Published: 10/17/2014 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Prof. Dr. Luis Ruiz-Garcia, PhD
Sciatica is the name given to a nerve disorder that comes precisely from the sciatic nerve. This nerve is the widest and most extensive nerve in the entire body, and begins at the spine in various degrees and its branches combine to form one sole nerve trunk. One of the sciatic nerve’s functions is to transmit nerve impulses to carry out the majority of movements throughout this entire area of the body.
The length and large size of this nerve makes it particularly vulnerable to pressure or injury, which could cause an intense pain that generally begins in the lumbar region and extends throughout the glutes, thighs, and legs, until finally reaching the feet.
A few of the most common causes of this disorder is a lack of magnesium and/or B-complex vitamins, too much lead or mercury in the blood, inadequate diet or an accumulation of toxins in the joints, which could be uric acid.
There are a lot of ways to treat sciatic nerve pain, the first of which in conventional medicine is to turn to toxin analgesics that over time, might not be very beneficial. These medications could weaken the body’s defense system and could irritate the nervous system even more, or they could cause dependency and other not-so-beneficial consequences.
Herbs and natural medicine, along with a combination of natural therapies like acupuncture, reflexology, bioenergetics, macrobiotics, etc., are an important part of the healing process for this disorder. Below we will give you a guide for recommended herbs and infusions for treating this condition naturally.
Herbs against sciatic nerve: yarrow, green tea, mint, marjoram, wild pansy, elderflower, dandelion, birch leaves, lemon balm leaves, linden blossom flower, poppy.
Turmeric: an important herbal remedy for sciatic pain. This herb contains well-known anti-inflammatory properties and is an effective herbal method for curing wounds.
Infusion for fighting sciatic pain
You will need:
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- 25 grams of yarrow
- 10 grams of wild pansy
- 10 grams of marjorma
- 10 grams of elderflower
- 20 grams dandelion
Mix all dry ingredients very well and add one tablespoon of this mixture to one cup of boiling water. Let the herbs boil for three minutes, remove from heat and steep for 2 more minutes. Strain and drink. Drink two cups of these herbs a day.
Infusion No. 2 for fighting sciatica
You will need:
- 10 grams of elderflower
- 10 grams of lemon balm leaves
- 20 grams of linden blossom flowers
- 10 grams of poppy
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Grind dry ingredients together and mix them well. Use one teaspoon per cup of water, and repeat previous instructions.
Infusion to help cure sciatica:
Mix turmeric with melted butter, longum herbs, and roots from the genus allium. This is a natural medicine for curing, alleviating pain, and reducing inflammation.
Juice therapy for treating sciatica
If you want to cure this condition we recommend you drink these natural remedies, along with the teas:
1. Detoxifying juice: Drink one glass of fresh carrot juice with 3 large spoonfuls of freshly ground parsley with this juice.
2. Before breakfast, eat one clove of garlic with one glass of warm water, or fresh plum or pineapple juice, without sweetening.
3. Before going to bed, eat 3 prunes without eating anything else.
Supplements that help treat sciatica
Quercetin: this bioflavonoid is frequently found in fruits and vegetables, especially onion and red apples. It is rich in antioxidants that stop cellular deterioration caused by free radicals.
Bromelain: This enzyme if generally found in pineapple and can help block the inflammatory process that causes sciatic pain.
Spirulina seaweed: this food is rich in vitamins and minerals that help nourish the nervous system in general. It can also help cleanse the body of fats and toxins.
Home remedy for treating sciatica
Green clay poultice can be applied to the body with a gentle massage, as natural treatment for sciatica.
Ground ginger root with olive oil or extra virgin sesame oil also makes a great poultice. Mix well and apply to the body, gently massaging in a way that does not provoke pain.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 03/08/2020
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