The largest nerve I our body is the sciatic nerve, which begins at the lower spine, passing through the buttocks and finishing at the lower limb of the foot.
It is very important because it controls the feeling, the strength and the movement of legs.
A lot of people suffer from lower-back pain or leg cramp, but all of this is actually a sciatica pain which reflects with pain, weakness, tingling and numbness of the lower limbs.
In some cases, it can be manifested by mild ache or numbness but more often it causes sharp, unbearable burning sensation of the side of the body.
This type of pain makes people to lie in bed and force them to try relieving the pain by taking some drugs like ibuprofen or other.
We can say that this type of condition is very common as some research show that approximately 40% of the people experience this type of pain. We will try to help you get rid of this pain and treat the inflammation by trying these 8 natural remedies.
1. Chiropractic Adjustments
Some experts confirm that chiropractic adjustments can help with the sciatica pain, as it manipulates the spine, helps with the inflammation, improves mobility and enhances function of the body.
2. Alternate Temperatures
Everyone has used ice to help relief the pain, but we all know that this solution is temporary. This doesn’t help with the inflammation and the sciatic pain. So that is why we suggest to put hot pack, or to take a long hot bath immediately after using ice packs.
This procedure of changing of temperatures improves circulation and lymph flow, and helps to heal the inflammation. For better results you can use also essential oils, Epsom salts or herbs in your bath.
You can also try massaging the pain areas, or deeper massaging can also be very effective in relieving pain, numbness of the toes and legs, and muscle spasm. Massaging can help more if you put some herbs or essential oils.
Our muscles should rest a lot so a good night sleep is very important and helps to strengthen the body and rebuild the nerves.
5. Mild (Yoga) Stretches
While we experience sciatica pain we have the feeling that every part of our body hurts. That is why every little movement can be very painful, but we need to stretch our body in order to help with the healing of the pain. This is the reason we recommend mild yoga stretches or gentle back stretches. This way, you help your body to regain strength in the muscles, to improve mobility and boost the blood flow.
Acupuncture, as we are all familiar with, is an alternative medicine, which uses hair fine needles which are inserted in certain body points. This improves the nerve function and fills your body with energy.
People who have tried this type of treatment say that you can feel improvement even after the first therapy, and miracles can be done after a few sessions. A lot of people decide to use acupuncture as help for stress, giving up smoking, migraines and to stimulate lymph flow.
7. Ice packs
As we have already mentioned in the alternate temperatures, ice can instantly relieve sciatica. Take a towel and wrap inside a bag of some kind of frozen vegetables, and put it on the painful area. Hold this for about 20 minutes and repeat it every 3 hours and you will easily get rid of your pain.
8. Herbs and oils
As you all know different type of herbs can help with a lot of health conditions. In this case natural herbs can reduce inflammation and help with the pain. You can use herbs in many ways, such as capsules, oils, salves and liniments.
You can try herbs in various manners like elixirs, tinctures, teas from fresh or dried herbs, or essential oils.
Even though herbs are natural remedies we recommend you to consult a doctor about using herbs and to see if they interfere with some medications you take.
Here are the most commonly used herbs to help reduce pain, inflammation and support nerve helth.
- Turmeric or curcumin (mix it with black pepper in order to increase its bioavailability)
- Roman chamomile
- Devil’s claw
- Clary Sage
- Linden flower
- Milky oat tops
- White willow bark
- Mullein root
- St. John’s Wort
- Jamaican dogwood
Modern science is not very pro when it comes to alternative sciatica pain remedies, but many people’s testimonials confirm the opposite, that they can actually help with pain relief, reduce numbness, control cramps.
But if your condition doesn’t improve after a couple of weeks, you should definitely consult a doctor to see if you may have other conditions that pinches the nerves or leads to pressure, such as dislocated vertebrae, where other therapies need to be taken.