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How A Herbal Medicine Or Two Can Help Alleviate Lower Back Pain

Back pain can be one of the most troublesome ailments you have. It effects as many as 8 out of every 10 people at some point or other in their life. Ordinarily, nothing short of bed-rest will cure you of the problem. On the other hand, it is the second most commonly cited reason why people cannot go to work and take a day of work sick – which amounts to millions of working days a year that are being lost because of workers who suffer from lower back pain problems. This is costing companies million of dollars in lost manpower each year. In the United States alone, lower back pain is estimated to cost as much as US$20 billion in additional direct costs. It is also one of the most commonly cited reasons for claiming disability allowances.

Everyone, therefore, will no doubt be delighted to hear that there is a herbal medicine you can take to help alleviate you lower back pain problems. The herbal medicines in question are known as Devil's claw , white willow bark and cayenne . Results of recent studies have shown that the short-term effect of each of these in combating lower-back pain are as effective, if not more effective, than using pharmaceutical pills, such as the previously popular painkiller Vioxx (which is no longer recommended due to its alleged potentially harmful long-term effects).

Of the three herbal medicines used, the most successful herbal medicine in combating lower back pain was Devil's claw (Harpago procumbens). In success terms this was followed by White willow bark (Salix alba) and then cayenne (Capsicum frutescens). But in their own right, each was still more successful in helping short-term relief from back pain than any pharmacy drug available.

Nevertheless, scientists undertaking the research did caution that pregnant women should not use any of these herbal medicines without first consulting with their physician or doctor. Moreover, the long-term benefits of each of these was not studied, so it does remain to be seen if these herbal medicines will help to alleviate those who have suffered from lower back pain for a prolonged period.

Nevertheless, there is now strong evidence to suggest that taking 50 milligrams of Devil's claw is likely going to have far more of a beneficial effect on helping you to overcome your troublesome lower back pain problems than any other form of treatment currently available to combat this very discomfortable problem. In addition, both of the other alternative herbal medicine treatments, White willow bark and cayenne, proved to be more successful in the short-term treatment of lower back pain than pharmaceutical drugs commonly prescribed to those who suffer from lower back pain.

With the helping hand of nature, herbal medicine used in conjunction with other remedial programs, such as a back massage can help you to overcome your lower back pains. Without wishing to state that the days of lower back pain are number, evidence would now seem to clearly indicate that we can set about doing something about this painful affliction without having to necessarily resort to lots and lots of bed rest.

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