TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from
back pain due to injury or chronic conditions, you know how difficult—and
risky—getting relief can be.
Fortunately, there are powerful ingredients that relieve
pain, stop damaging inflammation, and help rebuild the cartilage that cushions
your spine. This combination of curcumin, boswellia, devil’s claw, DLPA, and
white willow bark provides you with a targeted, effective, and safe approach
with no serious side effects.
- Stop pain and inflammation
- Rebuild cushioning cartilage
- Strengthen lower back structure
- Safe to use every day
If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with
excruciating back pain every day, you have probably tried over-the-counter and
prescription pain relievers, perhaps along with chiropractic adjustments,
physical therapy, or steroid injections, or maybe you have even considered
risky back surgery in an attempt to get rid of the pain. There is a better,
The Lower Back—Complex and Easily Damaged
When we think of the back, we normally think of the spine – the centerpiece
of the entire structure. But of course, there’s much more to it than that. The
back comprises all of the muscles, ribs, nerve endings, cartilage, and blood
vessels that work in unison to carry us through the day.
The spine is a stack of 30 vertebrae—round bones with a
central opening for the spinal cord—that extend from the base of the skull. The
spinal cord contains a bundle of nerves that run from the brain to nearly all
other parts of the body. Between the vertebrae are discs made of cushioning
cartilage that keep us flexible and absorb shocks. The ligaments and tendons
along the spinal column attach muscles to the spine and hold the vertebrae in
their proper positions. When these cushioning disks rupture or move out of
place due to lower back injury or strain, pain—sometimes extreme—is the result.
The resulting scar tissue from torn or injured muscles or
discs is never quite as strong or mobile as the original healthy tissue, and that
can set up more back injuries to follow.
The problem with conventional treatments for lower back pain
(outside of the obvious complications of surgery for severe cases) is that
over-the-counter and prescription pain medications cause a number of risky side
effects, including severe damage to your stomach lining, liver, kidneys, and
heart. Fortunately, there are safe and effective ingredients that stop pain and
inflammatory damage, and help rebuild the cushioning cartilage of your spine.
Curcumin from turmeric excels at relieving pain
and inflammation. One of the challenges though, is that even as a purified 95%
extract, curcumin can be difficult for the body to absorb. It generally needs
The curcumin I recommend is blended with turmeric oils
(which has its own anti-inflammatory abilities) for enhanced absorption. The
oils mimic the way you’d get curcumin in food, except that the levels of
curcumin are much higher in this extract. The compounds in the turmeric
oil—especially turmerones—enhance curcumin’s medicinal power. I hear from
people around the world what a difference this curcumin has made in their
lives, and no wonder—this botanical works.
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is a specific
inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates inflammation-inducing
leukotrienes—an ability that can’t be matched by synthetic drugs. The most
active and beneficial of the boswellic acids in the extract is known as AKBA
While boswellia is relatively popular in health food stores,
not all boswellia extracts are equally beneficial. For example, in
unstandardized boswellia products, the AKBA levels can be very low—sometimes as
little as 1%. To make sure you get the best, look for boswellia standardized to
at least 10% AKBA. Conversely, products with extremely high levels of AKBA are
almost certainly spiked to the point where they bear very little resemblance to
any naturally occurring ratio of compounds.
Plus, while boswellia is generally a very helpful herbal
ingredient, it can contain a compound that can actually cause inflammation,
called “beta-boswellic acid.” I believe boswellia is most effective when the
beta-boswellic acid is screened out—rendering any remaining amount harmless.
That’s a big difference compared to unstandardized boswellia, which can be all
over the board in terms of content.
A study comparing a combination of the curcumin and
boswellia I recommend to the generic celecoxib (one brand name is Celebrex®)
found that they relieved osteoarthritis pain for 64% of participants versus
only 29% in the drug group.
Additionally, more people in the herb group could walk
without pain compared to the drug group! While this study focused primarily on
the function of the knees, the real message here is that curcumin and boswellia
reduce pain and the tissue-damaging inflammation that causes pain. When you use
them, you’re not just “covering up” the pain signals your body sends out;
you’re helping your body to heal.
For the best results, I suggest combining curcumin and
boswellia with some additional targeted anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving
ingredients: DLPA, white willow, and devil’s claw.
White willow (Salix alba) bark extract has long
been recognized as a pain-relieving natural medicine for back pain. Compounds
in the botanical, especially salicin, reduce the action of TNF-α and NFkB, two
inflammatory markers in the body. It can be very effective—researchers have
found that white willow is equal to the prescription anti-inflammatory drug
rofecoxib (one brand name is Vioxx®) in reducing back pain.
Other reviews have found that white willow bark is a safe
anti-inflammatory for chronic lower back pain, joint problems, and
osteoarthritis compared to other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDS), including aspirin, to which it is often compared.
And a recent clinical study with white willow bark as part
of a complex of other ingredients found that it was effective for reducing
joint pain (often seen in tandem with lower back pain) in older individuals.
Look for a white willow bark extract standardized for at least 30% salicin, its
primary pain-fighting compound.
Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens,
Harpagophytum zeyheri) has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits for relieving
back pain. Aside from stopping pain and strengthening your lower back, it can
help stop the deterioration of the joints seen in those with rheumatoid and
osteoarthritis. In one study, devil’s claw relieved the pain of osteoarthritis
by 35% by the end of the 8-week trial.
Other research shows that devil’s claw, like white willow,
is equal in pain-relieving ability to rofecoxib, often known to pain sufferers
as Vioxx®, a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has
since been pulled from the market because of its side effects.
Devil’s claw reduces inflammation by inhibiting the
cyclooxygenase-2 (better known as “COX-2”) pathway. A scientific study
measuring COX-2 inhibition found it was reduced by 31%! By affecting this
enzyme specifically, devil’s claw provides a much more targeted approach to
inflammation compared to many over-the-counter and prescription pain medicines.
Many devil’s claw extracts are only standardized to 2% harpagosides, the
plant’s key compound. I prefer more potent devil’s claw extracts, standardized
to a minimum of 20% harpagosides.
DLPA (also known as d,l-phenylalanine) is an
amino acid combination that improves mood-elevating chemicals in the brain,
including dopamine, and blocks a nervous system enzyme that intensifies pain
You CAN Stop Back Pain, and Feel Good Again!
Back pain is extremely difficult to live with. It can color everything you
do, keeping you from enjoying walks, working in the garden, and even getting a
good night’s sleep. The ingredients I recommend will stop the pain and help
build the strength of your back to prevent future injuries. Best of all, they
are an option without the risks of over-the-counter and prescription
medications. If you want to feel good again and enjoy being active, these are
the ingredients you’ve been looking for.
To stop the pain and help build the strength of your
back, I recommend curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil, standardized
boswellia, DLPA, white willow, and devil’s claw taken daily.