Do you experience pain from your lower back down to the rear thigh and all the way to the heels? If so, you have sciatic nerve pain.
Other symptoms of this condition include numbness, sharp pain that can prevent sitting down or standing up, affected leg becomes weak and burning sensation down the leg.
Sciatica can be caused by pregnancy, slipped disc, spinal problems and infections. Well, you can treat sciatica naturally without using synthetic meds.
Here are 10 natural remedies you should try before taking painkillers.
1. Use turmeric
Turmeric can treat sciatica naturally since it contains antioxidants that fight inflammation. And research shows that curcumin can reduce nerve pain.
2. Apply capsaicin cream
Capsaicin is an ingredient found in cayenne pepper. Studies have proven that it’s a potent pain reliever. Buy ointment or cream that contains capsaicin and apply 3 times a day, for a week.
3. Use hot compress
This will help reduce compression in the sciatic nerve by relaxing the muscles around it. Simply place a hot pack on the source of pain for 15 minutes. Do this several times a day.
You can also ice the source of pain to reduce swelling.
4. Drink valerian tea
Valerian root can help relieve pain because it relaxes muscles and treats chronic pain. Simply add a teaspoon of valerian powder to one cup of hot water and drink. Alternatively you can take valerian supplement.
5. Use fenugreek seeds
These seeds can treat sciatica due to strong anti-inflammatory properties. Grind the seeds and boil them with milk. Once you get a paste apply it on source of pain the leave it there for hours before washing it off.
6. Take white willow bark supplements
These supplements can relieve sciatica pain for good. They have strong anti-inflammatory and painkiller properties.
7. Spinal manipulation
In this study, 60 percent of participants got the same benefit from spinal manipulation techniques as surgery would have provided.
Acupuncture can help reduce tension in muscles and relax the sciatic nerve. In this study, acupuncture helped participants treat sciatica.
9. Do core exercises
Core strengthening exercises will improve spinal stability and reduce irritation of sciatic nerve.
10. Go for a massage
Getting trigger-point massage therapy every day will reduce inflammation and pain.