Spinal Stenosis Remedies

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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.

Enzymes and Glucosamine

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

General Feedback

Posted by Dan Z. (New Jersey) on 08/05/2020
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Thankyou, Art Solbrig for your hopegiving article on spinal stenosis being helped by homeopathy . My severely " stenosed " spine would require too much HARDWARE on anchoring sites that would likely degenerate. I so look forward to trying the Hyland's calc. flour. tablets and the Hekla Lava, about $18.00 at Amazon.

Your scholarship, your well-crafted articles, the convenient, easy links you provide all point to the great humanity you direct at relieving suffering .


Replied by Art
634 posts

Dan Z,

Wow, that was very nice of you to say! You made my day!

I didn't mention it, but my friend had the "hardware" from the surgery in the form of metal pins and screws. I remember seeing his x-ray and it looked so out of place to see screws and pins in the x-ray. When I first looked at it, I thought he was pulling a joke on me! They were quite real though.

Regarding what I post, I can't remember how many times I have seen people post useful remedies on Earth Clinic, but leave out important information, such as dosing, brand used, timing and where to buy! I try to include as much of this type of information as possible so that down the road, people will be able to get enough information from the post to actually be able to implement whatever the remedy is. I see quite a few times on EC where people reply to a post that is months or years old with a question, but the original poster rarely replies, so including the pertinent information is useful and important.

Dan, thank you again for the day brightener!


Multiple Remedies

Posted by Nancy Lee (NC) on 02/21/2018
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Spinal Stenosis and Bone Spurs; I was diagnosed with those on my lumbar spine. Doctors could not help me. I did some research and found several items to use. I am taking Serrapetase 80.000 spu 2 pills a day, plus Heckla Lava 5 pellets a day, Calcarea Fluor 4 pellets a day and Dr. Christopher complete bone and tissue formula.

The pain before was excrutiating and 10 days later is 80 less and I believe I am on the way to be cured. Before that I went to 2 different chiropractors and had accupuncture and did not help. Two of those supplements are homeopathic meds very good.

Replied by Nancy Lee

I am now 80 % better. I just want to correct myself.

Replied by Eviee

Hi, I looked up Dr. Christopher's Bone and Tissue and Bone medicine. Are you still taking it for your spinal stenosis? Did it work longterm?

Thanks in advance!


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

Replied by Loleese

Loleese here, four years later. No surgeries for me! I have changed things over the years - MSM is wonderful but I quit taking it and the other supplements a long time ago. The pain came back though not near as bad. It flared when working or doing things with my hands. I stretch my neck out regularly-gentle stretches to the side and front only. Bending forward and stretching really help too. I recently began experimenting with essential oils and have found immediate and lasting relief by using Young Living RC (which is a blend of Spruce, Cypress, and three types of Eucalyptus oils) and Idaho balsam fir. Two parts of Caster oil to one part each of the YL oils in a roller bottle down the back and front of my neck. Twice a day- Before bed and upon rising~ immediate relief. I use the neck roll pillow to sleep. I couldn't keep up the castor oil packs. They are messy and time consuming but do feel good.

Posted by Anne (Cairns, Qld, Australia) on 07/15/2012
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Last year my husband was suffering from a chronic case of spinal stenosis. Bone on bone in his lower back and severe osteoarthritis. He was told by one chiro to go get back surgery. Then as luck would have it he saw another chiro who specialises in this painful condition. I also got him on to Glucosamine/ Chondroiton/ MSM powder supplement. Plus Rose Hip Vital powder supplement. He also takes one high dose krill oil a day and co Q 10 enzyme plus 2 tablespoons of ACV with manuka honey morning and night. His condition is at least 80% improved on last year. He also has an inversion bed that is used occasionally to keep the joints open to allow blood flow and enable healing. I truly believe this combination of natural things has made all the difference and I can still see gradual improvement as time goes by.

Replied by Leianne R.

Hi there how are you? I also have these conditions in my L4/L5/S1 areas along with having scoliosis and mild spinal bifida as well as osteoarthritis, stenosis in the lumnar areas mentioned above plus in my neck too :-( sadly for the disk compressed and came away from the bone that bad my sciatic nerve got bad damaged and I needed the spinal lumber fusion done back in nov 2012 when I was 29! :-( we managed to hold off for few years but during the nearly 4 year wait, I had 2 children, sadly after them my back for that weak it pretty much had a break! And coz it was bad break close to cord, I needed surgery sooner than later. I only waited 1-2weeks for the call to say I was booked for nov, we were in end of sep. Hubby sorted out his resign at work, Nov came and off I went for surgery at the PA hospital in brisbane. They did say I didnt have to have the surgery as there were alot of risk so it was understandable if I said no but then I would had to prepare myself n family I would be in wheelchair in 6 months. But I took the risk for my children.

They ended up doing more than they said, they did 2 rods, 6screws, removed bad disk, put in plates, did bone graft to help with fusion ect sadly not all pain was gone, I still had less than before which I slowly decreased the amount of meds ect :-) but sadly not long after do physio I still had too much weakness and pain in my left hip and leg which turned out I had a bad tear in the hip joint!! Which was operated on 2'years ago!! :-( I still getting pain today and still have weakness although I been exercising and going physio. So 1 prob I still get pain and it is worse than before!!!

Back to the bone graft, now keep in mind spinal op was.done 4 years ago, well sadly the bone graft they did had failed!! :-( so now I have 2 fractures in one of the rods and 2 screws!!! I get alot of pain coz of this they put all meds back up and made couple changes!! :-( now we moved to airlie beach from brisbane before knowing this has happened in my back. We moved up due to warmer weather all year round, better life style, new environment n better lol nicer people, better school kids are 5&6 they love the freedom, less people, the outside life and know there more to do and see. Loving school as they get to do more ie go on little end of term rewards and so much more, laid back life style is perfect and when I go into airlie I am relaxed as I arrive and soon I see the water and beach ect I am in heaven and already feel much better. Our family relationship and our marriage is so much better n happier than before so moving up defo has helped. But sad thing I back to square 1 pretty much in regards to waiting to all specialist but at least it wont be as long as the first time round. I know I need surgery again but I not sure if I will or want to coz I more scared this time as it already failed once before so whats the reason of it not doing it again??? I am glad I not alone, nore are you guys and thank you for sharing your story and thoughts too. :-) god bless you both and hope things improve soon. Many blessings. :-)

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 Stacy
Riner, Va
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I suffer from spinal stenosis causing severe low back pain and sciatic nerve pain. Since taking MSM my pain has almost completely resolved. I have only minimal pain after long periods of walking. I take 2000 milligrams of MSM twice a day. I'm extremely pleased with the improvement in my pain after taking MSM, and I've only been taking it for one month.

The only side effect I have experienced is a change in my sleep pattern, waking every morning around 4:00-5:00 am with difficulty going back to sleep. I'm going to try stopping the nighttime dose and try taking the second dose after lunch to see if that resolves the problem. Also, I am allergic to sulfa drugs but have not experienced any skin related side effects with MSM. While it is a possibility that resolution of my pain is coincidental, I'm not willing to give it up in order to find out. If my pain returns while on MSM, then I'll know. I'll keep you posted.

Replied by Eviee

Hi, my mother was recently diagnosed with lumbar stenosis and she has the tingling n numbness and as of lately complains of heaviness in her legs. I'm going to purchase the MSM for her? Are you doing better? Please update as I want to know if this in fact does work.


Posted by Allyson (Colorado Springs) on 08/02/2020
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Serrapeptase is great stuff!! BEFORE I KNEW not to have any spinal surgery, the doctors are not good enough yet....I learned from a forum of people that had cancer in the throat and had to have the cancer removed, the pain was horrible and narcotics was not giving them enough relief. They said Serrapeptase was the only thing that worked.

I had spinal stenosis so they cleared the gunk out, the 1st 2 weeks were fine BUT when the fibroblasts/scar tissue building started the pain was overwhelming, the inflammation attacked my vocal cords and thyroid, could not talk without crying, it hurt sooooo bad!

The Serrapeptase calmed everything down like nothing happened, wonderful!

2nd Tidbit....

Anyone that has SPINAL STENOSIS where their are arms and/or legs are starting to hurt, DO NOT HAVE SURGERY, just take a couple cheap pills and it will all dissolve in about 6 months. Go read the short article by Dr. Debra Katchen, MD, “Aging Spines Feel Young Again”, she figured out how to dissolve the gunk and testimonials galore.

I gave a friend who is in their 70s the remedy and he started feeling better by the end of the 2nd month but make sure you take the Hekkla and Fluor. Cal. the full 6 months!

Replied by Sylvia
New York

Hi Allyson, please tell us how much Serrapeptase worked for you? Thanks!