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13 January 2011

A natural approach to back problems

Dr Arien van der Merwe, a medical doctor with extensive experience in natural medicine, offers some advice on solving back problems the non-conventional way.

A natural approach to back problems

Nutrition
The following steps are important in managing back problems:

  • Increase fish consumption *
  • Increase vegetables consumption *
  • Avoid any allergenic foods *

  • Glucosamine **
  • Chondroitin **
  • B-complex vitamins **

  • Cat's claw **
  • Ginger **
  • White willow bark **
  • Turmeric **
  • Bromelain **
  • Nettle **

  • Arnica *
  • Symphytum *
  • Hypericum *
  • Rhus tox *
  • Bryonia *
  • Kali carb *
  • Nat mur *
  • Berberis *
  • Dulcamara *

  • Acupuncture *
  • Massage **
  • Chiropractic **
  • Exercise **

  1. Calcium, magnesium, vitamins D and C, B-complex, potassium, zinc, copper, boron, silica and manganese.
  2. Essential fatty acids (gamma linolenic, eicosapentanoic and docosahexanoic acids in the form of evening primrose oil capsules (2 000mg a day) and salmon oil capsules (1 200mg a day).
  3. Antioxidants with vitamins A, E and C as well as selenium. Glucosamine and chondroitin will also help in the recovery process.

 
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