One of the most common back pain is the pain triggered by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, it is known as sciatica. Even though it affects just one body part, it can be severe. Also this pain can be debilitating, and starts from lower back to the back of the leg.
The other symptoms are weakness and numbness down in affected leg and toes. Also, tingling or burning sensation might be felt in the leg, as well as shooting pain that triggers difficulty sitting or standing.
In fact, the cause of sciatica is a slipped or herniated disc, and can also be caused by spinal injury or some infection, also degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome or spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis, and pregnancy.
Nowadays there are a variety of conventional treatments. Most of them temporarily alleviate the pain. Moreover most of steroid injections contribute to severe side effects.
Some natural therapies and homemade remedies can decrease the irritated sciatic nerve pressure and inflammation and problem will most probably disappear within six weeks.
10 homemade remedies for alleviation of the painful sciatica:
Massage therapy can also help body heal itself, especially if muscle spasm triggers the problem. You should use St. John’s wort oil to massage affected area. Do that two to three times daily, until relief is noticed, as this herb can relieve sciatica inflammation and pain.
Mix 1 cup of sesame oil and 3 tablespoons of nutmeg powder and heat it and leave it cool down until it becomes comfortably warm before massage. Repeat this treatment few times a daily for a couple of weeks.
As the pain of lower back, thighs and buttocks is mostly related to trigger points in the gluteus minimus as well as medius muscles, you should also think about having trigger-point massage at least once in day.
- Hot or cold compresses
Hot or cold compresses can alleviate sciatica inflammation and pain. Now, cold compress actually numbs pain and reduces the swelling around the nerve, but hot compress relaxes tense muscles which might be pressing the nerve.
Moreover you can also make a combination of hot and cold treatment, starting with the hot and ending with cold treatment. Also might be used steamed towel as hot compress as it’s more effective. Then, put cold or hot pack on affected area; leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat every couple of hours until pain relief is noticed.
Note: People who have problems with blood circulation shouldn’t use cold compresses.
Turmeric is used as a great natural sciatica treatment due to its anti-inflammatory effects of its active compound- curcumin- which decreases nerve pain and inflammation, too.
Boil 1 cup of milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric, adding small cinnamon stick. Also add some honey as sweetener and consume this healthy drink once or twice daily until some improvements are noticed.
Also there are turmeric supplements, 250-300 milligrams 3 times daily for several weeks. Always first consult a doctor prior to taking them.
Note: Those suffering from gallstones and those with diabetes medication as well as blood thinners shouldn’t use turmeric.
- Capsaicin cream
Cayenne pepper consists capsaicin- an active compound, excellent natural pain reliever. This helps deplete substance P levels.
Should be applied ointment or cream with 0.025% to 0.075% capsaicin on area that is affected at least 4 times daily for 1 week.
Note: Do not apply capsaicin cream or ointment on a broken skin, as it may initially cause a burning sensation
Great importance lays in exercising and regular physical activity in case of sciatica treatment. Begin regular exercise routine to strengthen back and abdominal muscles. Do these day or two after the flare-up of sciatica and recovery process will be speeded up.
Knee to Chest Stretching is great fantastic exercise for reducing the sciatic nerve irritation and also for improving lower back’s flexibility.
-1. Lay down on your back on floor with stretched and hip-width apart legs.
– 2. Relax your upper body; bend your knee upwards while inhaling.
– 3.As far as it’s comfortable, pull your thigh towards your chest having your hands clasped behind it.
– 4. Keep your leg flat on the ground.
– 5.Remain in this position 20 seconds and take deep breaths during this time. After, just lower your leg carefully.
– 6.Repeat the same procedure but with the other leg and keep in mind that after repeating three to five times, repeat ageing exercise with both legs in duration of three to five minutes.
Other exercises can reduce lower back and sciatica pain, as specific yoga poses, pigeon pose and cat-cow pose. Furthermore there are spinal decompression exercises.
Note: You should consult your doctor in order to make the appropriate exercise program for you.
- White willow bark
Pain with long-lasting pain relief can be provided by bark of white willow. They possess analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties due to presence of olic glycosides with salicin. Prior always consult your doctor if you take 120 mg of white willow supplement or 240 mg of salicin daily within few weeks.
- Valerian root
This root-Valerian alleviates chronic nerve pain. It’s particularly effective at lowering sciatica pain which is triggered by a muscle spasm.
Take valerian root supplements 150 milligrams 3 times daily within a few weeks. Prior consult your doctor.
Another alternative – drink valerian tea. How to prepare: Just boil cup of hot water, add 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root and let it steep about 10 minutes. Take this tea few times a week within a couple of weeks.
Acupuncture relaxes muscles, alleviate sciatica pain, and help your body heal on its own. It is deeply believed that if certain acupuncture points are stimulated, then central nervous system is also stimulated and it results in release of chemicals which produce a sense of well-being, or change the pain perception.
- Spinal manipulation
Variety of techniques as short and rapid thrusts is included in chiropractic spinal manipulation which can soothe irritation of nerve which is responsible for inflammation and other sciatica symptoms.
Advisable: always consult a chiropractor for a proper pain treatment.
- Fenugreek seeds
Prepare a poultice out of fenugreek seeds because it provides anti-inflammatory benefits and gives a great relief to gout pains and rheumatoid arthritis also.
Handful of fenugreek seeds grinded and mixed with some milk. Next, should boil mixture until it becomes mushy paste. Now, apply prepared mixture on affected area and let it stay few hours. Finally, wash it off. Repeat it every day until pain relief is noticed.
– Don’t do sudden movements.
– Practice techniques for proper lifting- back will be straight and your knees bent.
– Do regular exercise but don’t engage in intense exercises.
– Use a mattress not too soft nor too firm.
– Avoid smoking -it promotes disc degeneration.
– Consulting your doctor and then take vitamin C, magnesium and calcium supplements.
– Consider using alcohol-based extract prepared out of parijat or harshiangar leaves; or 1,500 to 2,000 mg twice a day of devil’s claw, in case you have peptic ulcer. Furthermore, always consult doctor prior to taking any natural remedies in order to decide for a proper dosage and suitability.