One of the biggest health problems today is low back pain. It is also known as lumbago, hexenschuss, and witch stab.
There are 33 vertebrae in the spine (12 thoracic, 7 cervical, 5 sacrum, 5 lumbar, and 4 coccyx) and they are connected to many nerves, muscles, ligaments, and blood vessels that hold the body together.
The nerve roots of the arms and legs, and the spinal cord pass through the canal within the spine which permits us standing upright.
Spine has several functions and it is exposed to mechanical action of the load all the time, such as train, pressure, twisting, bending, shear, which may cause overuse.
Different range of motion is offered from different parts of the spine. The chest part is low mobile, while the neck has very high mobility.
Degenerative changes can be triggered by the transition between one to another part of the spine, and they are usually sources of pain.
Causes for low back pain can be hard physical jobs, sedentary jobs, osteoporosis, degenerative process and congenital anomalies of the spine followed by an operation or spine injuries.
How to treat this condition and prevent it?
Researchers say that people dealing with back pain can improve their lives with the herb known as comfrey. It can be found on wet fields, meadows, and ditches near the water.
In a research conducted at the German Sports University, 120 people with lower and upper back pain participated to test an ointment that contained comfrey root extract. It was shown that people managed to successfully heal their back pain after several days treating with the ointment.
The participants rubbed 4 grams of ointment on their backs three times a day for 5 days. Half of the participants used ointment with comfrey root extract and half did not. The participants and the researchers didn’t know which participants were getting comfrey root ointment and which were getting the placebo.
The comfrey root extract is highly powerful and clinically proven to successfully decrease back pain. It has been used since ancient times. It has hairy leaves and large beet-like root.
It has been proven to be effective on other types of pain, especially against the pain and dislocation of joints in the knees and osteoarthritis, when used in a gel form.
It should be taken as supplements and capsules because it can damage the liver.
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Other sources mentioned in Health and Love Page’s article:
Health Advisor Group | My Healthy Life Vision | WebMD