Lumbago, or lower back pain, is pain in the lumbar vertebra, the lower area of the back, which can be caused by different reasons and can affect musculature, ligaments, nerves, and vertebrae disks.
Lumbago attacks, which are characterized by pain, stiffness, and/or reduced mobility, can last for a few days, or can turn into a chronic disorder that considerably affects the quality of life for whoever suffers from it. That is why we will explain here the possible causes and natural treatment for lumbago, including remedies to prevent and alleviate it.
What are the possible causes?
Lumbago can be caused by several different factors, which we will review below:
- Muscular tension and compensation
- Abnormal spinal curvature (lordosis, scoliosis)
- Kidney disease
- Spinal disk herniation
- Arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Stress and emotional overloads
- Constipation and intestinal problems (that affect the area behind)
If your lumbago does not improve in no more than 3 days, it is important to consult a doctor, as this could also be related to more serious illnesses. The doctor will confirm if it is lumbago with X-rays or and MRI.
While you are suffering from a lumbago attack, it is fundamental to eat a balanced diet and to avoid foods which worsen inflammation, like dairy, white sugar, red meat, and refined flour. Instead, eat foods daily that contribute to the reduction of inflammation, such as the following:
- Natural fruit and vegetable juices (carrot, beet, celery…)
- Red pepper
- Chia seeds
- Green tea
The lumbar are in the body easily grows cold, which is why you could heat it with a heating pad or an electric blanket, with a hot water bladder, or by covering it with wool fabric.
Another option is to apply a shower spray directly to the lumbar area, slowly increasing the temperature to the hottest that you can stand, without burning yourself. Move the spray from one side to another for 2 to 4 minutes. This will be even more effective if you do this while sitting.
It is important to keep in mind that this remedy should be avoided in cases of sciatic nerve and hernias.
Medicinal plants to drink
Medicinal plants that help reduce inflammation, provide minerals to the body, and cleanse are horsetail and sarsaparilla. Prepare daily one liter of infusion with both plants. Add a squirt of lemon juice to it, and a bit of stevia to sweeten. Drink this beverage throughout the day.
Clay is an excellent, inexpensive, and simple remedy for any type of inflammation. Make a poultice by mixing warm water with green or red clay until making a paste that you can apply, without it running. Make it so that it stays compact to the skin on the entire lumbar area.
Cover this with dressing or fabric, or also with a thick wool fabric to provide heat. Let set for at least half an hour, but you could also let it set over night. When you go to remove it, it will be dry. The clay will absorb toxins, reduce inflammation, and will provide the body with minerals.
Arnica is a plant used by athletes to prevent and treat injuries. It is found as an extract, cream, homeopathy form, among others. You can combine both topical and oral uses.
If you decide to use homeopathy, use the Arnica Montana 9 CH remedy, and place 3 small balls under the tongue, three times a day, between meals, beverages, and strong and menthol flavors (gum, toothpaste, and similar things).
Rosemary helps mobilize circulation, and giving ourselves rosemary vinegar massages can be very useful. We can also make it ourselves by letting a few sprigs of rosemary soak in a glass bottle of vinegar.
This technique is a very ancient therapeutic method that was used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It consists of using a certain type of crystal cup that produce a vacuum effect by sticking to the body, suctioning to the skin and part of the muscle, opening pores and moving blood and lymphatic circulation.
This is how it reduced inflammation and alleviates pain, within 10 or 15 minutes. Although you can go to a therapist, it is true that you can buy the set of cups and do it yourself.