Osteochondrosis: Treatment at Home Using Traditional Medicine Methods

Back pain is a clear sign of osteochondrosis

Currently, doctors from all over the world are actively fighting against osteochondrosis. Every year the number of patients is growing inexorably, and the age category is people of socially active age (from 20 to 45 years old). What is osteochondrosis? Will the treatment at home be effective or do you still need to see a specialist?

What is osteochondrosis?

Lumbar osteochondrosis attack

The concept of osteochondrosis means a degenerative-dystrophic process that occurs in the intervertebral discs and other tissues of the spine. In the future, the discs lose their elasticity, sag, which leads to compression of the nerve endings. This causes severe pain in the patient.

If the disease is not treated, it will progress. Over time, bone growths are formed - osteophytes, which are a special protective reaction of the body to increased loads. Pathological growths cause pain radiating to the neck, shoulder, lower back or buttock.

Launched osteochondrosis is fraught with serious complications that can lead to irreversible disability.

How to cure osteochondrosis?

For back pain, a doctor's consultation is required

First you need to contact a specialist - a neurologist, vertebrologist or surgeon. Further, the doctor will prescribe the necessary studies, which can both confirm osteochondrosis and refute it. After all, it must be borne in mind that back pain can occur with a hernia, arthrosis, spondylosis and even a malignant tumor!

Simulator for the treatment of osteochondrosis at home

If osteochondrosis was diagnosed, the doctor will write down a treatment regimen aimed at relieving acute pain. As a rule, these are analgesics, anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal drugs, antispasmodics, muscle relaxants, neurovitamins.

In parallel with therapy, it is recommended to additionally do gymnastic exercises and physical education. It is also allowed to use "grandmother's" methods, which, of course, must be approved by the doctor. How to treat osteochondrosis at home?

Traditional medicine is also good because there are practically no contraindications to it. It is also worth noting its availability and cheapness - many ingredients are widely sold on the market, and their price is so low that anyone can buy them.

Briefly about the approach to the treatment of osteochondrosis using traditional medicine

Unconventional methods can relieve acute or chronic pain, reduce soft tissue inflammation, and normalize blood circulation. To your attention the table "Medicinal components in the fight against osteochondrosis. "

Folk remedies Short description
Vegetable raw materials (herbs, inflorescences, oils) They are used both internally (decoctions, tinctures) and externally (ointments, rubbing).
Bee preparations (propolis, honey, bee venom) Used as an ointment, rub, or compress. The drugs have warming and antispasmodic properties.
Chemical medicines (dimethyl sulfoxide, iodine, turpentine, alcohol) Medicines reduce pain, have a warming effect, relieve inflammation. They must be used with caution, since many of them are toxic, and this is fraught with poisoning.

Now we will take a closer look at the effective methods of home treatment for osteochondrosis that can be used in conjunction with traditional pharmaceuticals.

The use of medicinal plants: recipes and recommendations

Herbal ingredients can be collected independently or purchased at pharmacies.

Below we will consider several options for non-traditional therapy:

  1. Pine buds.Prepare as follows. First, in the spring, you need to collect large buds, their size should be 1. 5-2 cm. You can, of course, pluck smaller ones, but the effect of them, as practice shows, will be much lower. Pine buds should be washed well, twisted through a meat grinder and covered with sugar (buds and sugar in a 2: 1 ratio). After the procedure, transfer the mixture to a glass dish (jar) and put it in a cool room, for example, in a basement. After a few weeks, when the color of the mixture turns brown, the healing medicine can be used as a treatment - a teaspoon three times a day. To enhance the effect, it is recommended to dissolve the sweet potion in the mouth, swallow the rest. The duration of treatment is two to three weeks. If necessary, it can be repeated after a month. Sugar pine buds are good because they are stored for a long time (in the refrigerator for up to a year) and the effect of them (reduction in pain) occurs almost immediately.
  2. Honey and potato compress.The treatment technique is extremely simple: grate medium-sized potatoes on a fine grater, mix with a tablespoon of honey. Then put the resulting mixture on the painful area, cover it with a thick cloth on top. Keep the compress for several hours. The pain relief effect will come immediately, but will not last long.
  3. Lingonberry and birch leaf tea. . . In advance, you need to collect birch and lingonberry leaves, rinse under water, dry and grind. Making tea does not require effort: put a teaspoon of those and other leaves on the bottom of the glass, pour boiled water, cover with a saucer and let it brew for ten minutes. After that, strain, drink in small sips throughout the day. The duration of treatment is a month.
  4. "Ambulance" for back pain - garlic-ginger rub. . . To do this, you need to take equal amounts of garlic and ginger root. The first is to squeeze out with a crush, the second is to grate on a fine grater. Mix the ingredients by adding a teaspoon of vegetable or sunflower oil. Taking a little vegetable mass in the palm of your hand, rub into the painful area.
Treatment of osteochondrosis with herbal baths

Also, with osteochondrosis, herbal baths will be relevant. Special herbal preparations are available at the pharmacy. For one water-thermal procedure, use about 300-500 grams of the mixture.

Brew the herbs in a few liters of water in advance, then strain and add to the bathroom. You can also use birch or chestnut leaves, pine needles, chamomile flowers.

The use of bee products

Bee will help to cope with back pain with osteochondrosis

Our ancestors, not having a wide range of medicines, had, and, moreover, very effectively, to use beekeeping products against osteochondrosis. Today, many recipes have not lost their relevance, therefore they are widely used among the population.

Treatment of osteochondrosis with beekeeping products

It is not necessary to keep a beehive for this. Beekeeping products can be purchased on the market, in the places where beekeepers usually display their products.

Below are the methods of home treatment for osteochondrosis:

  1. Propolis application(see photo below). Propolis is a sticky resinous substance formed by bees by mixing saliva and beeswax with glue collected from tree buds. The bee product has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. With osteochondrosis, propolis can be used in the form of tinctures and applications to a painful focus. Treatment of osteochondrosis with propolis and oil-based honey is as follows: two bee products are mixed in equal proportions, then warm vegetable oil is added. After applying the mixture to the back, the area is wrapped in a downy shawl. The compress is put on at night.
  2. Treatment of osteochondrosis with honey and potatoes. . . To do this, peel medium-sized potatoes and grate them on a fine grater. Add a few tablespoons of liquid honey to the resulting mass. Mix the ingredients. Apply at night as a compress.
  3. Treatment of osteochondrosis with honey and salt(with the addition of radish and vodka). The home remedy is not just for rubbing but also for internal use. That is why it is contraindicated for patients suffering from impaired liver and kidney function, cardiovascular pathologies, as well as alcohol dependence! The medicine is prepared as follows. Rub a small radish on a fine grater, add half a tablespoon of liquid May honey and a few tablespoons of sea salt to it. Mix everything thoroughly. Pour a glass of vodka into the mixture. Take a teaspoonful of the "fortified" medicine twice a day. Rub the painful area on the back with the same frequency.
Healing natural propolis

You can also make massages with honey. This does not require special skills - just take a little warm sweet bee product in your palm (you can warm it up slightly in the microwave) and massage your back with rubbing movements.

The duration of the procedure is about 10 minutes. If the massage is done correctly, then a pronounced reddening of the skin will appear. After that, wrap your back, and then try to avoid drafts and hypothermia for several hours.

Interesting to know! Treatment of osteochondrosis at home can even be extreme. Brave people, normally reacting to bee venom and insect stings in general, have found another, original way of treating degenerative-dystrophic diseases of the spine. For this, an insect was planted on the painful part of the back, which, accordingly, stung the patient. The treatment regimen is as follows: on the first day, one insect was used, on the second, two, and thus the therapy was continued for a week (that is, on the last day there were seven stings from seven bees). On the eighth day, they acted in reverse order, starting with seven bites and so on, ending with one. According to the reviews of our ancestors, the remedy, although painful, but very effective!

Chemical medicines against osteochondrosis

All chemicals are used as compresses or applications. As a rule, one or more procedures can already eliminate pain. But, despite this fact, it is necessary to continue the treatment of osteochondrosis at home, otherwise the pain will return soon.

Recipes for osteochondrosis with dimethyl sulfoxide

Dimethyl sulfoxide is a medical agent with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect, it can penetrate deeply into the subcutaneous fat without causing burns and other chemical damage. In addition, it improves the blood supply to soft tissues, which is very important in the treatment of pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, in particular, the spine. Most patients tolerate the drug well, feeling only a slight tingling sensation and burning sensation.

Recipes for osteochondrosis with DMSO:

  1. Dilute dimethyl sulfoxide with water in a 1: 1 ratio. . . Prepare an applicator (it can be a piece of linen cloth). The material must be moistened in the resulting solution and squeezed well. Then rub one side with laundry soap and put the soapy side on the oilcloth. This will prevent the dimethyl sulfoxide from evaporating. Attach the other side of the tissue to the painful area. The compress should be kept for 25-35 minutes. It is not recommended to wash the skin on which the application has been applied for eight hours. The therapeutic course is 15 sessions.
  2. Dimethyl sulfoxide with procaine hydrochloride. Instructions for preparation: DMSO is diluted with water in a ratio of 3: 7 (30 ml of the drug and 70 ml of water). Add 50 ml of a 2% solution of procaine to 100 ml of the resulting solution, mix the ingredients. Prepare a cotton napkin that matches the size of the painful area. Soak it well in the solution, wring it out and apply to the back. Top with a plastic bag, cover with a warm blanket. Keep for 30 minutes. The recommended therapeutic course is 10 sessions.

Remember! The shelf life of the medicine is one day. Thus, a fresh mixture should be diluted daily, otherwise the desired therapeutic effect may not be achieved.

Other recipes using chemicals

In addition to dimethyl sulfoxide, other medications can also be used to help manage unbearable pain effectively.

To your attention, simple and popular recipes:

  1. Treatment of osteochondrosis with iodine and lemon. To prepare the medicine, it is necessary to mix equal amounts of lemon juice and 10% iodine solution. Anoint the resulting mixture with a wide strip along the spine. After a few hours, you will notice that some areas have lightened a little. Most likely, it is they who are susceptible to osteochondrosis. Subsequently, these foci must be treated with a lemon-iodine solution once a day. The average duration of a treatment course is three weeks.
  2. Using turpentine ointment. Surely this drug can be found in everyone's medicine cabinet. Many are accustomed to rubbing it with a cold, but not everyone knows that the ointment can also be used to relieve pain in osteochondrosis. Using the miracle drug is quite simple. To do this, squeeze a little ointment onto the palm, and then rub it into the painful area with massage movements for 10 minutes.

If, when applying a chemical to the skin, such unpleasant sensations as severe itching, redness, irritation occur, then the treatment should be stopped immediately. Perhaps this is a manifestation of an allergic reaction to a certain medication.

Cold treatment

Ice for back pain with osteochondrosis

We all remember from childhood that hypothermia can provoke many diseases. But it's not always the case. It turns out that cold can even be treated.

Attention! Carrying out such an event requires utmost care!

Treatment of osteochondrosis with ice - a few facts:

  • ice applied to the affected muscles helps relieve swelling and spasm;
  • cold, like an anesthetic, will temporarily help reduce pain intensity;
  • thanks to ice, the conduction of nerve and pain signals from the spasmodic muscle to the brain is slowed down; thus, the "pain-impulse" chain is broken.

You can also massage with ice. The duration of the session should not exceed five minutes, otherwise frostbite is possible.

It is recommended to carry out about five to seven approaches per day. Massage should be done carefully, while ice is placed in a tissue bag. Not only the painful focus should be subject to treatment, but also the nearby tissues (the diameter should be about ten centimeters).

Ice massage session

All of the above methods of treating osteochondrosis at home will be effective only if the patient carefully follows all the prescriptions prescribed by the attending physician. If you neglect doctor's advice and perform therapy partially (or completely ignore it), you can face serious complications of osteochondrosis, such as intervertebral hernia, disc protrusion, spondylosis, stenosis of the spinal canal.