What you need to know

Have you checked for reliable medical advice about persistent backpain? We recommend NHS Choices and here is their backpain page.

Before you start to look after your backpain yourself you should  run though the pre-launch Self Care CHECKLIST (downloads as a pdf)

Then check out the Self Care Library for a FREE introduction to looking after backpain yourself. It includes an independent review of scientific evidence for a wide range of self care approaches: things you can do at home, things you can buy and people you can see. Each is given a simple rating for benefits, risks and costs.

The herbal medicine option

In Europe there is a unique category of herbal medicines, registered on the basis of their traditional use. As an example, in the UK the medicines regulator (MHRA) has both registered and fully licensed herbal medicines. A condition of medicine status is that manufacturers have to guarantee quality standards, label with appropriate self care conditions and agreed doses, and insert approved information leaflets to assure safe use. Those currently registered and licensed for joint and muscle pain are most suitable for back pain.