Treating foraminal stenosis with herbal supplements

Foraminal stenosis occurs in the foraminal canal — a passageway that allows nerve roots to exit out of the spinal canal. This condition describes the narrowing of the foraminal canal, often caused by the development of a degenerative spine condition that has caused a component of the spine to move out of alignment and reduce the space between the walls of the foraminal canal and the spine.

Because foraminal stenosis is often a result of another degenerative spine condition, any symptoms present usually begin minutely and gradually worsen over time. Some cases of foraminal stenosis never show any symptoms, while other times, when a nerve root is impacted in the narrowing canal, symptoms of chronic and radiating pain can occur.

If you are living with chronic pain due to foraminal stenosis, you should consult your physician about the treatment options available to you. Spine surgery is not always the best option for your condition. In fact, many patients with foraminal stenosis find lasting relief from conservative, nonsurgical methods of treatment. Certain holistic herbs can even offer pain relief from mild cases of foraminal stenosis, so make sure you ask your physician about the natural ways you can treat your spine condition.

How to take herbal supplements for foraminal stenosis

Herbal supplements are available in various forms such as pills, essential aromatherapy oils and tinctures. You should always consult your physician before beginning any type of treatment, including natural herbal supplements. Your physician can help you determine the correct dosage and form of herbal supplement that will best benefit you and your condition. You can also consult an herbal specialist about the following holistic treatments for foraminal stenosis:

  • St. John’s wort — Also known as Tipton’s weed, St. John’s wort has been used to treat nerve pain, anxiety, depression and a number of other nervous system conditions. The herb may help alleviate nerve pain as an infusion or tea or as an oil-based rub. St. John’s wort is also widely available in pill form.

  • Vervain — This plant is a nervous system relaxant and has been considered an effective antidepressant. Vervain may be most successful at treating nerve pain when applied as a topical ointment or compress, or when ingested as a tincture or infusion.

  • Peppermint — Peppermint oil may ease foraminal nerve pain when used as topical massage oil.

Other conservative options

Often, holistic treatments for foraminal stenosis can be combined with other nonsurgical treatments, such as chiropractic care, yoga and physical therapy. The combination of these treatments should be approved by your physician, and you should consult your physician if you experience pain or discomfort during your treatment sessions.

For more severe cases of foraminal stenosis, you may be required to explore a more direct treatment approach. If you’ve tried conservative and alternative treatments with no lasting pain relief, you may want to consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our skilled surgeons have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from their neck and back pain. If you’d like to learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute.