Dietary, Herbal, and Vitamin Supplements

Woman taking a pillIf you're interested in learning more about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), don't overlook supplements. Whether you think a multivitamin will ensure you're getting enough nutrients or want to learn more about the medicinal effects of herbs, you should explore how supplements may help manage your back or neck pain.

The types of supplements covered in SpineUniverse's Alternative Treatments Center are:

Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements are most beneficial when they're used to help replenish nutrients lacking in your diet. For example, if you're a vegetarian, you may not be consuming enough protein. Taking a Brewer's Yeast supplement may bring you closer to the recommended daily protein levels.

 To learn more, read our article about dietary supplements to help prevent back pain.

Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements often serve a medicinal purpose. In other words, they may actually help treat your symptoms. Some people consider herbs a natural alternative to certain medications. Devil's claw, for instance, is an herb that's long been used to treat inflammation associated with musculoskeletal disorders, such as arthritis.

To learn more, read our article about herbal supplements to help prevent back pain.

Vitamin Supplements
Each day, you need a certain amount of vitamins to help your body function as it should. Healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain plenty of vitamins to help you reach your daily nutrition goals. But if your diet doesn't include a wide array of nutritious foods, a vitamin supplement may help you achieve the right amount of nutrients.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.