Do you ever wake up feeling an agonizing pain from your upper thighs to your feet? In this case, you may have sciatic nerve pain, also called sciatica. It is causes painful throbbing in the limbs and lower back. The good news is that there are natural treatments, adjustments, and homeopathic remedies for sciatica that can help provide relief.
The sciatic nerve begins at the spinal cord, continues to your hips and buttocks, and then branches down to each leg. This nerve is the longest and widest in the body. It directly affects your ability to feel and control your legs. When certain nerves become pinched in the lower spine along the sciatic nerve, the intense pain that runs the length of the legs can develop.
Let’s first look at the possible signs of sciatica.
Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatica is more common in men than women, and it is likely to affect people in their 30s and 40s. It can also affect both active and sedentary individuals. Sciatic nerve pain often lasts for about six weeks, and some may experience chronic limb pain if the problem isn’t resolved. Pain can be long-term in some despite trying treatments, and in others, sciatic nerves can be pinched without pain at all.
Sciatic symptoms may include:
- Strong, sometimes shooting pain in the lower back and limbs
- Pain that worsens with movement
- Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the feet, limbs, or legs
- Sensation of pins and needles that involves tingling in the feet and toes
- Feeling stiff and unable to flex your feet
- Trouble exercising or moving
- Pain while sleeping
- Inflammation and throbbing around the lower back or thighs when standing or sitting for prolonged periods
- Inability to control your bowels or bladder. Although a rare symptom, this calls for immediate emergency attention.
8 Homeopathic Remedies for Sciatica
Specific treatment for sciatic will depend on the cause of the nerve damage, so professional help is recommended. Most people rely on pain medication that will provide temporary relief. Surgery is often only needed when bowel or bladder function becomes disturbed, of if chronic nerve pressure and persistent pain fail to be relieved.
Homeopathy can complement your sciatica treatment plan. A study published in the journal Homeopathy in 2012 found that the homeopathic treatment hypericum improved the functional recovery of peripheral nerve regeneration in rats with sciatic nerve damage. For the study, the rats received three oral drops of hypericum 30c twice daily for a week.
For sciatic pain, 30c is the appropriate potency per hour or as needed. In chronic cases, one to three doses should be sufficient. The following are eight other popular sciatica homeopathic remedies often used for sciatic pain relief.
1. Ammonium Muriaticum
Ammonium muriaticum is often used for chronic sciatica with tearing and shooting into the tips of the toes. The sufferer may also have difficulty straightening the affected leg due to contractions of the hamstring. Heel pain, hip pain, and a lopsided walking style are also common. Symptoms improve from walking stooped, limbering up, lying down, and rubbing the affected area; however, symptoms worsen from sitting, walking erect, resting in bed, or at night.
2. Magnesia Phosphorica
Magnesia phosphorica will benefit a person showing the traditional sciatica pattern of nerve pain that extends from the low back to the back of the leg and buttocks. The pain can feel cramping, sudden, violent, or neuralgic with sharp, shooting, cutting, or lightning-like pains. Warmth and pressure will often improve symptoms.
Colocynthis is another classic sciatica remedy, especially when sciatica is left-sided, and pain improves from hard pressure and warmth. No position will relieve pain, and yet symptoms worsen from movement, dampness, and at night. What’s interesting is that lying on the painful side actually improves symptoms.
Arsenicum is deemed necessary when sciatica results from the cold. Primary symptoms will include restlessness, weakness, exhaustion, chilliness, aching heels, and burning pain that may travel to the toes. Symptoms improve from gentle walking, warmth, or a hot compress. Symptoms may worsen after exertion, dampness, and while on the right side.
Chamomilla is often required when there is extremely intense and tearing pain from the buttocks to the heel with numbness. The pain is often so intense, it will drive the person out of bed at night. Other symptoms include restless legs, stiffness, irritability, heavy limbs, spasms, hot sweats, burning feet, and cramps in the calves. Symptoms may worsen from lying on the painless side, warmth, stretching, at night, and after being angry.
Gnaphalium is recommended when intense numbness with tingling followed the sciatica pain that can be described as intense cutting and shooting pains experienced along the whole length of the nerve. There may also be cramps in the calves, neuralgia in the front of the leg, and the joints may feel creaky and dry. Symptoms often improve from sitting, and worsen from movement and dampness.
7. Rhus Toxicodendron
Consider rhus toxicodendron for sciatica with intense attacks of burning and tearing pain. The person’s legs may also feel dead, stiff, or wooden. Leg cramps and pain down the back of the thighs are also common. Symptoms may improve from continued motion, rubbing, stretching, or heat; however, they seem to worsen from overexertion, initial motion, dampness, after resting, and at night.
Phytolacca is needed when sciatica produces aching pain and sudden shooting down the leg or outside of the thighs. Other symptoms may include weakness, stiffness, aching heels, and contracted hamstrings. Restlessness usually worsens from motion, and cramps and knotting come and go. Warmth and lying down often improve symptoms, while pressure and dampness make it worse.
Please consult with your health care provider before adopting homeopathic remedies for sciatica. Your doctor will assess your medical history to determine any possible drug interactions or allergic reactions.
Other Natural Treatments for Sciatica
In addition to homeopathy, other natural sciatica remedies may help prevent and treat sciatica. As mentioned, the treatment for sciatica will always depend on the cause of the nerve damage.
1. Chiropractor Spinal Adjustments
Chiropractors can manipulate the spine to maximize spinal mobility. A study published in the Official Journal of the North American Spinal Society in 2006 found that adults with sciatic nerve pain that received chiropractic adjustments experienced less local pain, fewer cases of moderate or severe pain, and fewer days with pain, when compared to those that didn’t receive adjustments.
2. Yoga and Stretching
Lengthening the spine with yoga, stretching, or lying down can help someone with sciatica develop good posture and reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Studies have also found that yoga is an effective and safe exercise for people suffering from sciatica.
3. Massage Therapy and Acupuncture
Massage therapy can help with muscle relaxation and reduce back pain. Research also supports acupuncture for relieving many types of chronic pain, such as sciatica nerve pain.
4. Heating Pads
Many people will also find relief using inexpensive heating pads. Try setting the device on low or medium, and place it on the lower back for 15 to 20 minutes daily. The best approach is a reusable heating pad that can be plugged in or filled with hot water. Similarly, you can take warm baths because heat increases circulation and loosens up tight muscles.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils work to ease sore muscles and achy joints. Some of the better essential oils for sciatica include helichrysum, osmanthus, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, camphor, and wintergreen. It is best to purchase therapeutic grade essential oils from reputable essential oil companies.
Overall, a healthy lifestyle is key for someone looking to overcome sciatica pain. For instance, an anti-inflammatory diet high in ginger, turmeric, garlic, and sweet potatoes may help reduce and treat acute and chronic pain. Drinking an adequate amount of pure, filtered water daily is important to preventing stiffness and muscle cramps that can contribute to sciatica.
Other natural sciatica remedies and supplements that may also reduce nerve-related pain include methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), vitamin C with bioflavonoids, quercetin, bromelain, gotu kola, licorice, rosemary, wood betony, Jamaican dogwood, and white willow bark. Also, remember that keeping moving and active it is important to combat the sedentary lifestyle that can lead to sciatica.
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