9 Easy Home Remedies for Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and can cause a whole lot of pain and problems. Sciatic pain is most often caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back and as the nerve flows from the lower back, down through the buttocks, down the leg to just below the knee, it can show up as aching or shooting pain in any or all of those places. If you sit for long periods it can get worse and you may also get pins and needles in your toes or feet.
About 40% of the population will suffer from some sort of sciatic nerve pain at some stage in their lives. Rather than reaching for the over the counter medicines like ibuprofen there are some natural treatments that you can try to help relieve that pain.
Here are some of the natural remedies you can use to alleviate the pain:
- Acupuncture: Using fine needles a qualified acupuncturist boosts the flow of energy through the body. This is an ancient Chinese method that many people find helpful. You may need to have more than one appointment, but you should feel relief after the first.
- Epsom Salts: If you can get into the bath a warm soak with 1 cup of Epsom Salts can do wonders. Epsom Salts works to calm and relax the nervous system, and helps to detoxify the body. The heat of the bath also helps as it works to boost circulation and relieve muscle spasms.
- Turmeric Tea: With anti-inflammatory properties 1 tsp of turmeric in a cup of warm milk can be medicinal. Curcumin in the Turmeric helps reduce the inflammation and targets the nerve pain.
- Yoga: Its important to remain active and if you are able to yoga, this practice may help. Yogic exercises helps to stimulate the blood flow, and strengthen your back muscles so your structure is better supported. As you become more supple your mobility will also improve. Find a good yoga instructor who will be able to guide you through what exercises will help. If you already know yoga, exercises like a simple spinal twist (ardha matsyendrasana) will help relieve the pain.
- Ice Pack: When you have pain, apply the pack onto the area for 20 minutes every 2 hours. Ice packs work to reduce inflammation and slows down the circulation. However some people find ice packs uncomfortable and not helpful so instead try a heat pack. This increases the blood flow bringing oxygen to the area. Its just a matter of trial and error and figuring out what works for you.
- St Johns Wort: Available as a homeopathic remedy and as a cream or infused oil, this is a powerful pain relieving herbal remedy. You can apply it up to 3 times a day to the area of discomfort.
- Massage: Sometimes stretching is just too painful. To help the muscle spasms around the area, massage can offer immediate relief. This will also help to improve that numb feeling you may have in your toes or legs.
- Sleep: The healing effect of extra sleep can never be underrated. While you sleep muscles have a good chance to relax and restore themselves. Nerves have a chance to repair also.
- Water: For the body to do what it needs to heal water is a must. Drink plenty of fresh, unfiltered water to flush out toxins, and to help the body to repair nerves and muscles. Your goal is to hydrate properly, reduce inflammation and nourish the nerves. Water plays a big part in this.