Sciatica is characterized by pain that runs along the path of the sciatic nerve, usually traveling from the lower back and buttocks and the back, outer side of the leg, sometimes as far as the foot.
Symptoms of sciatica include pain, burning, tingling, stabbing, and aching anywhere along the path of the sciatic nerve. In severe cases, the pain may be associated with weakness. Typically, sciatic symptoms are recurring unless the cause is found and treated.
Distinguishing between sciatic neuralgia and sciatic neuritis is essential for proper treatment. In cases ofsciatic neuritis, the pain is due to inflammation of the nerve pathway, whereas in sciatic neuralgia the pain is usually caused by an irritation of the nerve due to disk, bone, and/or muscle dysfunction.
Sometimes chronic musculoskeletal pain may be due to low thyroid conditions, nutrient deficiencies, old injuries in associated joints that never healed completely or correctly, referred pain from problems in internal organs, and/or emotional stress.
Insufficient exercise and weak and/or tense, cramped muscles can create the imbalances that ultimately result in sciatica.
Note: Proper treatment of sciatic requires removing the cause of pressure on the sciatic nerve itself, along with abnormal stresses on the foot, knee, hip, and/or back that alter the walking gait and place additional strain on the corresponding muscles.
Eat organic foods rich in thiamine (vitamin B1) and magnesium, since both nutrients act as natural muscle relaxants. Such foods include dark leafy green vegetables, yellow vegetables, whole grains, and raw seeds and nuts.
Another vitamin that should be high up on your list is vitamin B12. This vitamin helps produce myelin, a protective layer that coats the delicate nerve tissues. A deficiency in B12 is said to cause your nerves to become damaged. Good food sources of B12 are fish, beef, lamb and eggs.
A potassium deficiency is linked to sciatica and is thought to create pain down the right leg. Potassium regulates muscles contractions so ensure you eat plenty of potassium rich food. Avocados, bananas, dried apricots and kiwi fruit are all good choices. Another great source is black strap molasses.
A sodium deficiency is said to create sciatic pain down the left leg. If this is the case for you then include raw, organic sodium rich foods such as celery, sea vegetables like kelp and nori, aloe and vegetable juices. Himalayan pink salt is also a great source of sodium and contains a powerhouse of essential minerals.
Drink homemade ginger tea three times a day, as well as including ginger in your cooking. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and users claim it works wonders on irritated nerves.
Eliminate coffee and other caffeine based beverages, chocolate, and all sugars, and drink plenty of
pure, filtered water.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system in the healing process 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.
- 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 herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- The following nutrients are known to ease sciatic pain: vitamin B-complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine) vitamin B12, vitamin E. calcium, magnesium, and manganese sulfate.
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 to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for sciatic pain www.orientalhealing.net/cases/sciatic.html
Oil pulling: An ancient panacea acupofkarma.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/oil-pulling-an-ancient-panaceaim-not-pulling-your-leg/
Magnet therapy relieve sciaticawww.worldofmagnets.co.uk/information/magnet_therapy_relieves_sciatica.htm
Move through life with greater ease with the Alexander techniquewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/53_move_through_life_with_greater_ease_with_the_alexander_technique_100512.php
Sodium is good for you scottshell.hubpages.com/hub/Sodium-Is-Good-For-You
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong(from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Stretch for Sciatic Pain www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmsZiwNh-fo&feature=relmfu
Faster EFT for back pain www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_ZUzFbdbLU&feature=relmfu
Oil Pulling – The Underground Cure www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIMm_LI_U7A
New Study Reports Ginger Effective for Muscle Pain Reliefwww.ampainsoc.org/press/2010_jop/0915_b.htm
Omega 3 treats nerve damage www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120111103856.htm
Further Information (links and books)
Low Back Pain and Sciatica: A Personalised Treatment Approach by Paul Boxcer
Acute Care – Homeopathy for Sciatica by Donna C. Rona
Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Bruce N.D. Fife
The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
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
Richard Brennan – Alexander Technique
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.