Lower back sciatica pain can be a highly debilitating problem. If you slip a disc or pinch a nerve in your spine, you may be in bed on your back for days or even weeks at a time. You may not be able to go to work, spend time with your family, or even hobble to the bathroom if the pain is bad enough.
Finding the right cure or remedy for lower back pain is a lot harder than you’d think. First you have to reduce the swelling in your back, and only then can you treat whatever is causing the pain and swelling in the first place. Thankfully, you may just find that a bit of turmeric can help you get on your feet again!
How Turmeric Can Deal with Back Pain
Turmeric is a spice that comes from Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. It is used in many dishes in India and Southeast Asia, as it has a delicious, spicy flavor that goes well with just about every type of meat and vegetable on the planet.
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But it’s not just useful for its flavor. It can do wonders for your health as well, particularly the pain you are experiencing in your lower back. How can it help?
According to one study published back in 2009, curcuminoids–compounds naturally found in turmeric–has protective properties that can help to protect the nerve cells in your back(1). For those who are suffering from sciatica injuries, the curcuminoids can not only help to reduce swelling, but they will protect the nerve cells from being damaged and degraded.
Turmeric is known to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent, meaning that it can help to prevent and reduce the swelling that is causing your lower back pain. It can not only deal with swelling caused by acute injuries, but also chronic inflammation caused by permanent or long-term damage to the sciatica nerve or the spinal column (such as in the case of a slipped disc).
How does it work? Simple: turmeric stops the production of certain enzymes in your body. These enzymes are responsible for the inflammation that accompanies the sciatica injury. By preventing the enzyme production, you reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.
Note: Turmeric alone is EXCELLENT at reducing swelling, but bromelain (which comes from pineapple) and piperine (which comes from black pepper) are also effective. If you can find supplements that contain all three ingredients, you have a much better chance of dealing with the swelling!
What’s so fascinating about turmeric is that it’s not just effective at dealing with back pain, but it’s AS effective as the typical medications you take for the same problem.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen are all over-the-counter medications available to help deal with pain and inflammation, and they’re commonly taken for lower back pain. They do help to ease discomfort and reduce swelling.
But turmeric–a natural spice derived from a simple bright yellow root–is just as effective as all of these drugs when it comes to dealing with your lower back pain. You don’t need to head to the pharmacy to pick up a new drug, but you can find turmeric at your local supermarket or grocery store.
Not only will you receive the same pain-relieving benefits, but you won’t experience the stomach and digestive problems that accompany most NSAIDs. Best of all, turmeric is a WHOLE lot cheaper than any drug you can buy at the pharmacy.
How Much Turmeric To Take?
The suggested general dosage for healthy adults is 300 mg of turmeric, taken 3 times per day to help ease pain and inflammation. If you take medications, then the dosage may need to be adjusted.