Sciatica is the intense pain caused by the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. It is debilitating and severe and usually affects one side of the body, from the lower back, through the buttocks, to the back of one leg.
Despite the pain, it also causes weakness and numbness in the leg and toes, burning sensation in the leg, tingling, and difficulties both, to stand up and sit down.
Its most common cause is herniated or slipped disc. Yet, sciatica may also result from spinal injury or infection, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, and isthmic spondylolisthesis.
There are numerous different treatments for this painful condition, but in most cases, the pain is relieved only temporarily. Also, the steroid injections which are often used cause severe adverse effects.
On the other hand, the pressure and inflammation caused by the irritated sciatic nerve can also be soothed using natural homemade remedies.
In most cases, their application, combined with proper rest, gives effects in 6 weeks.
These are the 10 best home remedies for sciatica:
Turmeric is extremely effective in the treatment of sciatica pain as it has potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Its active ingredient, curcumin reduces the pain and soothes the inflammation. You should boil a cup of milk, add a teaspoon of turmeric, and if you want, you can also add a small cinnamon stick and honey for taste. Drink this a few times daily.
You can also take turmeric supplements, 250-300 milligrams 3 times daily for several weeks. Yet, note that you should not use turmeric is you take diabetes medication, blood thinners, or gallstones.