Our back and spine form the ridgepole of our body. All people need a strong and flexible that supports us and allows us to move freely in our lives. When we’re young, most people take the health and well being of our back and spine for granted. But as we become adults and continue to mature, many people start to feel aches, pains and stiffness in our back and spine. This has always been true and will remain true into the future. So humans have developed ways to strengthen their back, have developed wise methods of stretching and flexing the back, and have developed a multitude of methods to relieve pains and strains of the back. Chinese medicine has developed amazingly effective techniques to relieve many back problems, and if you have issues with your back, please consult with one of our senior herbalists. They are licensed practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and will be able to offer you insightful, wise guidance.
If your back is NOT clinically painful or damaged, tonic herbs can offer a dietary supplemental tool kit to go along with your yoga, qigong, palates, Total Gym or other back-work health routines you love to do. The Chinese have developed techniques like gong fu and taiji and have centuries of experience at using herbs to support back and spine strength and flexibility. Here are some suggestions for tonic herbs that can help you maintain a strong and flexible back for your entire lifetime.
In Chinese health philosophy, the back is Yang. All of the energy channels flowing along the back are Yang in nature and control Yang functions, including all forms of activity. Yang herbs strengthen the back in several ways. Yang herbs like Deer Antler, Eucommia, Drynaria, Desert Cistanche and Morinda root all strengthen the back, according to Taoist and Shaolin traditional theory. Formulas to help promote a strong back include:
We all know that back can get tight and stiff, either from a lack of movement or from too much movement – or from poor movement. And thus, the great Asian civilizations created yoga, qigong and massage techniques like Shiatsu and Tuina that are based on energy channel flow, all to improve, foster and maintain spinal flexibility (among other things). The masters of the East also took tonic herbs to promote back and spine flexibility. Consider adding these herbs and formulas to your daily repertoire to maintain life-long flexibility.
If you experience chronic stress on the bones, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the back, spinal integritymay be at risk as you age. Also factors such as genetics, epigenetics, bad postural habits and postural issues that result from work or play come into play. The protect your back and to keep it straight, strong, loose and spaced out properly, you may want to take tonic herbs pre-emptively throughout your life.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.