What natural remedies can help with sciatica nerve pain? The aching is almost unbearable at times. Please help!
Hi Salie, and thanks for your question regarding natural relief remedies for sciatica pain. The good news is there are some excellent home remedies for this condition that work exceptionally well.
Here’s 5 of the best in order of importance…
#1. Ginger: This herb is by far the most powerful natural nerve pain reliever yet discovered. And best of all for sciatica sufferers, it works for virtually everyone who uses it! It’s an incredibly potent anti-inflammatory food that’s rich in potassium (a potassium deficiency is known to exacerbate sciatica pain). You can never have too much ginger so be sure to go nuts with it (the more the better). Here’s a few easy ways to get your daily dose…
Ginger tea: Add two or three slices of finely sliced ginger, along with one teaspoon of ginger powder and one teaspoon of natural honey (for taste) and a squeeze of lemon juice to one cup of boiled water. Leave to steep until it’s cool then drink. Drink this tea three times daily on an empty stomach.
Ginger slices: Buy some dried ginger slices (not sugar coated) from your local health food store and eat 8-10 pieces daily, also on an empty stomach.
Chew fresh ginger: This can be a bit hot but it definitely works! Take a slice of ginger and chew on it (don’t swallow it) until all of the juice is gone then spit out. Repeat throughout the day.
#2. Epsom salt: The mineral magnesium is crucial for healthy nerve function. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulphate and is easily absorbed through the pores of the skin. A hot bath combined with two cups of Epsom salt will give you astonishing relief from your sciatica… guaranteed! Make sure your lower back and legs are submerged in the water for at least 20 minutes. Be sure to have this bath at least 3 times per week for best results. Regular Epsom salt baths are definitely one of the “must use” home remedies for sciatica pain.
#3. Hot and cold compress: Hot and/or cold compresses can definitely help relieve sciatica pain and inflammation. Heat relaxes the tight muscles that may be pushing on the sciatic nerve. The cold treatment reduces the swelling around the nerve, along with helping to numb the pain. You can either use just one of these or alternate between the two. Be sure to start with the hot compress first then end with the cold compress. Simply place a hot or cold pack on the affected area for around 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat every few hours until you find relief.
#4. Chair exercise: This exercise works a treat and is regularly recommended by massage and manipulative therapists. Simply sit on a firm chair and cross your knees. Clutching your top knee with both hands, slowly pull it towards it’s opposite shoulder (right knee towards left shoulder or left direction.) You will only need to move it an inch or so before feeling the pull on the side-near back buttocks area. Repeat this for 20-30 seconds each time you sit down and the pain will be gone in less than a week. After this, you will only need to do it once a day to prevent recurrences.
#5. Sports shoe or ball technique: Here’s another great (and simple) exercise that gives almost immediate relief. Sit on a firm to semi firm chair. Place a sports shoe under your buttocks with the back of the shoe facing outwards and the toe part of the shoe sitting under your tail bone. So in other words, the shoe should be sitting long ways directly under your butt crack. Do this for 20 minutes then repeat when necessary. Be aware that it may hurt a little to begin with but the pain will quickly subside and then you’ll feel some incredible relief! You can read more about the shoe technique here… Tennis Shoe Technique for Sciatica.
The ball technique is somewhat similar to the shoe exercise and works equally as well. Here’s a simple video on how to do it… Tennis Ball Technique for Sciatica.
So go ahead and try these tips and remedies. You’ll be pleasantly surprized by the results! –