While neck and back pain should be evaluated and treated by your physician, homeopathic medicines can help to minimize pain and speed recovery. The following remedies, taken in conjunction with medical support, work for both acute and chronic pain and injury.
Find the remedy description that most closely matches your symptoms. A 30c potency or lower is generally recommended for those new to homeopathy.
Aesculus: Indicated after an injury or fall. The lumbar/sacral area feels achy and pain is worse from stooping or walking. Rising from a sitted position is difficult as the spine feels weak, rigid and frozen, and the back and legs give out easily. Degenerative hip disease, ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, and sciatica may be helped by this remedy if symptoms match.
Arnica: The back feels bruised and sore from straining the muscles or after injury. This is the first remedy to consider after a strain or injury. It also comes in a gel or cream that you can apply topically.
Bryonia: Sharp, stabbing pains in the nape of the neck and back. Worse from the slightest movement; better lying still.
Calcarea carbonica: Low back pain and muscle weakness, especially in a person who is chilly, flabby or overweight, and easily tired by exertion.
Calcarea fluorica: This remedy is indicated when a lax, weak back has become a chronic condition. There may be degeneration of the vertebrae from spinal trauma.
Calcarea phosphorica: Stiffness and soreness of the spinal muscles and joints, especially in the neck and upper back. The person feels achy and is worse on exertion. These people tend to be restless and dissatisfied.
Causticum: Relieves a variety of joint, neck and back pains – especially burning pains. This remedy cured my arthritis!
Hypericum: Indicated for pain from injury in the areas rich in nerves – sharp shooting pains, numbness, tingling, spinal injury, concussion, or even temporary paralysis. This remedy helped my tailbone to recover after a fall on the ice.
Lycopodium: Chronic low back pain. Those needing this remedy tend to also experience gas and bloating.
Magnesia phosphorica: Muscle spasms or sharp shooting pains. The pain is better with hard pressure and heat, and worse from cold. This remedy often helps back pain during menstruation.
Natrum muriaticum: Lying on something hard or deep massage seems to help those needing this remedy. Emotionally, they tend to hide their feelings and feel unsupported.
Natrum sulphuricum: Deep spinal aches, stiffness, sore and bruised feeling. Spinal concussion, especially when near the head. Mental and emotional changes after spinal injury, such as forgetfulness or depression.
Nux vomica: Muscle cramps or pain in the back, usually worse at night in bed. They feel better with warm applications.
Rhus tox: For pain and stiffness from straining, over-lifting; aggravated by sitting and rest, but better from stretching and moving around. Indicated when pain and stiffness worsens in cold, wet weather and better from warm applications and weather. This is one of the best homeopathic remedies for stiffness.
Ruta gravolens: Deep tissue injury and lower back pain and stiffness that is worse from sitting. This is my go-to remedy for too much sitting and staring at the computer (good for eyestrain, too). It has also helped a twisted knee injury to heal.
Sulphur: Weak back, worse standing up or stooping. Those needing this remedy tend to have slouching posture and prefer lying or sitting to standing. Better cool applications.
Chiropractic care and exercise works well with homeopathy for pain and healing. Dr. John Bergman discusses the most effective exercise you can do for back pain in the first video. I’ve tried this and it really works! In the second video, he discusses the cause and treatment of sciatica.
Please note: This information is for educational purposes only. homeopathic remedies, exercise and other therapies are not a substitute for medical diagnosis and care.