Aug 21, 2016
You are in pain, and you have already tried all of your “old standbys.” Ibuprofen isn’t working and you don’t really want to take stronger medication, but you want relief from this ever-present pain in your back. Fortunately, you can use natural treatment options to help support your back pain, no matter the cause. Natural remedies, such as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper help relieve pain and treat issues related to your back. Likewise, you may want to try therapeutic treatments like yoga or even acupuncture.
Can You Define “Back Pain”?
From a minor twinge in your lower back to a radiating pain that permeates your entire backside, back pain varies but is relatively common. This issue is one of the most common complaints and s actually considered one of the most common reasons that people go to the doctor and even call off work.
Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may experience different symptoms; however, if it is situated in your back, then you can considered it as such. Common symptoms of the condition include muscle ache, shooting or stabbing pain, pain that radiates into your leg, decreased flexibility and/or range of motion in your back, and an inability to stand up straight.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Back Issues?
While back pain often develops without a specific cause, you and your doctor can typically identify the cause following a review of your recent activities as well as testing or imaging. Determining the cause of your pain helps with treatment and may include issues with muscle or ligament strains, a bulging or ruptured disk, arthritis, skeletal irregularities, or even osteoporosis.
What Are Conventional Treatments for Back Pain?
While most back pain gets better within a few weeks of home treatment, if your pain persists you should seek medical attention to prevent further damage to your back. In any case, common treatments for back pain include rest and pain relievers such as acetaminophen. If your condition is more progressive, you may require additional treatment such as narcotics such as codeine, regular injections such as cortisone, or even surgery.
Can I Treat the Condition Naturally?
Natural treatment options can help relieve your pain and prevent the need for more aggressive treatment options. Common natural treatments include coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper. Yoga and acupuncture are also effective treatment options.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a balanced fat that contains lauric acid. This acid has a variety of effective treatment benefits, one of which is relieving pain. Massaged into your back at the pain site can help relieve back pain almost instantly.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar possesses a variety of treatment properties. As the liquid helps to alkalize your body, it reduces excess acid in the body and can actually treat back pain and inflammation naturally. You should take a 1-2 tablespoons daily to get the best benefit.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains a high concentration of capsaicin. This compound is a natural pain reliever and is an active ingredient in many muscle pain creams and treatments. A teaspoon of cayenne diluted in water is one of the most effective treatments for back pain.
Yoga helps realign the body and strengthen the core. These two combined actions help relieve back pain and prevent further back issues.
Acupuncture is one of the best remedies for pervasive back pains. It targets specific pain centers and works to relieve pain from those areas and the surrounding locations.
No matter the cause of your pain, one of these treatment options should work for you. Give one of our treatment options a try or add one of your suggestions to our extensive list of remedies contributed by our readers since 1999!
Remedies for Back Pain
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Popular Reader Recipes and Suggestions
Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 teaspoons* Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda (optional, improves taste)
- 8 oz. Water
* Some readers report excellent results using 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Rub a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil on area of pain
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Posted by Sybille (Billings, Montana) on 11/25/2014
Hello! I am just wondering if a daily intake of 2 tablespoons of ACV with 8 oz. water twice a day can help prevent back pain, diarrhea, migraine, high blood pressure, and blood sugar? As preventive rather than curative?
Posted by Mimmer (London, England) on 06/04/2007
Hi all, I was chatting with a lady at work who suggested Blackstrap Molasses (BSM) and Apple Cider Vinegar. For a year I have suffered with constipation, bad back and general tighness of muscles in the neck area. For 20 yrs I have had trouble with fibroids (had surgery but too multiple to remove all). On 26-5-07, I bought BSM and ACV. I took it right away, doses-2 large spoons of BSM in warm water, followed by 3 tablespoons of ACV in warm water. I done this morning b4 breakfast and last thing at night. The second day on it I had a very easy bowel movement and have done everyday since. My constipation is now a thing of the past. My back (which I had to get medication from the doctors for-didnt help) was cured during the week, along with the muscle ache. I sleep deeper and dont seem to eat as much. I totally know that this 'tonic' as I like to call it will clear my fibriods eventually. I also want to see after 3months how i do as I want to give it to my Auntie for her Arthritis. I thank you all for posting your experiences as this has given me constant strength and encouragement. I look forward to this journey and please if you are having or have had VICTORY over fibriods with 'The Tonic' then please post so I can read it. I am a big beliver in foods for healing and this sure is a testament to God's produce. Smiles
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Posted by Ropsonna (Everett, Wa) on 03/16/2007
We use ACV for several different health benefits. ACV has become a part of our daily routine. I have a severe asthma, sinus & back pain. What it does the rest, is an extra benefit for us. We believe that it helps us tremendously.
We take 1 shot 1/2 hr before every meal. This takes care every health issues that we have. Sometimes we put some in our salad. It adds lots of flavor. For those who is overweight or maintaining your weight and want to each funk food. Taking 1 shot before each meal, is away to go. ACV breaks down fattening food.
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Posted by Susan (Tampa, FL) on 01/03/2007
2 tsp honey, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in 8 to 16 ounces of water 3 times a day cured my arthritis, back pain and allergies. I was in so much pain for many many years with severe back problems, and then 2 years ago was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The dr. prescribed steroids, and 2 different immuno suppressant drugs and the side effects were horrible. I could hardly get out of bed in the morning, my joints and muscles hurt so bad, i also have fibromyalgia. I started this regimen about a month ago and saw immediate results. My hay fever has cleared up also. My sinuses are dry, usually I always have a bad post nasal drip problem. I feel more energized, and my body just feels good, like it is getting what it needs.
Posted by Cecilia (Strongsville, OH) on 06/16/2006
I have had chronic lower back pain for years and after taking AVC twice daily for a month I have noticed a drastic difference. I was restricted in activities and now I can do just about everything. While at the doctor's I also found out that my blood pressure dropped from 124/80 to 116/68. In January, 2006 I was diagnosed with acid reflux, which resulted with pills every day. Since taking the AVC I haven't had to take any medication for the acid reflux. I believe it has also helped with my allergies. This really is a miracle cure.
Posted by George (Fairfield, CA) on 10/21/2005
I have a back problem and it got even worse when an employee that I work with pushed me from behind and I found myself on the floor in pain. Good thing there was nothing broken but it left me with a terrible back pain. I could hardly walk and if I do, it would be like a slow motion picture. I was downing anti-inflammatory 3x a day, but the doctor only recommends 2x a day. I really don't care at that time. I was also taking tylenol around 12 tabs a day plus a muscle relaxant. None of it work or if it did, it would only provide very little relief which is close to nothing. Then a friend of mine mentioned ACV and I remembered my mom telling me about that about 2 and a half decades ago. I went to the internet and found this site. I thought I would give it a try. Nothing to lose on my part, but everything to gain. The first couple of days of taking ACV, it really didn't do anything for me. But on the third day, I felt a tremendous change. My pain was almost gone. I want to mention that on the second day, I didn't stick to the 3x a day regimen for ACV. I think I drank ACV at least 7 times (3 tablespoons each dose) for the second day. When I felt my pain was almost gone, I went back to my 3 times a day. And up to now, I am still taking ACV. And I am only taking half a pill of my medication for the whole day. This miracle happen in a span of 3 days. It was like a birthday present to me because the third day was my actual birthday and I was able to entertain friends that came over. ACV is a true natural miracle. Thanks to ACV I once again have my life back. Thanks to my mom also for just being mom.
Posted by Terri (Starkville, MS) on 02/27/2007
Thank you Ted, I had back discomfort for a few years. I bought shoe inserts, heating pads, creams for pain, and a new mattress. Each of these things would help temporarily. I started your ACV/baking soda remedy last night and I slept well. This morning I awoke to very little pain..it feels like the inflammation is almost gone. Like the other responders said..I had new energy, better attitude, no yeast itching,and space to fasten my tight jeans. Whatever it is, this is great.
Posted by Donna (Yuma, AZ - USA) on 11/21/2008
I have had lower back pain for years and sciatica started a few months back when I fell. I have read numerous remedies. So I combined everyones suggestions and came up with these. Drink a mixture of cut ginger root (5-7 slices), turmeric and curry powder, (1/2 tsp)in a tall shaker container,(I steep in hot water for 5-10 min. then fill the rest w/cool water). Also have been doing the ACV, (3 tblspn) in water through out the day, (same container). Like OMG, what a difference. Also bought the Virgin Coconut Oil and put all over my body. My aches and even the "squeeking" of my knees when I kneel/bend are gone. I have always tried to go natural and have many books on herbs, etc. This website is AWSOME!! Oh, also the cold showers - WOW, what a difference. I always wondered when I swimming in the ocean and the water was about 65 my back never hurt - Eureka - now I know.
Posted by Cateye (Melbourne, Vic., Australia) on 10/24/2011
My mother, aunt, great-aunt, sister and I have this issue. My mother calls it her witches hump.
I thought I was stuck with it, I always stood and sat with my neck jutting forward as if unable to straighten. It looked gross, 'slovenly' in photos.
I suspect it is a physiological problem caused by injury, fluoride/excess calcium-on-a-genetic-pattern combo and other damage compounded by psychology.
For the last ten years I've been trying to manage and cure my back pain, and I've recently made huge *HUGE* leaps towards cure. I've never felt so strong or so pain-free (and mentally calm) as the last six months or so since I had my atlas aligned. I wrote the speil under the 'scoliosis' heading too, because it seems to have corrected the twist between my shoulders.
But the hump has disappeared altogether. I'm 38 and really thought I'd turn in to the classic, brittle, wisp of a British Lady Crone figure by 55-60yrs... And was well on the way. Now I see myself as a staunch old lady with an imposing presence. : )
The most dramatic change was having my atlas aligned. SUCH a dramatic thing I can't stress it enough. The other is to find a genuine 'Rolfer', also known as 'structural integration' practioner, who essentially looks at where your body is going wrong and irons out the issues over ten sessions. I heard it was called 'The Rolls Royce of Massage' before I'd tried it, and I certainly agree now. I can't go back to budget massage. Too annoying realising these people don't know what they're doing and you're paying them to do it.
Anyhoo, my two cents. Atlas alignment is brilliant. So is Rolfing.
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Posted by Redou (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 06/16/2009
I'm not a doctor, THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, I'm only telling you what happened to me. Consult you doctor before you try anything. If you get hurt, don't waste your time suing me, you won't get much.
This post will probably be too long for most readers, but if you have LOWER BACK PAIN, I want you to know that I understand what you're going through.
I fixed my LOWER BACK PAIN with a BALL POINT PEN - no, I didn't write a check. First some background and then I'll get to the point. I had back pain for 28 years - from age 17 to age 45. I'm 53 now and except for a couple of 'twinges' NO PAIN IN 8 YEARS. I spent an average of 3 days a month on my back. I had pain 75% of the time. I used to pee in a jar because it hurt too bad to get up and go to the bathroom.
My wife had to put on my shoes and tie them for me. To pick up something, I had to get down, slowly, on my knees and only if it wasn't heavy. I used to pay $80 for a hotel room just to get out of the car. I never slept in the hotel bed. I slept on the hard floor.
I couldn't do a lot of things like camping or hiking or dancing. I thought of myself as a cripple. I lived in fear of that pain, like a knife in my lower back, making me go to the ground. I never knew when it was going to hit.
I went to doctors and chiropractors and spent a lot of money. Had a lot of X-Rays done. I'll probably die of cancer. I was told that: - one leg was longer than the other (chiropractor) - I needed special shoes or lifts in my shoes (chiropractor) - I had a herniated disc (doctor) - I had soft tissue damage (doctor) - I had cracked vertebrae (doctor) - I needed surgery (at least 3 doctors)
- heating pads (temporary relief)
- popping my own back (sometimes temporary relief, sometimes made it worse)
- bed rest - or on the floor rest (sometimes back to work the next day, sometimes 3 days to a week on my back)
- stretching exercizes prescribed by doctors (useless)
- very hot baths (temporary relief often followed by worse pain)
- TENS unit - electric stimulation - I bought one (temporary relief)
- heat, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)followed with 'manupulation' (back popping) by chiropractors (temporary relief, usually followed by pain shortly thereafter or the next day
- hard mattresses, soft mattresses, hard chairs, soft chairs (hard chairs worked better for me)
I never ate any pills except over-the-counter muscle relaxors. I won't eat a pain pill. Too easy to get addicted.
Ok. I'm getting to the point:
One day I'm lying on the floor, missing work. My girlfriend is looking at the computer and trying to help me. She is reading about a home remedy for back pain. I'm telling her don't waste yourtime, go in the bedroom, there's a stack of books in there about back pain. Some by a girl named Zimmerman, if memory serves. I think it was a British physical therapist that told me about this cure, but with the pain, and not thinking clearly I really can't remember. Whoever it was, they have my eternal gratitude.
What the person on the net was recommending:
- wait until your pain gets better, don't start fixing it while you're having a lower back pain episode.
- Once your back gets back to 'normal' (for me that meant I was able to work around the pain, go to work, go somewhere)- Then
get a ball point pen.
- Drop your drawers, bend over until you just start to feel scared. (most back sufferers don't like to bend over, that's often when the pain hits you)
- Place your fingers on your thighs, flat in the front, and make a mark with the pen where your middle finger touches your thighs one mark on each leg. Don't bend below where you feel comfortable (meaning don't go below the mark)
- DON'T Wash the marks off.
- For the next week, BENDING ONLY AT THE HIPS, KEEPING YOUR
LOWER BACK STRAIGHT - TOUCH THOSE TWO MARKS 100 TIMES EVERY DAY.
- Don't do it all at once, ten here, twenty there, and only if you feel safe doing it.
- After a week , if you feel comfortable with it, make a mark 1/2 inch (THAT'S ONE HALF OF AN INCH) below the first marks and now
spend a week touching those new marks 100 times a day.
- You can see where this is going - All the way down to your toes.
- I took three months to do it.
- If you do it at 1/2 inch at a time it will probably take you a year, (I think the person who invented this was being overly cautious and trying to make sure no one got hurt)
Anyway, after 3 months of touching the slowly descending marks 100 times a day, I could touch my toes. Without fear. (But I would kind of work my way down each day) I had not bent over and touched my toes for 28 years. Now I could do it every day. And I still do it now. The lower back pain was (and is) GONE.
1) My theory - the reason this works - is that I had babied my back for years and the right muscles, the ones that are supposed to hold you up and aid in flexing and extending a person's back - were WEAK. I realized that all the treatments I had tried only treated the SYMPTOMS and did not solve the PROBLEM - my WEAK back. Also, I was able to function for many years with a bad back, but I believe I was using the WRONG MUSCLES. When my back was locked up, my spine was crooked, the wrong muscles were trying to do a job they were not intended for. Also, and this is important, I don't believe I had any real DAMAGE to my back, nothing broken or torn, that is why I think anyone who wants to try this should go to their doctor and make sure nothing is broken first.
I still touch my toes 100 times a day, twenty here, ten there. I keep a concrete block outside my back door and every now and then I bend down and lift it WITH MY BACK, not with my knees like the doctors say. DON'T TRY THIS YOURSELF. Now my back is strong, my muscles are flexible, and circulation in that area is good. Weak muscles are TENSE and have poor circulation. STRONG muscles are flexible and have good circulation.
Another thing I believe is that many back sufferers are stressed out people, their stress shows up in muscle tension. I don't think that is the only reason for back problems, but I believe stress is a major contributor.
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Posted by Michla (Long Beach, Ca 9080, Ca) on 09/09/2009
I am so happy to have found this castor oil remedy that I wish I could get the WORLD on board with it!!!! After going to doctor's, chiropracters using exercise, yoga, stretching, motrin, muscle relaxers to boot; I finally have something that truly deals with the symptoms for an injured lower back which flares up from time to time as well as neck and shoulder soreness which leads to significant tightness and discomfort.
My symptoms have been significantly reduced and my painful days are few and far between and I do not even use the full castor oil pack method as right now I do not have a heating pad...I improvised with a warm wet rag and a microwaveable bean bag and I am feeling much, much better than I ever have before. Typically during my menstrual cycle I am plagued by a lower back throbbing and discomfort and this month it is very minimal if anything at all and this is amazing!!!!
I also tried it out for bruising and again it worked wonders on cutting down on bruise life as well as soreness, discoloration (most of my bruising lasts at least a week but with castor oil right away it's perhaps 2 days and with more time passing before I get to it perhaps around 3.5 days.....WOW!!!!
If I could I would bathe in castor oil each and every day!!!!
Posted by Tony (Liverpool) on 02/15/2014
I have been suffering with back pain for well over 20 yrs, I am second youngest of 7 children, I have always been active, and am of average weight 13stone 6ft tall, my problem is I feel constant discomfort in my lower back , and often go into spasm which can be agonising. my spine twists out of shape and I find it very difficult to stand or sit, and am constantly going from one to the other for a few minutes at a time . but as I stated at the beginning, I am 1 of 7 children , my mother sadly deceased was also very active up until the age of 88, and suffered exactly the same symptoms as myself, my brother who was an excellent amateur footballer and fitness fanatic, is exactly the same as me, I have 3 sisters one sadly deceased, exactly the same as me, I have been seeing doctors and telling them my symptoms and those of my family, but it seems to fall on deaf ears and I get the impression these doctors assume its lack of exercise, I've tried physio and but it has no lasting effect on my condition, and a few hours after a session the pain is still the same , I've also been in casualty when the pain has been at its worst and received morphine injections, can anyone tell me if this could be a genetic condition, and offer any advice.
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Posted by Maggie (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 04/02/2013
Hi. My husband has been suffering chronic back pain for over a year and a half. He is in pain every single day and has to stop and rest every day when we walk the dog. Sometimes he is walking and stoops over to try and minimize the pain. When he stands too long in the kitchen he has to go sit down and rest. The closest description I have been able to get from him through reading types of pain is sciatica. He injured his back at work a year and a half ago and has not had a day without pain since. He refuses to go and see a doctor so I try what I can but am not sure if any supplements can help what he has. Not sure if it has anything to do with foods he eats. He does not sleep well, is tired all the time and usually needs a restful period every afternoon. I do not know what type of injury he has without a proper diagnosis. He also suffers from excess mucus after eating which I doubt has anything to do with his back pain. He actually had that problem before the injury. I have tried him on several things but he gets impatient if he does not experience immediate relief. The best he feels is if he has a bath with epsom salts and then rests on the bed. I have recently added magnesium citrate pills at doses of 500 mg but as yet he has not seen any improvement. I also increased his vitamin D since he has several symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, he has dark skin, suffers SAD in the winter time. Are any of these things related? Is there anything else I can do to help without a doctor or chiropractor's visit? I tried to get him to do the castor oil packs but he had no patience with that. I tried candied ginger slices which he tried for 1-2 days and then found them useless. Like I said, if he doesn't feel immediate relief it is hard to try natural remedies with him. Any advise please?
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Posted by DeAun (Edwards, Missouri) on 04/27/2007
I tried the clove oil on spine to relieve chronic back pain, which I think might be caused by a virus. After a couple of days, I have experienced tremendous relief. I feel quite limber and much better than I have for years. Thanks to Ted and Earth Clinic for all you do!