Are you looking for a natural cure for sciatica pain? Do you need information about effective home remedies for recurrent pain episodes? Then read on for home remedies and treatment exercises that can give much needed ‘pinched sciatic nerve pain’ relief.
1. Cleansing diet
Most episodes of back pain and leg pain in this condition occur due to constipation. Straining to clean out the bowels also aggravates this pain. Therefore, eat a cleansing diet with fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Bananas, apples and apple sauce are beneficial. Avoid heavy meals. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet devoid of Omega 6 fatty acids, soy, fried and processed foods. Wild salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts and sardines can also help. Use ginger, turmeric and garlic liberally in your cooking.
2. Turmeric with Aloe Vera
Add turmeric powder to Aloe Vera juice or green tea and drink this ‘pain relief elixir’. Recommended dosage is ¼ tsp of turmeric per pot of Aloe juice/green tea. Turmeric is antiseptic and antibiotic and eases joint pain, improves mobility and cleans digestion. Aloe juice is cooling and anti-inflammatory. It also has a mild laxative effect. Aloe Vera also balances ph as it is alkaline in nature.
3. Apple cider vinegar
In order to get rid of sciatica pain naturally, you need to make your body more alkaline. Acidic foods like sugar, refined flour etc tend make the body highly acidic which increases inflammation. Drinking a glass of water mixed with 1-2 tbsp of raw organic apple cider vinegar helps balance ph and fights inflammation giving much needed pinched sciatic nerve pain relief.
4. Epsom salt baths
Epsom salt foot baths or tub baths replenish magnesium for pain relief. Fill up a large bowl or tub with hot water, add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and a cup of Epsom salts. Soak in this bath for up to 20 minutes for immediate relief from back pain or leg pain.
5. Blackstrap molasses
Sciatica pain is often caused by a deficiency of certain electrolytes and minerals. Blackstrap molasses contain iron, calcium and magnesium along with a host of other nutrients. Take a tablespoon of it daily.
Candied or crystallized ginger slices can give much needed relief from pain. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and also contains potassium. Drinking ginger tea every few hours can give much neded relief in case of back and leg pain.
7. Massage/physical therapy
A good masseuse or physiotherapist who is familiar with nerve pain can help you with stretches and sciatica treatment exercises. Sciatica pain relief massage every week can relax the muscles and improve mobility.
8. Chair technique
This is one of the most effective home remedies for sciatica pain. Sit in a firm chair with your back straight and knees crossed. Hold each knee with the opposite hand and pull the knees towards the opposite shoulder. Do this every few hours if your job demands prolonged sitting. This stretching technique can relieve back pain. Using a lumbar pillow support can also help.
9. Avoid slouching
Bending forward or flexion on hands can aggravate pain. Avoid slouching or all activities that require you to bend forward.
10. Ice heat therapy
During an acute episode of sciatica pain, applying alternate ice packs and hot compresses to the painful areas can help. Apply the packs for a total 20 minutes.
11. Sciatica treatment exercises
An effective cure for sciatica leg pain and back pain includes exercises, mainly stretching. Yoga, swimming and weight bearing exercises can help. A physiotherapist or trainer can teach you the correct ways of bending, standing and stretching. Propping on elbows while on stomach, planks etc can also give relief.
Some key supplements for nerve pain relief are:
- Magnesium citrate reduces muscle spasms-300 mg to 400 mg daily.
- Bromelain enzyme-take this between meals for fighting inflammation. When taken between meals it also acts as a digestive aid.
- Vitamin C- 2000 mg daily.
- L-lysine– 1000 mg per day
- Vitamin D3- 3000 mg per day to fight inflammation.
- EPA/DHA fish oil/salmon oil-300 mg
13. St. John’s Wort or Homeopathic Hypericum
Take St. John’s Wort or hypericum to relieve sciatica pain. You need to take the dosage as directed by a homeopath or as per the label instructions on the product. Homeopathic remedies are slow acting, so be patient.
14. Cold showers
If the pain in the leg and back get worse, take a cold shower for 3-5 minutes. Cold showers improve blood circulation and relieve muscle tension for immediate pain relief.
Use the above remedies for sciatica pain to get much needed relief and improve quality of life.