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.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
If you have a slipped disc, it is very important to keep active. However, moving may be difficult initially, but after resting for a few days you should start to move around. This will help keep your back mobile and speed up your recovery, but any exercise you do should be gentle and not put a strain on your back. Swimming is ideal because the water supports your weight and little strain is placed on your joints
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
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.
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- 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.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Ayurveda categorized Slip disc as one of diseases caused by vitiation Vata (one of the principle dosha in the body, responsible for the movement and functionality of the body). Treatment in Ayurveda is aimed at restoring the equilibrium through correction of the underlying functional in-equilibrium. Ayurvedic treatments for Slip disc concentrate on bringing back the aggravated vata to the state of equilibrium and thereby to the state of health.
Therapies like Abyanga swedam, Nasyam, Pathrapotala swedam, Choornapinda swedam, Pizhichil, Shirodhara, Kadeevasthy, Greevavasthy, Navarakizhi, Vasti are often performed; these focus on relieving the inflammatory changes, releasing the spasms and nerve compressions in the affected area, as well as strengthening the supportive tissues holding the spine, nourishing the joints through improving the circulation. Usually the treatment period is four to five weeks according to the severity of the disease.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Most diseases have both an excess and deficiency aspect to them in Chinese Medicine. For instance, the pain and inflammation that may go along with a herniated disc can be considered an excess syndrome of blood and qi (pronounced “chee”) stagnation. Qi stagnation refers to a blockage of the qi, or energy, so that it is unable to flow smoothly. However, the underlying cause will be regarded as a deficiency, usually in the kidney energy. Therefore, treatment will often include a two-pronged approach to deal with both of these aspects.
Some of the acupuncture points will be focused on reducing pain and inflammation; points chosen for this will include some that are local, at the particular location of the back where the pain is being felt. Other points, however, may be chosen that are located at a distance from the area but are known to be effective for relieving pain, such as Large Intestine 4 on the hand. These points are targeted at removing qi and blood stagnation which will also encourage healing.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, degeneration of the discs is linked to kidney deficiency, which refers not just to the organ itself but to the kidney energy or qi. Therefore, the acupuncturist may also choose some points to help strengthen the body in general and the energy of the kidney in particular. Although degenerations may not be cured, acupuncture can help the bulging or herniated disc return to its proper place faster. It also may assist in slowing down the degenerative changes.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to massagetoday.com,because of lavender’s many therapeutic properties, if aromatherapists were stranded on a desert island with only one essential oil, many would hope it was lavender.
But when you want slightly less sedation but powerful pain relief, there is another type of lavender, Lavandula latifolia, L. spica, or Spike Lavender. A hybrid of lavender officinalis and latifolia, Lavandin, Lavandula-super is less expensive and often used to adulterate true lavender, says massagetoday.com. The writer goes on to state it is a powerful antispasmodic well-suited for muscular, respiratory and circulatory problems, and not as a sedative for the mind.
Chamomile can ease low back pain, and Clary sage (not to be confused with sage, Salvia officinalis) is considered mildly intoxicating and euphoric, and should be used in small quantities and preferably not before an evening of cocktails, as it augments the effects of alcohol.
Helichrysum has a long history as anointing oil, but well deserves an honored place in therapeutic massage, while sandalwood, which is well-known in Ayurvedic treatment and as incense, also relieves muscle spasm and is helpful in treating sciatica and lymph congestion.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Homoeopathic treatment can be very effective in both acute and chronic cases of the slipped disc problem. It can even be a big boon for the patients as it can save advanced cases from the surgeon’s knife.
Homoeopathic treatment of slipped disc is usually based on symptoms which are presented in an individual case. For instance, in an individual with the “slipped disc” pain travelling down to the leg, the homoeopathic medicine prescribed will be different from an individual who has pain confined to the back.
According to steadyhealth.com, juices of potato and celery are very healthy and can help you in cases of sciatica. If you combine these two juices and drinks the daily in the amount of 10 oz, it would provide you with sciatica relief. You can even add carrots in it for the strength and taste.
Elderberry tea or juice is also very helpful and effective. It is known muscle relaxant and stimulant.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.
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Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Commonly used herbs in treating herniated discs usually possess pain-relieving action. According to livestrong.com, in her book “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” herbal medicine expert and naturopathic physician Sharol Tilgner states that herbs with analgesic, or pain reducing, properties include willow, passionflower, kava kava and devil’s claw.
Herbs that may help treat nerve pain — a common symptom associated with herniated discs include St. John’s wort, gotu kola, rosemary and wood betony. Scientific research about these herbs’ true effectiveness in treating this condition may be lacking.
Passionflower is a potent herb in the treatment of pain, including the pain associated with your herniated disc.
Because there are more than a dozen possible causes of a herniated disc, you should always report to a qualified health professional if you develop the symptoms that are associated with this musculoskeletal condition.
Ice or Heat Treatment:
Depending on what is most effective for you, you can apply either ice or heat packs to the affected area, helping to soothe and provide relief from the pain.
Be sure not to keep either ice or heat packs on the skin for too long. You should apply for up to ten minutes, followed by at least ten minutes of rest.
Neck Support Pillow:
Back posture is one of the most important factors when it comes to a herniated disk, and the right pillow to sleep on can do wonders to relieve you of the constant pain.
Take a look in health stores for pillows designed especially for people who are suffering from back pain.
Here are a number of exercises you can try, which are designed to strengthen the low back and abdominal muscles to prevent recurrences of sciatic pain caused by a herniated disc.
Low back muscle strengthening exercises:
Upper Back Extension – In the prone position with hands clasped behind the lower back, raise the head and chest slightly against gravity while looking at the floor (stay low). Begin by holding the position for five seconds, and gradually work up to 20 seconds. Aim to complete around eight to 10 repetitions.
In the prone position with the head and chest lowered to the floor, lightly raise an arm and opposite leg slowly, with the knee locked, two to three inches from the floor. Begin by holding the position for five seconds, and complete eight to 10 repetitions. As strength builds, aim to hold position for 20 seconds.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
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/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
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/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
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
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