Sciatica or sciatic pain is pain that affect the back, hip and outer side of the leg. Many people suffer from this health condition and it is caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, but also it is owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disk. Very often its symptoms are mistaken with lower back pain or leg cramps.
When this type of pain occurs, people tend to stay in bed and take ibuprofen or some other medicine.
It is important to mention that sciatica actually is symptom of another problem that is pinching or creating pressure on the sciatic nerve and it is not a diagnosed condition itself. At human, the sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve. It stretches down each leg from the lower spine all the way to the feet, and it provides movement, feeling and strength to the legs..
The most common symptoms of sciatica: sharp painful burning sensations or cramping. Some people also experience tingling sensations and numbness in different areas of the buttock, leg or foot. This wording is singular due to the fact that mostly sciatica occurs on one side or the other, not in both legs at the same time.
Another important fact that should be mentioned is that sciatica is most commonly is caused by a herniated or slipped disc. Another cause may be issues such a spinal injury or infection, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis and piriformis syndrome.
Even though there are many conventional treatments for sciatica, they will ease the pain temporarily. Moreover, it is possible for the steroid injections to cause serious side effects. Our suggestion is to use home remedies and natural therapies that have the ability to reduce inflammation and pressure on the irritated sciatic nerve.
Note: at most patients, the problem goes away over time (about 6 weeks) and rest.
Natural Remedies to Fight Sciatica
Hot/ Cold Compresses
Both hot and cold compresses help in relieving sciatica pain and inflammation. While the heat treatment relaxes tense muscles that may be compressing the sciatic nerve, the cold treatment will reduce the swelling around the nerve and also numbs the pain. The best option is to combine heat and cold, and it is recommended to start with the hot compress and end with the cold compress. While you are using heat, you should use moist heat like a steamed towel because it is much more efficient. The procedure is very simple: simply place a hot or cold pack on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. Note: you should repeat this every few hours until you get relief.
Apply it on the affected area and areas where you feel pain.
You can use white willow bark as long-lasting pain relief. It contains phenolic glycosides with allicin, a substances that provide great anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. In 1 liter of water add 50 grams of bark in and leave it during the night. The next day boil it about 15 minutes. You should leave it until it cools enough and then pour it in a glass container. It is recommended to drink 3 cups of this drink, every day.
Turmeric is incredibly efficient natural remedy for sciatica due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This plant contains a compound – curcumin that reduces the nerve pain and inflammation. Prepare a mixture of 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 cup of milk. You can add a small cinnamon stick and boil the combination. Add honey for taste and drink it once or twice daily until you feel improvement. It is important to mention that turmeric is not recommended for patients who take blood thinners or diabetes medications. Moreover, people who suffer from gallstones also should avoid it.