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Sciatica Treatment

The sciatic nerve happens to be the largest nerve in our body. It starts from the lower part of the spinal cord and runs down through the hips and the back of the thigh into the lower leg and foot.  The word ‘Sciatica ‘describes a condition of pain and sometimes numbness in the area through which the sciatic nerve passes. Homeopathic medicines can be of   great help to patients who suffer from sciatica. Homeopathic treatment of sciatica usually produces no side effect and the relief is mostly very effective.

Sciatica or the pain in the course of the sciatic nerve occurs when there is a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve by a problem in the lower back or in the course of sciatic nerve. The most common back problems that cause this kind of pain is the disc prolapse or the disc bulge other conditions being spodylolithesis (slipping of vertebrae one over the other) and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).

Our spine comprises of mainly three structures; bones (vertebrae), the intervertebral disks and the spinal cord. Spinal Bones called as vertebrae are stacked one on top of each other to form the spine or the backbone. Through these spinal bones passes the spinal cord. Intervertabral Discs are a kind of cushions (which act like small shock absorbers and also help in provide flexibility to the backbone) that are positioned between two vertebrae. It is when these discs get pushed (due to aging and wear -tear and arthritis), that the nerve roots of sciatic nerve get compressed or irritated. This leads to an inflammation on the nerve roots causing pain in the course of sciatic nerve.

Sciatica pain usually radiates from the lower part of the back through the buttocks and into the back of the leg and calf muscle. Sciatica pain can range from a very mild ache or spasm in the back of the leg to a very severe incapacitating pain. It can at times be felt like sudden electric shocks or jolts. Usually, only one leg is affected by sciatica. Sciatica pain may also be accompanied by feeling of numbness and weakness in the leg and foot. Patients suffering from sciatica may also complain of tingling or pins and needle sensation in toes and foot. In an advanced case of disc bulge and nerve compression patients may lose their control over bladder and bowel movement. This is a rare but a serious condition and requires an immediate emergency care.

Homeopathic treatment for sciatica is of great help in reliving the pain and treating the disc bulge effectively. Homeopathic medicines are able to help by improving the degenerative changes  in the disc and the vertebrae. Homeo medicines also effectively treat the inflammation on the nerve roots caused by compression thereby reducing the sciatica pain. Homeopathic medicines Rhus tox , Arnica Calcarea Flour are very useful in treating the Arthritic changes  lumbar spine. For reducing neuritis (inflammation of nerve) homeopathic medicines Colocynth ,Magnesium Phos and Hypericum have wonderful properties. Gnaphlium is very effective in treating sciatica that is accompanied by numbness in the leg.

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10 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Sciatica

Homeopathic Remedies For Sciatica

Homeopathic Medicines for Sciatica

Homeopathic Medicines for Sciatica

Homeopathy is a very advanced science fully equipped to treat neuralgic pains, including sciatica. Homeopathic medicines can treat acute as well chronic sciatica. Homeopathic medicines, which are natural and safe, work on the root cause of sciatica for complete, effective healing and cure. In fact, a Homeopathic consultation, if taken in time, could prevent surgical intervention in cases of sciatica. Some well recognized Homeopathic medicines for sciatica are Colocynthis, Magnesia Phosphorica, Gnaphalium Polycephalum, Arnica, Rhus Tox and Cotyledon.

Homeopathic Medicines for Sciatica

Colocynthis – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for sciatica of left side

Homeopathic medicine Colocynthis is known to greatly benefit left-sided sciatica. It is indicated where a person complains of pain along the course of the left sciatic nerve. The pain starts in the lower back and radiates down the leg to toes. In some cases, the pain is located in the left hip or pain in hip radiates to the knee. The pain may be drawing, tearing, shooting in nature. In some cases, it may be lightening, shock-like or cramping. Pressure application may provide relief. Lying on the left side also offers relief in some cases. Few persons requiring Colocynthis may also get relief from warm applications.

Magnesia Phosphorica – Wonderful Homeopathic medicine for sciatica of right side

Homeopathic medicine Magnesia Phosphorica is a reliable prescription for right-sided sciatica. The sciatica pain is cutting, shooting, stabbing or stitching in nature. Pain starts in the lower back and extends down the right hip, thigh, hollow of knee and leg. Pressure or warm applications may offer relief. In some cases, uncovering the lower limb worsen the pain.

Gnaphalium Polycephalum – Top grade Homeopathic medicine for sciatica with pain and numbness

Gnaphalium Polycephalum is the most useful Homeopathic medicine for pain in the sciatic nerve when attended with numbness. It is also indicated where sciatica pain alternates with numbness. Folding thighs onto the abdomen provides some relief. Gnaphalium Polycephalum is also prescribed in sciatica cases where the pain is confined to the calves and feet.

Arnica Montana, Hypericum Perforatum and Ruta Graveolens – Best Homeopathic medicines for sciatica from back injury

Arnica Montana, Hypericum Perforatum and Ruta Graveolens are the most useful Homeopathic medicines for sciatica arising from injury to the back. The injury may be caused by falls or blows. Arnica Montana is advised in case of sciatica with excessive soreness of lower limbs. The slightest touch is unbearable on the affected side. Hypericum Perforatum is considered when the sciatic pain is attended with tingling, burning or numbness in the affected leg. The spine is also very sensitive to the touch. Walking or stooping is impossible from intense pain in the back and lower limb. Ruta Graveolens is the Homeopathic remedy where sciatica pain gets worse on lying down at night. Weakness of lower limbs attends.

Cotyledon Umbilicus – Effective Homeopathic medicine for sciatica with pain and sensitivity in lower limbs

Cotyledon Umbilicus is a well indicated Homeopathic medicine for intense sciatica pain where it is accompanied by high sensitivity in lower limbs. Heaviness in the lower limbs may also be felt. Also, in case of stinging pain in the left hip, Cotyledon Umbilicus shows remarkable healing.

Bryonia Alba – Significant Homeopathic Remedy for sciatica that worsens with walking

Bryonia Alba is the most effective Homeopathic medicine for sciatica that gets worse from walking. The slightest motion may worsen sciatica in such cases. Lying down absolutely still provides some relief. Bryonia Alba is also the medicine to prescribe where the person feels relief by lying down on lower limb of the affected side. The hip and leg of the affected side may feel heavy.

Kali Iod – Remarkable Homeopathic medicine for sciatica that gets worse with sitting or standing

Kali Iod is an excellent Homeopathic remedy for sciatica that offers great help where sitting or standing worsen pain. Kali Iod is also the preferred Homeopathic medication for sciatica pain that gets worse at night. The person may wake from sleep in the middle of the night due to the pain. Walking provides some relief. Another unique feature in such cases is formication on the legs. The formication is mostly felt while sitting.

Rhus Tox – Top rated Homeopathic medicine for sciatica that becomes more painful with rest

For sciatica pain that gets worse from rest or while sitting, Rhus Tox is the ideal Homeopathic prescription. Lying on the painful side could worsen the pain in such cases. Walking or movement of the affected limb offers relief. Along with severe pain, a burning sensation may be felt in the lower limbs. Rhus Tox also works wonderfully well in treating sciatica that arises from lifting a heavy weight.

Valeriana Officinalis – Best Homeopathic prescription for sciatica where standing increases pain

Valeriana Officinalis is a most suitable Homeopathic medicine for sciatica that gets worse from standing. Persons who need this prescription may also complain of sciatic pain getting worse from stretching the leg. Walking may make things better. Valeriana Officinalis is also the most popular medicine to prescribe where severe pain is felt from calf (back of leg) to heel.

Homeopathic Medicines for Sciatica- FAQ’s

I have left-sided sciatica, which Homeopathic Remedy should I take?

I would suggest Homeopathic medicine Colocynthis for your left-sided sciatica. I have seen excellent results with this prescription in sciatica complaints of this type.  A person who needs Colocynthis will have pain in the lower back radiating down the left leg. The pain may be drawing, tearing or shooting in nature.

Which Homeopathic medicine would you advise for right-sided sciatica?

There is a huge list of Homeopathic medicines to choose from for treating sciatica of right side. Among them, Magnesia Phosphorica is rated among the best. It is indicated for shooting, cramping, lancinating pain in the entire right leg starting from the lower back. Pressure or warm applications in the leg provide relief.

My sciatica pains make the leg feel numb. Is there a Homeopathic remedy for this?

The Homeopathic medicine that I have found to be most effective for sciatica when the pain is attended with numbness is Gnaphalium Polycephalum. It is also the medicine to prescribe when the pain in lower limbs alternates with numbness.

I recently suffered a lower back injury and now have sciatica pains. Can Homeopathic medicines help?

For your sciatica that has arisen after surgery, you could take Homeopathic medicines Arnica Montana, Hypericum Perforatum and Ruta Graveolens. These medicines work wonderfully well to treat sciatica complaints arising after injury.

How does Homeopathy treat sciatica where pain is accompanied by marked sensitivity in lower limbs?

To treat sciatica when pain in lower limbs is attended with sensitivity, Homeopathic medicine Cotyledon Umbilicus is used. It has shown the most extraordinary results in sensitivity cases.

I have sciatica and I’m in so much pain I can’t walk. What Homeopathic remedy do you suggest?

Sciatica pain that worsens from walking can be best dealt with Homeopathic medicine Bryonia Alba. This medicine offers help when sciatica gets worse from the slightest motion or walking. Rest and lying in one position provides relief in such cases.

I cannot sit for long due to sciatica, can you help?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines can remedy the situation for you and surely treat your sitting issues due to sciatica. Kali Iod and Rhus Tox are two super effective prescriptions where sciatica pains worsen from sitting. The person typically feels better while walking in such cases that need this prescription.

My sciatica worsens from standing. Which Homeopathic medicines do you recommend?

For sciatica that gets worse with standing, Homeopathic medicines Valeriana Officinalis and Kali Lod prove most useful. Such persons also typically feel better while walking even though standing in painful.

My MRI shows a disc bulge, is there a Homeopathic cure for my sciatica?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines can surely help sciatica arising from a disc bulge. However, the Homeopathic medicines in this case are selected carefully based on individual symptoms and case analysis. The side affected and the modalities that worsen or lessen the pain are studied in detail before a prescription is decided.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain that begins in the lower back and travels down the lower limbs traversing the root of sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It marks its beginning in the lower back and runs down the hips, back of legs and down to the feet. There is one sciatic nerve on either side of the body and any one of them may be involved when pain is experienced. An irritation or compression of sciatic nerve leads to sciatica.

What causes sciatica?

The causes of sciatica could be many, but the main among these are pinching, compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This pinching or compression may result from a disc bulge or a herniated disc in the lower spine. Other causes of sciatic nerve compression are degeneration of the spinal disc, stenosis (narrowing) of the spinal canal, bone spurs, spondylolisthesis (dislocated vertebra), piriformis syndrome and compression of sciatic nerve from a tumor in the spine.

I have sciatica and my MRI shows a disc bulge in the lower spine. Are the two related?

A disc (intervertebral disc) is basically the shock absorbing cushion between the spinal vertebrae. Discs are placed between vertebrae – one intervertebral disc between two vertebrae. When a disc develops a bulge due to some reason, it moves out from its normal position and starts compressing or putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. This compression leads to sciatica.

How can I tell I have sciatica?

Pain in the lower back that radiates down either leg clinically signifies that you have sciatica. The pain may be dull, tearing, shooting, lancinating (piercing or stabbing) or electric shock-like in nature. Few other symptoms that persist are numbness, tingling, burning sensation or weakness in the lower limb on the affected side. Standing or sitting for long worsens the pain. Lying down or walking relieves the symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe investigations such as X-rays, MRI, CT scan, EMG i.e. electromyography.

Can sciatica be both sided (bilateral)?

In a majority of the cases, sciatica is one sided i.e. with unilateral involvement of the sciatic nerve. However, the sciatic nerve on both sides (bilateral) may become involved. Causes of bilateral sciatica are large, central disc herniation, compressing of nerve roots, multiple disc herniation at different levels and spinal stenosis.

My pain is confined to the lower back and hips, is it sciatica?

You could. Though in a majority of the cases, sciatica pain starts from the lower back and radiates down the legs and feet, there are cases where sciatica pain starts in the lower back, but radiates down to the hips and not beyond.

My calf muscles and feet hurt. Could that be sciatica as well?

Yes, this is a possible scenario with sciatic nerve compression. Sciatica pain, which usually starts in the lower back and runs down the leg and feet, could in some cases be confined to the leg and feet alone. Any medication should follow proper investigation.

Is sciatica related to age?

No, sciatica has nothing to do with age. A person in any age group could suffer sciatica. However, sciatica from degeneration of spinal disc or spinal stenosis is mostly noted in elderly people.

Can lower back injury lead to sciatica?

Yes, lower back injury can cause compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica.

What investigations are conducted to establish or rule out sciatica?

Any major investigations related to sciatica include X-rays, MRI, CT scan, EMG i.e. electromyography.

I had sciatica, which is now healed. How can I make sure it does not come back?

You can prevent sciatica from recurring by learning techniques that reduce stress and strain in the lower back. Doing regular exercise also helps.

Can I take physiotherapy sessions along with Homeopathic medicines to manage my sciatica pain?

Of course, you could definitely do exercises or take physiotherapy sessions alongside Homeopathic medicines to manage sciatica. In fact, physiotherapy has serious long term benefits in sciatica. However, in severely acute sciatica pain, exercise should be avoided. It can be resumed once the acute episodes of sciatica have settled down.

My doctor advised surgery. Will it help to try Homeopathic medicines in such a scenario?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines are extremely effective and have to power to treat even severe cases of sciatica and avoid surgical procedures. However, the extent of benefit from these medicines will be based on factors such as duration, intensity and cause of sciatica. Spinal surgery can be avoided in a large number of the cases.

My physician says I have piriformis syndrome. What is that?

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle. Piriformis is a muscle located in the hips and a spasm in this muscle may compress the sciatic nerve. The symptoms arising include pain or numbness of the hip i.e. the gluteal region. Tingling may also be felt in the hip. The pain, after starting from the hip, may radiate down the course of sciatic nerve. Excessive sitting or pressure over the piriformis muscle may worsen the symptoms.

What is the cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome is a serious neurological condition and a surgical emergency. Nerves located at the end of the spinal cord form a bundle called cauda. A severely ruptured disc in the lumbar area, spinal canal stenosis, injury and malignant tumour in the spine are common causes for cauda equina syndrome. The symptoms of cauda equina include severe low back pain, numbness/weakness in legs, bladder or bowel dysfunction, urinary retention, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, anesthesia or paraesthesia in area including perineum, external genital, anus or pin needle feeling in groin or inner thighs, sciatica type pain and gait disturbance. Homeopathic medicines are of no help in such cases and the patient needs to be rushed into Emergency.

 Lifestyle changes can help treat sciatica?

Yes, lifestyle changes can truly help manage sciatica and to an extent help it heal fast when accompanied by Homeopathic medicines. Just learning a few techniques to adopt for the way we sit, stand or bend to lessen the stress on the back can reduce pain and make life that much easier. The first on the not-to-do list is forward or backward bending. The next is lifting heavy weights. Prolonged sitting and standing must also be avoided. Reducing body weight will help, as will avoiding high heels and quitting smoking. To further reduce pain, warm applications in the affected area are advised. Sleeping on a firm mattress is also recommended. Stretching exercises and physiotherapy also hasten the positive effects of Homeopathic medicines and help the condition to heal faster.