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4 Herbs for Sciatica Pain Treatment

Elizabeth Renter
February 7th, 2013
Updated 05/21/2014 at 1:11 am
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Generally, those who suffer from sciatica can find some measure of relief in stretching, frequently changing positions, and exercise. Many, however, turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for sciatica pain treatment. Unfortunately, when they opt for these pills, they are assuming numerous risks in an an effort to rid themselves of their sciatica.

Fortunately, there are alternatives. They aren’t as widely known as the big-name over-the-counter drugs because their makers don’t have the same marketing budget and they aren’t given the same amount of attention from the medical field. Still, many of these herbal choices have proven effective again and again in the treatment of sciatica pain.

1. Turmeric for Sciatica Pain Treatment

Turmeric has received a lot of play lately for its anti-inflammatory benefits. But its record in natural health is long -standing. Thanks to harnessing anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can help relieve sciatica pain and swelling by lowering levels of certain inflammation-fueling enzymes. Ingest it as a tea, use it in your cooking, or even apply it topically in a paste for the best benefits.

This is just one of many health benefits of turmeric.

2. Jamaican Dogwood

Derived from bark of the dogwood tree, Jamaican dogweed is a powerful substance used to relieve nerve pain. It can be taken as a supplement in capsule form or applied as a tincture. Jamaican dogwood should not be used by pregnant or lactating women, however.

3. St. John’s Wort Oil

A yellow-flowered plant used medicinally since the time of ancient Greece, St. John’s Wort has been used throughout history to treat nerve pain. Having anti-inflammatory, astringent, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, the herb is one of many known for helping to regenerate nerve tissue and relieve pain associated with sciatica.

4. Garlic

Like turmeric, garlic also has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great sciatica pain treatment. Increase your use garlic in all your dishes, but also consider taking the cloves directly as a supplement. Four raw cloves each morning can go a long way to fight pain (and also to boost your immune system). The benefits of garlic truly are amazing.

Sciatica pain can be effectively managed naturally. By combining herbal remedies with regular physical activity and stretching, you can potentially relieve much of your pain and discomfort. Yoga, swimming, and even walking are some additional sciatica pain treatment tips.

You could also try arnica, a time-tested homeopathic remedy for all sorts of aches and injuries. It can be found online through several homeopathic vendors and is offered both in the traditional homeopathic oral solution or in creams and rubs.

A Little About Sciaitica

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down through each leg. Sciatica is the term used to describe pain originating in this nerve, either due to compression, inflammation, or general irritation. For many people, sciatica pain is unbearable. It can also include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the affected leg(s).

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  • Khun Siwalai

    We treat Sciatica successfully with Turmeric and a combination of various other fresh Thai Herbs.
    Turmeric internally is known to be an excellent anti inflammatory.

    If you don't attain the desired results come see us, a few treatments could bring you relief, reversal, cure, healing.

    natural – noninvasive – drug free – Thai Herb based

  • Al Thompson, R.E.A., C.E.I.

    Turmeric (curcmin) is #1 on this list for its pain killing properties for a reason. Based on decades of clinical studies (world-wide), "Turmeric (curcumin) may have the most health benefits of any (single) natural herb on the planet". Turmeric has been used for centuries for a wide variety of ailments and diseases including sciatica pain, burns and cuts, arthritis, fybromyalgia, cancer, type-2 diabetes, blood sugar, aches & pains, and many more ailments. However, turmeric and its active compound curcumin has poor bioavailability (absorption into the body), so you need another compound to act as a catalyst to activate turmeric's multiple medicinal properties. Piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper works excellent with turmeric and increases the bioavailability by up to 1,000% making turmeric the most important natural herb for many reasons. Turmeric-Plus is turmeric (curcumin) fortified with piperine (850 mg veggicaps) and is available exclusively at Fox Drugs of Torrance (CA). Turmeric-Plus may be available nation-wide by the 4th quarter of 2013. For more information on Turmeric-Plus you can contact Y3Kusa, the developer and manufacturer of Turmeric-Plus at (310) 497-1798.

  • Natasha

    Sleeping on the floor. It hurts for a few days and then you feel like a new person.I swear! I had really bad pain on my left side,from my hip all the way to my little toe and my knee was the worst.It drove me crazy, the pain was so intense.I started sleeping on the floor directly,on my left side and after a few weeks it was gone.It still acts up sometimes when I go back to sleeping on my bed. At least try to sleep a few hours on the floor each night. It's true that you might get sore for a week sleeping on the hard floor but it beats the sciatic pain which is 100 times worse. When your body will get used to the floor,no matress will ever feel as good as sleeping on the floor does!

  • Meme meme

    I started eating crystallized ginger, 3-4 pieces a day. I had sciatica for 6 months after giving birth! I would have to get out of bed 3-4 times a night to walk around for 20mins I was in so much pain(right leg). I did physio and chiro! Nothing helped! I did by a obesforme for sitting which does help a lot! But after a week of taking the ginger I could sleep through the night! The problem is still there because I still have stiffness and numbness! But I can live with that! The pain is gone and I am more then grateful for that! I am still doing my exercises to strengthen my back and not sitting for long periods of time. Because I still have to heal my back! Get the ginger trust me it works!

  • Brenda

    Try St.John's Wort oil, topically. Works VERY well!

  • Alison McCann

    Thank you, I will try turmeric and garlic together and see how I get on. The only thing that helps me is exercise.

  • Sudheer Uppadhayay

    Any drink fortified with L-Arginine is very beneficial in the treatment of a sciatica pain.
    Well tried and proved.