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Backache, one of the most common causes of work days lost due to illness, is a chronic or acute gripping pain, usually near the inward curve of the back towards the base of the spine. It is a condition which may occur slowly or suddenly. Backaches also commonly occur near the sciatic nerve's branch point from the spine or in the coccygeal area.

Backache is a very common disorder, affecting 80% of the population during some point in life. Half the population older than 60 years of age has backaches.

Mild treatment includes exercise, use of hot pads, weight loss, over-the-counter heating rubs, good postural habits and mild pain-relievers such as aspirin. Physician-prescribed muscle relaxants, braces, corsets, and shoe lifts may also be used. In thecase of back deformities, surgery and complete bed rest may be required.


Primary Factors
One of the primary causes of Backaches is strain on overworked or underexercised muscles that perform beyond capacity. These muscles then contract, forming a tight mass which transmits sharp pain signals as nearby muscles tighten in an attempt to prevent strained muscles from further damage.

Predisposing Factors

Strained ligamentsPoor posture
Athletic traumasHeart disorders
Infected back areasLung disorders
ObesityPregnancyCongenital malformities
Bone tumorsReflex actions (e.g., sneezing)
MenstruationExcessively soft or hard mattresses
Aging Fractures of back bones
Kidney diseaseIntestinal disorders
OsteoarthritisReproductive disorders
OsteoporosisRheumatoid arthritis
Psychological tensionAdvanced pelvic tumors
Emotional stressPancreatic cancer
AnxietyProstate gland disease
PulposisFibrositis in the back muscle

Sudden jerking motions (e.g., car breaking)

Signs & Symptoms

Sharp jabbing pain in the back
Dull ache in the back
Inability to bend at the waist
Inability to straighten up
Pain or numbness radiating down the leg

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Joint Support

General Supplements

DLPA 500 - 2,000 mg 100 - 500 mg
Magnesium 400 - 600 mg 100 - 300 mg
Manganese 5 - 25 mg 2 - 10 mg
Vitamin C2,000 - 6,000 mg1,000 - 3,000 mg
Vitamin E 400 - 800 IU 200 - 400 IU

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Obesity can produce Backaches as the result of stress on the spine. A Weight Reduction Diet and stomach-strengthening exercises are suggested to relieve the overall pressure on the back muscles and spine.

If the individual's back pain is due to other underlying conditions, nutritional management must be specific to the condition involved. In the absence of contraindications, the Dietary Goals Diet is suggested.

Homeopathic Remedy

1.**Rhus Toxicodendron - 30C 3 times daily, worse at rest, better with movement and warmth.

2. Hippuric acid - 30X for when pain extends down hips.

3. Oxalicum acidum - 15C or higher - a left sided remedy, especially where pain is from spine through extremities.

4.**Glonoinum tinct. - 30C to 50M.

5.**Aesculus hippocastanum - 15C especially sacrum and hips.

6. Arnica montana tinct. - over-exertion, feels bruised.

7. Bryonia alba tinct. - worse with any movement, better with rest.

8. Nux vomica - turning over in bed is painful, worse on waking.

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.

Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Tissue Salts

Calc. Fluor.lumbago following strain;
Calc. Phos.lumbago from slightest draught;
Ferr. Phos.acute lumbago, fevere, inflammation
Nat. Mur.lumbago with sensation of coldness up and down spine, relieved by lying on a hard surface;
Nat. Phos.lumbago with acidosis;

Herbal Approaches


Black mustard seed
Uva ursi
Wood betony

"Lumbago" (Hoffmann)


Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Back Pain:

Basil Essence,Bergamot Essence,
Clary Sage Essence,Cypress Essence,
Ginger Essence,Marjoram Essence,
Pepper Essence,Peppermint Essence,
Rosemary Essence,Thyme Essence.


Juniper Essence,Pine Essence,
Rosemary Essence,Thyme Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Bone tumorPancreatic cancer
Congenital malformitiesPelvic tumor
Emotional stressPregnancy
FibrositisProstate gland disease
Heart disordersPsychological tension
Intestinal disordersPulposis
Kidney disordersReproductive disorders
Lung disordersRheumatoid arthritis
MenstruationStrained muscle



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