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Natural Remedies for Back Pain

Flowers of Sulfur

Posted by Rebel (Somewhere, Usa) on 03/07/2018

I have research google high and low as well as you tube for guidance on using Flowers of sulfur internally. My aunt, who has passed, used to make capsule of this yellow sulfur and take for back pain and kidney issues. She never had any problems with taking it internally and it helped her a lot.

I have read it is toxic in too high of dose, But I do know that it can be taken internally, because when my mother was a child they use to have cream of tarter sulfur wafers that people would take for mosquitoes and ticks. They do not make those anymore.

One guy, Ray Peat, said 200 mg per day for 3 days to wipe out Candida.

Maybe some of the older people here may know and can advise me.

General Feedback

Posted by Tom (Virginia, Usa) on 04/20/2014

Thank you for making this site available. I just had a visit with my doctor and won't be going back. I have been dealing with some back pain and wanted a referral to see my chiropractor. The doctor refused the referral b/c he didn't believe in it. However, he sure as hell was ok in prescribing me medication that had side effects.

I am determined to use alternative means to heal my pain and future illness.

Your site is extremely easy to use and I really appreciate the user feedback on the various remedies. I am going to share your site with my Facebook friends and family. You are an invaluable resource. Thank you again.

General Feedback
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/27/2013

I read heal back pain by John Sarno and he believes the body creates distractions in the form of health issues to protect the mind from issues that it deems to difficult to cope with. In the book he talks about how when you finally call the bluff of a health issue and ignore it, it moves to symptoms in another part of the body.... how weird!

Subconscious illnesses, made to keep us sane? What illness would you choose, if you could pick one and ditch all the ones you are currently trying to figure out?

It is interesting, my mom has alzheimers and since she has no memory, she no longer has IBS, high blood pressure, tension disorders, Candida, or emotional outburst and she has had numerous death defying health issues over the years.

Replied by Oldriska
(Prague, Czech Republic)

The idea is interesting. I used to wonder if I had imposed my illness on me somehow - subconsiously, or otherwise; I think it's one of the phases some people with a serious health problem go through. As much as I would love to get rid of my condition, which is atypical trigeminal neuralgia (constant facial pain), or trade it off for more "smaller" issues, I find that there is little I can do. Ignoring the disease is impossible, if there is pain as a constant reminder. So even when people tell me not to think about the pain and I'll be okay, they don't know what they're talking about. Nerves are a part of the autonomous nerve system -- no matter how hard I try, wish or pray or try to ignore them -- I cannot stop them from hurting. Maybe I just did a bad job picking my illness:)

Replied by Joy
(Battleground , Wash)

Yes, I have had shingles at least 5 times, and one episode set off the nerves on my left rib and couldn't wear anything tight on it for over two years. As I wrote in my post... Pick your illness... to help others because John Sarno called his illness bluff and overcame by perseverance and study.

I have found my answers and overcome all but two huge liver cysts (autoimmune), the teeth need made NEW. I read a LOT. 5-8 hours a day and I don't feel very intelligent but I am determined. Nerve pain is excruciating...

I encourage you to read the work of Dr. Batmanghelidj. and Carolyn Dean, the miracle of magnesium, and read about coconut oil, since I have come to believe it heals the body teeth to rectum.... Get a good multi mineral and milti vitamin and some omegas and GO SLOW VERY SLOW. SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN AGONY. You can overcome too. I found one of my answers after much search and trial on 4-27-13.. YAY :)

The body will heal given the right ingredients at the right time and I am proof.
- 1-2 cups water 1/2 hour before food
- Eat normal meal with coconut oil in food with supplements of magnesium citrate plus multi mineral and mutli vitamins and omegas and folic acid, betafood, sea salt in diet every meal
- 1-2 cups water 1/2 hour before next meal,
- Eat normal with magnesium citrate and multi mineral and betafood, coffee is a weakness so I drink some water between meals
- 1-2 cups water 1/2 hour before next meal
- Eat normal with betafood, some coffee

I also add yogurt, cranberry and garlic for intestinal health... May your JOY BE FULL

Replied by Kathy
(the USA)

Oldriska--I don't know if this will help but pain comes from inflammation. I had been informed over twenty years ago that magnesium provides some protection against the stimulating effects of hidden sources of MSG, which has permeated our food supply. I've had multiple injuries but have not had the pain I used to have before I started taking it every day. I thought eating more spinach was giving me the calcium I needed after a hysterectomy. Prior to that I had been eating spinach to keep my eyes from drying out so I could tolerate contacts. Long story shortened: spinach and chocolate contain oxalic acid that prevents the absorption of magnesium that is required so calcium can do its job. Believe me I learned the hard way due to the grinding bone-on-bone pain after neck and back injuries.

Replied by Kathy
(the USA)

Hello again Oldriska--I had to stop posting earlier and couldn't finish... I sent it without proof reading. You might want to try taking 1/4-1/2 tsp of turmeric in warm water when you are in pain. Hidden sources of manufactured glutamic acid (MSG) are hard to stay away from. "MSG" is a nerve stimulant. Turmeric and ginger reduce inflammation. I use them both on my vegetables and eggs. Just make sure there are no fillers in the ingredients. Beware of the flowing/anti-caking agent in your salt. Try using "Real Salt".

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi Oldriska: I'm so sorry you are in such pain. Have you checked out Earth Clinic's page on Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Also, facial massage, trigger point release, acupressure and acupuncture have been of use to some. I hope you find something that works for you. Take care, Bess

Replied by Leah

Have you looked into DMSO for your pain?

Replied by Mary
(Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Hi Joy: What is beta food? Did Dr. B's water cure help you loose any weight? (if you needed to I mean) I was shocked to learn the edema I have been suffering all these years meant that I was dehydrated and lacking salt. I was and am shocked. Thank you again!!! I will let you know how `The Water Cure`works for me. Am very intrigued!!!! Mary

Replied by Joy
(Battleground, Wash)

AF betafood is a lot of things in one supplement, for gallbladder support. Root of beet, carrot, oat flour , dried beet leaf, defatted wheat germ, cal mag bovine liver nutritional yeast bovine kidney alfalfa flour ect.. Etc.. Worth the big expense if your digestion is faulty. I took ten a day for a month a felt much better able to digest my food.

One thing Dr. Batman didn't go into a lot of detail about that I was missing was that magnesium in a raito of 1 cal 1 mag is best because our food is high calcium and that also affects our bodies water systems.

I'm not losing any weight but using coconut oil and was using the meat trying to get digestive tract free of yeast and trying to heal liver cysts. One problem at a time.... Hope you find yourself feeling better and eating more variety.

Replied by Joy
(Battleground, Wash)

John Sarno also wrote in Heal Back Pain about how the body would first create the pain and then as you would get the one area of pain under control it would be re-created in some area that had not been in pain. I find this very interesting after years of knocking out health issues and having a new one crop up out of nowhere.

It feels like I am always having to do research to find new answers. Maybe I'll get one that is not so awful and just stop there..........???

How many books does it take to solve the dis-ease? I have a full library now and those are the best of the best of the best after years of research. I am thankful not to have the stomach aches, the ear aches, the knee problems, the hip pain, (my sockets are too big for the balls on my legs to stay in )the blurry vision ( explained to me that I was allergic and my eyes were shedding cells blurring my sight), the dandruff that would fall off and leave an open wound under it, that scabbed over. The depression... The shoulder, neck, and back pain... The ringing in my ears.... The allergy to my hormones each month producing the lump under my arm, the fear and panics, and body tremors, wrist problems, nightmares for years on end, snoring. (we are talking BUZZ SAW, the kids thought it was their dad) LOL :- () Oh and the burps and gas and inability to digest and eliminate food. Liver cysts, pelvic prolapse and top that all off with the dreaded CANDIDA. Head trauma, short and long term memory loss, ADHD and dyslexia..... I was the healthiest sick person at the doctors office.

This doesn't include all the drama at the dentist.

A chiropractor treated me for LYME disease with frequencies. He said I had the worst case they had ever seen and were surprised that I had walked in. It felt that way to me. I didn't know I had it. He charged me very little.

Whitmire Chiropractic, Vanc. Wash. He is the only person who has this treatment, I asked.

He did spinal adjustments and treated some allergies with frequencies... Seemed to help a lot. He also uses a light to desensitize.

My husband loves me but thinks I am a gullible NUT JOB. I just want to be well and done with it.

Now pelvic and hormone and liver and thyroid and teeth.... LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS OH MY! Where does it end..... The book is interesting. I bought the second one.... The divided mind!

If nothing else it is good comedy. WE are so vulnerable. If you get to pick an illness find a simple one like thinking you are the queen of sheba or something.... Love, Joy

Replied by Joy
(Battleground, Wash)

Mary you asked me about weight... I gained some trying stuff but it was worth it. Since the stevia incident I have dropped my protocol and lost 5 pounds this week. My goal is to drop 5 more in the next two weeks, tell you how in my next post ..... I'm going to run a post you might be interested in about a show my spouse talked me into watching on OPB . I don't watch much t.v.

Replied by Andi
(St. Paul, Mn)

Dear April, I suggest you look into non-surgical spinal decompression. My Chiropractor does it in her office. I've never had it done, but I know she has been able to help others a lot. It may not work for what you have, but it would sure be worth checking to see if someone in your area does the treatment. Good Luck!

Replied by April
(Pleasant Grove, Ut)


So sorry to hear about your hubby and all the health problems you're enduring. I wish I had the answer that is perfect for you- but I don't. I just wanted to let you and everyone who reads EarthClinic to know that even when it seems like no one has the answers- there's One who does... so maybe through PRAYER you'll find the peace you're searching for. God Bless you!

Heel Lifts

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Posted by Holly (Portland, Or) on 04/05/2011

Heel Lifts for Back Pain:

For myself... I've had back problems ever since puberty and been through chiropractors, PT, Orthopedists, etc... And only did my recent chiropractor find I had a 3 MM!!! Difference in one leg. One very rarely correlated problem is for those who are HYPER FLEXIBLE, a very small leg-length difference can cause debilitating pain. I would get up in the morning and every breath I took would send shooting pains through my back and side. At any given time you could feel a knot that felt like bone, the size of a golf ball in my low back. Within 8 hours of using heel lifts, I noticed the pain all but disappeared. Now for the remaining VERY minor discomfort that sometimes I comes I stay exercised - focus on core strength.

Heel Lifts
Posted by Handyman (Jonesborough, Tenneessee) on 05/06/2009

Hi for my back, I was told this by my doc....An I quote he say I will tell you what is wrong with your back in 20 minutes. WOW I thought. ( 1st let me tell you about him, he is old school, he is 75 yrs Any way he took ex-rays, on my lower back an legs an show me on my legs, he put a ruler on the ex-rays an showed me that one leg was almost 1/4 inch shorter than the other, an wrote a script to go to the leather shop an make me a lift out of leather. (about the middle of the foot to the heal, an slipped in under my shoe liner) Well that day I ask him, how come other doc's did not know this an he said......O Mitch they did know, that it would put them out of business, he said that the doc would send you home, WITH DRUGS, an come back next week, for a check up. (PAID HIM TWICE). Also he said that the Chiropractor would like me to keep coming back all the time so they could make alot of money. So then I ask him how is it that one leg is shorter than the other, an he told me that most people have that problem, cause as you are growing, you most of the time carry everything on one side. (exsample If you are RIGHT HANDED that the right leg would be this made sense to me cause I am LEFT HANDED an my left leg WAS shorter than the other. PRETTY SMART HUH well it made sense to me. Needless to say my back was much better, an has been for yrs, hardly ever any pain unless I over do it. An o did i tell you that I was in terrible pain for 11 yrs, an I seen all kind of doctors, also 4 chiroprators. My doc told me no offence to you but I would just like to see you only twice a year for your check ups. Great doctor huh! Well I hope this info my help some one out, it worked for me. I really like this site.

Replied by Jasonmchicago
(Chicago, Il Usa)

My body has been totally out of balance. I went to a Neuromuscular Osteopath and they noticed my hips were off... Which I knew but never mentioned anything about leg length. I had broken my leg over a decade ago and I kept saying that my legs don't feel the same size throughout the years. I thought it was all in my head and becuase I didn't exercise or do the right PT to heal the muscles/liagments/tendons. I told people here and there but never go a real "test" to what was going on. Anyway I had lower back pain for years, couldn't sleep well, and had knee pain. I just felt like a marionette doll!!! Shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, facial pain, everything was out of whack.

Anyway I read Earthclinic all the time and said maybe it is REAL. I saw the heel lift comment and ordered one immediately. Actually I ordered two version waiting to get them in the mail. Then I thought I'd just use what I have around the house. So I got a couple of kitchen sponges put them in my shoes and BOOM! By the next days things settled down a little. I cannot wait until I get my heel lifts.... I think they will really help realign things along with yoga, etc. Geez!!!! To think that ALL THESE years I had been walking weird and things were so bad for no reason.

Thank you for all the folks who post on this site.

QUESTION: What is the best doctor to get an official diagnosis so I know how many mm my legs are off and that can help me monitor the realignment of things? Osteopath? Chiro? MD? I hate the endless search for "specialist" who don't know much about anything! :)

Best, JMC

Replied by Jeff
(Nashville, Tn)

Jason, Look for a "Nucca" chiroprator in your area. They focus on your your head/neck Atlas. The first check they do is a leg length check. Google this and it will make sense. It worked for me!

Herbs for Back Pain

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 11/18/2015

Hi all!

I have been pondering the use of mullein for back pain and was doing some research. I found this fascinating article about herbs and back pain. I thought some of you might be interested, so here it is:

~Mama to Many~

Homemade Vicks with Cayenne

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 09/09/2017 235 posts

Hi all I have previously posted my recipe for homemade Vicks of course inspired by EC, I was in a rush because the kids were sick and I didn't want to use the petrol on my babies (again).. to Olive oil I added Shea butter, and whatever essential oils I had that were antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal etc. So I added eucalyptus, clove, peppermint, lemon, tea tree. This worked well. Then my order of oregano oil came in and my Brew was required by family member, so that got added.

Well just had my brother in law over who would complain of back pain constantly, he was given a heat pack but of course it keeps slipping. So I thought I've read on ec (ty) where people made a hot 'pack' by adding cayenne pepper to lotions applied to skin so of course that was the new addition to my ever changing/improving Brew. His wife applied the mix and sometime later I asked how is your back pain to which he had none. None. Bless all Ec'ers on all your journeys.

Horsetail Extract

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Posted by Marilyn (Long Beach, CA) on 03/04/2020

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.

Hula Hoop

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/23/2011

Is anybody doing hula hoop? I decided to try a while ago so I bought myself a little, inexpensive child's hoop but no way I was able to do anything with it except pick it up from the ground, try again, let it fall and pick it up again. Then I read that hula hoops for adults have to be a lot bigger and heavier so I ordered one from Amazon, a padded one and yes... Now I can hoop! Like most people I hoop better to one side than to the other but I learnt quite easily. To avoid bruising I bought myself a sweat band you tie around your waist and have therefore had hardly any bruising at all. The interesting thing is that since I have been doing it (and I haven't had a lot of time) my lower back pain seems to be a lot better. My reason for buying it was actually to get a slimmer waist but if it helps against back pain all the better. Anybody have any experience with this? Not easy to find the right hoop though as they are not sold in the shops here so you can't try them out. I would like to try doing some fun tricks but I am under the impression that this fitness hoop are not the right ones. Lots of videos online if you want to learn...

Hyaluronic Acid

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Joanne (Battle Ground, Wa) on 10/20/2012

I have been in two car accidents, both of them I got rear ended in. My lower back has not been the same for 7 years, I have disc problems, etc. I read about Hyaluronic Acid and I had to try it. I ordered it from Vitacost. It has been a Godsend. I thought I was going to have to have surgery on my back, as I have been in that much pain. I have been to Orthopedic Physicians and given pain medication, which I do not like to take, next step was to have injections, and if that didn't work, surgery. I started taking HA and after the first day of taking 3 capsules, my pain subsided over 50%. It's been day 5, and I hardly feel any pain whatsoever. I am 52 years old, and since taking HA, I now have hardly any pains at all. I love Earth Clinic!

Hyaluronic Acid
Posted by Nitin (Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India) on 07/09/2012

Hello, I have a degenerative disc disease and I am taking HA remedy(500gm HA 9gm sea salt 500ml water) since 1week, my pain is reduced a bit. HOW LONG I HAVE TO TAKE THIS REMEDY TO COMPLETELY GET RID OF BACK PAIN? WILL MY BACK PAIN RETURN AFTER STOPPING THIS REMEDY?


Posted by Jenny (Brisbane, Australia) on 07/13/2013

To the lady with disc degeneration and others considering surgery. Try hydrotherapy and all conservative methods as if you have surgery there will be other side effects. I had a disc bulge at L4/5 and a cyst grew in the fluid that accumulated which grew onto my nerve roots which resulted in excruciating pain down the right side of my body.

My GP said the it would be a relatively minor operation to remove the cyst and referred me to a surgeon. By the time I went to see the surgeon I had to go in by ambulance on a stretcher as walking and sitting were too painful.

I told the surgeon to just remove the cyst but he said it would come back and scared me into doing a more major operation, I. E. removal of the discs and replacement with a cage. My facet joints above and below the implant are now deteriorating because of the implant - this is proven by the before and after MRI. I believe his motivation was not my future welfare but money, the major operation being much more expensive. There are not many Drs who take the hypocratic oath any more and mean it - I. E. first do no harm... its big business.

I am now going to try strenghten the muscles in my back by doing specific exercises and do water walking in a heated pool. As well as this I will try ACV and take Boron and anything else that has worked for other people because I have now realised I must take responsbility for my own health and not rely on a Dr to do the right thing.

Surgery should be a last resort. I also have a failed left total knee replacement - doesn't bend properly because the surgeon cut through my quadriceps muscle and I couldn't do the physio afterwards due to the pain of the severed muscle.

I have only had the two surgeries at age 65, both in the last 7 years and both with problems. I will never go under the knife again if I can help it.

Try everything else, and as a very last resort only, consider surgery, and if you do so find a surgeon who treats the patient, not his bank balance.


Inversion Table Therapy

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Posted by Nancy (FL) on 04/24/2021

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!

Inversion Table Therapy
Posted by Marcia (Mi) on 01/25/2018

Per low back pain at L4.. your doctor and surgeons will all poopoo this idea, as practically none of them have ever tried one, but I got an inversion table, after a driver told me about his. he was in as bad of shape as I was, needing major surgeries on most discs, in lower, middle and upper back, along with his neck. they wanted to fuse all of them, which would have left him pretty much unable to do anything. he got an inversion table and started hanging on it twice a day for max. 10 minutes. within a year his discs were healed back to normal; he was not only pain free, but had gained back the 4 inches he had lost in height. and, he was back to work after years of being disabled. I got my table about 1 1/2 year ago, and was doing really good till I slacked off on the hanging, because I was feeling better. since getting back to my routine, I have figured out how to work out on my table as well, and am getting very much back in shape. make sure to get a good sturdy one, rated for 500 pounds, and it will last you a lifetime. of course you can buy a new one, but a heavy duty used one is more economical, and works just as well. I didn't believe it till I got my own. my doctor went out and bought one, after seeing my progress. best of luck.

Inversion Table Therapy
Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 09/07/2010

Ok, I've written on Earth Clinic before about the absolute wonders of an inversion table for neck and shoulder pain. Now I am here to tell you it's my #1 remedy to also get rid of low back pain.

I started to have chronic low back pain in August, which appeared to get worse with each new day. We had folded up the inversion table in the guest room a while back and I had basically forgotten about it for a number of months. I tried a number of remedies listed on the site, as well as massage and acupuncture. Nothing helped! Finally I remembered our inversion board (d'uh!) and took it out. I hung upside for about 3 minutes and 12 hours later, about 7 minutes more. The second time my back "popped" in 3 places as soon as I went to 90 degrees. The next day, I kid you not, my excruciating back pain was gone, my posture much improved, and my brain clearer & sharper than ever. I can't believe it was this easy. Chronic back pain gone in 10 minutes. I continue to hang upside at least once a day on the inversion board for 3 - 10 minutes and... yippee! no back pain. I HIGHLY recommend this for low back pain.

Replied by Phil
(Dearing, Ga/usa)

Hi Deirdre. What type of inversion board do you have? I have read reviews on the net and alot of people complain and say the straps really hurt thier ankles. Does your hurt your ankles? It is my understanding that you strap the straps around your ankles and hang upside down. I know that my chiropractor, who is now deceased used to joke with me and tell me not to grab certain handles on his table or it would turn me upside down and do all kinds of wonderful. So I believe the inversion would be great, just questions about the ankles.

Replied by Deirdre
(Earth Clinic)

Hi Phil,

I have the Ironman 1000. It doesn't use straps, it uses a spring-loaded ankle locking system. The trick is to wear sneakers or even timberland boots if the clamps hurt your ankles. I usually go barefoot without any issues as my ankle are fairly flexible, but I wouldn't suggest that for other people starting off. I also suggest you start slowly and not go into full inversion right away as there's a lot of pressure that builds up in the head. A friend of my husband's, a very healthy and flexible guy, pulled a hamstring the first time he tried it at our house when he was visiting! So yep, go slowly. Please let me know if you try it!

Replied by Lisa
(Lafayette, La)

Just passing on something that my chiropractor told me last week. I told him I was doing the inversion table for neck pain. He told me I didn't need it, because it really only helps lower back pain. He also warned me that head pressure due to the inversion can cause strokes, high blood pressure, etc. He said, "I won't tell you NOT to do it, but I will warn you, don't invert more than 30 degrees. This is plenty for anyone and will avoid the hbp feeling in the head." Something to keep in mind.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa Usa)

I also have an inversion table that I ignored for months... (it was so easy to do! ) anyway, after having a bad flare up of my upper back I went back to using it, and it really is amazing how good it will make your back feel. I use it for 5 mins, usually 2x a day. Also - congratulations on the book! I absolutely will be ordering a copy. I am a longtime believer and user of ACV! Best, Carly

Replied by Joann
(Tallahassee, Fl.)

Inverson table, I have chronic back pain. I bought this table and was using it for the pain. One day after using it for 3 or 4 min. I got a terrible headache, this went on for a week or so. My Dr. was doing routine exams and found I had a brain anurisum, I went to a Dr for that it was at level 3. At that time I did nothing, 8 months later he re-checked and it had gone to 9. At this level I was in the danger zone so I had to have it coiled. I do not suggest this table for anyone, I know that is what did the damage and I was thinking it was sinus. Had my Dr. not caught it and sent me to have it checked out I would most likely not be here today.