Sciatica is pain in the lower back or hip that radiates down into the buttock and back of the leg along the sciatic nerve, often to the foot. Sciatic pain is the result of a pinched or inflamed sciatic nerve and can occur following an injury, muscular strain or herniated (“slipped”) vertebral disc that presses on the nerve. Fortunately, sciatica usually goes away on its own within a few weeks.

The pain of sciatica can take a number of forms – it may feel like a cramp in the leg, may worsen when you sit, sneeze or cough, and may show up as numbness, burning, tingling, an electrical shock or as “pins-and-needles” along the leg. Muscle weakness can occur either due to pain or pressure on the nerve. Loss of bowel or bladder control is a rare but serious complication that requires emergency treatment.Only 10 to 25 percent of all cases last more than six weeks and 80 to 90 percent of all people with sciatica recover, in time, without surgery.

Here are the best remedies for sciatica:

Chiropractic Adjustments

As mentioned above, 60% of people with sciatica who didn’t get relief from other therapies and then tried spinal manipulation experienced the same amount of pain relief as patients who eventually had surgery. Chiropractic creates a response in the nervous system that relieves pain and shifts nerves and joints back into their proper position.

Yoga Stretches

Let’s face it – when you deal with this type of problem, moving around is probably the last thing that comes to mind, right? Well, most people would agree. But, ladies and gentlemen, you should know that it is extremely important for you to be active, because otherwise the pain can last longer. Many people have confirmed that gentle back or yoga stretches really enhance their healing process.


You’ll be amazed when we tell you that deeper massaging or trigger-point therapies have shown great success in the treatment of muscle spasms, pain, and numbness of the legs and toes. Herb-infused oils and essential oils will also give you good results. This means that you should get a nice oil massage.

Herbal remedies

There are a number of herbal remedies that relieve from sciatica pain, relax the back muscles and increase blood circulation. Pepperwood herb is herbal remedy that possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It works as a booster to strengthen the sciatica affected mucous tissues and as a calming circulatory tonic in a situation where sciatica is seen to affect the bowel movements.Burdock relieves irritation while toning down the circulatory system.


Back muscles become weak and flaccid with the lack of exercise, and do not support the back well.Right posture is essential to reap maximum benefit from the exercises. A firm support for the back, good posture, avoiding long hours of standing and safe procedures for lifting heavy goods are some routine measures that should be followed to take care of your back.

Devil’s Claw

This crazy looking herb is just as powerful and useful as ibuprofen for pain relief. People with sciatica should aim for 1,500 to 2,000 mg twice a day. Look for brands that contain around 50 mg of harpagoside, the active compound in Devil’s Claw. Avoid using if you are on blood-thinning medications or have peptic ulcers.

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