Sciatica – Ayurvedic Remedies

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Sciatica

Sciatica pain is defined as an inflammation of the supporting tissues of the sciatic nerves of the leg. This condition is characterized by a pain running from the lumbar (lower back) region to the back of the legs. Sciatica pains – felt in either one or both of the legs – are usually experienced after the age of 30, and go on aggravating as the age advances.

Causes

Compression of the spinal nerve due to ruptured vertebral disc in the spine, faulty posture such as slumping in a chair, sleeping in a curved position, an injury that hurts the lower back region can be triggering causes for sciatic pains. Contraction of the piriformis muscle, which may lead to strangulation of the nearby sciatic nerve, can also be responsible for sciatica.

Symptoms

  • Pain from lumber region to toe

Ayurvedic View

Known as Gridhrasi in Ayurveda, sciatica is considered to be caused due to impaired digestion. A faulty digestive system causes the buildup of toxins (ama) that accumulate in the small channels of the body. The Ayurvedic treatment of Sciatica consists of cleansing herbs that eliminate the toxic build up,  digestive herbs that restore digestion. Toning and demulcent herbs a to nourish the nervous system and alleviate imbalanced body energies. Medicated oils can also be applied to soothe the sciatic nerve. Panchakarma, Massage therapies can be effective in subsiding the pains of sciatica.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • A large proportion of the diet must be carbohydrates, which facilitate proper movement of bowels, thereby bettering the body’s digestion.
  • Green leafy vegetables provide fiber, and it improves digestion and elimination of wastes.
  • Fruits such as bananas and apples are useful in this condition.
  • Heavy meals should be avoided as they take a long time to digest. It may exert undue pressure on the lower back region.
  • While sleeping, lie straight on your back or with bent knees supported by a pillow.
  • Do some light sciatica exercise such as light walking and jogging. Do not exercise if your condition is extremely painful.
  • Taking hot and cold compresses on an alternate basis can be quite helpful in relieving pain.

Home Remedies

  • Apply a paste made of crushed garlic cloves and water to the affected part, or rub a cut clove directly onto the area.
  • Eat One to three buds of fresh cloves daily.

Mudra for sciatica

Mudra is part of Holistic Ayurveda and Yoga. It is very useful and easy to practice. Anyone can do it anytime, and you do not need any experience for that. Only forty-five minutes of regular practice are enough to get good results. To learn more about these mudras, click on the links.

Before practicing mudras, it is very important to find your ayurvedic body type. To find your ayurvedic body type, follow this link.

Vaayu-shaamak or Vaayu mudrā

Mudra for sciatica

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