Are There any Home Remedies for Sciatica?
We know how aggravating sciatic nerve pain can be; it’s as bad as a niggling toothache. We realize what you must be going through having to deal with agonizing pain radiating from your lower back all the way to your feet. The pain is so severe it can easily throw daily routines out of whack and living with this pain is no mean feat.
Given that the medicines currently provided for sciatic nerve pain: low doses NSAIDS or paracetamol, only numb the pain at best and do absolutely nothing to address the root cause or stop it from recurring, means it is vital to change our approach in managing this cumbersome, debilitating condition.
Other medicines for sciatica include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, anti-convulsants and anti-depressants. These may relieve your pain, but again since they don’t address the source of your pain, you are bound to experience a relapse once you stop the medications. Not to forget, all medications have possible interaction issues and side effects ranging from mild to life-threatening.
And this is where we come in; doctors at Biogetica have meticulously researched ingredients from various traditions of alternative medicines to formulate a protocol that harnesses the potential of herbs and other natural ingredients to not only seems to address the manifestations of your sciatic nerve pain but also works to gently correct the underlying imbalances to help your body heal itself.
But, before we get into the nitty gritties of treating sciatica let’s investigate the root causes of this tormenting condition.
What are the Underlying Causes of Sciatica?
You must know by now that Sciatica is not a disease in itself; on the contrary, it is a symptom suggesting that something is not right in your body. Sciatica nerve pain originates when a nerve is pinched anywhere from the lower back down your buttocks to the entire length of your legs. However, most of the times, the problem is often related to spinal displacements, herniated disc problems or degenerative changes in your lower back.
In a herniated disk, there is a slight tear or crack, which makes the disc stick out in the spinal canal narrowing it; this puts pressure on your nearby nerve roots, causing pain and discomfort. When discs become misaligned, they too can press or pinch the sciatic nerve and degenerative conditions like arthritis can form bone spurs that get on your nerves literally.
Inflammation is another strong contender that can aggravate your sciatic nerve health because of which you may experience sciatic nerve pain symptoms even in the absence of direct nerve root compression.
Let’s not forget, the other potential causes of Sciatica could be:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Metabolic disorders such as diabetes, thyroid disease, gout, etc
- Alcohol consumption
- Injury to the nerve/trauma
- Bad posture and loss of muscle tone
What are the Sciatica Nerve Pain Symptoms?
The most common sciatica symptoms include:
- Radiating or shooting pain traversing the lower back, buttocks and legs
- Numbness and tingling sensation in the limbs
- Inability to exercise and limited flexibility
- Feeling stiff and difficulty in sitting and standing at a stretch
- Pain when sleeping
Are There any Home Remedies for Sciatica?
The good news is Sciatica nerve pain can be effectively managed if you take the trouble to understand your core issues and stop popping pain killers.
A number of alternative management protocols have been advocated for sciatica relief. So, options like hot and cold compresses, chiropractor spinal adjustments, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga and exercise could provide relief.
You can in fact combine several of the above mentioned sciatica remedies with natural herbs and homeopathic ingredients that have been studied to provide nerve pain relief. Let’s look at some of these evidence based herbs and what they have to offer.
This tuber is traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and nerve tonic properties. It is said to provide relief in musculoskeletal disorders and inflammation and preliminary evidence suggests that it may benefit osteoarthritis and lower back pain. Research has also indicated that the extract may alleviate muscle stiffness and improve sensory, motor, and vascular muscular responses.
This natural ingredient is considered a valuable natural remedy because it is said to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, rejuvenating and tonifying properties. The extract is traditionally used to nourish and strengthen the joints, nerves, and muscles. A clinical study published in the Nutritional Neuroscience Journal highlighted that commiphora significantly modulated peripheral neuropathic pain induced by chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve.
St John’s wort is a popular herb when it comes to boosting immunity and subsiding pain and inflammation. There are numerous studies conducted to evaluate its immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, pain blocking, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties. Studies have also reported that consuming Hypericum perforatum may attenuate sensitivity to painful stimuli and prevent excess accumulation of serous fluid, which means, it can be useful in the management of inflammatory and painful conditions.
This herb is commonly used in ayurveda to alleviate lower back pain, sciatica, inflammation of the pelvic and sacral region, dry cough, and respiratory disorders. It is said to possess diuretic, aphrodisiac, antiurolithic, immunomodula- tory, absorption enhancing, hypolipidemic, cardiotonic, nervous system tonic, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, and antibacterial properties, which makes it a versatile herb useful for a number of conditions affecting the nerves, heart, stomach, lungs, reproductive organs, and liver.
This herb is considered a rasayana in ayurvedic medicine, which means it is an adaptogen and promotes vitality and general wellbeing. It is also traditionally used for a variety of purposes associated with inflammation and allergies, neurology, and glucose metabolism. Research indicates that Tinospora’s antioxidant and calcium attenuating actions are valuable in attenuating sciatica pain associated with sciatic nerve root ligation.
Growing research continues to evaluate herbs and identify their therapeutic properties that could potentially pose as sciatica pain remedies. Sooner, or later you’ll realize that nature completes you in many ways.
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Low back pain and associated sciatica are considered major health problems in modern societies and reported prevalence of low back pain varies between 50% and 85%; whereas, sciatica prevalence rates vary between 1.6% and 43%. Given that the sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body, and with conventional treatment options not going the whole nine yards, it is essential that you adopt more effective practices that improve your spine health and help you get back to being healthy again.
We at Biogetica vow to be with you every step of the way on the road to health and freedom and have dedicated our lives and time to helping people across the globe afflicted with this painful tortuous condition. CONSULT ONE OF BIOGETICA’S DOCTORS FOR FREE HERE and begin your healing journey today!
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.