Lifestyle, precisely said, sedentary lifestyle is the most common cause for today’s backache problem. What you eat, how and how much you move or do not move, do you take rest and if you sleep enough how do you sleep, all contribute to your backache. The medicines that you take to relieve backache only give you temporary relief and they bring with them a whole lot of side effects. In such a condition, it seems wise to follow home remedies for backache.
Wheat, Coriander (dhaniya) powder, Cuscus (khas) powder
- Soak 60 g of wheat in water overnight
- Add 2 tsp coriander (dhaniya) powder in the morning
- Add 2 tsp cuscus (khas) powder
- Blend this into a paste
- Take 250 ml of milk in bowl
- Add the mixture to the milk
- Boil for 20 min
- Eat this lukewarm
Garlic and Coconut oil
Garlic has pain relieving properties
- Take a frying pan and add 60 ml of coconut oil and 8-10 cloves of garlic
- Fry this mixture till garlic turns dark brown
- Apply this oil when lukewarm on the affected area
Heat and warmth can provide relief to many types of back pains. When your back pain is not traumatic in nature, you can apply heat therapy.
If your backache, especially lower back pain, is due to strains and over-exertions, it creates tension in your muscles and soft tissues around the spine. As a result, proper circulation is restricted and you experience pain. When you apply heat to your back, it dilates the blood vessels of the muscles that surround the lumbar spine. This increases the flow of oxygen to the muscles. Heat also decreases the stiffness and the increased flexibility gives you a sense of comfort.
- If heat comforts your backache, try to provide moist heat to your back such as hot packs, baths and hot showers. They are more effective than dry heat.
- For hot pack, you can use a towel soaked in hot water. Wring out the excessive water and place the towel on your aching back for 15-20 minutes.
- Apply heat only for 15-20 minutes at a time.
Chamomile (baboone kaa phoola) Tea
Chamomile tea has been traditionally used to cure stress and a host of other medical conditions. Many people have found this herbal tea to be beneficial for backache too.
- Place 1 tsp chamomile flowers or 1 chamomile tea bag in pot and pour hot water over it.
- Steep for about 10-15 minutes. If using tea bag, you may steep for about 5 minutes.
- Strain or remove the tea bag and drink the tea
You may add some honey if you wish to sweeten it a little. Have 1-3 cups of chamomile a day.
Precaution: Avoid having this tea if you are allergic to ragweed pollen as chamomile flowers contain allergy inducing proteins that are related to this pollen.
Epsom (rechaka) Salt Bath
By the process of reverse osmosis, Epsom salt draws out the toxins and excess fluids from the body via porous skin.
- Fill your bath tub with warm water and add 1-2 cups of Epsom (rechaka) salt to this and let it dissolve completely.
- Soak in this Epsom salt bath for 15 minutes. Staying too long in salt bath can make your skin too dry.
Precaution: Epsom salt baths are generally not recommended for those suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes.
Eucalyptus (neelagiree) Oil
Eucalyptus oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties among many others. These properties make this oil good for pain management including back pain.
- Apply to your back on the painful area and gently rub in circular motion till the oil is completely absorbed in the skin.
- Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Capsaicin is capable of desensitize you to pain though temporarily
- Mix 3tbsp of cayenne powder (lal mirch) with oil (Almond/olive/jojoba/coconut/grapeseed oil) and heat the mixture for 5-10 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup of beeswax (madhu mom)
- Keep stirring till the beeswax melts.
- When all the ingredients have blended well, let it cool down.
- Once it cools down, store it in the jar.
- Keep the jar in refrigerator.
- Apply this cayenne cream to your back where it aches. You may apply it daily or whenever needed.