When the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or compressed, it causes a condition called sciatica. The pain is extremely debilitating and severe. It affects only 1 part of your body. It starts in the lower back and goes down towards the back of your leg.
Some other symptoms which appear are: numbness in the toes and leg, burning sensation, tingling, weakness and difficulty while sitting down or standing up.
Herniated or slipped disc mostly cause sciatica. What can also cause it is a spinal infection or injury, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis and piriformis syndrome. There are numerous treatments that can help against this condition, but unfortunately, the pain only disappears temporarily. The injections which are usually administered are steroid and they can cause very dangerous side effects.
In this article, we’re about to present you that you can also decrease the inflammation and the pressure present on the sciatic nerve which is irritated with some natural remedies that you’ll prepare at home! If you rest well, you’ll be able to notice the first results in only 6 weeks.
Here are 10 of the best home remedies against sciatica:
Massages are good for your overall body and not only to relieve your sciatica. In case you have a muscle spasm, a relaxing massage is what you need the most. Massage the painful area with St. John’s wort oil 2 or 3 times every day. It is full of anti-inflammatory properties that will help you feel relieved soon.
You can also combine 3 tablespoons of nutmeg powder with 1 cup of sesame oil. Heat it and then leave it to cool down a bit. Repeat this treatment several times a day during several weeks.
Another thing you can also try is a trigger-point massage once every day because the pain which appears in the lower back, buttocks and thighs is often connected to the trigger points in the gluteus medius and minimus muscles.
2. Cold or Hot Compresses
Cold or hot compresses can also help you numb the pain. The swelling around your nerve becomes decreased. Heat is especially relaxing.
You can also combine both of the treatments. Use the hot compress in the beginning and the cold one in the end. Leave the compresses prepared of a towel or a pack on the painful spot for at least 20 minutes. This should be repeated on several hours until the relief appears.
Note: People who have circulatory problems mustn’t use the cold compress!
Turmeric is abundant in anti-inflammatory effects since it possesses an active compound called curcumin which can decrease inflammation and lower nerve pain. Take a cup of milk and boil it. Combine 1 teaspoon of turmeric with it and drop some cinnamon sticks. If you want it to be sweeter, add some honey. Consume it once or twice a day. The improvement will appear very soon.
You can also take supplements. Take from 250 to milligrams 3 times a day for a couple of weeks. Don’t forget to consult your doctor before you start using them!
Note: People on diabetes medications, patients with gallstones or patients who use blood thinners mustn’t use turmeric!
4. Capsaicin Cream
Cayenne pepper has an active ingredient called capsaicin. It helps you relieve the pain naturally. You just have to apply some cream or ointment which contains from 0.025% to 0.075% capsaicin on the painful spot 3 or 4 times every day for 7 days.
Note: If you have a skin condition, you mustn’t use this type of cream since it may feel like burning.
It’s very important to have a regular physical activity if you have problems with sciatica. You should first start with a routine that will help you strengthen your back as well as abdominal muscles one or two days since the sciatica has flared-up. The recovery process will be faster.
You can also perform the “Knee to Chest Stretch” exercise:
Lie on the floor on your back. Your legs should be stretched and hip-width apart.
The upper body should be relaxed. Make sure you bend your knees towards up and breathe in deeply.
Use your hands that will be behind your chest to pull your thighs towards your chest. Just make sure you’re comfortable.
Stay flat on the ground with your legs.
Stay like this for 20 seconds. Control your deep breathing for the whole time. Put your leg down carefully.
Repeat everything with your other leg from 3 to 5 times. The exercising should take you from 3 to 5 minutes.
You can also use some yoga poses to relax, like for example the cat-cow pose or the pigeon pose . Spinal decompression exercises are also an excellent solution.
Note: Visit a specialist to help you with an appropriate exercise program.
6. White Willow Bark
This kind of bark is especially beneficial because it offers you a long-lasting pain relief. Its best properties are anti-inflammatory and analgesic, because it contains salicin and olic glycosides. Use 240 milligrams of salicin or 120 milligrams of white willow supplement every day for several weeks. Consult your doctor about it.
7. Valerian Root
Valerian root is amazing because it relieves chronic nerve pain. The amazing root can also help you against muscle spasms. It is full of volatile oils which decrease the tension in your muscles. People also use it to improve their sleep. You can use valerian root supplements. It would be enough to take 150 milligrams 3 times a day for a couple of weeks. Visit your doctor before you start taking them.
Valerian tea is also amazing. Boil 1 cup of hot water and add 1 teaspoon of valerian root (dried). Let it steep for a period of 10 minutes. Take the tea several times a week. In a couple of week, you’ll be able to see the difference.
Acupuncture is amazing in healing your body, relieving sciatica pain and relaxing. When you stimulate some acupuncture points you also stimulate the central nervous system which releases chemicals that relieve the pain.
9. Spinal Manipulation
Chiropractic care is considered to be the best one in cases of neck or back pain. There are different techniques that can help you. A chiropractor can help you provide the suitable treatment for your type of problem.
10. Fenugreek Seeds
A poultice made of fenugreek seeds can help you against rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica pain and as it gout pains as it’s full of anti-inflammatory benefits..
Take some milk and a handful of fenugreek seeds. The seeds should be grinded. Combine them with the milk. The mixture should be boiled. You should obtain a paste. Put it on the problematic area and let it rest for several hours. Wash it away. You can repeat this every day until you start feeling fine.
- Avoid sudden movements
- Make sure you have a good posture so that the pressure on your lower back becomes relieved
- Use lifting techniques that will use bent knees and a straight back
- Don’t smoke cigarettes, because you may experience disc degeneration
- You’ll obtain great benefits from regular exercise. Just make sure it isn’t intense
- Your mattress shouldn’t be very firm or very soft
- Use calcium, magnesium and vitamin C supplements, but consult your doctor first!
You can also use many other herbal remedies. An alcohol-based extract made from the harshiangar (parijat) leaves (1) or 1,500 to 2,000 of devil’s claw mg 2 times a day (just avoid it in case of a peptic ulcer)! Take these remedies only with the consent of your doctor!