Applying creams or ointments containing Dead Sea minerals achieves twin objectives. Firstly, it replenishes the body’s mineral levels, including calcium and magnesium, which make the bones stronger and alleviate the effects of bone diseases. Secondly, low magnesium levels affect the tissue repletion and repair process.
In 1982 Dr. I. Machtey from Hasharon Hospital in Petach Tikva studied the effect of Dead Sea minerals on rheumatic patients that were suffering from osteoarthritis or tendinitis. 103 patients participated in his study and most were treated for two weeks with daily baths of Dead Sea minerals. The exact details of the study are beyond the scope of this article but over 80% of all the patients reported having less pain; 70% said their mobility improved, and about60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics.
In addition to them, there are a few promising candidates that have the potential of proving themselves to be long term remedies, such as yoga, massage with essential oils, acupressure, acupuncture, a balanced diet, omega-3 fatty acids, white willow bark, and a few others. More research on them is required to ascertain their remedial effect on pain caused by herniated disc.
The only remedy with proven track record against such chronic pain comes from Mother Nature – the Dead Sea!
The Dead Sea, despite its name, is giving a new lease of life to people suffering from the deathlike agony of chronic pain induced by the herniated disc.