oil has potent compounds which some are probably good to help relieve pain. One
that’s considered most potential to help treat a variety of different medical
conditions is a chemical compound called ‘eugenol’, which is also responsible
for the unique ability of clove to keep food from spoiling. This essential oil
is quite popular to be found in dental care (e.g. oral care medications,
toothpaste and mouthwashes). But is it also good for back pain?
pain is very common, which also becomes one of the most common reasons why
people see doctors. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to severe.
are many factors and causes that contribute to back pain. Even the pain could
be a sign of particular health conditions.
pain strikes suddenly (acute), common causes include a heavy lifting and fall!
When it develops gradually, it’s more likely associated with certain health
condition (though not always).
back pain has a specific cause. Sometimes, the exact cause of the problem is
unknown (unidentifiable) even though after following tests.
following are a few medical conditions commonly associated to back pain :
is a group of disorders that typically affect the joints. Some types of
arthritis — e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis — have to do
with the abnormality of body immune system, causing systemic effect to other
parts of the body.
Several types of arthritis can also affect the back, causing back pain. Osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis) for example, sometimes causes spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the space within the spinal cord).
bone disease occurs when the production of new bone cells is not enough to
replace the old ones, making your body lose more bone cells. As a result, the
bones tend to become weak and brittle. If this deficiency occurs in the spine,
your back could be brittle and painful due to compression fractures of the
of osteoporosis increases with age. Medical intervention is usually required,
depending on the level of bone density. If the risk of bone fractures is high,
treatment is necessary.
disks have critical function to cushion each vertebra of the spine. Their outer
layer is tough cartilage that protects more fragile, softer cartilage in the
core. They are required to help the spine move smoothly and easily.
they can wear and tear over time, making them more vulnerable to get bulged and
even ruptured (herniated). Herniated disk is a condition in which the tough
cartilage (outer layer of the disk) cracks, allowing the inner-softer cartilage
to protrude out. It is usually more painful than bulging disk (when the outer
layer of the disk is only affected).
spinal ligaments, important fibrous tissues that connect the joints and bones
in the back, can get strained with a
sudden-awkward change of movement or repeated heavy lifting. The same goes for
your back muscles.
ligament or muscle strain in the back can be quite painful. This is
particularly true when we’re in poor physical condition, making the pain more
example, scoliosis (a bone disorder in which the spine curves abnormally to the
side) could be severe enough to cause pain. Since most cases of scoliosis are
mild, the pain is probably not noticeable until middle age.
pain associated with this abnormal bone structure can be chronic. Over time the
disorder might also increase the risk of other serious complications. If left
untreated, it may get worse and affect the lung & heart function.
The good news, mostly back pain is mild. Also, it is rarely associated with anything serious – though it could signal medical condition as mentioned above.
Back pain can affect anyone (including children and
teens). In general, it is more likely to occur with some of the following factors:
- Age is
one of significant risk factors. The pain is more common with age, starting age
lifestyle. Lack of exercise is bad for the strength of your back structure.
People with enough physical activity are more likely to have strong back muscles
than those with lack of exercise.
or overweight. Your back is critical to support the body. More pounds of extra
weight will put more pressure on the back, making it work harder.
uncontrolled psychological problems (stress, depression, and anxiety). Over
time what you feel emotionally will take a serious toll on your overall health,
including the back.
behaviors, smoking for example. Tobacco smoke carries lots of harmful
chemicals, which some may affect the blood flow to the spine.
derived from the flower bud of the evergreen tree called Syzygium aromaticum. It is widely used to improve flavor of hot
beverages, season pot roasts, and to add spicy warmth of cakes & cookies.
Also, it is popular as one of the main ingredients in a staple spice and
gingerbread baked goods.
And in addition to improve flavor, it is quite
popular as a great natural remedy due to its potent medicinal properties. It
has minerals, vitamins, and fiber which are important nutrients for the body.
Two grams (1 tsp.) of ground cloves contain 21
calories, 1 gram fiber, 1 gram carbs, 3 percent of the RDI (vitamin C), 4
percent of the RDI (vitamin K), and 30 percent of the RDI (manganese) .
Fiber is important to help keep your bowel
movements regular and prevent constipation. Vitamin K and C, each is involved
for blood clothing and strengthening your immune system. Manganese is required
to help keep the bones strong and maintain your brain function. Plus, cloves
have a few amounts of magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E.
C content is an antioxidant, which is so helpful to fight against harmful free
radicals. But what makes cloves become more powerful to protect the body from
harmful oxidative stress is eugenol. One study suggests that eugenol may work
more effectively in neutralizing free radicals than vitamin E . How about back
found in cloves may help relieve pain because it’s a natural antioxidant. Plus,
it may help numb the skin — which is also probably helpful to provide
temporary pain relief. It has long been used to help ease toothache. Oral
medicines containing this potent chemical compound are commonly used in
dentistry. Unfortunately the evidence for its effectiveness in this area is
inconclusive, more research is needed.
study suggested it was effective to ease the pain during the insertion of
needles in dentistry .
But this is not enough yet to back up the claim.