AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF SCIATICA
Sciatica is one of the common causes of lower back pain in modern days.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest spinal nerve in the human body, moving from the buttocks into the legs.
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. It is a neuropathic pain that can occur as a result of nerve injuries, compression, or malfunction.
A discomfort extending from the lumbar (lower back) region to the back of the legs is known as sciatica. Sciatica problems, which can affect one or both legs, usually begin after the age of thirty and become more severe as the person grows older.
This is a chronic pain that is difficult to treat with conventional medications. While these medicines can help only with relieving the pain, Ayurveda provides a complete approach to chronic disease treatment by addressing the underlying cause of the ailment.
The pain spreads from the buttocks down the back of the thigh and into the toes.
Sciatica usually affects one of two sides of the body: the bottom left or right.
Walking, standing, bending over, driving a car, working at a computer, catching up on domestic chores, sneezing or coughing, and a variety of other daily tasks can all produce acute discomfort.
Sciatica can be caused by a variety of factors:
- Injury to the spine
- Exercises that aren’t done on a regular basis
- Disk herniation
- stenosis of the lumbar spine
- Sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress
- wearing high-heeled shoes
Ayurvedic Remedies for Sciatica
Gridhrasi is the Ayurvedic term for sciatica. (Gridhra meaning Eagle) because the affected person’s gait resembles that of an eagle and the irritated nerve resembles the beak of an eagle. Sciatica is a common symptom of imbalanced Vata Dosha.
Sciatica is also thought to be caused by a malfunctioning digestive system. A malfunctioning digestive system results in the accumulation of toxins (Ama) in the body’s minute channels.
Sciatica is treated using Ayurvedic herbs that cleanse the body and remove toxins, followed by digestive herbs that restore appropriate digestion. To nourish the nervous system and alleviate imbalanced body energies, toning and demulcent herbs (herbs rich in mucilage that can soothe and protect irritated or inflamed interior tissue) are also suggested.
For Sciatica, Ayurveda is a superior option to surgery.
Dhanyamla dhara, Abhyanga swedana, Pathrapotali swedana (Elakizhi), Sarvangadhara (Pizhichil), Kati Vasti, Vasti (the most significant technique in Ayurveda for permanently healing Sciatica), and other Ayurvedic therapies are performed according to the need and condition. These treatments focus on reducing inflammation and underlying causes of Sciatica, as well as easing spasms and nerve compressions in the affected area, as well as strengthening and nourishing the entire spine and supporting tissues. Depending on the severity of the disease, treatment usually lasts 4–5 weeks.
Massage of Marma
The term Marma refers to a complete vital point, which is made up of a combination of muscle, nerve, joint, bone, tendon, artery, and vein, which can be two, three, or all of the above elements.
Massage stimulates the marma points in the lower back and thigh. Massage has a therapeutic impact on certain locations, as well as improving circulation and relieving discomfort.
Kati Vasti is a deeply relaxing massage technique in which warmed herbal oil is given to the lower back using a dough dam (container). Kati Vasti alleviates lower back pain and addresses abdominal issues.
Steam Bath with Herbs
Pain, numbness, and tingling in the back and legs can all be relieved with a herbal steam bath or ayurvedic steam therapy.
Herbs to use orally
The following are some of the most essential herbs and drugs for the treatment of sciatica:
- Yogaraja Gulgulu vatika
- Ashwagandadi churna
- Bala awagandhadhi Taila
- Dhanwantharam Taila
- Ksheerabala Taila
- Sahacharadi Taila
- Dasamoola kashaya
- Rasnadi Kashaya
Some Simple Home Remedies for Sciatica
Apply a medicinal ayurvedic oil, such as mahanarayana taila or pinda taila (DO NOT MASSAGE), to the damaged area to promote blood flow and hasten recovery.
To ease pain, apply a warm cloth or a salt poultice.
Allow 15 to 20 minutes for the therapy to feel warm.
Alternate between hot and cold water in the bath to enhance circulation and minimize muscle spasms.
Turmeric and ginger are two superfoods to include in your diet.