What is Back Pain?
Back pain can be felt anywhere between the neck and tail bone. However, the lower back is the most common site for back pain. It is called lumbago. Back pain can be acute or chronic in nature. It may be of muscle, bone, joint or nerve origin. Lifting heavyweight objects, maintaining improper posture while sitting or lying down, injury, disc herniation and muscle strain are some basic reasons for back pain. Back pain, when felt in the neck, may radiate down the arms and hands. Lower back pain may radiate down the legs and feet. Weakness, tingling, numbness may be felt in arms/hands or legs/feet from nerve involvement. Back pain may be accompanied by marked stiffness.
Yes, Homeopathy can treat Back Pain
Homeopathic medicines are very powerful and effective in treating back pain. Back pain of muscle origin, from injuries or disc bulges can be successfully cured with Homeopathic medicines. Back pain radiating to the upper or lower limbs can also be wonderfully dealt with using Homeopathic medicines. While prescribing Homeopathic medicines for back pain, the cause and aggravating factors are studied in detail in each case. The top grade Homeopathic medicines for lower back pain are Rhus Tox, Bryonia, Aesculus and Kali Carb. For cervical back pain, I would rate Cimicifuga and Kalmia as the best Homeopathic medicines while for back pain after injury, Ruta and Hypericum would show the best results.
Homeopathic Medicines for Back Pain
Rhus Tox – One of the best Homeopathic medicines for back pain
Rhus Tox tops the list of Homeopathic medicines for back pain. I have seen magnificent results in back pain from use of Rhus Tox. Rhus Tox is indicated for both upper and lower back pain, especially where the back pain is accompanied by intense stiffness. The back pain that arises from muscle strain also recovers wonderfully well with Rhus Tox. Persons suffering from back pain as a result of exertion or lifting heavy weights have found complete relief when prescribed Rhus Tox, making it one of the most reliable Homeopathic medicines for back pain. A prominent symptom to look out for while prescribing Rhus Tox is that the back pain gets worse with rest, while walking or hard pressure bring relief from pain.
Bryonia – Most effective Homeopathic medicine for back pain that worsens with motion
In my clinical practice, Bryonia has shown marvellous results in lower back pain that worsens with the slightest of motion. Apart from motion, this pain also gets worse with standing or from turning in the bed, a key sign that Bryonia will work best. The pain may be accompanied by marked stiffness in such cases, for which Bryonia would rate among the best Homeopathic medicines for back pain. Lying down and taking rest brings relief from pain.
Aesculus – Best among Homeopathic medicines for back pain that gets worse with stooping
Aesculus is one of the most effective Homeopathic medicines for lower back pain that gets worse from stooping. In this case, the pain is most marked in the sacrum and hip region. The lower back feels as if it would break. Stiffness in the lower back is also intense. Aesculus is also one of the best Homeopathic medicines for back pain which gets worse when rising from a sitting position. Here it takes the person repeated efforts to rise from a chair or another sitting position.
Kali Carb – One of the top rated Homeopathic medicines for back pain after childbirth
I would rank Kali Carb as one of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for back pain that arises after childbirth. The most prominent symptoms indicative of Kali Carb as the best suited Homeopathic medicines for back pain in such instances are stiffness and weakness in the lower back. The pain is very severe, with a feeling that the back might break. The back pain makes it difficult to walk. Women feel the need to lie down to get relief from the pain which may radiate to the upper back or down to the thigh and hips. Where these symptoms exist, Kali Carb comes highly recommended as one of the best Homeopathic medicines for back pain. Apart from post-partum backache, Kali Carb is also useful for backache in women before or during menses and after a miscarriage.
Cobaltum – One of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for back pain that increases with sitting
Cobaltum ranks on top of the list of Homeopathic medicines for back pain that worsens from sitting. In such cases, the person feels better while walking or lying down. The back pain may radiate down the legs and feet in some cases, but the person will surely feel a weakness in the legs, a sure sign that Cobaltum will provide sustained relief.
Colocynth & Magnesium Phos – Best Homeopathic medicines for back pain that radiates to other parts of body
I have successfully treated several cases of back pain radiating down the legs and/or feet with two main Homeopathic medicines. These top rated Homeopathic medicines for back pain are Colocynth and Magnesium Phos. Among these, Colocynth is most effective Homeopathic medicine for back pain when the lower back pain radiates to the left leg and foot. Magnesium Phos brings relief when the lower back pain radiates down the right leg. The pain, in both the cases, can be of a shooting, cramping or tearing nature. However, both the medicines have proven their ability to bring lasting relief from pain and established themselves as the best Homeopathic medicines for back pain.
Cimicifuga & Kalmia – Homeopathic medicines for upper back pain in cervical (neck) region
Two highly recommended Homeopathic medicines for back pain in the cervical region are Cimicifuga and Kalmia. I have seen remarkable results with use of Cimicifuga in cervical back pain accompanied by stiffness, contraction and sensitiveness in the neck. If pressure worsens the neck pain, Cimicifuga will offer effective treatment. However, in cases where the cervical pain radiates down the arm or hands, Kalmia has proved to be one of the most helpful Homeopathic medicines for back pain treatment. Persons feeling a weakness, numbness or tingling sensation in the arms and hands along with neck pain also recover fully well with use of Homeopathic medicine Kalmia.
Ruta & Hypericum – Most prominent Homeopathic medicines for back pain from injury
Ruta and Hypericum are highly suitable Homeopathic medicines for back pain resulting from injury. Ruta is prescribed for a back that is sore and bruised from injury. The pain is most marked over the sacrum and coccyx region. The injured person may feel a weakness in the lower back. Where such symptoms are noted, Ruta is the most prominent among Homeopathic medicines for back pain and has shown effective results. Homeopathic medicine Hypericum is recommended when pain from the tail bone radiates up the spine and down the limbs after injury. The pain is very sharp and intense. Motion, walking and stooping all make the pain worse. The spine is very tender and sensitive to touch in such cases where Hypericum has shown best results.