Also known as a slipped disc or prolapsed disc, an herniated disc occurs when one of the discs in the spine ruptures and the gel inside leaks out. This can cause back pain, as well as pain in other areas of the body.
In cases of herniated disc, the sciatic nerve is often affected; it is the longest nerve in the body, running from the back of the pelvis, through the buttocks and down both legs to the feet.
If pressure is placed on the sciatic never it can cause a lasting, aching pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in one or both legs.
Pressure placed on the sciatic nerve can cause:
- A lasting, aching pain
- A tingling sensation in one or both legs
A herniated disc occurs when the outer case of the disc ruptures (splits), resulting in the gel inside bulging and protruding out of the disc.
The damaged disc can put pressure on the whole spinal cord or on a single nerve root; a herniated disc can cause pain both in the area of the protruding disc and in the area of the body that is controlled by the nerve that the disc is pressing on.
It is not always clear what causes a disc to break down, although age is a common factor in many cases. As we age, our spinal discs begin to lose their water content, making them less flexible and more likely to rupture.
Eating for a herniated disc often focuses on providing the body with the nutrients it needs to maintain healthy cartilage, as that’s what the annulus fibrosus is made up of.
Foods which support cartilage health include those that are rich in Vitamin C, E, and D, and a diet for a herniated disc should also include plenty of calcium to support the health of vertebrae.
In general, the diet should include plenty of vegetables, fruit, and lean protein such as fish, chicken, and beans.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
A few nutritional supplements may be helpful in repairing your damaged spinal disc tissue. In her book, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” certified nutritional consultant Phyllis A. Balch states zinc, copper, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate, bovine or shark cartilage, free-form amino acid, manganese, L-proline, vitamin B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids and a multivitamin and mineral complex may be helpful in treating this kind of bodily damage.
Vitamin C may be one of the most important nutritional supplements in repairing your ruptured herniated disc. Balch notes that vitamin C is crucial for the formation of collagen, a substance that helps bind your tissues together and helps maintain tissue integrity. Vitamin C is required for the proper repair of all tissues. Balch suggests a daily intake of between 3,000 and 10,000 mg of vitamin C, but you should always discuss proper dosage with a health care professional who specializes in clinical nutrition.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stresswww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
Natural remedy for back pain www.homeveda.com/aches-and-pains/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-back-pain.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Treat Your Back Without Surgery: The Best Nonsurgical Alternatives for Eliminating Back and Neck Pain, Fully Updated Second Edition [Paperback] by M.D.Stephen Hochschuler and M B A Bob Reznik
Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work [Paperback] by Art Brownstein
Herbs for herniated disc www.livestrong.com/article/413346-herbs-for-a-herniated-disc/
Acupuncture treatment points for an herniated disc www.livestrong.com/article/538423-acupuncture-points-for-a-herniated-disc/
Supplements for herniated disc www.livestrong.com/article/519360-supplements-for-herniated-disc-repair/
Natural healing for a slipped disc realfoodlover.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/slipped-disc-natural-healing/
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.