Researchers may have found a herbal remedy for the treatment of chronic lower back pain with no side effects, according to studies.
Acute lower back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder (MSDs) caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs that last less than a few months.
Chronic lower back pain that lasts longer than 6 months normally caused by damage of nerves in the low back which supplies sensation and power the muscles in the pelvis, legs, and feet.
According to the statistics, up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. The condition affects people of all ages, particularly in occupation required the use of muscles of the lower back often.
Worldwide, years lived with a disability caused by low back pain have increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015.
Depending on the severity of the condition, chronic lower back pain can induce symptoms of numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both legs and intense, constant pain that gets worse at night.
Some people with chronic lower back pain may also experience symptoms of loss of bowel or bladder control and unexplained weight loss.
Conventionally, treatment of chronic back pain is to reduce the pain and improve quality of life through a lifestyle change that prevents the worsening of the pain, reduces pain intensity through medication and injection.
Physical therapy and exercise also play a critical role in increasing pain area flexibility, strengthening the back and abdominal muscles, and improving the postures.
Surgery may be necessary for chronic lower back pain associated with nerve compression.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) or ginger root, the second superfood used for thousands of years by mankind, is the genus Zingiber, belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, native to Tamil.
The root has been used in traditional and Chinese medicine for the treatment of dyspepsia, gastroparesis, constipation, edema, difficult urination, colic, etc.
Researchers on finding a natural remedy for the treatment of chronic lower back pain investigate the effects of Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil (SMGO) on chronic low back pain and disability in older adults compared with traditional Thai massage (TTM).
The randomized controlled trial included 164 patients were screened; 140 were eligible and randomized assigned evenly to either a 30-min SMGO or TTM twice a week for five weeks by the trained staff.
According to the tested assays, both SMGO and TTM scored significant improvements in pain intensity (p<0.05) and disability (p<0.05) across the period of assessments, indicating immediate, short- and long-term effectiveness.
However, SMGO was more effective than TTM in reducing pain and improving disability at short- and long-term assessments.
The findings strongly suggested the integration of either SMGO or TTM therapy as additional options to provide holistic care to older people with chronic low back pain.
Furthermore, in order to reveal more information about ginger anti chronic lower back pain activity, researchers at the University of Freiburg investigated the effectiveness of oral herbal medicines in the treatment of pain in the joints or lower back.
According to the research and review of 15 trials satisfied the standard criteria and guideline in the databases of OdVID(MEDLINE), PUBMED and COCHRANE COLLABORATION LIBRARY back to 1985.
Ginger injection showed a moderate relief of chronic lower back and joint pain in a dose of daily intake of > 50 mg.
Take all together, ginger processed a high amount of secondary metabolites may be considered a functional alternative for prevention and treatment of chronic lower back pain with no side effects, pending to the confirmation of large sample size and multicenter human study.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma ISSN 0975-6299.
(1) The effectiveness of Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil in treating chronic low back pain in older adults: a randomized controlled trial by Sritoomma N1, Moyle W2, Cooke M3, O'Dwyer S. (PubMed)
(2) Evidence of effectiveness of herbal antiinflammatory drugs in the treatment of painful osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain by Chrubasik JE1, Roufogalis BD, Chrubasik S. (PubMed)
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