Low back pain is also known as witch stab, hexenschuss and lumbago, is one of the biggest health issues nowadays.
What Is It?
33 vertebrae (4 coccyx, 5 lumbar, 5 sacrum, 7 cervical, 12 thoracic) are consisted in our spine which are connected to many blood vessels, ligaments, muscles and nerves, holding the body together.
The nerve roots of the legs and arms, and spinal cord actually pass through the canal within our spine which allows us an upright posture.
Spine is permanently exposed to mechanical actions of the load (shear, bending, twisting, pressure, train) which usually lead to overuse.
The neck has very high mobility while the chest part is low mobile.
The transition between one to another part of the spine can cause degenerative changes, which are also sources of pain.
Injuries on the spine, congenital anomalies of the spine after operations, degenerative process, osteoporosis, sedentary jobs or hard physical jobs are main causes for low back pain.
Treatment and Prevention
According to researchers, people suffering from back pain can make their lives so much easier with the herb called comfrey that is found on wet fields, meadows, and ditches near the water.
A research conducted by experts at the German Sports University, included 120 people with lower and upper back pain, to test an ointment containing comfrey root extract. The British Journal of Sports Medina published the results, which showed that people managed to successfully heal their back pain after several days treating with the ointment.
They all rubbed 4 grams of ointment on their backs three times a day for five days. Half of the participants used ointment containing comfrey root extract and half did not. Neither the participants nor the researchers knew which participants were getting comfrey root ointment and which participants were getting the placebo.
They explain that the extract from the rot of this plant is extremely potent and clinically proven to successfully decrease back pain.
Comfrey has been used since the ancient times. It has hairy leaves, and large beet-like root. Former studies have also proved its effectiveness on other types of pain, especially against the pain and dislocation of joints in the knee and osteoarthritis, when used in a gel form.
Do not take this herb as capsules or supplements as it can harm your liver.