A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
During the disorder known as sciatica a person with a lower-back pain suffers from the pain radiating into one of the buttocks all the way into the leg. These sudden shooting off of the painful sensation usually occurs in the individual when he or she is involved in lifting some heavy weight, and that involves an awkward, or twisting motion, this strain triggers the pain to shoot down into the legs. It becomes very difficult to sit down or move about as the excruciating pain radiate into the legs. The symptomatic pain is also aggravated by physical actions such as coughing or sneezing bending oneself over in a normal fashion. Immediate medical attention is required where muscular coordination is affected or if numbness is present, in such a case the problem is a serious requiring a doctor's examination.
A slightly different form of sciatica is commonly present in older people. In this type of the disorder the pain and the nagging sensations are persistent while the development of the painful sensation itself is gradual. Sitting down and resting for some time brings a great deal of relief to the individual and the most difficulty is experienced when the person walks downhill or in the general downward direction.
A compressed nerve is the cause of the sciatica, mainly because of this the nerve is either irritated or an inflammation occurs along the sciatic nerve. Very serious physical problems can come about because of this nerve disorder, which itself commonly occurs because of a strain or spasm of the muscle, or due to the presence of a slipped disk. Particularly where the muscles of the back and the neck are weak, this condition most commonly comes about because of the wrong application of muscles or an improper lifting technique while lifting heavy boxes or other heavy objects.
A collapsed vertebra in the back can also lead to the continuous irritation of the sciatic nerve and this is the common cause of sciatica in many older people. Impaired and poor muscular support is the reason for this collapse of the vertebra in such individuals. The risk of sciatica is increased by the presence of other disorders like arthritis. This condition can also be triggered by physically over exerting oneself or because of a chill. The inflammation of the nerve as in neuritis or a susceptibility to it, can be caused by the presence of internal problems or pathogens, like viral infections and all types of toxins or because of a deficiency of the B-vitamin. These events can complicate life for the individual afflicted with sciatica.
Supplements and herbs
Healing and recovery from the effects or symptoms of sciatica can be achieved through the use of supplements given here and this supplementary support is directed mainly at the nerves. Supplemental sublingual tablets of the essential B vitamins are recommended and should be taken regularly. Because the spasmic contractions often contribute to the intensity of the pain, try alleviating their effects through supplementation with calcium and magnesium. The oil of the evening primrose herb is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and can help in the cases of milder forms of sciatica and during recurrences of chronic cases. This oil is abundant in the essential fatty acids and helps in the nourishment and restoration of nerves.
The herbal remedies given below can help with the alleviation of the tension and the intense pain and associated with an attack of sciatica attack in no time.
To relax and soothe the irritated nerves, the affected region of the leg and back can be rubbed using the oil of the St. John's wort herb diluted in some olive oil, this treatment can be carried out before bedtime. Acute sciatica can also be alleviated through the use of a hot bath made from the stinging-nettle herb; this is a traditionally proven remedy to deal with the pain. To prepare the herbal bath use some cold water to soak four cups of the leaves of the stinging nettle and let the leaves lie in there for up to twelve hours. After the twelve-hour soaking, warm the liquid and strain the mixture adding the clear herbal liquid to your bath water, prepare the herbal as often as you wish. During bathing with the herbal bath water, the chest of the patient should be above the water inside the tub. Let the patient stay this way for up to twenty minutes and when he or she comes out, the person must not use a towel to dry away the liquid, let him or her don a cotton-terry robe and allow themselves to sweat while lying in bed for an hour to complete the treatment. The smooth muscle tissue of the body is calmed and healed through the beneficial abilities of the chamomile herb. This herb may be consumed or used in a topical remedy, a herbal tea can be made or ten to twenty drops of herbal extract added to a cup of liquid can be taken on a daily basis during the treatment regimen, the herbal tincture can be used as an external soothing application. The horsetail herb helps in the building up of the connective tissue within the body and aids in its restoration. The dosage regimen for the consumption of this herb is similar to that for chamomile. Emotional stress and anxiety can cause a lot of tension to develop in the individual, in order to relieve this use the following herbs as indicated. Herbal teas of the borage, the lemon balm or the valerian and the St. Johns wort thrice every day of the treatment regimen times, these soothe the nerves and reduce the levels of emotional stress and tension in the individual. To soothe the irritated nerves, use a juice maker if you have one to mix together a tbsp. of fresh herbs such as the yarrow, the borage or celery and the horsetail, these herbal juices can be consumed daily, they are also effective supporters and boosters of the adrenal glands and its performance. The blood circulation in the individual can be relieved and the pain can be alleviated through the external use of hot moistened packs onto the affected areas of the body. External applications can also be made form herbs such as the hayflower, or white or black mustard seeds, from the chamomile and from the horsetail. Because of its ability to add to the irritation of the skin, do not use a mustard seed pack on a single area of the body for more than ten minutes at a time. Try a flax seed pack instead if you are particularly vulnerable to irritation from the mustard seed pack. Prepare any herbal seed pack in this way, crushed seeds must be placed into a small cotton sack, this sack must be soaked in hot water for ten minutes before the start of the application. In cases of a bad attack of sciatica, the inflammation is reduced through the consumption of garlic milk. To prepare this garlic flavored milk use a quarter of a cup of milk and add to this two crushed raw garlic cloves, mix it or stir it well. While the raw garlic is the most potent application, if you feel the smell of the garlic is extreme heating the mixture to boiling and letting it cool off before drinking can reduce it. Half a cup of the garlic milk taken once a day is effective.
The given homeopathic remedies can be used at a 30th potency dose every hour or as and when necessary, select and use the most convenient remedy for acute cases of sciatica. Dosages can be increase from one to three doses in the case of chronic conditions every day and will be effective in alleviating the symptoms of the disorder.
Additional things you may do
A measure of relief can be obtained from the painful sensations through the application of hot and moist clay poultices to help with the stiffness induced by the sciatica. Sore muscles and nerves will be relaxed and aided through gentle massage of affected areas. The pain can also be dealt with through gentle stretching and muscle strengthening exercises especially after the sudden pain of an initial attack abates.
Other beneficial herbs