provides deep temporary relief for minor pain associated with backache, arthritis, bruises, sprains, and more. This product contains a proprietary blend of natural ingredients including sweet almonds, aloe vera and menthol. Its effectiveness is unique compared to other creams on the market. It’s the best we’ve ever tried and is excellent for arthritis back pain relief. Its liposome delivery system penetrates up to 4 inches and relieves pain up to four hours.
Joint cushioning product—Consists of a combination of 1500 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride and 100 mg of cat’s claw extract, plus zinc, copper, manganese and boron, this natural dietary supplement helps build cartilage to promote flexibility, comfortable movement, enhanced mobility and range of motion.
Relief of pain product—Consists of a combination of 1000 mg of clinically proven boswellia extract (resin) standardized to 4% total boswellic acid and a patent-pending 150 mg of safflower extract, it provides pain relief for overworked joints, promotes flexibility and overall comfortable movement and is gentle on the stomach. This high quality dietary supplement contains no aspirin.
Try one, two or all three of these safe, natural treatments to see if they work to ease your symptoms and help you lead a more comfortable life.
For arthritis back pain relief, from personal experience I highly recommend the above natural pain trio.
Disclaimer: Health statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.