Tissue pH status in relation to Muscle & Joint Pains

The number of patients with chronic pain is constantly increasing.

While pain is a symptom and not itself defined as an illness, it is nevertheless extremely stressful. Pain can be caused by a disease or illness. But in many people, pain cannot be attributed to any direct cause. However, it is clear that acid can cause pain and that sensitivity to pain increases with the acid load. In a trial with Japanese students, solutions with different pH values were injected under the skin and the resulting pain was rated using a scale. The greatest sensitivity to pain was registered at already pH 5.5 (fig. 22).1

The study by Vormann et al. observed the positive effect of an alkaline supplement in patients with chronic back pain. Patients of different ages with chronic back pain without organic causes were treated with a citrate alkalising formula over a 4 week period. Mobility, sensitivity, pain and the use of analgesics were measured using the Arhus low back pain rating scale before and after supplementation

The blood’s buffer capacity was also determined at the same time. A highly significant reduction in back pain was observed after alkaline supplementation for 4 weeks. The pain  and the number of painkillers taken were reduced substantially. Physical mobility improved accordingly.

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Things that My patients have to say about Basica regularly include:

  • “I have more energy”
  • “I have less back pain”
  • “I can run faster and recover better from exercise”
  • “I do not hurt as much”
  • “I am sleeping better”


An additional alkaline citrate treatment over 8 weeks also showed positive results in patients with chronic tendonitis and Achilles tendonitis.

There was a significantly greater decrease in pain intensity in the citrate group compared with the control group (fig. 24). Even if the citrate group was taking higher exercise activity, fewer pain-induced training interruptions were found compared with the control group, (citrate group: 5.4 ± 1.4 training days per week vs. control group: 4.8 ± 1.0 training days per week). The negative effects of acidic degradation products on tendon structures and acid-induced pain sensitivity were discussed as causes. 3


  1. Ugawa et al. Amiloride-blockable acid-sensing ion channels are leading acid sensors expressed in human nociceptors. J. Clin. Invest. 110:1185–1190 (2002).
  2. Vormann et al. Supplementation with alkaline minerals reduces symptoms in patients with chronic low back pain. J. Trace Elem. Med. Biol. 15, 179-183, 2001
  3. Mollenhauer und Werner. Citrate supplementation with tendon insertion irritation. medical sports network 03.12