Natural Remedies and Healing Tips for a Herniated Disc

| Modified on Jun 28, 2022

If you are suffering from a herniated disc, natural remedies can often help heal 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.

Three of the top home treatments for herniated discs 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. 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. 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!

Related Links:

Holistic Chronic Pain Management: Natural Therapies and Supplements
Natural Remedies for Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
Remedies for a Slipped Disc
Top Natural Back Pain Remedies for Holistic Relief


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Posted by Rick (Irvine CA) on 06/28/2022

I have a 6 mm posterior bulge in the L4 - L5 area of my spine. The MRI shows this bulge going into the nerve column of my spine. Whenever I did any heavy lifting it absolutely killed me that evening with pain. I started taking a sip of my Borax solution in the morning and night and that was 5 years ago. I have absolutely no pain and can lift as much as I want to. Now I'm 73 and have never felt better in my life.

I had my wife start taking about a year ago and now she is pain free of the arthritis she was experiencing. She too is now a firm believer of Boron. She didn't want to sip the soap solution of borax so I got her the 6mm pills from AMAZON. 300 pills for $10 bucks. No wonder the pharmaceutical industry poo poos the solution. THEY CAN'T MAKE ANY MONEY OF OF A MINERAL.


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Posted by Fra (Tn) on 11/25/2018

For herniated discs, chickweed works like a soap in the disc and cleans out the bacteria that caused the breakdown.

Curcumin, Elevating Legs, Yoga Stretch

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

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).

Decompression Therapy

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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

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.

Replied by Mandi

Non surgical spinal decompression made my back issue worse! I started with 2 bulging discs in L4-5 & L5-S1. Now they think I'm also dealing with Pelvic Instability, which has been awful! I'm in a lot of pain most of the time, more so with sitting. I can't find anyone who deals with that diagnosis. I've tried PT, 4 different Chiropractors, prolo therapy, accupuncture, non surgical spinal decompression & message. I've been on Turmeric & an injury rehab vitamin pack for about 4 months. I'm just trying not to lose hope. Back pain sucks!

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Mandi, research Katy Bowman. Google her work.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn.)

HI U MANDI,,,,,,,, going down your same trail with no relief from all you say. Going back to Atlanta for Ozone shots next week. Will report on that when I know the results.

Just bought a Nubax Trio for decompression at home. They are selling so fast I am on a waiting list. Guess lots of folks have back problems. At least us old folks do.

Wish you well. =====ORH=====


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Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 08/20/2020

Bad results for me with using DMSO. In the summer due to high temperatures I couldn't do any exercise or physiotherapy for my back pain. I decided to use DMSO mixed with flaxseed oil (1:1) for about two months. I had a pain crisis due to my herniated disc after overworking and not protecting my lumbar area and DMSO didn't help even in alleviating the pain or muscle spasm.

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

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".

DMSO + Peppermint Oil

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Posted by Deirdre (Connecticut) on 01/15/2022

I herniated a disc or two last summer when I was carrying my 75 lb golden retriever outside to go to the bathroom 4-5 times a day towards the end of her life. It eventually got better with aspirin and chiropractic sessions. I managed to inflame the area again after shoveling snow last week. What has been working phenomenally well for the pain, especially in the morning when the pain is most acute, is 2-3 droppers of undiluted pharmaceutical grade DMSO (99.99%) and a drop or two of peppermint oil. I mix the 2 together in my palm after washing my hands thoroughly. Then I rub it into my low back, all the way to the tailbone, where it has been hurting the most. About 10 minutes later, the pain is all but gone. The effect lasts a number of hours. I repeat this 3 times a day.

Also tried DMSO and magnesium oil with the same effects.

People often remark that they have to dilute their 99.99% DMSO but I have found I don't need to. It stings for a few minutes but goes away. I am also applying the DMSO with Magnesium Oil on the upper part of my body (neck, chest and face) without dilution. NO ISSUES!

This is the first time I have been experimenting with DMSO for a number of days. Even trying it internally here and there. I definitely noticed a garlic smell the first day, but that stopped after I started to add peppermint oil after reading a post on Earth Clinic about how peppermint oil can stop the clam/garlic odor from DMSO.

There are a lot of scare tactics on the internet about DMSO, but I'm finding it to be incredibly helpful in alleviating severe pain fast.

Replied by ORH

D, ORH here, and I'm sure you are aware that the garlic smell is the excuse used by the FDA to not allow DMSO to be double blind tested. Back in my day, DMSO was made from the black liquor of a pulp mill. Now it is made from natural gas. I use it now to take emu oil into my ailing knee. Dr. Jacobs did all the initial research for CZ back in the 50's and 60's. His advice is to use 50% above the waist and 75% below the waist. Guess I need to re-read his book to know why.


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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

Hyaluronic Acid

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Posted by Mark J. (Litchfield Park, Az) on 03/26/2018

I recently ended up with a herniated disc confirmed with an MRI. I tried coconut oil and several other methods to relieve the extreme pain and did not get relief. I could barely walk. I decided to try Ted's Hyaluronic Acid formula. In the beginning I tried to use too much of the HA in the formula with no salt and it did not work. If it is too thick it only lubricates the intestines and the salt is Needed to transport the HA into the system. I have to watch my blood pressure and I was concerned that the added sea salt would impact my blood pressure.

I then decided to precisely followed Ted's formula. I purchased the vegetarian powder of HA. After 2 1/2 weeks the pain began to back off. After 6 weeks I am totally pain free and am back to full exercising without any issues. The Sea Salt did not impact my blood pressure. I am amazed at the impact of the HA and my recovery. I truly wondered if I would ever be free of this pain.

Thank you Lord God for the Healing and this wonderful Earth Clinic.

God Bless.

Replied by Tg Bender
(Ontario, Canada)

I'm new to this site.

Where/how do I get a copy of "Ted's" Hyaluronic Acid formula?



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(Melbourne, Australia)
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Ted's recipe is in fourth post.

Best to you

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Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 11/05/2013

Herniated discs can be cured with highly absorbable Hyaluronic acids like Biocell's. It takes 6 weeks.

The topic is spread around multiple topics.

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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)

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.

Hyaluronic Acid
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 cannot 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.

Licorice Root

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Posted by David (Germany) on 07/21/2016

I had massive success with herbal supplements healing my herniated disc.

I had a very bad herniation - went very close to getting surgery on two occasions. The first was after initial onset as the symptoms were so bad my doctors initially recommended immediate surgery however I chose to wait a week or two to see if it improved.

I saw some initial improvement which meant I decided to try the natural healing route. After 8 weeks of intensive physio, Chiro, Massage and also epidural injection I pretty much hadn't progressed much past were I was at week 2. My pain was now manageable when I was resting but I had seen minimal improvements. I was still slumped like a 90 year old man. Unable to stand or walk for more then a minute or two. At this point I had decided surgery might be the only option.

I had been extra careful with diet to try and maximize my healing and added a few supplements in. Without really expecting any results from these. However when I added Licorice root it was literally like some shot me with a healing gun. Literally the first day I had them .... I just felt different. I had a huge return of energy. Back pain felt better. Within a couple of weeks I had made massive strides to the point my therapists and doctors were scratching their heads as to how it suddenly just magically got better.

I told them I started taking licorice root and they literally laughed at me.

Back pain is caused by mechanical issues with posture - but from what I have read the adrenal glands have a huge effect on the core and back muscles that stabilize the spine. An issue with adrenals seemed to result in mechanical issues with posture and the everyday functioning of these keys muscles. For me these issues seemed to be immediately rectified by simply taking this supplement.

I wouldn't guarantee it will work for everyone. Its possible your mechanical issue is not just related to adrenals but for me that seemed to be the source of the issue. It was like a magic potion.

Replied by Sf

Thanks for this info but how much licorice root did you take and how did you take it -- capsules, tea? Please give more info, thanks.

Replied by Jacqueline

I also would like to know what dosage you took? Capsule or Tea?

Replied by Tg Bender

I wanted to ask David (Germany) what type of licorice root he took--capsules or liquid, and how much and how often? Thanks, Tg bender

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

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Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 10/24/2020

I've read a lot of success stories from people having healed from a herniated disc with cold laser (lllt). There are even cases that people were so bad that they needed surgery and got treated with success with cold laser instead. Even a friend of mine got treated with success by a neurosurgeon with cold laser. Cost: about 50 euros per session and needed 10 sessions. The doctor even suggests taking an MRI before and after the treatment and see how much the disc herniation got smaller. There are even physiotherapists using cold lasers.

I've bought a cold laser machine for about 200 euros with 0 results. Be careful, even class 3B laser machines do not penetrate deep into the body and do nothing internally.

Professionals use class 4 lasers, which can reach even 30W of power consumption for some nanoseconds in order not to burn tissue but penetrate deeply. They cost about 2.000-10.000 euros. My machine has a continuous output, but of only 610mW.

There are cheaper LED (not laser) devices sold on Amazon which are very powerful (about 3W) and have many good critics. They cost about 150-200 euros.

Replied by kevin

What laser device would you recommend on Amazon?

Replied by Bily
(Bitola, Macedonia)

Would you be kind and send me info of the doctor who does laser treatment? Thanks

Noni Juice

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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.

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