Effective Natural Remedies for Sciatica

Candied Ginger Slices

35 User Reviews
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Posted by Oliver (New York, Ny/ Usa) on 03/03/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I had terrible Sciatica brought on by a new running regime. I tried (I thought) everything- Acupuncture, Chiropractor and was running out of hope. It went on for 2 months plus and would get to the point where my leg would completely seize up. I then did 3 things and within a couple of days I was seeing results and by 2 weeks totally fine.

1- Ginger Slices, this really seemed to help reduce swelling in my lower back

2- Yoga ( I went twice and had great results) I was then able to use the techniques at home- It takes a tiny amount of work compared to the agony of Sciatica

3- Removed my wallet from back pocket when sitting!

I am not sure if all 3 or just 1 cured me, but combined I went from having no hope of cure to complete cure in days.

Everyone will be different, but don't lose hope and try not to spend too much money on treatments when you have some simple options you can try first.

Good Luck everyone, it really sucks.

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Posted by Ethel (Prescott Valley, Az) on 04/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I had extreme sciatica pain. Best I could do for myself was walk because sitting was sooo painful and lying down didn't help much either. I came across this site by accident, thank God. I read about using ginger so I bought some candied ginger and ate about a tblspn size and went to lie down. I was up in 15 minutes and I just wanted to cry! The pain was all but gone for the first time in months!!! Please, if you have sciatica pain, eat ginger! It will help get you through!!!

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Posted by Patti (Jamestown, Ohio, United States) on 02/18/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I found this site just looking at natural ways to treat different things. My husband is 71 & hurt his back sweeping our porch. Going & going to the doctor but not much help. The pain in his leg was awful. He could not find a comfortable position no matter what he did. For two nights he walked the floor just trying to get some relief. I saw the crystalized ginger for scatica and thought it was worth a try. When I tell others how much it helped him I get a funny look but it surely did. On Saturday, about noon he ate two pieces. Two more about 3 and two more around 6 that evening. He slept Saturday night for the first time in 3 weeks AND he has had NO pain in the leg since. His back is still some sore and tender but the pain that went from his hip almost to his foot is 100% total gone. So I would say to anyone with sciatica to at least give it a try. He is eating 3-4 pieces a day now. May try not eating and see if it stays gone. Just wanted to share this so if someone is wondering if this really works is did for my husband. Got it at Krogers in the dried fruit area. Came in a bag like dried cranberries are in. They also had it in the spices but alot more expensive.
Love this site and all the information here.

Replied by Patti
(Jamestown, Ohio)
5 out of 5 stars


So good to know others tried the ginger and it worked for them.

My husband is still using it, just a piece or two everyday. He still have that back pain but never has the scatica pain unless he goes several days without eating any ginger. I have told many people and those who really gave it a good try got alot of pain relief. It really is amazing. My hubby kept saying "I don't believe how much better my leg is, can it really be the ginger"? Earth Clinic has been a lifesaver more than once for us. Thanks to everyone who keeps it up and running and prayers to Ted.

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Posted by Kathleen (Chicago, Illinois) on 12/30/2009
4 out of 5 stars

The first thing I tried from your site was ginger for sciatica. It has helped get rid of the pain immensely, but not quite gotten rid of it.

I am also taking apple cider vinegar for my high blood pressure. I feel immensely better, but it's too soon for me to say that it's the answer for me. I was prescribed generic (this may be a lot of the problem) Lisinopril which triggered the sciatica for the first time in my life and initially raised my blood pressure! It's been a living you know what for three months.

My next foray for sciatica is Epsom Salts. I usually have it but, of course, am out right now. Wouldn't it be something if that finally got rid of this beast!

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Posted by Renee (San Jose, CA) on 02/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I irritated my sciatic nerve for the first time, and in addition to ice packs, heat pads, ibuprofen and rest, I also made ginger syrup and dried sweet pieces. Eating and drinking the ginger enhances the anti-inflammatory benefit from the ibuprofen, so I do not need to take as much. Eventually, I hope to only consume ginger while eliminating the ibuprofen. I used the recipe "Ginger Ale and It's Candy" by Ming Tsai and even substituted some of the sugar with stevia for sweetener. I add 1-2 Tablespoons of syrup to 8 oz. selter water for the ginger ale. I have been eating 6-8 small pieces of ginger daily, or adding to my tea for flavor. Ginger is good!

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Posted by Anna (Philadelphia, PA) on 02/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had his sciatica pain gone in few minutes after eating ginger by itself (candidized or powdered).

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Posted by Angela (Antioch, California) on 11/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing, the spasm on my leg from the my sciatica pain have improved after the 3rd day on eating the ginger slices along with some yoga exercise. I eat about 5 to 10 slices a day and I am feeling much better after a week. My last sciatica pain last nearly 2 months which was 2 years ago. It is definitely worth of trying.

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Posted by Anna (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on 09/12/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Candied ginger slices for scatica:

My husband suffers from sciatica for weeks in a stretch about four times a year. It started hurting him really bad (not able to function without OTC painkillers) few days ago. Two days ago I read here about candied ginger. Yesterday he snack on it- about 10-12 slices which is a lot but he found 1. he likes the taste 2.everybody in his work seems to like it too and wants to have some! It was his first night without painkiller! The pain is gone! Early morning, which used to be worst, he sensed "something" along the nerve, but it even wasn't painful or lasting. It is so hard to believe - but IT IS A FACT. (I learned meanwhile that ginger works against inflammotion; whatever the reason-it has worked!)

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Posted by Elaine (Butler, NJ) on 08/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Iv'e been eating the ginger slices for about a week now, I don't know how it works, but it is working. The pain is almost all gone. It's nice not to be taking excederin every four hours. I snack on about 5 or 6 slices a day. Thanks for the tip!!!

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Posted by Hugo (E Freetown, MA) on 02/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was on a diet so I made lite candied ginger slices to suppress appetite. I was also suffering from severe sciatica and back spasms. After a week both disappeared. It was by accident that I discovered the total relief of lower back problems. I am 64 yrs old. I have discontinued ginger and my back has been pain free.

Replied by Mariana
(San Pablo, Ca.)

I was wondering if it also works with powdered ginger? I used 1 tablespoon with water. I guess I am hoping this also works.

Replied by Linda
(San Diego, Ca)

what about using plain ginger or ginger root tea? For those of us that don't want all the sugar. Is it the ginger or the combination of?


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.

Castor Oil

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Posted by Jan (US) on 05/17/2020
5 out of 5 stars

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).


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Posted by Lorene (Montgomery, Tx) on 09/21/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I HAD Sciatica pain. 1) cause is neuropathy from Rx antibiotic drugs years ago. Haunting! Rips magnesium from the body causing inability to walk, stand, etc.

2) had MRI identify bad discs in spine, and Ankylosing Spondylitis disease. Also have 2 knee issues needing replaced, but declined. Had Hyalgen shots in knees, but still had odd electrical like jolt behind knee and in leg. Doc said Bakers Cyst. (humph....)

3) Suddenly my entire leg caved with jolting excruciating pain. I take lots of supplements for bone, joints, etc. knowing magnesium loss and use of Cipro drugs damage. Had lots of pain creams, but never total relief, and this pain was different and EXTREME! I had CBD Hemp Oil in my cupboard SUPER strength 1000mg with slight 0.3% THC in it. Sat on couch. 2 hours later, could move.

Overnight I was rescued with ability to walk!! Since I have continued daily use of CBD oil, I am nearly cured and comfortable. I know that the nerve damage is still there in feeling the tendon, but can swing my leg back and almost tight now, which was impossible before the CBD oil. I feel sold on this medicine. Only get CBD online and not in store-fronts. You want a GOOD product.

Hope you are as fortunate as me. I am 80 years old and "walking". No, the disease does not go away, damage is done, but walking is good.

Posted by Lorene (Montgomery, Tx) on 09/21/2020
5 out of 5 stars

To clarify there is a chemical solution to Sciatica care. It is CBD but a strong formula (CTFO Super). Sciatica does originate in the spinal column, from slipped or damaged discs. Mine is AS = Ankylosing Spondylitis and it is technically incurable and the kind that makes curviture of spine. I don't have that. The discs get agitated and the Sciatic nerve runs from butt to feet, usually stopping at the knee, then transponds down to feet at times. It is unbearable jolting electrical pain. If it goes to toes, you get weird cramping of toe bones - very painful. In my attempts to fix all this, Orthopedic doc gave me Hyalgen shots for 2 bad knees but off the cuff, said this pain was probably Bakers Cyst. (wrong! ). Knees are good, but pain was still lingering. So... this is Sciatica, or breakdown of nerves. The cause of mine was Cipro/Levaquin Rx antibiotics years ago -- which rip out the magnesium of the body, esp. legs., causes neuropathy. Most wind up in a wheelchair with this. I am 80. I took the CBD and to my surprise was better by morning and could walk again. I take daily now. I will also do Lysine and Iron pills to help conditions. It is still there, deeply -- I can feel weakness in nerves, but I am able to walk and shop all I want to now. I am extremely happy with CBD which has 0.3% thc in it. Its a life-saver! Ya'll might want to give that a shot.

Chair Exercise

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Posted by Helen (Austin, Texas) on 07/30/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I get minor sciatic nerve pinches regularly. A woman at a conference showed me a simple exercise, and a massage friend later said that's the exercise he teaches to everyone.

Sit in a firm chair. Cross your knees. Clasp both hands outside the knee and pull it towards it's opposite shoulder (right knee towards left shoulder.) Won't move more than an inch, but you should feel the pull on the side-near back buttocks area.

Do this for 20 seconds every time you sit down, and the pain should be gone in less than a week.

Keep doing it once daily to prevent recurrence.

Actually, doesn't have to be a real firm chair but starting that way helps you feel where the pull should be.

Also, massage guy said, stop sitting so much! And when you sit be sure to get up and move significantly every 45 minutes or so. Chiropractor said "Get a stand-up desk, sitting is unhealthy."

Build times of standing into your day. I made a habit of standing up when talking in the phone. At conferences and friendly meetings I often get up and stand in the back of the room for a while, especially if I had to drive an hour to get there.

Replied by Kim
(Coast, Oregon)
5 out of 5 stars

I've recently suffered from a week of extreme muscle spasms in my back. Upon reading this recommendation, I began the stretching exercises and IMMEDIATE relief was felt after the first stretch. Sit in a firm chair with a straight back (concentrating on proper alignment & posture) and enjoy the benefits of this stretch. This is the first thing to bring relief in almost of week of pure, unrelenting pain.

I knew there had to be more options than massage and bed rest!

Thank you so much for sharing your "effectual" experience!

Replied by Nikki Jean
(Philadelphia, Pa)
5 out of 5 stars

I want to register a huge YEA for the chair exercise to help ease sciatica pain. It literally took me from excruciating pain to relative comfort in about 10 minutes. THANK YOU. I use this site for everything, but this is the first time I just HAD to write in, because the difference felt miraculous. I'm on a long road trip and not being able to sit was just not an option, thank you again.

Replied by Realeone2
(Ssi, Ga)
5 out of 5 stars

This works wonders like the chair exercise, I read this awhile back for sciatica, on Dear Abby I think it was-this helped me too. Lie on your back, stretch your toes, pointed as far as you can while stretching your arms over your head as far as you can, release, then stretch again, arms upward and pulling your toes inward. Do this BEFORE you get out of bed in the morning. Also, lie on your back, cross ankle to your knee, push down on knee while pulling in opposite leg, you can feel the burn/pull/release of the buttock area, hence sciatica release!

Replied by Mesem
(Toulon, France)

Swimming (over arm and backstroke) and cycling up a good steep hill several times do the same thing and gets your circulation going more than a stretch. You may hurt directly after but the next day you will be fine.

Replied by Ledtocrowe
(The Plains, Ohio)
5 out of 5 stars

thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you

Replied by Es

Hi! I'm sorry if this is a silly question but what do you mean cross your knees? Cross your legs? Like when kids sit on the floor? Or like cross your legs like women sit?


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Posted by Julie (Wisconsin) on 08/13/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I decided to do a 21 day Daniel fast and not drink coffee or caffeine during that time. After a couple of days my bones were ACHING! I thought I was detoxing and that it would go away within a few days. Most of it was better, but my right side had sciatica terrible that would not go away. It would help to take ibuprofren or pain pills, but the pain continued after it wore off. It was the worst at night and I couldn't sleep. I remembered other times that I would quit drinking coffee that I had bone/nerve pain and after five days I decided to try and see if it was coffee. I drank one cup of 1/2 regular and 1/2 decaf, which is what I normally drank and I didn't have to take anything for pain. It did hurt some in the middle of the night, but was much better! The next morning I again drank a couple of cups of 1/2 regular 1/2 decaf coffee and have had no more pain!! I know those who think coffee is poision will think this is crazy, but I would rather drink a couple cups of coffee a day then have the terrible pain that sciatica causes.

Replied by Daniel
(Los Angeles)

Did you use instant coffee at home? If so, how much coffee of each? 1/2 tablespoon? 1 teaspoon? Did you drink black, with sugar, with cream? Please advise. I don't drink much coffee. I've had sciatica the last 4 days and the stretches are not working any more.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

To Daniel (Los Angeles)

This can be remedied with topical Magnesium Chloride oil, alkalizing with one half tsp. baking soda about three times a day away from food and two tsp. turmeric in warm milk or nut milk twice a day. I use goat milk.

Try the separately or together in a day to find out what works best or keep taking them all.

Good luck, Namaste, Om

Replied by Joe
(Poway, Ca)
5 out of 5 stars

I have extreme pain in the right hip ( sciatica, I guess) going on 3 weeks. Can't walk or sleep and the only thing that has helped is coffee. Prescription pain pills and muscle relaxers were no help. Pain was so bad last night, I had to drink a cup of coffee to get some sleep.

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