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Have you ever wake up and experienced the feeling of terrible pain starting from your upper thighs all the way to your feet? Or, the annoying pain in the lower back which will not go away not matter what you try?
This could indicate that you are suffering from sciatic nerve pain, known as sciatica, which causes painful throbbing in the limbs and lower back.
A slipped or herniated disc is considered as the main cause of sciatica.
However, there are other factors which can cause this condition including, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, isthmic spondylolisthesis, piriformis syndrome, spinal injury or infection.
Today, there are many methods used for treating sciatica, but most of them provide short-term relief.
But, fortunately, there are some natural therapies and home remedies which can help you to reduce the pressure and inflammation on the irritated sciatic nerve. Usually, the problem is eliminated in 6 weeks.
Here are 10 home remedies for sciatica nerve pain
Besides its ability to relieve sciatica pain, massage therapy can help your body to heal itself, especially if a muscle spasm is the cause of the problem. We recommend you to use St. John’s wort oil to massage the painful areas 2-3 times a day until you see some improvements.
Or, you can also prepare a mixture of 3 tablespoons nutmeg powder and 1 cup sesame oil. Heat this mixture then let it cool for some time. Apply this mixture a couple of times throughout the day, for a few weeks.
Think about having a trigger-point massage at least once a day because the pain in the lower back, thighs, and buttocks in most cases is related to the points in the gluteus minimus and medius muscles.
2. Hot or cold compresses
Hot or cold compresses can alleviate the sciatica pain and inflammation.
Cold compress relieves the pain and reduces the swelling around the nerve while hot compress can relax those tense muscles which are responsible for pressing the sciatic nerve.
However, you can combine the hot and cold compress. You should start with the hot treatment, and end with the cold one. Make sure to use steamed towel for the hot treatment in order to make it more effective.
Place a cold or hot pack on the painful area and let it stand for 15-20 minutes. You need to repeat this procedure every couple of hours until you notice that your pain is relieved.
Note: It is recommended that people who suffer from circulatory issues not to use cold compresses.
Turmeric can be used in sciatica treatment due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin which is the active compound in turmeric can significantly reduce the nerve pain and inflammation.
You should boil 1 cup of milk together with 1 teaspoon turmeric, and a small cinnamon stick (optional). To make its taste better, you can add some honey. Consume this amazing drink 1-2 times a day until you see some improvements.
However, you can also take turmeric supplements, 250-300 milligrams 3 times a day, for a couple of weeks. But, before you decide to take them, make sure to consult your doctor.
Note: Turmeric is not recommended for people who take diabetes medication and blood thinners, and for those who suffer from gallstones.
4. Capsaicin cream
Capsaicin is the active compound in cayenne pepper. It is considered as a great natural pain reliever.
You need to apply a cream or ointment with 0.025%-0.075% capsaicin on the painful area for 1 week, more than 4 times a day.
Note: It is very important not to apply capsaicin cream or ointment on a broken skin as it can cause a burning sensation.
The regular exercise is essential for treating sciatica. You should start an exercise routine in order to strengthen the abdominal and back muscles, a day or 2 after the flare-up of sciatica. In this way, you will be able to fasten the process of recovery.
Knee to Chest Stretch is considered as extremely effective. It can reduce the sciatic nerve irritation and improve the flexibility of your lower back.
You need to lie on your back on the ground with your legs apart at hip-width. You need to bend your knees upwards and relax the upper part of your body while breathing in. Pull your thigh in a direction to your chest, with the hands clasped behind it, as far as you can. Keep your leg flat on the floor.
Hold this position for 20 seconds, and make sure to breathe deeply while holding. Then, lower your leg carefully. You need to repeat the same procedure with the other leg. Repeat this 3-5 times then perform the exercise with both legs for 3-5 minutes.
Yoga poses including pigeon pose and cat-cow pose can help you to reduce sciatica pain and lower back pain.
Note: You should consult your doctor in order to get the proper program for your exercising.
6. White willow bark
White willow bark contains olic glycosides with salicin, responsible for its potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is recommended to take 240mg of salicin or 120mg of white willow supplement a day, for a few weeks. However, before taking the supplements, make sure to consult your doctor.
7. Valerian root
The valerian root is considered as extremely effective at reducing sciatica pain caused by a muscle spasm and relieving chronic nerve pain.
You should take 150milligrams of valerian root supplements, 3 times a day, for a couple of weeks. But, before taking these supplements, you need to consult your doctor.
However, you have another option – valerian tea. In order to prepare this tea, you need to add 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root in a cup of hot water and boil it. Consume this tea few times a week until you see some improvements.
Acupuncture can relieve sciatica pain, relax your muscles, and help you body to heal on its own. When stimulating specific acupuncture points, you can also stimulate the central nervous system, thus causing chemicals release, which changes the perception of pain or produces a sense of well-being.
According to a study from 2009, published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can effectively reduce sciatica pain with warmed acupuncture with heated needles. There were 30 individuals included in the study, out of which 17 experienced sciatica relief after finishing the treatment.
9. Spinal manipulation
Did you know that chiropractic care is considered as one of the best methods for treating neck and back pains? The chiropractic spinal manipulation includes a variety of techniques involving rapid and short thrusts which can soothe the nerve irritation that causes the inflammation and other sciatica symptoms.
10. Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds have strong anti-inflammatory properties and are significantly effective in relieving gout pains and rheumatoid arthritis.
You should take a handful of fenugreek seeds and grind them. Then, you need to add some milk in it. Next, boil the mixture in order to get a mushy paste. Apply the paste on the painful area as a poultice, and let it stand for a couple of hours. Then, you can wash it off. Repeat the procedure every day until you see some improvements.
- Avoid smoking cigarettes because it promotes disc degeneration
- It is very important to exercise regularly, but make sure not to do some intense workout
- Good posture is beneficial for relieving pressure on the lower back
- Avoid making sudden movements
- Perform some techniques for proper lifting where you will keep your back straight and your knees bent
- Take vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium supplements (make sure to consult your doctor first)
- Use a mattress which is neither too soft nor too firm.
You can also use the extract from the parijat leaves. It is recommended to take 1,500-2,000 mg two times a day of devil’s claw.
Note: Do not use it if you have a peptic ulcer!
However, before taking these natural remedies make sure to consult your doctor for a proper dosage and suitability!