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Foods that help fight chronic lower back pain

Chronic pain in the lower back can be caused due to many reasons like a sudden injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the back, attaining a wrong posture, lifting up heavy weights, performing exercises wrongly, adopting a faulty lifestyle and diet. Apart from severe pain in the lower back, people may also experience back stiffness, decreased movement of the lower back and difficulty standing straight.

The lower back pain may also descend to your leg, hip, or the bottom of your foot. Along with massage therapies and medications, people suffering from chronic pain must focus mainly on the food they eat.

There are different ways to let your diet be your ally in fighting pain. Here, are 8 foods that effectively work as back pain treatment

  1. Ginger

It offers relief from chronic lower back pain due to active ingredients such as gingerols, shogaols and zingerone that reduce pain and inflammation.

  1. Turmeric

It has been used as an ayurvedic treatment for back pain. It relieves pain and inflammation due to the presence of an active compound, curcumin. It protects the body from tissue destruction and joint inflammation and also preserves good nerve cell function.

  1. Papaya

The enzyme papain found in the papaya fruit is a natural anti-inflammatory that works well in conjunction with bromelain (found in pineapple juice and stems). Papain is often used following surgery to reduce pain and swelling.

  1. Coffee

Caffeine helps reduce pain by narrowing the dilated blood vessel, reduces pain-promoting compounds and amplifies the effect of other pain relievers too. However, don’t overdo coffee.

  1. Mint

Peppermint helps prevent painful muscle contractions by providing a cooling sensation and blocking the transmission of pain.

  1. Hot peppers

Capsaicin, the chemical that nukes hot peppers hot, is a common ingredient in many topical pain relievers. Capsaicin overloads nerves, draining them of pain inducers. Hot peppers extract is a fast and effective pain remedy, though temporary.

  1. Cherries

Compounds in cherries called anthocyanins, the same phytonutrients that give cherries their rich ruby color and powerful antioxidant that tone down pain. They block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes.

  1. Oranges

As antioxidant called beta-cryptoxanthin, found in oranges and other orange fruits and veggies such as sweet potato and cantaloupe, has been found to help reduce the risk of anti-inflammatory conditions.

Ayurvedic treatment for back pain

Ashwagandha, Gokshura, Shunthi are proven pain-relieving herbs. Chropaxe formulated by Charak, is a synergistic combination of these herbs with Tagar and Shyonak having multifaceted actions to axe the chronic pain away. Chropaxe is one stop solution for reducing distress and discomfort due to chronic pain. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Gokshur (Tribulus terrrestris) block the pain receptors and also increase the pain threshold. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) with Tagar (Valeriana wallichii) alleviates pain-related anxiety, stress, and depression. Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) and Shyonak (Oroxylum indicum) are herbal analgesics that help to eliminate pain. Chropaxe thus helps to support patient’s ability to return to work and improves the quality of life.

These “must have” dietary changes along with Ayurvedic treatment for back pain help regain your back mobility by controlling the inflammation. Bid farewell to low back chronic pain naturally.

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