Sciatica comes from nerve pains radiating from an irritated or damaged sciatic nerve; this nerve feeds the legs. Sciatic pain can be throbbing, aching, or shooting. Sciatic pain can last for a few days typically. Many people have chronic sciatic problems.
The cause of sciatic pain is generally injury to the lumbar spine, however there may be a bulging disc aggravated by constipation, varicose veins, or exposure to cold wet conditions.
The medical perspective on sciatic pain tells patients to rest for 48 hours, avoiding physical exertion. Pain relievers and muscle relaxers for sciatic pain are often prescribed but bring many side effects. Surgery or steroids may be a last resort for sciatic pain.
Natural perspective on sciatic pain is, first, to prevent injuries such as bulging discs, with other contributing causes such as constipation. Natural treatment for sciatic pain can be very effective negating the use of medications. Complementary treatments for sciatic pain might include chiropractic adjustments or acupuncture.
Natural supplements for sciatic pain include Bromelain as a natural anti-inflammatory taken between meals. The best potency is 2500 GDUs ( gdu is a measure of potency). Also see the cell salts below as these natural supplements can be of great assistance. Herbal therapies are also a natural way to reduce inflammation and sciatic pain as well as promoting circulation.
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body’s ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results — your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Sciatic Pain
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Herbal therapies can be natural effective in reducing inflammation of sciatic pain as well as promoting healing by increasing circulation. You may take all three herbs together:
Turmeric taken on an empty stomach supports the liver and is a natural anti-inflammatory. (1 capsule twice daily between meals)
Cramp bark acts as a muscle relaxant and may reduce sciatic pain. (2 capsules, 2 times a day)
Prickly ash bark promotes circulation for sciatic nerve and spinal discs. (1 capsule twice daily)
Cell Salts to Help with Sciatic Pain
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
Combining cell salts in a solution can be helpful for sciatic pain. Use 4 pellets of the 6X potency 3 times a day.
#4 Ferr phos 6X – acts as a natural anti-inflammatory for the spinal discs.
#8 Mag phos 6X – very effective for most sciatic pain, especially right sided and shooting pains; also acts to relax muscles
#11 Nat sulph 6X – supports liver function which supports tendons, ligaments and the back.
Sciatic Pain Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Choose one or more remedy, as seems indicated, or make a combination with what you have on hand. Generally 30c or less potency is indicated. Use three times a day or as needed. All the above can be combined for faster results (cell salts too).
Hypericum (#1 Homeopathic for sciatic pain) – sharp shooting pains down low back; low back injury or sacral injury; history of never well since an epidural, with shooting pains.
Colocynthis – better doubling over, better pressure; more left-sided; cutting , stabbing intense sciatic pain.
Gnaphalium – one of the best for nerve pain followed by numbness, followed by a sticking pain; sharp pain that won’t leave.
Causticum – raw burning or drawing or pulling pain down sciatica or ham strings; tendons feel too short. (Contractures are the worst of all.) Injury remedy with drawing and pulling; muscle atrophy; more right sided.
Sepia – better motion; exhausted with hormonal problems; wants to be by their self; left sided; hormonal issues with low sex drive.
Tellurium – strongly indicated natural remedy for sciatic pain with sensitive spine; changing conditions, numbness, worse lying on the painful side.
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