Many of us have heard to the term ‘herniated disc’ or ‘slipped disc’ in relation to back
pain, but unless it has happened to your or a family member, chances are that your
knowledge about how severe this type of pain is and what you can do about it is slim.
Unfortunately, too many doctors simply write prescriptions for opioid based pain
relievers, which don’t fix the underlying problem and end up leading to addiction in many
cases. The New York Times states that for people over 50, drug overdoses are now the
leading cause of death.
I reached out to a chiropractor in Juneau, Dr. Brent Wells, to find out what other options
people had beside surgery or addicting pain kills when dealing with a herniated disc.
“Most people with herniated discs don’t need surgery”, he said, “Chiropractic care
combined with chiropractic massage therapy, some back-strengthening exercises, and
anti-inflammatory supplements allow people to heal naturally.”
Inflammation is not only the root cause of many disease and health issues, such as
arthritis, but it also causes some of the most intense pain imaginable, Dr. Wells explained.
Some of the best supplements for pain relief and control of inflammation come to us care
of Mother Nature. Some of these herbs have been used for untold centuries.
This sweet and spicy kitchen ingredient is a powerful anti-inflammatory that also helps to
fight pain naturally. Ginger root can be consumed as a supplement, consumed as a tea,
used topically, directly on the problem area, or even added to bath water.
One of the oldest and possibly the most popular treatments for pain, licorice is well
known for its ability to ease inflammation and block pain receptors. Licorice (glycyrrhiza
glabra) is nature’s own corticosteroid, which reduces inflammation.
✓ Burdock Root
This herb is related to the thistle family and was well-known to the Native Americans as a
powerful pain reliever. It also contains sterols, tannins, and fatty oils, which work as anti-
inflammatories. Used for at least 2,000 years, burdock root can be taken as a supplement
and is often consumed as a tea.
More than a culinary spice, fennel has been used by midwives for centuries to help
prevent menstrual cramps. The antispasmodic compounds in this herb make it perfect for
pain relief and it can be consumed raw, as a tea, or even used in hot compresses for pain
relief. Fennel is also a powerful anti-inflammatory when consumed regularly.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, that spicy flavor in Indian curries. A close
relative of ginger, curcumin just might be the most powerful anti-inflammatory on the
planet. This herb is not well absorbed by the body, however, but studies show that
consuming supplements with a few grains of black pepper can dramatically increase the
This sweet-smelling herb has been used to relieve headaches and other types of pain for
centuries. New studies, however, show that rosemary also has anti-inflammatory
compounds that can reduce far more than the pain of simple headaches.
The Bottom Line
Most herniated discs do not need surgery. Most people will benefit from natural anti-
inflammatories combined with holistic healing therapies, such as chiropractic care, yoga,
and massage therapy.
Mother of two beautiful daughters, Tammy spends a majority of her time relaxing at her
retirement home in Mexico, traveling, writing, and breeding love birds.