In 2006 Surgical Neurology published a study which concluded that fish oil can be used to treat chonic lower back and neck pain. After taking 2-4 fish oil capsules for 75 days, 60% of patients said that their back pain had improved significantly. Taking fish oil can be a great alternative to taking harder pain medication which can have negative effects over time. However, it is also important that you purchase pharmeceutical-grade fish oil to ensure that it is free of Mercury and other harmful substances.
If the back ache is caused by rheumatoid arthritis, possibly. Fish oil has been shown to help reduce inflammatory diseases. If it’s caused by something else, probably not. According to the second citation, fish oil has been purported to help with:
Heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, AHDH, low immunity, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration and ulcers. It is helps in weight loss, pregnancy, fertility and skin care (particular for disorders such as psoriasis, acne).
Arnica might be a better holistic answer for back problems. Check out http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/arnica-000222.htm for more info.
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