Sciatica - Symptoms, Treatment, Homeopathic Remedies
Using Homeopathy for Sciatica
Sciatica can be a debilitatingly painful condition, characterized by pain that shoots down from the buttocks and throughout the leg(s) - typically, on one side of the body. The pain can be mild, moderate, or severe, and may be experienced as shooting (very commonly), tingling, burning, or aching. Sciatica per se is actually a symptom rather than a disease or disorder in itself, but the term is used most precisely to mean the pain associated with an impinged sciatic nerve, which originates in the spine (lower back pain) and runs down the back of the legs; it is the longest nerve in the human body. Sometimes the muscles in the affected leg areas also feel weak. Many sciatica sufferers find that the pain is worst during prolonged periods of sitting or standing, or while straining in any way such as from laughing, coughing, moving one's bowels, etc.
In addition to a pinched or stretched sciatic nerve, some other possible reasons for the pain include a herniated (ruptured or slipped) disc, spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal cord's encasing canal), spondylolisthesis (where one vertebra has slipped over another one), or even osteoarthritis or osteoporosis.
Conventional Treatment Treats the Symptoms Not the Cause
Conventional treatment for sciatica includes applying ice or heat, modifying one's sleeping position, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen). When the pain is extremely severe, narcotic drugs are prescribed (such as morphine or vicodin). Epidural steroid injections are helpful for some sciatica sufferers. Surgery exists as a last resort, if the imaging results (MRIs and CT scans) indicate it might help the situation.
Homeopathy Matches Your Individual Symptoms to a Homeopathic Remedy So You Feel Better Right Away
Effective alternative or integrative therapies include homeopathy, acupuncture, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractics, and relaxation techniques. There are plentiful natural-food and herbal remedies that promote circulation, muscle relaxation, or pain relief - essentially, the equivalent of the drugs that modern medicine prescribes, though gentler. White willow bark, for example, can relieve pain, and evening primrose or wintergreen oil may reduce inflammation.
A skilled homeopath will evaluate a multitude of factors in determining which remedy will be most effective in alleviating the severity and frequency of the symptoms while addressing the underlying disorder in the patient's vital force. Some of the variables contributing to this decision process include the exact nature of the pain - where it originates, where it is centered, how severe it is, how different types of motion affect it, and at what times of day and night it is most acute. Colocynth is a key homeopathic remedy for sciatica, but other common remedies include Arsenicum, Gnaphalium, Kali iodatum, Pulsatilla, Nux vomica, Rhus toxicodendron, Ammonium mur, Chamomilla, Colocynthis, and Phytolacca.