Effective Natural Remedies for Sciatica

| Modified on Jan 10, 2023
Address Disc Bulge for Sciatica
Posted by Patrick Cooke (UK) on 01/10/2023
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Sciatica Caused By Disc Bulge AKA Slipped Disc

I was diagnosed with a bulging disc and severe dehydration of a few discs including the bulging disc which was impinging the left sciatic nerve. I was in a bad way. Physio never helped. Used a chiropractor twice a w££k to help realign the spine after years of poor posture. A chiropractor can only help align the body to where it should be, the rest is on you to learn how to move, sit and lift correctly. if you don't do this, your spine will end up out of alignment again causing your body to compensate and then more pressure on the disc. While you're doing this you want to focus on strengthening your core muscles to support your spine and posture. This will support the disc healing process and long term back health. (If your car was in a crash you would strengthen the impacted area to ensure its was safe to drive)

The next thing to do is regain disc height, when the discs are dehydrated they lose height and the disc wall will weaken leading to higher risk of the disc bulging. Unlike other parts of the body, the discs cannot draw in nutrients by themselves, they need movement and draw in nutrients like a compressed sponge draws in water. complete safe workouts to get the nutrients into the disc is key to rehydrating the discs. I would also ensure to drink plenty of water along with supplementation of key minerals like Magnesium, sodium and potassium to boost your mineral intake. Minerals are the foundations to health. Avoid alcohol (Dehydrates the body)

You may feel more pain early on, but you're agitating an already sensitive area. It's a long healing journey just stay patient and be consistent.

I had a lot of secondary inflammation around my hips caused by my body's response to the pain. so by the end of the day, I could barely walk. I cut out gluten entirely from my diet and the inflammation was significantly reduced and the sciatic pain had halved. It took two weeks for dietary changes to set in and it was hard to avoid Gluten products but it was definitely worth it.

Obviously this was my experience and not medical advise but I have now being free of sciatica for 5 years without a flare up.

Hyaluronic Acid
Posted by Barbara (Idaho) on 01/01/2023

Yes! Ted's Hyaluronic acid and Sea Salt remedy for Degenerative Disc Disease.

Hyaluronic Acid
Posted by Barbara (Idaho) on 12/31/2022
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I have had sciatica for almost 40 yrs (happened during childbirth). I am now 70 and the episodes are lasting longer and are more frequent. This last bout lasted almost 4 months. I have tried the tennis shoe and ball technique, ginger slices, inflammatory supplements, blackstrap molasses, lysine, dmso (for pain, but made my breath stink)..etc. Finally came across the Hyaluronic acid recipe (Ted's recipe) and after 2 weeks I am back to normal! Other remedies that I feel contributed to my recovery is:

1. yoga (adapt and modify for your individual practice) and stretching out that piriformis muscle.

2. foam roller- I put pressure on that piriformis muscle (it hurts but consistency helped my leg)

3. chirp wheel- this is a shark tank product that aligns your spine!

BUT..so much relief from the Hyaluronic Acid recipe 3x a day on an empty stomach. I am so grateful!!!

Hope this helps someone else as Sciatica is so debilitating and painful. Good Luck!

EC: Hi Barbara, are you referring to Ted's Hyaluronic Acid and Sea Salt remedy for Degenerative Disc Disease per this page: https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/teds-remedies-for-degenerative-disc-disease.html ? Please let us know.

Tennis Shoe Technique
Posted by Hollyhock (America ) on 11/07/2022

No one is answering on placement of tennis shoe! I would love to know as well! Does it go in center crack of the butt or under one butt cheek?

Common Salt
Posted by Doug Smythe (Yucaipa) on 10/27/2022
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My cure for the Severe pain running from my lower back on the right side, lower.... all the way down my hot sexy butt, through my thigh- in the back, down through my calf and into my right foot... Severe, pain shots like electricity, pretty much constant pain throughout the day and even in bed and even when sleeping.... (THE CURE FOR ME WAS)... THIS.... I ate two large avocados with lots of Common Salt on them. The next morning was a night and day difference, compared to the 6 days of painful hell before.... On the 2nd day the pain was pretty much non existent... I'm a 60 year old guy in Yucaipa CA.

Tennis Shoe Technique
Posted by M in M (Md) on 09/10/2022

Motivational Doc (Dr.Alan Mandell) has a seated piriformis stretch video…..might help.

Tennis Shoe Technique
Posted by Beth (West Virginia) on 09/08/2022
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Hi Michele, where do you place the tennis shoe under the leg that causes you issues or just sit on it regular like a cushion, I see a few people are unsure, and I want to try it myself as I have really bad Piriformis syndrome. Thank you

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Rose (pennsylva nia) on 08/23/2022

I heard that ginger can be used for parasites so maybe do a parasite cleanse I been using wormwood and black nut oil to help me. Tastes like sh#t but you will feel better after feeling like sh#t off and on but the parasites come out! I took pics

Magnesium Oil
Posted by Heather (Ohio) on 06/21/2022
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Sciatica Pain:

Magnesium oil (spray) was the only thing that helped me as well! 5 sprays to the lower back at bedtime, woke up and the pain is gone!!

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 05/18/2022

Hello Tap Out Stress Mary Cassidy,

A herniated disc pressing on the sciatic nerve (or possibly osteoarthritis?)

Yes, the candied ginger does seem to be a quick (temporary) fix for sciatica and sacro-iliac problems.

However, all that sugar is no good long term!

Maybe switch to a once per day Arthritis Smoothie as follows:-

Almond Milk 1 cup / Turmeric 1 tsp - 2 tbsp / Ginger 1 chunk 1/2" x 1/2" / Cinnamon 1/2 tsp / One Banana / Pineapple 1 cup / Vanilla extract 1 tsp / One large Carrot / Hemp seed 2 tbsp (optional).

All the above are among many ingredients recommended for arthritis treatment - there is no shortage! Some recommend using cow's milk if you cannot get almond milk but dairy consumption should be minimized for arthritis sufferers (also grains unfortunately) plus a host of others which you can research:- "Worst Ten Foods for Arthritis" that sort of thing...

Finding what best suits you is a journey you will need to embark upon for yourself. My only other advice is to try alternatives for a month or so before giving up.

I have learnt that with arthritis, it is as much about giving up some (dietary) things, as about taking correct supplements and exercising and getting good rest as well as developing good postural habits.

Get an "expert" to evaluate your sitting posture and acquire a good sitting habit. Makes a huge difference to sciatica.

Also, there are some very beneficial exercises on u tube that really do work for this condition - one shouldn't despair - help is at hand.

Meanwhile, enjoy the candied ginger lumps!

Please let us know how you progress.

Cheers from Down Under

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Tap Out Stress Mary Cassidy (MT) on 05/17/2022
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Unbelievable--I slept well after eating the candied ginger last night. It wasn't completely gone but I'll report back after a week's use. Super excited.

Vitamin C
Posted by Anne (Cali) on 02/13/2022

Vitamin C ....I would use ascorbic acid form of vitamin C as suggested by Dr Max Gerson. In his book Gerson Therapy he said the other two forms are not good, just read it today by coincidence. He did extensive research on cells and how to put a body back to health so it can fight tumors.

Slippery Elm Bark Tincture
Posted by Alanna (Fairhope) on 11/26/2021
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I had sciatica for about 8 months and nothing helped until I stumbled upon a book called back pain. The book indicated to take 12 drops of slippery elm bark tincture in about an ounce or 2 of room temperature water 3 times a day for about 2 weeks. They said it helps 85% of people and what do u know, it helped me.

Candied Ginger Slices
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 Apple (Daytona ) on 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

Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Chondroitin Sulfate
Posted by Deanne (Sydney, Australia) on 04/15/2021
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Thank you for letting me know about this remedy!!

My condition is much improved since taking liquid biocell collagen. Been 3 weeks and want to continue. The biocell you mentioned was hard to find for me but I ended up finding it at collagencollective website, they sell it in liquid form and the liquid biocell stuff is doing its thing and working for me. Will continue and update. Thanks again!

Sea Salt
Posted by Eva (CA) on 03/20/2021
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Thanks, sea salt worked after years of trying everything else.

Vegan Diet
Posted by Luma (US) on 06/07/2020
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Lower back pain and degenerative disks caused my sciatica, and switching to a vegan diet opened up my blood flow to the area so I could get nutrients in and out. It really helped. Google Dr Greger videos, he talks about how blocked arteries cause this.

Vitamin D
Posted by Nita (US) on 05/17/2020

yes, I've read that lower back pain can be result of low vit. D

Castor Oil
Posted by Jan (US) on 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 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!!!

Vitamin D
Posted by Lisa (St. Paul, MN) on 11/24/2019
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Vitamin D completely cured my sciatica.

I used to feel it especially when driving and had to sit on a tennis ball at times, which helped, but only slightly, and who wants to do that every time you drive? I was only about 40 at the time, but I felt like my body was already beginning to break down. This was a few years ago, and I had read somewhere that Vitamin D is great for nerve-related things, so I decided to up my dosage to what I had read would be about the maximum for me, which was 10,000 IUs per day.

I am a 5'1 woman weighing about 110 lbs. To my great relief, my sciatica went completely away after only a couple days or so of taking this amount of Vitamin D and it hasn't returned since. The only times I feel it creeping back a bit is when I forget to take my Vitamin D in the morning!

I had a co-worker who struggled with sciatica as well. She went to physical therapy and was considering surgery and suffering a lot. I told her about my experience with Vitamin D, but, sadly, she didn't seem to comprehend the idea. She was actually concerned about how much more money she'd be spending on vitamins by consuming this much (even though I'm sure the surgery she was considering would've been much pricier). Sometimes people just can't hear you when you try to help them, so I stopped trying to convince her. I buy the Target brand Vitamin D, so it really isn't expensive or hard on my budget. And it was so simple for me to solve this issue. All it took was a bit of research and following a hunch.

I hope by sharing my story I can help someone else who needs another idea to try.

Arch Supports and Magnets
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.

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Karen Messina (New Jersey) on 05/17/2020

Hello to Baton Rouge re candied ginger - I know it's been a while but maybe you will check back. I make my own from store bought fresh ginger root. Peel it, cut it up, boil in water. Drain it, then make a simple syrup of sugar and water and boil the ginger in that. Be careful, syrup is very hot and sticky! here is Alton Brown's video: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/candied-ginger-recipe-1944906

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Anon (Baton Rouge, Louisiana ) on 06/28/2019

Where can you find the candy?

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by Susan (Atlanta) on 06/27/2019
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I have faithfully consulted EC for years for many different ailments and remedies, but have never posted until now. Thank you ALL for the recommendation on the candied ginger for sciatica.....after approximately 5 pieces I feel like a new person. The shooting and stabbing pain is gone, I still feel some tension in my back but am so grateful not to feel the continual ache and throb in my thigh and calf. I will continue with the ginger and again thank everyone for their posts!

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 NK (Georgia) on 02/17/2021

It's the ginger. The sugar only makes the ginger easier to take. You can use fresh or dried if you can handle the strong flavor. You can make ginger tea using fresh, sliced ginger or the dried powder and sweeten with stevia or some other sugar substitute Recipes are online.

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by NK (Georgia) on 02/17/2021

Potassium or sodium supplements won't help unless the pain is caused from a deficiency of one of those. Ginger (and a lot of herbals) have anti-inflammatory properties. That means they might help with pain like sciatica (caused by back issues or muscle spasms) and arthritis.

Candied Ginger Slices
Posted by NK (Georgia) on 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.

Posted by NK (Georgia) on 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.

Tennis Shoe Technique
Posted by Michele (Wolcott CT) on 02/14/2021
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I am so glad that I found this post. Searching on piriformis syndrome, which I have to admit is a self diagnosis. But there was no denying the pain that I felt in my buttocks. I didn't search on sciatica because there are no shooting pains down my leg(s). But maybe that was coming in the near future I sit too much, especially during tax season, so I know that contributes to the cause.

I tried this method and on first shot, I felt the pain melt away from the muscles in my buttocks. It was a miracle. I have been sitting on the sneaker for hours in each day since and I am happy to say that I am experiencing more and more hours each day with less pain.

It is not clear, so I want to state,

I use a low rise, sturdy sneaker (tennis shoe) sole down, back of shoe in the front. This sole is nearly an inch thick. I feel an upward pressure on my "sit bones". And as one poster said, maybe it is pushing my pelvis and spine back into alignment. I'm not sure. I but can vouch for it's effectiveness. It costs nothing to try.

At work, I cover the sneaker in a knit legging. Hoping no one notices. But it's that or change jobs so I am not sitting all day. That's not going to happen! Good luck to all those who suffer with pain.