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9 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Sciatica

Homeopathy is a very advanced science fully equipped to treat neuralgic pains, including sciatica. Homeopathic medicines can treat acute as homeopathic  medicines for sciaticawell as chronic sciatica.

Some well recognized Homeopathic medicines for sciatica are Colocynthis, Magnesia Phosphorica, Gnaphalium Polycephalum, Arnica, Rhus Tox and Cotyledon.

Homeopathic Medicines for 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.

1. Colocynthis – For Sciatica of Left Side

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.

2. Magnesia Phosphorica – For Sciatica of Right Side

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.

3. Gnaphalium Polycephalum – For Sciatica with Pain and Numbness

Gnaphalium Polycephalum is the most useful 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.

4. Arnica Montana, Hypericum Perforatum and Ruta Graveolens – For Sciatica from Back Injury

Arnica Montana, Hypericum Perforatum and Ruta Graveolens are the most useful 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 remedy where sciatica pain gets worse on lying down at night. A weakness of lower limbs attends.

5. Cotyledon Umbilicus – For Sciatica with Pain and Sensitivity in Lower Limbs

Cotyledon Umbilicus is a well-indicated 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 the case of stinging pain in the left hip, Cotyledon Umbilicus shows remarkable healing.

6. Bryonia Alba – 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.

7. Kali Iod – For Sciatica that gets Worse with Sitting or Standing

Kali Iod is an excellent remedy for sciatica that offers great help where sitting or standing worsen pain. Kali Iod is also the preferred 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.

8. Rhus Tox – For Sciatica that becomes Painful with Rest

For sciatica pain that gets worse from rest or while sitting, Rhus Tox is the ideal 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.

9. Valeriana Officinalis – For Sciatica where standing Increases Pain

Valeriana Officinalis is the most suitable 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 the calf (back of leg) to heel.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Can lower back injury lead to sciatica?

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Can I take physiotherapy sessions along with Homeopathy medicines to manage my sciatica pain?

Of course, you could definitely do exercises or take physiotherapy sessions alongside Homeopathy 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.

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

Yes, Homeopathy 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 cases.

13. 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 the sciatic nerve. Excessive sitting or pressure over the piriformis muscle may worsen the symptoms.

14. 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.

15. Can 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 Homeopathy 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 medicines and help the condition to heal faster.

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  1. Khan Habib says:

    Hi sir My name is Habib Khan I’m from Mumbai,Sir I want to take online treatment from U as I am suffering from scaitica and also taking pills for palpitations that is Supermet 50XL.

  2. Kala ravi raj says:

    Sir namaste 🙏 sir my name ravi. Sir I have lumber problem L3 L4 L5 S1 broad based disc bulge and tinny annular tear. Sir I have cronick pain left side buttok and leg also. Dr says go to surgery. What can I do sir. I don’t want go surgery. Please reply sir. I have mri reports.🙏🙏🙏🙏

  3. Madhava Rao Karanam says:

    Dear Dr. Vikas Ji,

    My age 59. Yrs. I’m having L4/L5 Herniated Disc also low Back pain in left Leg between Ankle & Knee.

    1.  When I’m on rest I do not feel much pain very mild pain on Left Leg between Ankle & Knee.

    2.  When I’m walking & standing I get pain in Left Leg between Ankle & Knee. I can not walk & stand for long.

    My pain started on April 25th 2020. Daily I’m doing Excercises feeling better other than I do not have any problem.

    Please can you suggest Homeopath medicines.


    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  4. Neelima arora says:

    Sir, four months ago I had stiff back which turned into sciatic giving me pain in right hip and calf and near ankle only while walking even to a small distance ie one or two minutes. But I was and am perfectly fine while sitting ,lying and even exercising for sciatica. after a month stiffness in back went away but pain in leg still persists . Kindly guide me and give suggestions as to what I need to do
    Thank you very much

  5. Marie Galbraith says:

    Dr. Sharma I have had Sciatica for fifteen years no after a fall with my Dog down the stairs! It is on my right side and very painful and I also go to a Chiro for ten years and have nerve damage in mu feet and numbness! It is hard for me to take our Dog out and suddenly my feet go numb and can barley make it to go into the House! I have been using Homeopathic Medicine for twenty eight years, what is the best for the Sciatica on my right side? My Chiro has helped me a lot but my Diabetic Dog has to go out at least five times a Day and going down twelve stairs! Thank You Marie Galbraith

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  7. qazi Zafar says:

    Good afternoon, i m from pakistan my wife is suffering from this problumabout 25 years now her age is 55 first she suffer in th age of 22like that a homeo very famous dr hilal mahpuri treat her and she get treated now again 7 years she is slavery suffering she has also vertigo when vertigo is attack her she is unable to do some thing or move,after ur lecture i feel i should contact u ,, her cervical problem is most better after 5 years with neck collar and Indian remedy spondylices,, now lumbago vertigo n sciatic pain is a big problem ,kindly tell me ur fee and how u treat,,remade is all kind is available in pakistan ,,i think vertigo is related to ear problum,, adr advice surgery ur tnx full QAZI KARACHI 92-3013319019

  8. S. Verma says:

    Sir jee pranam , my mother has enough pain in limps she is unable to walk go to bath room etc .Dr says it is sacitica . Please sir sen me the perfect name of medicine .plz plz . Patna Bihar Mob No 7250007742

  9. Vidhya Dessai says:

    Dear Dr.
    Myself Vidhya Dessai suffering from slip disc to L3,L4 & L5 due to this my nerve is getting pinched . This gives me severe pain while sleeping, sitting and getting from the bed.
    Pl help me in giving good solution to cure my pain.

    Vidhya Dessai

  10. Rebecca Liney says:

    Morning Doctor Sharma

    I have awful pain in my right groin, bottom cheek and knee, which has been made worse by walking. The odd twinge in my lower back but nothing major. Could this be sciatica I have had it for a while and originally it was made worse by long car journeys but now it’s come on from walking. Heat and rest help but I have young children so this doesn’t happen much.
    I’d love to hear your advice, I’m an avid homeopathy user.
    Kind regards

  11. afia nadeem says:

    as per symtoms of right side scitica magnesia phosphorica is 100% suitable for me as written above. what potency and d0ze should i take sir

  12. Dear Dr .
    I am suffering sever pain for scitica .
    Can you gide .

  13. Hello sir,
    I am suffering from sciatica since last 18 days in early days I have pain in my left leg starting from upper hips to upper knee. I am on physiotherapy and before test since last 18 days but now when I walk still there is pain 😔 in my upper hips. Pls suggest what should I do.

  14. Hello sir ,
    I am Suffering from hernieted disc in l4 and l5 having severe pain in back hip thigh calf and heel and numbness in heel calf and thigh of left leg . My Dr told me for urgent surgery , can I avoid it with the help of homeopathic medicine which medicine is best for me . Please do in favour .
    Vijay kale

  15. Bimanesh Banerjee says:

    It observed that since few months I feel pain which originate in the lower backside and it increases in sitting for long or standing, but there is no such inconvenience in walking. I have consulted Neurologists, Rheumatologists, As per their opinions due to osteoporosis such things caused at this age of 65yrs.I came to know that Homeopathy has the unique medicine for sciatica. Someone has advice for R71. Pain is in the right leg, now concentrate in the thai portion.
    Your kind opinion is anticipating.


    Sir I was very much obliged to see your valuable video on Sciatica. I am suffering from Spondylolisthesis and resultant Sciatica in right leg since 8 years. I shall faithfully follow the remedies’ regime enunciated by you. May the Lord Almighty give you long active life so that you relieve the pain in the physiques and minds of thousands of people. With respectful regards, Shriram Kulkarni (Belgaum-Belagavi, Karnataka)

  17. Geethanjali says:

    Hello Doctor,
    I was diagnosed with a sciatica which started after my first delivery in 2013 and is bad after 2nd delivery as I took epidural. The pain start from lower back, goes to my left leg with numbness and knee pain. What would be a good homepathy remedy for this problem.
    Thank you

  18. Sanjay Desai says:

    Namaskar Sirji. If two (or more than 2) homeopathy medicines are to be taken, then: can they be taken “together” or should they be taken one-after-another with time gap?

  19. I am in extremely lower back pain and it is going down my right leg which is sciatica I cannot straighten up with the pain i have tried hot baths but it doesn’t help I am in so much pain is there something I could take.

    • Sanjay Desai says:

      Namaskar Sirji. If two (or more than 2) homeopathy medicines are to be taken, then: can they be taken “together” or should they be taken one-after-another with time gap?

  20. I have sciatica and I am taking the homeopathy medicines. My pain is shooting up after taking the medicines an it was informed that in several sciatica cases pain will shot up and then starts to reduce after starting he medication. Is it true ??

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