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Backache

Backache is one of the most common affliction, to which hardly any person is an exception. This is the most agonizing and incapacitating physical disorders which owes its origin to multiple physical factors. It is merely a symptom and not a disease whose cause lies elsewhere in the body. Spine is the longest column in the body that is comprised of - Cervical Vertebrae, Thoracic Vertebrae or Dorsal Vertebral, Lumbar Vertebrae, Sacrum and Coccyx or tail bore. In backache, only lumbar portion is affected, though pains may radiate to sacrum and coccyx also.

Symptoms

  • Constant pain, at times unbearable and severe.

  • Difficulty in bending forward and also on sideways.

  • Aggravation of pain by least movement, jerk. Feeling as if entire area is sore and sensitive to even slight touch.

  • Relief is felt by gentle massage.

  • Incapacitation.

  • Feeling as if the back muscles were bound and tightened by a blinder.


Root Causes

  • Spinal Arthritis, Rheumatoid or Ankeylosing Spondilytis.

  • Curvature of spine.

  • Presence of tumours in the spine.

  • Some chronic infection.

  • Injury to spine or abnormal stress caused by lifting any heavy object.

  • Poor circulation of blood.

  • Sitting in a particular position at a stretch, but more so when one is obliged to perform some job where bending of back becomes a necessity.

  • Psychological upsets.
     

Herbs which is useful :

Eranda (Ricinus communis Linn) :

Decoction of root and the root bark is used in rheumatic disorders like Gout, Arthritis etc. It is also useful in gastrointestinal disorders like flatulence and constipation. Castor oil is indicated in the patients with arthro- pathies in a small dose for a period of 4 to 8 weeks. It is administered along with the infusion of dry ginger. Leaves are used locally for abscess and breast inflammation, for anti-phlogistic effect. The leaves crushed as a juice are commonly given in jaundice.




Shatavari (asparagus racemosus)
:

External application --- emollient for stiff joints and neck, and muscle spasms. Also useful in increasing breast milk and semen, nurtures mucous membranes, blood cleanser, supplies female hormones, nourishes the ovum.

Rasna (Vanda roxburghii) :

The leaves are pounded and the paste is applied to the body to bring down fever; their juice is dropped in the ear for the treatment of otitis and other inflammatory conditions. The roots are used in dyspepsia, bronchitis rheumatism, and also in fever; they are reported to possess antibacterial and anti-tubercular properties. The roots enter into the preparation of medicated oils, used externally in rheumatism and nervous troubles. The herb is also used for sciatica.


Diet :

The diet of those suffering from backache should consist of a salad of raw vegetable such as tomato, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, radish, lettuce, and at least two steamed or lightly cooked vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrot and plenty of fruits except bananas. The patients should avoid fatty, spicy, and fried foods, curd, sweetmeats and sugar, condiments, tea and coffee. Foods that have been processed for preservation have few nutrients and should also be eliminated from the diet.

Life Style :

Smoking or taking tobacco in any from should be given up completely. Hot fermentation, alternate sponging, or application of heat to the back will also give immediate relief

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