These days it is common to see people, young and old, who are suffering from severe back pain which is a result of a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture. This condition is known as lumbago, or lower back pain, and is derived from the Latin word ‘lumbus’ meaning loin. So, lumbago means ‘weakness in the loins’, although ‘weakness in the lower back’ would be a better description. The lumbar region, or lower back, bears all our body weight and due to some reasons the joints in the area get inflamed and result in pain.
Lumbago can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as wear and tear of the joints in the lower back, lifting heavy weights, poor lifestyle, smoking, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disorders and even cancer. The causes are not easy to identify even after many tests and investigations at times. The pain is definitely unbearable sometimes, and this is why we need to take certain precautions and make changes in our lifestyle. These natural treatments will provide you relief from the pain and prevent it if followed regularly.
Natural Treatments For Lumbago
Lemon Juice And Honey
Add half a lemon’s juice, freshly extracted, to a glass of warm water. Also mix in a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Have this mixture early in the morning and at bedtime if you are suffering from lumbago.
This should be taken regularly in order to prevent lower back pain and get relief from the symptoms of lumbago.
Aloe vera is very beneficial for your health and will provide relief from symptoms of lumbago if taken internally regularly. You should take a whole leaf of aloe vera and extract its juice. Have one third of it every day as it helps prevent rheumatism, sciatica and lower back pain.
You can refrigerate the remaining juice and use it later. Taken early in the morning, aloe vera juice acts as a laxative, thus helping decongest your pelvic and lumbar region. This results in decreased pressure in the area and prevents lower back pain.
Herbs are the best natural treatments for treating the symptoms of lumbago. Some of the herbs which help to reduce inflammation and treat this condition are: Catnip, Nettle, Chickweed, Calendula, and passion flower.
You can make an herbal tea using any one of these herbs, or a combination of any two to three of them, and have it twice daily. These herbal extracts are easily available in health stores and you can prepare an herbal tea at home.
Cayenne pepper is a vasodilator that helps to improve blood circulation in the body. A lower back pain may be the result of poor blood circulation in the area, and hence consuming cayenne pepper is very beneficial in your condition. You can sprinkle some over your food or salads.
Capsules are also available, and you can have them regularly. You can also massage the affected area with cayenne pepper ointment, which is easily available at health stores. This has a mild anesthetic effect and provides relief from the pain due to lumbago.
Garlic contains strong anti-inflammatory properties and is the best natural treatment for lumbago. Heat some mustard oil and add 5-6 garlic cloves to it. Let it simmer for five minutes and then allow it to cool. Massage the affected area with some warm garlic oil. Have a bath only after two hours.
Additionally, have three to four garlic cloves daily. You can just chew on them and then drink plenty of water, otherwise eat them along with your food. It works very well in preventing and treating lower back pain due to lumbago.
Foods That Eliminate Pain
A mixture of black cherry juice and grape juice is very beneficial in providing relief from back pain, if taken daily. Pineapple juice should also be taken regularly as it contains a substance called bromelain which helps to reduce pain in the body.
Vitamin C is necessary to prevent pains in the body and you should eat plenty of citrus fruits every day. Eat whole grains, green leafy vegetables, beans, flaxseeds, and nuts which will provide nutrition and aid digestion.
If you are suffering from lumbago, you must exercise regularly as it helps strengthen your back muscles and improves circulation, thus reducing lower back pain. Cycling, swimming and walking are some of the exercises that will help stretch your muscles and prevent pain.
A sedentary lifestyle worsens the lower back pain, so if you are in a job where you sit for long periods, it is important to get up once in a while and take a walk.
Acupressure For Lower Back Pain
Acupressure is one of the best natural treatments for lower back pain due to lumbago. It is a simple technique that you can easily follow. Acupressure works by increasing the endorphins production in your body which act as natural pain relievers. You have to apply pressure on certain points on your body as explained here. One point is between your nose and upper lip.
Apply pressure here with your finger or a pencil tip. Next point is between your anklebone and Achilles tendon. Apply deep pressure and hold for a few seconds. Repeat these 5-10 times. Now, make a fist and on the outside, near your pinkie finger, you will notice a bulge. Apply pressure for a few seconds on this point. Release and repeat 10 times.
Sleep On A Firm Mattress
Poor posture results in lower back pain, and it often happens when you don’t sleep on a proper mattress. Sleep on a firm mattress, which is not too soft but not too hard as well.
Use a pillow so that your head remains elevated. This will ensure good blood circulation in your body while you are asleep and prevent lower back pain. Sleep on your back and avoid foetal position if you are suffering from back pain. This is one of the necessary and important natural treatments for lumbago.
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