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Many different factors can contribute to
back pain. Injury, overwork, emotional and mental stress, menstrual
tension, prostate conditions, and problems with posture or weight
are common causes. Homeopathy can offer safe and effective pain
relief for many kinds of backaches. If problems are extreme, consult
a licensed healthcare professional with experience in spinal care.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Aesculus: Pain in the very low back
(the sacral or sacroiliac areas) that feels worse when standing up
from a sitting position, and worse from stooping, may be eased with
this remedy. Aesculus is especially indicated for people with
low back pain who also have a tendency toward venous congestion and
is a remedy with a well-known reputation for its usefulness in
injuries and pain to soft tissue and muscles. Applied topically in
either gel or ointment form (and in conjunction with internal use of
Arnica 6c), topical Arnica can be useful for
Bryonia: This remedy is indicated
when back pain is worse from even the slightest motion. Changing
position, coughing, turning, or walking may bring on sharp,
excruciating pain. This remedy can be helpful for back pain after
injury and backaches during illness.
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is
often useful for low back pain and muscle weakness, especially in a
person who is chilly, flabby or overweight, and easily tired by
exertion. Chronic low back pain and muscle weakness may lead to
inflammation and soreness that are aggravated by dampness and cold.
Calcarea phosphorica: Stiffness and
soreness of the spinal muscles and joints, especially in the neck
and upper back, may be relieved by this remedy. The person feels
worse from drafts and cold, as well as from exertion. Aching in the
bones and feelings of weariness and dissatisfaction are often seen
in people who need this remedy.
Cimicifuga (also called Actaea racemosa):
Severe aching and stiffness in the upper back and neck, as well as
the lower back—with pains that extend down the thighs or across
the hips — may be eased with this remedy. It is often helpful for
back pain during menstrual periods, with cramping, heaviness, and
soreness. A person who needs this remedy typically is talkative and
energetic, becoming agitated or depressed when ill.
Dulcamara: If back pain sets in
during cold damp weather, along with catching a cold, or after
getting wet and chilled, this remedy may be indicated. Stiffness and
chills can be felt in the back, and pain is usually worse from
Ignatia: Back pains related to
emotional upsets—especially grief—will often respond to this
remedy. Thee muscles of the lower back may spasm, and twitches,
drawing pains, and cramps often occur in other areas.
Kali carbonicum: This remedy may be
indicated if low back pain drives the person out of bed at night,
making it necessary to get up to be able to turn over. Pain is
usually worse on the right side of the lower back, worse around the
menstrual period, and aggravated by sitting and by walking. Pressure
on the area often brings relief.
Natrum muriaticum: Back pain that
improves from lying on something hard or pressing a hard object
(such as a block or book) against the painful area suggests a need
for this remedy. The person often seems reserved or formal, but has
strong emotions that are kept from others. Back pain from suppressed
emotions, especially hurt or anger, may respond to Natrum
Nux vomica: This remedy is
indicated for muscle cramps or constricting pains in the back.
Discomfort is made worse by cold and relieved by warmth. Pain
usually is worse night, and the person may have to sit up in bed to
turn over. Backache is also worse during constipation, and the pain
is aggravated when the person feels the urge to move the bowels.
Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy can
be useful for pain in the neck and shoulders as well as the lower
back, when the pain is worse on initial movement and improves with
continued motion. Even though in pain, the person finds it hard to
lie down or stay still for very long, and often restlessly paces
about. Aching and stiffness are aggravated in cold damp weather and
relieved by warm applications, baths or showers, and massage.
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is
indicated when tremendous stiffness is felt in the muscles or
joints, especially after sprains or twisting injuries. The person
feels lame and sore, and experiences relief from lying down.
Sulphur: This remedy is often
indicated when a person with back pain has a slouching posture. The
back is weak and the person feels much worse from standing up for
any length of time. Pain is also worse from stooping. Warmth may
aggravate the pain and inflammation.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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