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Spinal Stenosis Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 10, 2016

Generally characterized by severe pain in the lower back and neck, spinal stenosis involves the narrowing of the spine. While no finite cure for the condition exists, several aspects of treatment have been identified. Exercise and natural supplements are among the most effective treatment options.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis can be defined as narrowing of the spine that involves the small spinal canal. The condition often results in the “pinching” of the spinal cord and nerve roots, resulting in pain, weakness, numbness and cramping. Pain can be so severe that walking becomes unbearable.

Natural Remedies for Narrowing of the Spine

Treating spinal stenosis focuses on eliminating symptoms of the condition as well as strengthening the bones and spinal column. Regular exercise the builds and helps maintain strength in the back, arm and upper leg muscles is an effective treatment option. Additionally, supplements including glucosamine, MSM, fatty acids and others are also important for maintaining health.


Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound that aids in the maintenance of healthy cartilage and joints. Often used as an arthritis supplement, the compound also helps treat spinal stenosis by replenishing the cartilage in the spine and supporting joint health. The compound also aids in the reduction of inflammation.


MSM is another effective treatment option used for reducing pain and replenishing joint lubrication. The compound is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, which reduces swelling and pain associated with the condition. The compound also protects the spinal column from further deterioration.

Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids, including omega-6 and omega-3, are crucial for the proper function of the body in a variety of ways. In regards to spinal stenosis, these compounds reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms of arthritis and osteoporosis. These supplements also help replenish the natural cushioning between the vertebrae and alleviate pain associated with the condition.

Spinal stenosis is generally a painful condition that involves cramping, weakness and numbness in the back, legs, neck, shoulder and arms. Natural treatment options, however, offer relief from pain and replenish the body’s cartilage and bone composition to alleviate the issue.

Remedies for Spinal Stenosis

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Enzymes and Glucosamine  
7 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Bill (Chattanooga, Tennessee) on 09/14/2007

[YEA]  Reply to: SPINAL STENOSIS -- NEEDS REMEDY 9/13/2007: Desiree from Putnam Valley, New York writes: "Any suggestions for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? The only info I am getting is drugs and surgery, I have been taking ACV and doing the "Oil Pulling" but I can't seem to alleviate the numbness in my feet and legs. Does anyone have any suggestions?"

Desiree, Having recently been told that I had degenerative arthritis that might require back surgery, my immediate mission was to avoid the surgery. And, I have so far done that. Without going into great detail, I began to research and finally decided to take two items in fairly heavy doses compared to the recommended dose on the labels. Enzymes and Glucosamine. Important! All supplements are not created equal!!I will be happy to share the exact product names and amounts with you, but cannot place them on this website. There are specific proteolytic enzymes that can be very helpful. There are also some simple exercises that can help relieve stress on the spinal joints.

EC: We wrote Bill asking to please send more information...

Replied by Bill
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Let me say that I have no connection with any supplement company or reseller. I purchase my supplements from a local health food store. The supplements that I use are these: Glucosamine Sulfate (crustacean shellfish) 1500 mg. Celadrin Fatty Acid Complex 1500 mg. (providing 780 mg of esterified fatty acids) MSM (methylsulfmethane) 200 mg. The serving size for the above is 4 caps and I took 6 caps AM and 6 caps PM (note, the three items above are in one capsule)

Proteolytic Enzymes Serving size 1 tab (all items below contained in one tab) Pancreatin 8X 100 mg. Papain 30,000 USP/mg 60 mg. Serratia peptidease 200,000 SPU/g 26 mg. Bromelain 1,200 SPU/g 25 mg. I began with 2 tabs 3X daily between meals (minimum 1 hour before or after). Then moved to 3 tabs, 3X daily, then to 4 tabs , 3X daily and would have gone to five but pain began to subside. Stayed at this level until pain was greatly diminished. Now I take (total) 4 glucosamine per day and about 6 proteolytic enzymes per day. As I go forward, I will probably further reduce the amount taken but will continue.

Additionally, I checked my ph level and used AVC and baking soda to maintain a 7.0 ph level. I am doing oil pulling but cannot at this time really give a qualified report on oil pulling.

I do E-Cise 2 Static Back and a bit more which may not show up on the website. The exercises were important to recovery. Yes, when I first tried them, I probably turned a bit pale. However, with time they are amazingly helpful and become less "noticeable". If there is interest, I will give more details later.

A personal comment. I am thankful for doctors, medicine, supplements, natural remedies and of course EARTH CLINIC. Most importantly I am thankful for the Internet as without it... I would probably be at this time recovering from back surgery!

Replied by Faina
Buffalo Grove, Il, Us
I was following this protocol with the great success for about a week. Thanks a lot! Pain greatly diminished, but walking is still very difficult. Would like to know how long do I need to stay on this protocol? I did not have to go to 4 enzymes table 3X a day. I am taking 3 tabets 3X, but would like to know when it is appropriate to lower the disage and for how long I should take smaller dosages.
Replied by Lucy Bolton
Charleston, SC
will you tell me please if you have continued to have relief from your pain. The site that you recommended for the excercises is not functioning. any further advice? thank you.


Replied by Allen
Brooklyn, Ny, Us
Hi, I have the same problem and I am looking for answers What is the name of this products and who is manufacturer? Thank you.
Replied by Desertpunky
I am lucky, I don't have much pain from my spinal stenosis. I have numbness on both sides of my knees and experiencing toe numbness, some burning and some pain. I would like to know if there is any help for me. Stenosis is calcification and if I took calcium, would the calcification stop as I believe it is caused from your body robbing calcium from your bones. Now they warn about too much calcium and your heart. I don't want surgery, but is there anything holistic that can 'break' the calcium up?
Replied by Chris
Manhattan, Mt
Please send exact products & doses you have take.

Multiple Remedies  
12 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 1 NAY

Posted by Loleese (Denver, Co) on 06/21/2014

[YEA]  I've been diagnosed with Cervical Spinal Stenosis at C5&6, a couple of bulging disks and osteoarthritis. The pain is intense, radiating from my shoulder down my arm, into my elbow, wrists and muscles into my fingers. The muscles are tight, the joints ache and my fingers and hand become pins and needles, swollen and feel like their being slammed In a door. I can't make a fist. The pain is into the bone.

I have found tremendous relief using MSM 1000mg 3x/day. Grapeseed extract-200mg 3xs daily and Wobensyme N which is an enzyme formula to address inflammation and joint support, 4 tablets three times a day or as needed. Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen were completely ineffective. With these three I am almost pain free!

i no longer sleep on my side, I support my neck with a neck roll. My plan to avoid surgery is this: yoga, swimming and masssage, hot castor oil packs applied to my neck. I recently discovered Lions Mane might help with nerve regeneration and heard that Rose Hip Vital might help too.

thanks EarthClinic! I love this website.

Replied by Loleese
Denver, Co
Udating my progress, MSM has been a God send! I've quit the Grapeseed extract. I believe the Wobensyme was causing my blood pressure to spike. I just found it about Serrapetase and I'm going to include it and glucosamine and condroitin along with Lysine and Black seed oil.
Replied by Cheryl
Wisconsin, US
Loleese, let me know how you do, I started high doses of MSM, glucosamine, Vit C and B vitamins. Doc wants to do surgery which bothers me. I don't have pain but tingling. My stenosis is quite severe in the same area yours is. Also going with prayer.
Replied by Loleese
Denver, US
Hi Cheryl, I am doing well with the MSM and some neck stretching exercises recommended by my chiropractor and my osteopath. Yoga is wonderful! The castor oil packs felt good but they are hard to keep up with. I hope you are doing well and can avoid surgery. I'll say a prayer for you today. Let me know how you do.
Replied by Loleese
i quito the glucosamine and condroitin Because I learned it could elevate blood pressure. I have had significant improvement with pain and I beleive it was the MSM but I have referred others to it and it didn't help them. Each person is different. I can stop the tingling within seconds by stretching my neck, dropping my chin and stretching out the back of my neck and holding for eight long breaths or by doing the downward dog position in yoga.
Replied by Prioris
Fl, US
Please be aware that glucosamine has been obsoleted by hyaluronic acid. Ha is 10 or 20 times more effective.
Replied by Kish
Hong Kong
[NAY]   Dear Prioris,

As per your suggestion, I started my mother on Biocel ( Doctor's best brand), it's been a month or more, but no significant relief. Kindly advise if there is anything else she can try? Regards, Kish

Replied by Karen
If all else fails and nerve pain is debilitating don't let go too long. I developed nerve damage in my arm which is continually cold. I eventually had an advanced surgery called an endoscopic foraminotomy. Basically the bone spurs are shaved down and there is no intrusive hardware in me. I have had considerable relief but it is not a 100% fix. Nerves will be tenuous for a long time since surgeon had to work around. Check out the JHO institute in Pittsburg, PA. Don't be alarmed by some of the negative reviews. Read carefully. Many are expecting miracle cures. I recommend seeing Dr David Jho. He is more compassionate than senior.
Replied by Steff
Oh my gosh!! This is totally me and I was just diagnosed today. I was told to see a neurosurgeon and was prescribed some drugs. I like this holistic healing better! Thank you!!
Replied by Wendy
Apache Junction, Az
Please contact me, your description of pain in the hands is exactly as mine. I am in so much pain I cry. It is like a charley horse in my arms to the hands. I am waiting for insurance to ok injections of cortizone
Replied by Sandy
Dr. John Sarno talks about stenosis and other back issues in his book Healing back pain

I suggest you watch his 20/20 youtube video. He has helped countless people.

for stenosis and disc issues, tendonitis etc.

Good Luck, Sandy

Replied by Blaine
Chandler, Az
Be careful of the cortisone... Had the injections pre-op and post. Led to early cataracts.. I'm only 50. L5/S1 fusion.1999.

Quick Guide For Spinal Stenosis  

Posted by Prioris (Fl) on 03/10/2015

There really isn't an explanation in this section to really help guide people with this problem so here it is.

Here is a Quick brief guide to underlying issues with Spinal Stenosis. This allows people to zero in on what they need to focus on. Spinal stenosis has many root causes since many things can impinge on the nerves.

Spinal Stenosis has at least 4 different causes. You must ball park what the origin is first. These are the things that can cause compression on the nerves along spinal column.

1) Bone Spurs. This is the most common cause which is related to osteoarthritis. Behind that is what Ted describes as a "calcium metabolism" issue. I agree with him.

Bone spurs are simply calcium deposits that did not integrate into the bone properly. As the deposits build up, they can cause compression on the nerves.

These calcium deposits need to be dissolved. Just like it took a while for deposits to be created, it will take some time to be dissolved.

Nerve pain is an outgrowth from this issue. For short to intermediate term, I would suggest seeing a chiropractor to help manage pain. They will not address the root cause of the problem but may help with pain. They may say they can address the root problem but I wouldn't hold my breath.

For intermediate and long term, while the chiropractor helps manage the pain, you need to grab the bull by the horns and address the bone spurs with nutrients.

Without knowing the exact cause of the calcium metabolism dysfunction, you will need to go thru some trial and error.

Some of the supplements that should definitely include magnesium, vitamin k2 mk7 and vitamin d3.

There is a lot of information about vitamin k2 mk7 and D3 in other places. How much k2 I can't say. Minimum should be 200mcg but it could be taken in higher doses. Take it with food and D3.

Dosage for vitamin D3 could be 4000 to 10000. I would take at least 2000 IU per 100 mcg of vitamin K2 MK7

Excerpt from Mercola"The optimal amounts of vitamin K2 are still under investigation, but it seems likely that 180 to 200 micrograms of vitamin K2 should be enough to activate your body's K2-dependent proteins to shuttle the calcium where it needs to be, and remove it from the places where it shouldn't. "

Magnesium is one of the prime nutrients used to prevent bone spurs. You should experiment and use different types of magnesium. Magnesium Chloride in the best. It comes in tablets and magnesium oil. Magnesium oil can irritate the skin but I have found putting it on the hands and forearms and rubbing it hard and creating friction the best way for me.Magnesium chloride in tablet can help increase stomach acid as a side benefit. I would also take high absorption magnesium glycinate since it doesn't cause diarrhea and can take it with or without food. You have to figure out a way to increase the magnesium in your body.

There is a lot of conflicting information regarding calcium so if you have specific problems like cramps or other things then take enough to resolve those symptoms. I would keep calcium dosage 600 mg or less otherwise if you think you need it.

There are other things like boron and silica that Ted has suggested.

here is an excerpt I pulled from somewhere. Notice the inclusion of Boron and Silica.

"Taking a Calcium supplement which is combined with Magnesium, Silica, Vitamin D and Boron are also recommended to improve the absorption and utilisation of Calcium. The following are the best forms of Calcium for bone health: Calcium citrate, Calcium phosphate, Calcium aspartate, Calcium chelate"

2) Soft tissue problems like herniated discs, tumors, thickened ligaments.

If you don't have the other three problems then you must investigate this area. You have to narrow down what the problem could be from these and proceed from there. Herniated discs can be addressed with Biocell.

3) Fractures or dislocations. This is an injury problem. This will unlikely cause for most people.

4) Birth defects. I don't have any knowledge in this area. This will unlikely cause for most people.

Hope this helps people.

Replied by Richard Kilburn
I have read that k2 inhibits and can kill osteoclasts. Wouldn't this promote bone spur formation and therefore spinal stenosis?