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Discover Natural Cures for a Herniated Disc

Last Modified on Apr 21, 2016

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.

1. Curcumin

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.

2. Yoga

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.

Also check out our related pages on:
Remedies for a Slipped Disc
Back Pain Remedies

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

Remedies for Herniated Disc

The Popularity of Herniated Disc Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Curcumin, Elevating Legs, Yoga Stretch12014-01-22
Decompression Therapy02014-12-08
General Feedback02013-11-05
Hyaluronic Acid12013-07-10
Noni Juice02012-05-09
Trigger Points12012-10-10
Turmeric, Valerian, Scullcap, Fo Ti12015-05-14

Curcumin, Elevating Legs, Yoga Stretch  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Trikke (Belgium) on 01/22/2014

[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).

Replied by Joan
Ft. Lauderdale Fl
Thanks so much for info.! Is there any dvd or such to work out lower back muscles besides a gym?

Decompression Therapy  
3 User Reviews | 1 NAY

Posted by Kathryn4 (Maryland, US) on 12/08/2014

Has anyone had good success with this decompression therapy for back pain and herniated disc?

Replied by Cgb
[NAY]   I did it. The doctor's office used a machine called AccuSpina and it made me worse because the machine malfunctioned. It basically is intermittent traction that is computer controlled. I think it is a scam. There are no independent studies that show it is any more effective than traction.
Replied by Francis D
You should sue that doctor for doing that. And if enough people do it, you will get him to stop hurting other people.

3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by David (Baja California Sur, Mexico) on 07/18/2012

[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".

Replied by Caretta
What type of DMSO do you take for herniated disc and how much of it?
Replied by Diane
Rhode Island, US
Try taking 1 tsp or 2 of yellow mustard for the knotted muscle, it helped mine.

General Feedback  

Posted by Ringgo (Jakarta, Indonesia) on 11/05/2013

As far as I know, There are NO herbal or medicine could cure a herniated or slipped disc. Only a NeuroTransmitter device such as Denas or Scenar will fix the slipped disc in a few minute. But the price expensive. Try to find a nerophaty in your area who has these device. GBU

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
You didn't bother reading this site very well. Herniated discs can be cured with highly absorbable Hyaluronic acids like Biocell's. It takes 6 weeks.

The topic is spread around multiple topics.

Hyaluronic Acid  
8 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Prioris (Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa) on 07/10/2013

The below is information I found that hasn't really been talked about much on internet. I'm only taking Collagen Type 2 which also has small molecule Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and chondroitin. I plan on adding Collagen Type 1 and 3. The HA has done wonders for my herniated disc in 6 weeks. I am working on my hip degeration. I wonder what adding Type 1 and 3 will do for my body.

Double dose for 6 – 12 weeks to make up for collagen deficiency, then maintain at recommended dose daily.

Take away from food – especially protein. If taken with protein the body doesn't recognise it as collagen (? hour before food and 2 hours after).

Do not take type I and 3 collagen at the same time as type 2 collagen – they have different amino acid profiles and if taken together the proteins bind and form a complete protein which means the body doesn't recognise it as collagen anymore.

Not taking with food has been discussed but not how to take it with the other type of collagen. Also I did run across double dosing but not that much. I have been double dosing with Type 2 and small molecule HA. I've seen one brand put type 1, 2 and 3 together so perplexing. For now, I have decided to separate taking the Type 2 and Type 1/Type 3 at different times of day on empty stomach. Any other views on this matter?

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
[YEA]   It is cured. The herniated disc was cured but the remaining pains turned out to be rheumatoid arthritis which I did find way to bring it under control.
Replied by Hrvoje
I have experience that collagen could really be beneficial because it really helped a lot with my ruptured Achilles tendon.

But if you take it just as a supplement I don't thing it's going to syntheses in necessary amount in body.

I don't think there is replacement for plant based mainly raw food. It's proved to be best choice for healing.

Replied by Linda
Milk of magnesium liquid very well may help you. Google it with arthritis and/or bursitis. It is amazing.

Posted by Maggie G. (Laredo, Texas/usa) on 12/06/2011

Hi, I would like to use the hyaluronic acid remedy suggested by Ted for herniated disc. The problem is I can not take salt. Ted mentioned that the salt will keep the HA from spoiling and is the second ingredient. What else should I add? Please help!

Replied by Dud
From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa
Maggie G; The salt is added to the hyaluron water solution to act as a preservative when making a pint or quart volume. If you can not take the salt, them make a smaller volume, and consume it in 24 to 48 hours, at the correct dose;... Then mix up another small batch. In this way, the hyaluron will not have time to spoil, and you don't need a preservative in it.

Hyaluron is a protein type substance, and spoils easily. Keep it refrigerated and cold. Make smaller batches that will be used up fairly fast.

Replied by Maggie G.
Laredo, Texas
Thank you so much for your reply. Will do.
Replied by Louis Murray
I add a crushed 1,000mg vit C tablet to my mix (no salt) and keep it in the fridge - lasts more than 2 weeks.

Noni Juice  

Posted by Farmgirl (Calgary, Canada) on 05/09/2012

Herniated Disc, Energy, psorasis, High Blood Pressure:

I first took noni for a herniated disc. It took 3 months of being on a loading dose of 4 oz per day split am and pm, but eventually it resolved after having endured 9 months of physio, traction etc which was ineffective. Within 2 weeks of starting I had more energy than I had for years and since 1997 have not had to take naps mid day to keep going. I had suffered with psorasis since the age of 16 but have not had any since 1997 either. I will take noni daily until the day I die.

I started my mother on noni in her late 80's on it at only 2 oz per day and her high blood pressure dropped within a week from 165/90 (with medication) to 87/49. She reduced (halved) the medication and it came up to 120/80 but later the doctor halved her medication again and it remained near normal (as long as she could remember to take it). It also did drop her blood sugars some but not enough to stop her medication.

Trigger Points  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Kelitababy (Yucaipa, Ca, Usa) on 10/10/2012

[YEA]  After having had a herniated disc in C7 of my neck, my throat was feeling like I had a pill stuck in it. I found out by accident that it is all due to triger points in the muscles in the neck and there is lots of new information online about triger points and how to relieve them either by a trained massage therapist or do it yourself with online help. My relief came after 15 minutes of a specially trained massage therapist gave me a neck muscle treatment in a chair and the lump in the throat was gone and I felt better than I had in 6 months. Totally amazed me and I started researching trigger points online. So Happy now.

Replied by Mamta
Mumbai, India
I have the same problem. Which country you r from. And what kind of training your massage therapist give you... Is it possible to see it on YouTube ? Because I am from India.

Turmeric, Valerian, Scullcap, Fo Ti  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Barry (Shreveport, Louisiana) on 05/14/2015

[YEA]  I have four bad discs in my neck, ranging from protruding to degenerating. After years of pain killers and muscle relaxant prescriptions that did nothing to ease my symptoms I took matters into my own hands. I researched several different herbs and their constituents. The following is a list of herbs that have vastly improved my quality of life.

  • Whole root Turmeric: 500 mg. capsule three times daily.
  • Valerian Root: capsule 500 mg three times daily.
  • American Scullcap: 240 mg tincture one to two times daily. Be careful with the Scullcap and Valerian as it can cause problems in some. If problems arise, substitute St. Johnswort for the Scullcap.
  • Fo-Ti: two 610 mg capsules 3 times daily.

Muscle spasms, inflammation, and pain have been cut by at least 95%.

I pray this information will help others as it has me.