Many of us experienced the feelling of terrible pain in the upper thighs and way down to our feet. This pain can be so annoying and it will not go away no matter what we do.

This symptoms can indicate that we are suffering from sciatic nerve pain (sciatica). The main cause of sciatica is a slipped or herniated disc.

Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain

There are also other factors that can cause this condition and they are: spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, isthmic spondylolisthesis, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, infection or spinal injury.

Today, we have many methods to treat sciatica, but all of them provide short-term relief.In this article we will present you some natural therapies and home remedies which can help you to reduce the pressure and inflammation on the irritated sciatic nerve. The problem will be eliminated in 6 weeks.

Massage

This therapy can help you to relieve sciatica pain, and also can help your body to heal itself.  This can be effective if a muscle spasm is the cause of the problem.

Best result will be occurred if you use St. John’s wort oil to massage the painful areas.You can also prepare a homemade remedy.

You need to mix 3 tablespoons nutmeg powder and 1 cup sesame oil. Apply this mixture a couple of times daily, for a few weeks.Have a trigger- point massage at least once a day.

Cold or Hot Compresses

This compresses can relieve the sciatica pain and inflammation. Cold compress can relieve the pain and it will reduce the swelling around the nerve.

Hot compresses on the other hand will relax tense muscles which press the sciatic nerve. You can combine these two compresses.

You need to start with the hot treatment and end with a cold one. Use steamed towel for the hot treatment to make it more effective.

Place hot or cold pack on the painful area and let it stand for 20 minutes. Repeat this every couple of hours, until your pain is relieved.

Turmeric

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties Turmeric can be used to treat sciatica.Its active compound Curcumin can significantly reduce the nerve pain.

For this remedy you need to boil one cup of milk together with 1 tsp. turmeric. Adding cinnamon stick is optional. For better taste add some honey, and consume this drink twice a day.

Taking turmeric supplements can also bring benefits. 250-300 milligrams 3 times a day, for a couple of weeks to see improvements. But first you need to consult a doctor.

Note: this is not recommended for people who take diabetes medications.

Capsaicin Cream

Capsaicin is the active compound in cayenne pepper. It is known as a well pain reliever.Apply this cream or ointment with 0.025-0.075% capsaicin on the area for 1 week, more than 4 times daily. This cream may cause burning sensation.

Exercises

Regular exercise is essential for treating sciatica. Most effective is the knee to chest stretch. It can improve the flexibility and can reduce the sciatic nerve irritation.

Lie on your back on the ground with the legs apart at hip- width. Bend your knees upwards while breathing in, then pull your thigh to your chest. Hold this position for 20 sec. Breathe deeply while doing this.

Do this with one leg and repeat the procedure with the other leg. Repeat this 3-5 times with both legs for 3-5 minutes. Yoga is also effective for relieving the pain in your lower back.

White Willow Bark

Olic glycosides with salicin has anti- inflammatory and analgesic properties and it is contained in the white willow bark. Take 240 mg of salicin or 120 mg supplements of white willow daily, for a few weeks. Consult a doctor before taking the supplements.

Valerian Root

This root is considered as extremely effective. It can reduce sciatica pain that is caused by muscle spasm and relieve chronic nerve pain. Take 150 mg of supplements that contain valerian root 3 times a day.

Here is another opinion. Prepare yourself a valerian tea. Add 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root in hot water and boil it. Consume it few times weekly to see improvements.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can also help to get rid of the sciatica pain and relax your muscles. When you stimulate specific acupuncture points, you stimulate the central nervous system.

Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractic care is one of the best methods for treating back and neck pain. Chiropractic spinal manipulation includes a variety of techniques that can soothe the nerve irritation.

Fenugreek Seeds

These seeds have strong anti- inflammatory properties and are very effective in getting rid of gout pains and arthritis. Take a handful of fenugreek seeds and grind them.

Add some milk and boil the mixture. Apply this paste on the painful area and let it stand for a couple of hours. Repeat this until you see improvements.

Tips you may find useful:

  • Avoid cigarettes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid making sudden movements
  • Take Vitamin C, magnesium and calcium supplements