Homeopathy for Back Pain

In this article, we will discuss common homeopathic remedies used for back pain.  Your job as a homeopathic prescriber is to match the symptoms you are experiencing with the homeopathic remedy that will help that exact set of symptoms.  This is done by paying close attention to the details of your condition, and looking at a list of remedies to see which one has the most in common with the symptoms you are experiencing. 

Back Pain:

Belladonna: choose to use Belladonna if you have violent, acute low back pain. The pain is severe and can be burning, throbbing, shooting, or spasmodic. The intense spasms come on suddenly and leave just as quickly.  You may observe more symptoms such as being worse from motion or jarring, touch, or cold. The pain is also worse from lying on the painful side, at 3 p.m., and after midnight, and is better sitting up.


Bryonia: choose you use Bryonia if you have extreme back pain with a stitching quality. Your back pain should be worse from the slightest motion and much better from rest and hard pressure.  You should be worse from warmth and better from cold air and cold applications.  Although Bryonia back pain is intense, it comes on relatively slowly (e.g., compared to a Belladonna case). You may also have great thirst for cold drinks and may be irritable with a desire for quiet.


Rhus toxicodendron: choose to use Rhus toxicodendron if your back pain comes on after overexertion, especially lifting something too heavy. The pain is aching and the low back is stiff.  It is worse from first motion, yet better from continued motion and hard pressure (such as lying on something hard). You should be restless from the pain, which compels you to move constantly or to frequently change positions. The pain may come on with exposure to cold wet air, cold drafts, or before storms, and it is much worse from cold applications.  The pain is better from warm applications (often as hot as possible).


Pulsatilla: choose to use Pulsatilla if you have back pain that is worse from first motion and better from continued motion and rest, just like Rhus tox. Unlike Rhus tox, however, Pulsatilla back pain is much better from cold applications and worse from warm ones.


Kali carbonicum: choose to use Kali carbonicum if you have a sense of exhaustion in the back, or the back may feel broken. Perhaps most important, the pains have a stitching nature and are much better from pressure, yet are worse lying on the affected side (compare this to Bryonia). You may also have to walk stooped over, and the low back pain may extend down the thighs. In women, back pain may occur during labor or the menstrual period.  The pain is worse from cold and better from warmth; and worse from 2-5am.


Natrum muriaticum: choose to use Natrum muriaticum if you feel as if the small of your back is broken, and you feel better lying on a hard surface or firm support.  The back pain is often accompanied by a depressed mood, in which you think about the past frequently.


Sepia: choose to use Sepia if you have a weak feeling in the low back, and the pain is better with hard pressure, from lying on something hard, from warmth, and, most characteristically, from vigorous exertion.  The back pain is often worse in the late afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m.


Phosphorus: choose to use Phosphorus if you have pain is as if the back is broken (similar to Natrum mur), or it may be a burning pain. The back pain is better from rubbing/massaging. You should be chilly and have great thirst for ice-cold water.  You may also be extremely sensitive to noise, odors, and



Magnesia phosphorica: choose to use Magnesia phosphorica if you have a classic sciatica pattern of nerve pain extending from the low back down the back of the buttocks and leg. The pain can be cramping (often from overexertion) or sudden, violent, and neuralgic (such as cutting, shooting, or sharp, lightning like pains). When the sciatica is on the right side and is better from warmth and pressure, yet the warmth is more relieving than pressure, consider this remedy.


Colocynthis: choose to use Colocynthis if your sciatica is left-sided and the pain is better from warmth and hard pressure, but pressure gives the most relief (opposite of Magnesia phosphorica).  In the state of violent pain, you may be angry, indignant, and impatient, yet these mental-emotional symptoms are not as necessary to the prescription of Colocynthis as are the physical symptoms.


The most common potencies (strengths) of homeopathic remedies you can by over the counter are 6c and 30c.  Either of these potencies is fine for most conditions you will treat at home with the information in this article.  Typically, it is recommended to take a dose (2 pellets) of the homeopathic remedy 1-4 times per day.  If your condition is more acute in nature, take the remedy 3-4 times per day.  If your condition is more chronic in nature, take the remedy 1-2 times per day.

You can buy homeopathic remedies at most health food stores.  They are usually inexpensive, ranging from approximately $5-10 each.  There are also remedy kits available to purchase online, with approximately 100 of the most common homeopathic remedies.  

Note: If your condition becomes worse or you are not sure how to treat a condition, make sure to call or visit a doctor for further evaluation.


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