I have suffered from chronic back pain most of my adult life.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have suffered from chronic back pain most of my adult life. I have tried just about everything, but nothing has worked. My doctor is recommending surgery, but I want to try something natural. Do you have any suggestions?” — Joe R., Nashville, TN
Dear Joe, Unfortunately, you are not alone when it comes to back pain. Millions of Americans struggle with debilitating back pain, but fortunately there are scientifically-proven ingredients that can help.
I recommend a combination of curcumin, boswellia, devil’s claw, DLPA, and white willow bark to provide you with a targeted, effective, and safe approach with no serious side effects.
Curcumin excels at relieving pain and inflammation, but it is very difficult to absorb. The curcumin I prefer is blended with turmeric essential oils (which have their own anti-inflammation abilities) for enhanced absorption.
Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates inflammatory compounds. This type of inflammation cannot be managed with prescription painkillers. To make sure you get the most effective boswellia, look for a boswellia that is standardized to at least 10% AKBA.
Devil’s claw is not only great at relieving pain, but it can help stop the deterioration of the joints. Many devil’s claw extracts are only standardized to 2% harpagosides, the plant’s key compounds. Personally, I use a more potent devil’s claw extract, standardized to 20% harpagosides, which is more effective for relieving back pain.
DLPA is an amino acid combination that improves mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, including dopamine and blocks a nervous system enzyme that intensifies pain signals.
White willow bark extract has long been recognized as a pain-relieving natural medicine for back pain. This time-tested ingredient has been shown to be a safe anti-inflammatory for chronic lower back pain, joint problems, and osteoarthritis when compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), including aspirin.
Together, these powerful ingredients can relieve pain, stop damaging inflammation, and help rebuild the cartilage that cushions your spine. I would take 2325 mg of this combination three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally