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What natural treatment is good for back pain?

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Acupuncture, massage therapy and capsaicin cream are common natural treatments for back pain, according to About.com. The support for using them remains more anecdotal than scientific as of 2015, but they have worked for patients, especially as part of a more thorough plan.

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What natural treatment is good for back pain?
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A 2008 research study analyzed 23 clinical trials containing 6,359 total patients and found significant evidence that acupuncture serves as a helpful supplement to conventional back pain therapy, as well as moderate evidence that acupuncture would provide more relief than no treatment at all. More research is necessary to promote acupuncture instead of conventional treatments, notes About.com.

In 2009, a study of 13 clinical studies about massage for back pain found the remedy potentially effective for patients with lower back pain, particularly in concert with education and muscle exercises. In some patients, massage therapy also relieves depression and anxiety in addition to physical discomfort, as stated by About.com.

Capsaicin cream comes from the active ingredient inside chili peppers. When applied topically, this ingredient decreases the amount of substance P, which is a neurochemical that communicates pain. The end result is the relief of pain. A 2011 research review found that capsaicin cream decreased pain in the lower back without any significant side effects, as stated by About.com.

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