Last Modified on Aug 16, 2014
Are you suffering from a herniated disc or slipped disc in your spine? Get back pain relief with natural home remedies from our readers offering treatment for herniated disc symptoms! The first symptom many people have is back pain, but rather surprisingly, some will experience little to no pain from this problem. In all cases, however, it is important to seek effective treatment to prevent further damage. We have done the research for you and come up with a collection of natural and home remedies to treat your discomfort. Three of the best home treatments are curcumin, yoga or stretching and DMSO.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, is an issue that involves one of the “rubbery cushions” in-between the individual bones in your spine. These discs can be compared to a jelly donut, for lack of a better visual, in that the discs have a soft center within a tough exterior. The condition occurs when some of the soft fluid from within the disc pushes out through a crack in the exterior.
A herniated disc can cause irritation to the nearby nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. Some individuals, however, experience no pain and the issue is only identified through spinal imaging.
Can I Treat a Slipped Disc with Home Remedies?
As conditions with the back and spine are so sensitive, it really is best to at least consult a doctor concerning treatment. However, you can utilize treat back pain holistically with a number of home remedies and reduce your risk for further issues.
What Remedies Should I Use to Treat a Ruptured Disc?
Our readers have offered a wide range of alternative remedies for slipped discs and other back issues – all of which are available to you. According to anecdotal evidence and our further research, three of the best holistic remedies for a herniated disc are curcumin, yoga, and DMSO.
Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric. This compound is anti-inflammatory and serves as an antioxidant. As such, it relieves inflammation in the back and helps eradicate any of the excess fluid that leaked out of the slipped disc.
Yoga is one of the absolute best forms of treatment for back issues. The structured stretching not only lengthens the body but also strengthens the core, so it helps relieve pressure in the back and prevents further back issues.
DMSO or dimethyl sulfoxide is an organic sulfur compound. Sulfur compounds are responsible for creating new cells and maintaining life as well as detoxing the body. As such, DMSO is particularly effective for treating a ruptured disc.
Whether you are experiencing pain from your herniated disc or not, treatment to at least maintain the strength and structure of your back is important. Give one of these options a try or continue reading below for tips from Earth Clinic readers who have tried various supplements to heal a slipped disc. Please let us know the remedies or supplements that helped you recover from a herniated disc.
Reference: Zhu X, Li Q, Chang R, Yang D, Song Z, et al. (2014) Curcumin Alleviates Neuropathic Pain by Inhibiting p300/CBP Histone Acetyltransferase Activity-Regulated Expression of BDNF and Cox-2 in a Rat Model. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91303. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091303
[YEA] I had a torn disc 6 weeks ago and everybody wanted me to take strong anti-inflammatories and heavy painkillers. I went for the painkillers for about a week, just to get some sleep and rest, but replaced the anti-inflammatory medication with heavy dosages of curcuma, combined with a bit of black pepper (it enhances the biodisponibility of the curcuma times 20). On ebay, you can find a little device that allows you to fill/make your own curcuma capsule pills for nearly nothing).
For a week, I slept at night with a warming pack which was bliss.
Lots of rest and lying down at first, putting legs at a 90? angle f.i. lying on the floor, thighs up and calves on the seat of a chair, bed or sofa. It apparently helps rehydrate de disc. Minimum 10 minutes a day.
I also started about two weeks later, to very gently sit in the yoga "child pose", which is like a foetal position (you can also do it on your back, pulling in your legs over your stomach) and very consciously breath about 10 times into your lower back by litteraly "bringing" the oxygen there - expand your lower back rather then your lungs or stomach with air (it oxygenates the cells and helps the area heal).
I was also wearing a back-brace in the beginning, but beware not to keep wearing it too often afterwords as it weakens the belly and back muscles, which is the opposite of what you want.
I am now almost completely recovered, but have started an intense training program to muscle and tone my belly and lower back muscles.
Apparently, there might also be a link between lower back pain/injury and a problem in the gut (leaky gut, candida, etc).
[YEA] I use DMSO to relieve some of the painful symptoms of a herniated # 4 lumbar disc. My best guess is DMSO works because not only does the nerve bundle cause pain, but the pain causes adjacent muscles to tense up and spasm. Believe it or not, I am convinced the knotted muscles feed back pain to the nerve, aggravating it even more. No, I'm afraid DMSO is not the all enveloping miracle cure for a herniated disc agony. But it does temporarily relieve a significant amount of pain - and I do not have to swallow even more medicine to do it. Call me "convinced".