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.
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
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Apply moist or dry heat to the affected area for one hour, four times a day.
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Wateroffers clear instructions and recommendations.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- 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 Waterwww.drinkrealwater.com/
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.
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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 to www.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
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
A popular ayurvedic remedy is to apply a paste of tamarind that has been soaked in salt water, churned, filtered and boiled to form a paste-like consistency to the affected leg.
The topical use of the herbs nutmeg, juniper, chamomile, vanda orchid, guggulu and aloe vera.
The use of yoga may be prescribed.
Oil pulling is another remedy that may be recommended (see article and video sections for more info).
Traditional Chinese Medicine
A combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture is prescribed for sciatica.
A study by Dr. Bang combined acupuncture with Chinese herbs to treat sciatic pain. The main acupoints were B52, B40, G34, B57, Liv3, and other points used were B25, SI3 and K4. He used the alternating lift-thrust-twist needling method. The selected herbs are those with properties to invigorate the blood and dissolve the stasis, dispel wind and open the meridian. Of 204 patients treated, 164 were cured, 29 effective, 9 improved and only 2 remained ineffective. The total effective rate was 99 %. (See the study and details of the commonly prescribed herbs in the articles section.)
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Apply a cold press and/or lightly massage the sciatic region with the essential oils of chamomile, lavender, or birch. Add 12 drops of oil to 30ml of carrier oil and shake well before use to disperse the oils. Gently massage the lower back, back of the legs and ankles.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Useful homeopathic remedies include Colocynth, Viscum album, Lachesis, Rhus tox., Aconite, Arsen alb., Lycopodium, Mag phos., Ruta grav., and Atropa Belladonna (6X potency) for neuralgia.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Mix equal parts of willow bark and St. John`s wort tincture and take half a teaspoonful three times a day. You can also massage the affected areas with warm St. John`s wort oil to help alleviate pain. Other useful herbs that can be taken as teas or tinctures to tone the sciatic nerve are black cohosh, chamomile, fenugreek, juniper berries, mugwort, parsley, rosemary, and skullcap.
Magnetic therapy and massage both work well to resolve sciatic nerve pain (see article section for more info).
Physiotherapy and exercises stretch and strengthen the muscles whilst providing relief from pain and stiffness. Here are two recommended exercises:
- Lie down on your stomach.
- Place your palms at the chest level and very slowly raise your head and chest upwards. The lower part of the body rests on the floor.
- Arch your spine backwards.
- Hold for 20 seconds.
- Do 3 repetitions.
- Lie on your back.
- Draw your knees up slowly towards the chest.
- Hold for 20 seconds and then slowly return your legs to the starting position.
- Do 5 repetitions.
*See video section for other stretching exercises
Try Inversion Table Therapy – it takes pressure off the nerve roots and disks in the spine and many users have found it extremely effective in relieving their sciatic pain. www.natural-sciatic-relief.com/treatments/inversion-therapy-frequently-asked-questions-faq/
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.
Alternative Professional Care:
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating sciatica: Acupressure, Applied Kinesiology, Bodywork, Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Medicine (TENS, Light Beam Generator), Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, Osteopathy, Prolotherapy, Reflexology and Rolfing. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.