Food Remedies for Back Pain
Cabbage: Remove leaves from stem and steam for about ten minutes, or until limp. Massage a bit of olive oil into the skin of the painful area and place warm leaves (be careful that they are not too hot, becuase they will burn the skin) onto the area. Cover with a towel and let sit. Repeat process one hour later with new leaves.
Tart Red Cherries: Instead of taking aspirin or Ibuprofen for back pain, try eating about twenty tart red cherries. They have anti-inflammatory capabilities that are comparable to the most common over-the-counter pain relievers, according to university studies.
Pineapple: Pineapple conatins bromelain, which is an inflammation fighter and pain reducer. Eating pineapple will heap ease aching and stiff back muscles.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds are full of protein and essential fatty acids that are converted to prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are anti-inflammatory and will help reduce swelling and pain. Almonds and walnuts have the added benefit of being very high in magnesium, which helps maintain muscle tone and may help strengthen the muscles of the back.
Garlic: One of the most versatile foods, garlic does wonders for inflammation and pain. A well-documented anti-inflammatory, garlic will reduce swelling and pain. A traditional remedy for back pain is as follows: consume three cloves of fresh garlic every morning. If you are bothered by “garlic breath”, see the section for Bad Breath for remedies.
Rosemary: This common cooking spice can be very beneficial for back pain. It is known to ease pain wherever it is applied. To make a great massage oil, steep rosemary leaves in olive oil for two to three weeks. Use on painful areas as a massage oil to help reduce pain.