September 20th, 2019
The sciatic nerve is a big nerve that runs from the lower back down through each leg. The term used to describe pain stemming from this nerve is Sciatica, either due to inflammation, compression, or overall irritation. You may even feel tingling, numbness, and weakness in the affected leg(s). Sadly for many people, sciatica pain can be unbearable!
Usually, those suffering with sciatica pain will gain some relief in stretching, and exercise. However, many will turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to relieve their sciatica pain. At DrivenFit+SWS, we prefer the non-steroidal approach and would like to offer you some natural options without the dangerous side effects of NSAIDs.
Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, binds anti-inflammatory properties of help to relieve sciatica pain and swelling by reducing levels of certain inflammation-stimulating enzymes.
Here’s how you can incorporate turmeric into your diet:
DrivenFit Tip: apply it topically in a paste; it can help from the outside in.
Garlic is like turmeric; in that it has anti-inflammatory properties. This herb aids in fighting pain and bonus, it’s an immune system-booster. Add it into all your meals or (definitely not for the faint of heart) take four raw cloves each morning with a glass of water.
DrivenFit Tip: Like turmeric, garlic goes great in a green smoothie!
Derived from the bark of the dogwood tree, Jamaican dogwood is a strong element used to relieve nerve pain. It can be applied as a salve or taken as a capsule. Note: if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid using Jamaican dogwood.
DrivenFit Tip: Consult your doctor before using it because it’s slightly toxic.
St. John’s Wort
Dating back to the Ancient Greeks, St. John’s Wort has a variety of benefits. With its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, and antioxidant properties, St. John’s Wort is a highly effective herb for sciatica pain. It even helps regenerate nerve tissue damaged by sciatica.
DrivenFit Tip: You can also use this herb to help with depression.
Arnica, a homeopathic remedy for all sorts of aches and injuries is another natural choice you can try for sciatica. It is offered in both the traditional homeopathic oral solution or in creams and rubs.
You can effectively manage your sciatica pain naturally. You can potentially relieve much of your pain by combining regular physical activity (like walking, swimming, and even yoga) and stretching along with herbal remedies.
There you have our take on herbs for sciatica pain relief. Want to learn more about how to take a holistic approach to pain relief? Contact the team at DrivenFit + SWS today!