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Natural Remedies for Back Pain

| Modified on Nov 19, 2022
Valerian Root
Posted by Caroline (Nyssa) on 11/06/2022
5 out of 5 stars

I fell 5 ft off of a ladder on my buttocks. I was in excruciating pain. My x-ray revealed a compression fracture. My chiropractor recommended icing and ibuprofen 4X daily. After a week and a half my stomach could no longer handle the ibuprofen. I was in too much pain to sleep so I took some Valerian Root. It was like a miracle.....I slept all night and woke the next morning with very little pain!

Posted by scott v (grand rapids mi) on 08/23/2022
5 out of 5 stars

I was diagnosed with arthritis in my back by a chiropractor. he said there was nothing that I could do about it. I investigated and found articles on Borax.... I started taking it every morning. it was scary at first, taking a cleaner.

on the fifth day, I got out of bed and wow! no pain! I've been taking it for 10 years, every day. no issues. Doctors and nurses are amazed when I tell them I take it daily. it works!

MSM and Vitamin C
Posted by Cfitz (Georgia) on 06/15/2022

Hello, Olivia! Beware of synthetic supplements. Here's some info for you:

I've been taking Dr Mercola's LIPOSOMAL (super-absorbent) also contains sunflower lecithin, and MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides). Since the body cannot store Vitamin C, take one 500mg capsule two times a day.

Liposomal Vitamin C has several advantages compared to regular Vitamin C tablets. Firstly, liposomal Vitamin C will protect Vitamin C from degradation from gastric juices, enzymes, change of pH, and oxidation within the gastrointestinal tract. Besides that, Vitamin C can achieve better absorption into our systems because the liposomal formulation can diffuse easily through the intestines into our body.

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Natural Vitamin C – This vitamin is readily available in citrus, red bell peppers, berries, and many more fruits and vegetables. In nature it is combined with flavonoids and phytonutrients that help in its absorption and use.

Synthetic Vitamin C – Ascorbic acid is an isolated vitamin from genetically modified corn sugar that is hydrogenated and processed with acetone. It does not include the flavonoids and phytonutrients that make it work.

There are two forms of Vitamin C variety: L and D. The L variety can be found in both natural and synthetic forms of ascorbic acid. It's the best form of Vitamin C to take. You absorb L-ascorbic acid naturally from fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. Most supplements also carry a synthetic version of the L variety. Meanwhile, D-ascorbic acid cannot be found in nature. Chemically, it looks identical to the L variety, but D-ascorbic acid differs at the molecular level. It is not used in supplements because it cannot be synthesized by the body.

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MSM and Vitamin C
Posted by Olivia (NC) on 05/30/2022

I would like to know what type of vitamin C as well. I have the ascorbic acid powder vit C but not sure how to take it. And I have the powdered MSM, but even a 4th of teaspoon gives me extremely bad headaches. Does anyone know how I should these two together? My lower has been hurting severely for almost a week. I did nothng strenous unless raking weeds out your veggie garden counts. I really don't want to go to the doc or emergency room for a shot or pills.

Posted by Cfitz (Georgia) on 05/18/2022

Hello, Maggie!

Funny I just came across your post, because yesterday I typed up a list of the benefits of lemon juice. Here 'tis:

Drink Warm Lemon Water Every Morning: 1 Tbsp in 8 oz warm water

Helps You Digest; Cleanses Your System As a Diuretic; Stimulates Your Immune System; Balances pH Levels; Cleanses Skin; Gives You Energy and Improves Your Mood; Boosts Healing; Freshens Breath; Hydrates Your Lymphatic System; and Helps You Lose Weight.

And in regard to Diuretics, here's more: Eliminate toxins from the body. Consume Watermelons, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Blueberry Juice, Carrots, Celery, Grapes, and Asparagus. Of course, certified organics are the best.

Leg Lifts
Posted by Doreen (NS, Canada) on 05/07/2022

Look up BobandBrad on YouTube, or They are physiotherapists who have lots of videos on the body.

Ball Point Pen Technique
Posted by Katrina (Florida) on 05/07/2022

This is correct about working points on meridians/that govern organs on the inner (Small intestine/Spleen/Kidney/Liver) and outer thighs( gallbladder/bladder). This is why Eden Energy Method, acupuncture, Qi Gong and acupressure are so wonderful!! 🌼

Low Back Pain and Spondylitis
Posted by Dana (Cabarlah, Qld.) on 05/07/2022

Have you researched the No Low carb. diet for AS; Facebook group.

Stomach Stretch
Posted by JOHN (PERTH - AUSTRALIA) on 05/06/2022
5 out of 5 stars


As we grow older we grow lazy, the muscles attached to the spine that was once taut have become soft and can no longer support the spine and the weight of the upper body. thus, the nerves in-between the discs of the spine get jammed, and it is these jammed nerves that give you pain. so to regain some strength in your muscles that support the spine, you MUST DO SOME EXERCISES.


Lie on your stomach. put your hands in front of you and lift your chest up to 30degrees. count ten (seconds). when you get a hang of this, add some deep breathing. as you lift your chest, inhale. as you count ten, hold your breath. as you lower your chest, exhale.

Do this every day of the first week. after that, you can do it just once or twice a week. maybe you could lift your chest further up...40-50degrees. (dont break your spine trying too hard! )


Leg Lifts
Posted by Edy (CA) on 05/06/2022

Look up Sciatica flossing. Same sort of thing, but you are actually "flossing" the nerve that's giving so much pain back and forth rather than squishing it by bending or walking.

Posted by Carolyn (Ontario) on 05/06/2022

Always drink lemon water with a straw to protect the enamel on your teeth!

Posted by Maggie (Kansas) on 02/27/2022 5 posts
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Is there an ailment category for stiffness or achiness upon waking in the mornings that goes away after awhile? I couldn't find anything on EC about it. And/Or if there is a place for liver help, whatever you name the category, here is the remedy I want to share:

Lemon Slice a Day

In a glass of water, squeeze a slice of lemon. Cut and scrape out the membranes and put them in too. Drop in the wedge. Drink everything up at your leisure (not the wedge of course! ). Pour in more water after you drink it throughout the day. Have more lemon pieces if you want, but one wedge a day is the minimum. I read that lemon is the best at helping out the liver. Lemons helped me better than ACV even! - and this has really helped me not feel so stiff and painful with tight muscles in the mornings when I wake up.

Keep hydrated and avoid Tylenol to help your liver out too!

Clove Oil
Posted by Maria (London) on 02/10/2022 12 posts

How much clove oil should I apply since this post is from 2007 and the DeAun is unlikely to reply?

Coconut Oil
Posted by John (London) on 12/19/2021


Which brand of coconut oil did you use?

Thank you.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Felicia (Tennessee) on 12/18/2021

Hi Shelly,

What brand of coconut oil did you use?

Coconut Oil
Posted by Shelly (Virginia) on 12/12/2021
5 out of 5 stars

This is my go to site for all things natural cures. It's an awesome site. Was having lower back pain for a week now. Even took my heating pad to work and used it almost all day. Definitely helped, but the pain kept lingering. So I came to good ole EC for help. I rubbed my back with coconut oil and OMG, my pain was gone! I am dumbfounded!! I thought that people were just saying that. How could that be true? But trust me, it's so true. Thank you EC for all your wisdom.

Posted by Alice (Minneapolis, Minnesota) on 07/28/2021

I am in complete agreement about the doctors and unnecessary (and harmful) surgery! I had a herniated disc -lumbar L4-L5 -apparently (i just doubt everything they say now). After a year of excruciating pain, I agreed to a spinal fusion. This was in 2013 and of course they gave me a lot of pain meds. Now it's 2021 and over the past two years it's so bad I can't walk without being in pain & it keeps getting worse.

Very grateful I found this site and will try the apple cider vinegar also MSM since I happen to have some I just bought but haven't tried. Thank you for your story.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Ashley (East Susssex) on 06/05/2021
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I've had severe lower back pain all week (hurts to sit, stand, lie down, walk, move...)

I took a 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda & 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a full mug of filtered water at 9.30am this morning.

I went back to sleep and woke up at 2pm. The pain is vastly reduced.

Side note: I usually drink 1-2 tablespoons ACV in juice almost every day - and this didn't reduce my back pain at all.

Inversion Table Therapy
Posted by Nancy (FL) on 04/24/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Inversion table cured my lower back pain, almost immediately, Amazing!! I hung upside down for 30 seconds only, now I continue to do it for 30 seconds only 2 times per day, only that! Is enough for me!

Posted by Katzie (Calgary) on 04/04/2021
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After taking Xrays with my first chiropractor after a bad fall, he showed me how I had almost no cushioning between my discs and that he estimated I had 6 more months without pain before I felt it. Well, 5 1/2 months later I had what felt like a toothache on each side of my lower back. I was like, "hell to the no" and ran for my DMSO bottle.

I like to use it straight and not watered down. I use a thin layer of Castor Oil first as it is the only oil viscous enough to protect the skin. I started with 7 drops on each side, 2x per day. DMSO actually heals on a molecular level, so I needed less and less as time went on.

A few weeks ago I was telling a friend about what DMSO did for me, and suddenly realized I had not put any DMSO on my back in 2 months! So from now on, I will just apply a "maintenance dose" 1x a month to keep things good. So, know how much you started with and be prepared to cycle down by either using fewer drops per treatment or skipping days, etc. It's not like a big Harma med where you have to take it forever and usually need more to get the same result, DMSO is the opposite!!

Happy healing, everybody!

Posted by Beamer (Brissy) on 03/25/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I have found eating 2 leaves a day of pennywort (Centella Asiatica) relieves back pain in a few days.

Just collect them and chew them up. They have very little taste. It takes a few days to start feeling relief.

Ted's Remedies
Posted by Beamer (Brissy) on 03/25/2021

I have found eating 2 leaves a day of pennywort (Centella Asiatica) relieves pain in a few days. The next time you have a flare, take activated charcoal and fibre like psyllium husk - you can also take these at the time of falling off the diet wagon.

Tailbone Pain Remedies
Posted by Beamer (Brissy) on 03/25/2021
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2 leaves of pennywort - Centella Asiatica - a day.

Just collect them and chew them up. They have very little taste. It takes a few days to start feeling relief.

Neuromuscular Massage
Posted by Tim L. (US) on 05/17/2020
5 out of 5 stars

20yrs back, I dealt with a recurring spasm in the lower right side of my back. The Dr that I was seeing at the time could only prescribe muscle relaxers that did nothing and also anti inflammatories that helped a little. His recommendation was to find a Neuromuscular Specialist, like a massage therapist w/sports medicine training. The last episode with this went beyond previous flair ups that I could grin & bare. This last one felt like a hot fire poker stuck in my back with a lighting bolt pain shooting down into my big toe. I couldn't even walk and had me layed up for almost 2 weeks.

I found a specialist that explained to me that a knotted up muscle can remain in our bodies forever and won't even know it's there until the next flair up unless a knowledgeable person can find & reach the problem to apply the right pressure to get it to relax and lay flat again.

Turned out that my issue stemmed from stupid things done in my teen years and had followed me into my late 30's. When she first started working on me there was even more discomfort & pain inflicted.

After 4 or 5 sessions over the course of a couple of weeks.The pain started to ease off,was able to start walking normal again. There was another time months down the road when I went back to her for help...straighten me out again. From my late 30's to present (57soon),I have not dealt with sciatica nerve pain at all but also within the last ten years I have steered clear of all Pharma...even over the counter meds, no aspirin, Tylenol, Ibeprofon and ect . Only depend on natural herbs & oils. Turmeric & Ginger are 2 tops for me. I happened to come across crystallized Ginger at Big Lots today. I tend to snack on it to curb cravings for sweets but it also helps the body feel better.

Horsetail Extract
Posted by Marilyn (Long Beach, CA) on 03/04/2020
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I have osteopenia, some scoliosis, whiplash injury to neck and back. Latest thing I've tried is horsetail extract. Read a big 13 page article in Well Being Journal a couple of years ago that I found online about a French researcher and his beliefs about horsetail extract being better for your bones than calcium. I took 6 extract caps a day for 3 or 4 weeks and felt a difference in strength of my back. They say to take the extract off and on -- a couple/few weeks on then off. I now take one or 2 caps a day along with my other minerals and supplements.

Well Being Journal article entitled Strong Bones or Osteoporosis by Earl Staelin re horsetail extract research better for bone building than calcium.

Egoscue Method
Posted by G (Oregon) on 10/25/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered an injury over 30 years ago which resulted in years of crushing pain in my lower back and hips and stiffness and pain throughout my entire body from misalignment. I have tried everything from yoga, Kriya yoga, pilates, chiropractic, osteopathy, massage, foam rollers, coconut oil, hyralauric name it. Some of these worked for a short while, but what never disappeared was the awkward feeling and stiffness from being misaligned. The only thing which finally worked was the Egoscue Method. The first day I felt a shift. The crushing pain vanished. Even much of stiffness was gone - the feeling of a body so misaligned it was fighting itself just to stand upright. I am only a few days in, but everything feels totally different. I cannot remember what it was like not to drag my body around kicking and screaming day after day, year after year. I am excited to rediscover freedom from pain and mobility again.

EC: The Egoscue Method, founded in 1978 by Pete Egoscue, focuses on a series of exercises and stretches to correct misalignments in the musculoskeletal system.

Posted by Harpon (UK) on 03/04/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I started using Boswellia for 2 herniated discs in my lower back 3 months back.

I take one capsule twice a day along with a turmeric curcumin supplement. Very helpful, took a couple of weeks to get relief. May try White Willow and Devil's Claw as I read those help too with pain reduction.

Posted by Robyn C. (Austin, TX) on 11/01/2020

Where do you get zyme?

Ball Point Pen Technique
Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 08/28/2018

I don't believe this works because of unlocking lymphatics either. In this video, the physiotherapist is proposing a similar exercise for back pain (in the end of the video) and says it is very beneficial because of stretching the hamstrings which are attached at the low end of the pelvis.

Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 08/07/2018
1 out of 5 stars

I wore a copper bracelet for about 2 months every night and it did nothing about my herniated disc.

Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki, Greece) on 07/08/2018
4 out of 5 stars

I did the following stretch and exercise and truly increased me flexibility in order to touch my foot toes. The best thing is that if I sit on a chair for a long hour and then I stand up I feel my back annoying me and cannot fully stand up. By doing the following for 6 minutes it relieves my back almost completely. Maybe it also helps at an acute instance of back pain.

Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 06/11/2018

I did this too and I can warn you not to add water or salt too fast. The body that is starved will be in hoard mode for a while and you need to increase this gradually. Take it from someone who got huge ankles with a ruptured back that couldn't walk it off. By the way... walk. Also, the extra water will deplete minerals so I give you a heads up to keep those in balance, especially magnesium. I love Dr. Batmanghelidj. congrats on your keto diet, my friend did that and lost 50 pounds last year. You also may need borax which is a mineral our body uses to keep calcium out of soft tissues and in bone and teeth. Read about it


Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/07/2014 384 posts

Borax protocol update:

It is fine to even start as low as 1/16 of teaspoon of borax in a liter of water if you want to prevent side effects but beneficial effects will also take more time to see results. It will still work the same. The length of taking it is always longer also. But also discontinuance dose depends on the amount of dose to begin with. Instead of couple of days it may be extended to weeks or months depending on initial dose. Some people just want to prevent fluoride poisoning, or lack of fertility due to fluoride so they may take much lower dose such as dipping your fingertip in borax and adding that to water. Some have fluoride poisoning so they take higher dose. Some need much much more for topical application such as itchy groin or candida and apply either borax powder because of biofilm in areas of groin and needed to get rid of it quickly because it is socially embarrassing. Because the fungus or mold is almost completely ignored by the medical system worldwide and the lack of availability of borax at the same time the potential for borax as one of the remedies is so explosive since my decision to make postings as far back in 2004, but their use remains suppressed still. Whatever lower dose it will be fine depending on your willing to wait. But the original dose I posted in 2004 was the maximum median tolerable dose. So any lower dose is acceptable. For men is generally 1/4 teaspoon and women is generally 1/8. And your weight also depends on it such as 1/8 if you weigh 100 pounds. I could write a whole book on just borax but I don't have the time. What I can say is a lot of wrongly diagnosed disease is the mold/fungus and it can be solved by borax and other non conventional supplements, such as allergies, blood clots caused by fungus, bone condition too numerous to mention.


Posted by Teresa S. (Michigan) on 06/10/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have been battling severe lower back pain for about 3-4 years. I have had X-rays, MRI's, PT, Pain Clinic treatments, chiropractors, massages and pain meds. Nothing helped. As of September 2017 both knees started hurting. I found Dr Batmanghelidj's book in a pile 6/8/18 I had bought years ago at a second-hand store. I started reading it and started drinking 64 ounces of water that day.

I am two days into this. I already have so much relief it is crazy. I am so blessed that over 90% of my pain is gone! I feel great! I am 54 and have seriously been wondering how I could endure this pain another 20 years. The last 3 years have been horrible. I feel so much better. I have been drinking 16 ounces from my nightstand as soon as I wake up. I have autoimmune hepatitis. I have also started the Keto diet the last few months and lost 25 pounds. Even that didn't help my back and knees. I am so excited about this. I have never liked water. Still don't. But if it gets rid of this pain, I can do it.

Thank you for reading. God is so awesome to have given Dr. B this knowledge.