Sciatica Remedies

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Sciatica Natural Remedies

Treatment of sciatica ranges from general alignment exercises to natural substances that relieve pain and support cell growth. Using different sitting arrangements helps improve spinal alignment as does stretching. Nutritional supplements offer relief from pain and inflammation as well.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a term used to identify nerve pain that is localized at the sciatic nerve. Most individuals experience pain that radiates from the low back through the hips and buttocks toward the lower leg. The condition is the result of the sciatic nerve getting pinched, typically by a herniated disk or the overgrowth of the bone on the vertebrae.

Natural Remedies for Sciatic Nerve Pain

Many individuals experience sciatic nerve pain due to misalignment and pinched nerves. Implementing practices to realign and support the spine, such as using the tennis shoe technique or stretching, offers relief. Additionally, certain natural supplements offer relief from pain and inflammation.

Tennis Shoe Technique

A somewhat less conventional treatment option, the tennis shoe technique involves setting a tennis shoe on a chair with the heel facing forward and using this as a “bike seat” style cushion. This technique functions to support the tail bone while allowing the gluts to relax. This practice also relieves the pressure of sitting directly on the center of the body.

Stretching

Stretching is another option for relieving sciatica. One specific stretch that everyone should is called the chair technique. The technique involves sitting in a firm chair, crossing the knees, clasping the hands over the knees, gently pulling the knees toward the opposite should and then reversing the stretch. This stretch insures appropriately alignment upon sitting and stretches out either side of the buttocks, relieving pain.

Supplements

Supplements are also effective for treating sciatica. Common options include ginger, blackstrap molasses and Epsom salt. These options reduce inflammation, remove toxins and offer general relief to the entire body.

Sciatica can be described as nerve pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. Most individuals experience pain that branches from the lower back through the hips and toward the lower leg. Home treatment options offer relief of the condition without invasive treatments and with quick results.


Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Eve (Florida) on 12/05/2016
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ACV is a great topical for sciatica and foot and leg cramps. Works almost instantly. Didn't see this suggestion on your app info. Try it it works. Just pour some in the palm of your hand and apply.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Epsom Salt Foot Bath

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Posted by Brett E. (Fullerton, Ca) on 05/01/2017
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Newly Found Relief with Strange but Simple Method

Hello all,

I'm an 18-year-old senior in high school and I've been suffering with sciatica for 2 years. I've seen countless doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc. From acupuncture to cryotherapy, I've tried every physical method to treat my pain. Nothing has worked. They believe my pain started from a sports-related back injury. I have two bulging discs in my lumbar spine. The pin generally is focused in my upper right buttock, but spreads down my leg throughout the day.

About 3 days ago, I tried something new. I filled a bucket with hot water, and put 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and a handful of epsom salt in it. I soak my affected side's foot in the water until it cools, and get straight into bed after. No walking or getting up after it soaks.

I feel like this method is working. The pain has not been spreading to my leg and I am managing my pain in a much better way. I would recomend you try this method because I pretty much lost hope of being able to walk without a limp, but today I played pick up basketball with my friends for the first time since my injury. Comment with any questions or advice!

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)
05/02/2017

To Brett E.

Such a shame to be so badly afflicted at such a young age! You will need to take good care of yourself from now on, as Sciatica can be very debilitating. Many of us oldies only got into mischief and strife once we hit sixty and we moan a lot but at least we were running on all six cylinders when we were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

There are good exercises you can copy from chiropractors or osteopaths on u tube. Even as few as three or so, if done regularly, can be beneficial. Your posture should also be assessed professionally, including your driving position- straighten up your bum in your seat before you take off in your Mustang! Seriously! Swing out both legs before exiting the vehicle so the weight is evenly distributed. Use your arms more to lessen the load. Also much information from sufferers on this web site which you should peruse. There are natural pain relievers such as ginger and turmeric of course plus many more. I am impressed with your foot soaking/ACV/Epsom Salts discovery! Try out one of those gismos that vibrate at the same time whilst you are soaking. You could also bone up on Reflexology and massage the parts that relate to the Sciatic nerve.

You can do most of the above yourself.

Hope you have long-lasting improvement.

Cheers, Michael


Arch Supports and Magnets

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Posted by Mary (USA) on 08/05/2019
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Sciatica, cause is the arch of the foot has fallen.

Remedy is simple - use arch supports. I use walk fit because it has 3 lifts low, med, high, but the trick, if you have leg pain, is to install a dime size thin magnet between the lift and the support. As you know, magnets do not do the healing but iron in blood is attracted to the magnet iron brings with it oxygen and oxygen heals.

Since it is a static magnet it may take a few weeks before one sees improvement BUT, if you take statins forget everything I wrote as statins cause the leg problems.


B-12

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Posted by Marykaylady (Tempe, Az, Usa) on 04/15/2011
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I AM CURED OF SCIATICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing on this thread helped me but B-12. So many medications deplete B-12 and old age too. My friend told me to get this and in 7 days that sciatica was gone. You can do what you want. I have been meaning to come here for a month now because it is sad for so many to be hurting when all they have to do is buy this product. Get the one that dissolves under your tongue.

Thanks JO in AZ

Replied by Cyndi
(Oregon)
08/19/2015

How much did you take of this? My mom is having terrible pain and exercise is hard for her. Thank you

NK
(Georgia)
02/17/2021

You do not have to buy expensive B12 at an expensive store. But is is best to buy the kind that says "sublingual" on the package because it's more absorbable. You can get liquid or quick dissolve tablets. You will not overdose on even the highest doses sold in stores because excess is not stored by your body, it's flushed out with urination.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)
09/03/2015

Get the B-12 sublingual tablets at Whole Foods. 2000 mcg (micrograms). They're cherry-flavored. I was taking just 1 tablet per day, but my nutritionist suggested taking 3 per day because I have some sciatica pain. I take all 3 pills at once, letting them melt under my tongue. Also better to take in the morning, because they may give you a slight burst in energy and you wouldn't want that before bedtime.


Blackstrap Molasses

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Posted by Jimverwey2007 (Houston, Tx) on 05/01/2012

01/24/2010: Cristi from Tucson, Arizona, United States: "I cured sciatica in my right leg using blackstrap molassas. I read in the book The Ultimate Healing System by Donald Lepore, N. D. That sciatica in the right leg is caused by a potassium deficiency. Since I always seek out food sources over supplements I started the black strap molassas and have never had pain again.

FYI, the book says sciatica in the left leg is a sodium defiency.

Things that deplete potassium and sodium are drinking alchohol, processed foods, sweating/exercising, and being sick, to name a few."

Bullion cubes or salt in warm water will stop the pain. Look up sciatic pain, etiologies, mineral deficiencies.

Replied by Linda
(Co)
06/03/2015

My sciatica is caused by a vertebra which has shifted out of position over time; so I doubt any food or supplement would help.

Replied by Lonita
(Oregon)
10/15/2017

Yes, I heard that too. Right side potassium and left side sodium deficiencies. Mine is on the left side and sometimes left so I been using maginesum salt for sodium and cream of tartar for potassium.


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Cristi (Tucson, Arizona, United States) on 01/24/2010
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I cured sciatica in my right leg using black strap molassas. I read in the book The Ultimate Healing System by Donald Lepore, N.D. that sciatica in the right leg is caused by a potassium deficiency. Since I always seek out food sources over supplements I started the black strap molassas and have never had pain again.

FYI, the book says sciatica in the left leg is a sodium defiency.

Things that deplete potassium and sodium are drinking alchohol, processed foods, sweating/ecercising, and being sick, to name a few.

Replied by Marykaylady
(Tempe, Az, Usa)
01/18/2011
4 out of 5 stars

You are right on about this being from a potassium deficiency. Some drugs like Metformin or Lisinipril cause a potassium deficiency then we get sciatica pain. Molasses is high in potassium and it is easier than all the others to incorporate into one's diet daily but you didn't say how much you take? I will probably do this remedy because it is so easy and quick to take.

I was eating avocado, peanuts, potatoes, lima's, apricots and pears and a lot of other things that have potassium but the avocado gave me more relief than anything within 1 hour--(1 whole avocado). Also B Complex.... Like breads and Brewers yeast etc. Brewers yeast is the best one in the B's. So for me it is potassium and B complex. These are the two that I work on. May my prayers be with all sciatica pain sufferers. By the way Ibuprofin 800 mg is the only thing that will eliminate the pain completely temporarily while nothing else really will. Icy Hot spray and stick (both) work pretty good. I use them both at the same time.... Spray and then stick. I also take baths with Epsom and Lavender, I buy it at Walgreens in a bag. I get the water very hot or sit in it before the tub fills up because I want it very hot. Then when I am done I drain the tub and turn on the cold water. So it is a hot and cold bath... This works for me. I think that is about my take on this mess and I just wonder if I will ever! Get rid of this without surgery. Anyone ever used a Ten's unit? JO in Phoenix

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)
06/16/2015

Arnica Montana is great for pain. Also, most pharmacies have Arnica gel for pain. It comes in a tube.

Replied by Judy
(Florida)
09/18/2015

I have used a Tens unit. They always put the Tens unit on one in physical therphy. I bought one and use it but get caught up in the wires. I just ordered a wireless Tens unit with rechargeable batteries. I saw a thing on them on GMA the other day. They say the Tens unit sends a signal to the brain. They warn not to use it for more than 2 hrs. at a time. Mine has timer for up to 0 min. I can do a lot more without pain when I wear it. I had small incision surgery and am in pain management. There is no surgery to help me and surgery could make me worse. Try the Tens unit. Get a good one that will last. I think you will really like it.


Candied Ginger Slices

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Posted by Jitendra (India ) on 09/28/2021
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Candied Ginger is doing wonders for sciatica nerve pain. Thank you all.


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Sally W. (Ohio) on 05/16/2020
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I have sciatica for 3 years and a weak right leg with electric shock going down it. It got to the point where I was pain all the time, even at rest. I was crying at the rest pain. So I ran and got the candied ginger and in one day the pain was gone. I'm shocked to say the least. I can't believe it. I still have the horrible back pain which I don't think is better after a week. My leg is weak still. And I have pain, but not that electric sharp sciatica pain and it's not constant. It has much more movement. I could not cross my leg or move without electric shocks. Amazing!!!

Replied by Jan
(US)
05/17/2020
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Years ago, my husband got rid of his Sciatica Nerve Pain with hot Castor Oil Compresses on his lower back (laying on his stomach with it on his back together with a hotpack over it and a blanket over that,, for an hour at a time each day for 3 days).


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Diane Powers (United States) on 04/26/2019
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Ok, so I am one of the last people to believe some of the fantastic posts on any page about remedies related to relief of pain. The other night, I couldn't sleep because of the pain from my sciatic nerve. I received an email from Earth Clinic in my inbox about the new & improved site. I decided to click on it & see what can be done about the recent pain I have been having in my right thigh. I kept reading about eating candied ginger & the wonderful healing benefits of eating it for sciatic pain. I was excited to go to the store in the morning to try the "cure". I bought the small quantity & ate a piece on my way home from the store. I ate another piece right after dinner. I am here to tell you that I have no pain from my sciatic nerve in my right leg! Can this be, that after 2 pieces of ginger, relief from the pain that keeps me up at night? Folks, I am as amazed as any one could be but I am a believer now. Try it for yourself, the package cost me about 5 bucks from Sprouts here in Texas. Thank you to all who posted about this remedy. I'm going back to bed now, not because I was awakened by pain but because I was so excited to write this post. Good night!


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Dena22 (Md) on 06/19/2018
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Candied ginger completely cured my sciatica. I had pain down my left leg for a while and I came here looking for a remedy. I bought the candied ginger slices from the grocery store and ate a couple pieces everyday. After the first day the pain was gone. I kept eating it and the pain stayed away. Now I just eat it every once in awhile and still no pain. It might not work for everyone but it's worth the try.


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 07/07/2017
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A number of weeks ago I met a lady who was suffering with sciatica. I think she is about 80. We were at a reception after one of my children's music recitals and it wasn't super conducive for conversation as it was a bit loud. I know there are many wonderful remedies for sciatica, but tried to think of something do-able for her. I mentioned that candied ginger worked for some people with sciatica. She asked me about it a few times and said she would try it.

Yesterday I heard that she felt that the ginger was really helping her! I was thrilled to hear it. Something so simple for a miserable condition.

On the subject of sciatica, an extended family member mentioned that he was dealing with sciatica. I tried to think of something that he might be willing to do. I mentioned that sitting cross legged on the floor seems to bring relief to mine.

In general, I am making more notice of my posture when I am sitting and I think it is helping my chronic back issues.

When my back is hurting I tend to want to sit back in a squishy chair. I think that may be the worst thing ever for it. When I think about what the spine looks like (from pictures at the chiropractor) I think that leaning back and other postures cause more stress on my back. I am not letting the pelvis support the spine and do its job. When I sit so that the spine is above the pelvis, I let the pelvic bones do their job.

I have a large exercise ball that I sit on some. It helps me to get my pelvis and spine aligned and balanced. (Don't start sitting on an exercise ball for long periods of time at first! ) I think comfrey smoothies are helping my back, too, while I am on the subject.

So much to learn. So many interesting remedies!

Have a super day!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mari H.
(Los Angeles)
08/29/2017

I'm thinking ginger might work on sciatica because I believe ginger is good for the liver and gall bladder. I knew a chiro who treated sciatica by cleaning out his pts. liver and gb's.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)
06/25/2020

I ruptured L=5 in 2008 and many other disc were bulging. I thought I was strong enough to lift a very heavy sofa many times in a day and it proved me wrong. The next day I had a wheeled chair to get around and didn't think I needed any other help. I kept walking my hourlong walks when it improved for a couple months. Little did I know what was hiding in my closet waiting to erupt . I had a day of emotional issues that dehydrated me. Little did I know about that back then, and then all hell broke loose. I went to find a new doctor, because my old one was upset she hadn't seen me in 6 years. The new one sent me for an MRI that day. I was there all day and after it was all said and done they wanted to operate immediately. I prayed and worshipped the Lord right then and the doctor at the hospital called back and said to make an appt. for me for the next day and send me home. The next day he gave me choices: surgery that might not improve me, cortisol treatments, or just go home and wait it out for 18 months of pain. I chose the latter . When you soak in water up to your neck it tricks your body to think the pain is coming from the part of your body under the water so it shrinks the pain. I spent a lot of time in the tub singing to the Lord and praying . Listening to some worship music with some flowers, candles, fruit, chips, and water.

I read Dr.Batmanghelidj book on water and magnesium salt while I was in the tub and that helped me a lot. I don't take many baths anymore after a year in the tub 5-8 hours a day. Turned out I ruptured the disc the whole body pivots on. Ouch! Dehydration( water and minerals in balance) could be behind your nerve pain. Learn before you do what I did and harm your spine. Inversion tables are miracles( protect your ankles and don't go all the way back) and sitting on a core ball is like heaven.

My back was healed, but some pain was still there, so I went to a healer and He said there it goes and I felt the pain leave and my pain went from an constant 5 to a 2. I still feel that spot, the scar tissue affects circulation when you damage a disc. I eat ginger every day. I also stay hydrated and take a balance of minerals. Paying attention to emotions also helps me . I journal. I study and I try to regain what stress cost me over the years. The back problem came after other health storms and added a whole list of new ones I have been overcoming. Two left and then I will have to find a new hobby.

Blessings, Charity

Replied by Anon
(Not Canada)
06/26/2020

Charity,

Consider comfrey to heal your spine, and turmeric/garlic/serrapetase to dissolve the scar tissue. High dose vitamin C, D, and E, diatomaceous earth/horsetail, msm/dmso, too. Kale to help rebuild. NSAIDs like asprin are thought to cause connective tissue disorders, as is fluoride. Therefore, Borax/boron, iodine, kelp. Avoid caffeine which causes flight or fight repsonse and delays the body's healing and detox mechanisms.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)
06/27/2020

Thank you for insights to apply. I have tried all but the DE and Dmso. Allie allie all Come~free, ( child's hide and seek game) is my current try. My comfrey plants have been growing huge this year. I eat the flowers and the leaves. Foot soak in the leaves and drink tea. Freedom is my goal. I watched a Mark Hemans Miracle conference on zoom from 1 -5 am this morning and that was over the top powerful. Got prophetic insights into what is causing some of my health issues. My body is still tingling. Plan to get some sleep soon. The man praying for me said in a week I would have huge changes and in a week it will be the fourth of july. Celebration of Freedom. I have already planned to cut back on coffee during the summer . I drink it weak anyway. Dark coffee makes my ears ring. Sunbathing gives me more energy and upbeat focus. Some of my pain is prolapse and hip sockets too large for ball on top of leg . Eric Berg was teaching on youtube about when you take desiccated liver your body attacks the supplement instead of your liver so your liver can heal. I am thinking maybe taking collagen might be like that and the collagen to heal the prolapse issue. It has been healing but there is more to go to be like new. I like new. Thanks again : ) .Blessings, charity

Replied by Prioris
(Fort Pierce, Fl, USA)
11/03/2020

Does it matter if it is candied vs crystalized ginger?

The terms “candied” and “crystallized” are typically used interchangeably. If a distinction is made, the term candied refers to ginger stored in the simple syrup and crystallized ginger means the version cooked in the sweet syrup and rolled in sugar.

NK
(Georgia)
02/17/2021

When using ginger for remedies, no, it doesn't matter as long as it's real ginger--unless you're on a very sugar-restricted diet. You can use fresh ginger, or dried ginger but it's tastes so strong most people use the crystalized kind because it tastes like candy. I use fresh ginger root to make ginger tea.

***Most commercial brands of ginger ale don't have enough ginger in them to do much of anything other than taste good & quench your thirst. It's probably the carbonation & sugar that settles people's stomachs.


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Sharon (Ny) on 06/28/2017
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Suddenly getting nauseous and feeling abdominal pain after eating crystallized ginger, and it is happening many hours after eating it. Anyone else have this reaction? Have eaten it many times in the past with no reaction. Do I need to eat it on a full stomach instead of as a snack on a mostly empty one?

Replied by 2q&learn
(Western)
01/01/2018
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I've had some discomfort after ingesting powdered ginger root in just water. Never when I took it in my food, though. You don't want to overdo it, either. Too much of anything can cause problems!


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 05/12/2017
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HI YA'LL,,,,,,, slept, so I may have reported this before. My pharmacist friend at church told me that she took ginger candy for her sciatica pain and it went away in a few days. I sent this to my troops and learned that it had worked for those that had this problem. My back problem is diminishing as I worked 8 hours at the farm the other day and survived. Wish I knew the answer, but I shoot with a shot gun and just hope something works. So far something is working and I have no clue. I 'm not after answers, I'm after relief. I got a feeling that our new PEMF device is a major factor in solving my pain problem, but then again, I do so many things. Think my FIR sauna is also a factor.

What definitely has gone away is my sciatica pain. My lower back still gives out with work. Maybe 80+ years is a factor. Ticks are bad this year with the mild winter. My Tractor Driver has to inspect Honey, our Rat Terrier, after a day at the farm. Last trip, she picked 9 ticks off her. Lyme is the latest rage and is a result of our Gov. messin with Bio stuff. Are we stupid or what? Lord, hep us to get right.

ATS ========ORH=======

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)
05/14/2017

Dear ORH, Perhaps you could advise Olivia Newton John (from Australia) on her sciatica pain, as she has apparently recently joined the community of reluctant sufferers. You may be old enough to remember her from the iconic "Grease"? She is difficult to forget! No doubt she could benefit from your country wisdom!

Glad to hear you have conquered the malady.

Can you bottle whatever it is you are on and save the World?

No doubt you are enjoying spring?

Cheers, Michael

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile , Tn)
05/14/2017

HI U MICHAEL,,,,,,,,, formula is one jigger of Bombay Saphire and two jiggers of Segrams Plain. Worries go away.

ATS ======ORH=======


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Moonchild (Texas ) on 04/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Instant relief with ginger:

I have a friend who was in severe pain for at least a week & a half. The sciatic nerve in his left leg was so bad when he finally managed to get out of bed in the morning one leg was an inch or two shorter than the other. Needless to say he was in terrible mood & not all that nice to those around him. He was in excruciating pain & had been to the chiropractor, & was taking anything he could get his hands on for pain...so after doing some research I bought some crystallized ginger & took it to him. This was around 6pm or so. He ate one piece & had a hard time swallowing it, going on & on about how bad it taste. A little later we were eating dinner & he said "you know I think my back was getting better anyway" I said "oh so the ginger did help?" "Instantly! " Was his response. So he continued eating it piece by piece every few hrs or so. By that night he was acting like his old self-THANK GOD!

Replied by Jean
(New York City)
06/27/2017

Thank you for your story. I just chopped up some ginger and then ate three pieces of candied ginger. I am going to eat it several times today. I am praying for relief from this sciatic pain in my leg. If it works I will write back. Thank you again for passing on this information


Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Steve (Topeka, Kansas) on 02/05/2017
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After a several days' bout with painful sciatica, including visits to both an MD and a chiropractor without much relief, I tried the Earth Clinic suggestion of eating crystalized ginger. Frankly, I didn't think it would work for me, but I bought a bag of the candied ginger at a local health food store.

I was pleasantly surprised and grateful. Within an hour or two, there was a major, noticeable improvement. It's the next day now, and I still have some minor pain, but it's much, much less than yesterday. I can walk almost normally this morning.

I'll look for some non-sugary ginger, though, as I'm pre-diabetic and any excess sugar should be avoided. However, I'm really appreciative of the Earth Clinic suggestions for sciatica, as well as for the entire site. Very interesting and helpful!

Replied by Apple
(Daytona)
05/08/2021

You can make it from scratch. That might help you with sugar content. Or maybe just eat ginger or take a ginger shot



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