Sciatica is one the most excruciating pain you could fell around you lower back down to the hip. The term sciatica used to describe the pain around the back, hip and outer side of your leg which is caused by the compression or irritation on the sciatic nerve. Along the pain, you would also feel numbness and tingling sensation which could make you got to stay in bed and even take some pain killers to relieve the pain. As the largest nerve in the human body, sciatic nerve responsible for providing movement, sensation and strength to the legs.
When you suffer from sciatica, the most common symptoms are cramping and a sharp painful sensation. Other than that, you would also feel numbness and tingling sensation in several areas of the buttock, foot, or leg. Usually sciatica only occur in one side of the leg, not in both side at the same time.
Herniated or slipped disc can also cause sciatica. Some other causes of sciatica include spinal disc injury or infection, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, isthmic spondylolisthesis, piriformis syndrome and pregnancy.
There are some conventional treatment to treat sciatica, but usually, it can only relieve the pain for a while. Not to mention that many steroid injection can lead to serious side effects. A better option is to use certain home remedies and natural therapies that can reduce inflammation and pressure on the irritated sciatic nerve effectively. Using these natural treatment, with proper rest you can eliminate the pain in around 6 weeks.
Natural Home Remedies for Sciatica Pain
Using Hot/Cold Compresses
Hot/cold compresses are an effective way to alleviate the pain and inflammation because of the sciatic nerve. Heat compress can ease the pain and reduce inflammation. It will relax the muscles that may be pressing the sciatic nerve. While the cold treatment relieves the pain and reduce swelling around the nerves. You can also combine heat and cold by starting with hot compress and end it with the cold compress. Use steamed towel for the hot treatment. Put the hot/cold pack over the affected area for around 15 minutes. Repeat the process until you feel the pain alleviated.
Simply apply it over the affected area each time you feel the sciatica pain.
Using Willow Bark
Willow bark contains a lot of phenolic glycoside with allicin that has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. It’s an effective remedy to treat long-lasting pain. Prepare one liter of water and add 50 grams of the bark into it and leave it overnight. Boil the water the next morning for 15 minutes then let it cool. Drink 3 cups of it every day.
Turmeric contains curcumin that can alleviate inflammation and nerve pain. It’s great to treat sciatica pain because it contains anti-inflammatory effect. Mix a cup of milk with a teaspoon of turmeric. You can also add a small cinnamon stick of you like. Boil the milk and add honey to give a sweet taste. Drink it twice a day until the pain disappear. Note: If you take blood thinner or diabetes medication, you should not use turmeric. It is also not recommended for people with gallstones.