Sciatica is usually a symptom of a structural problem in thelower back, where the sciatic nerve is compressed or trapped. It usually causes pain which affects the buttocks and back of the thigh and can send shooting pains down the length of the nerve to the foot. In some cases there may be tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.

Sciatica can be caused by infection, inflammation of the sciatic nerve, injury, poor posture or a “slipped” disc. Orthodox treatment is usually painkillers, however an osteopath, chiropracter or acupuncturist can help.

Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage
B Complex Helps nerve function. As directed
Bromelain Acts as an anti-inflammatory. as directed
DLPA To help with pain. 500mg 3 to 4 times daily
Magnesium Helps reduce spasms in the muscles. 100-500mg daily
Quercetin Acts as an anti-inflammatory. 400-500mg daily
Black Cohosh Has anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and muscle relaxant properties. 500mg 3 times daily
Devils Claw Potent anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. 500mg 3 times daily
Willow Willow Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. The natural form of aspirin. 500-2000mg daily
Boswellia Potent anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. 200-500mg daily
Fish Oil Anti-inflammatory Omega 3 oils. as directed


Diet and Lifestyle Factors

Eat ginger, pineapples and turmeric for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Eat oily fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, herrings and mackerel for their anti-inflammatory Omega 2 oils

Avoid having caffeinated drinks and sugar which both deplete the body of valuable nutrients needed to help with pain.

Use ice packs to relieve pain. If the problem is long standing you might find heat packs more effective.

If you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, you may benefit from taking a good multi-vitamin as these drugs can deplete certain nutrients. Slippery Elm can also help combat any damage to the mucosal lining of the digestive system. Milk thistle will support the liver if you are taking these drugs or painkillers such as paracaetomol.

Look after your back! Correct posture and lifting can help prevent damage to the discs. Exercise will strengthen the supportive muscles of the whole back.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Arnica
  • Bryonia
  • Rhus Tox

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