How to Treat Pinched Nerve Naturally?
What is a Pinched Nerve?
Nerves send important messages throughout our body and extend from the brain and spinal cord. The warning sign for Pinched nerve is a pain. We should never ignore these symptoms. Pinched nerve damage may be severe or minor and cause long-lasting or temporary problems. Uncomfortable sensation, numbness, and pain occur on increased pressure leading to damage and irritation to the peripheral nerve. Any nerve can be affected and it may be associated with a neck injury or back pain.
Causes of Pinched Nerve
The nerve is mainly covered by a protective sheath, which is called myelin. When pressure is applied to the peripheral nerve either nerve irritation or myelin sheath irritation or both occur, resulting in loss of conduction of sensory impulses to the brain which results in a sense of numbness. This damage can result in inflammation which can lead to damage and injury resulting in pain or paresthesia. Paresthesia is a pickling or a tingling sensation. In early stages, it is mainly characterized by numbness lasting for a short time but in later stages, this sensation can persist for a longer period of time. Nerve compression for a short time can resolve itself but if it persists for a long period of time then it can take several weeks to months to resolve symptoms. Permanent nerve injury may occur if it is left untreated for a long period of time.
Risk Factors For Pinched Nerve
There are various risk factors which are associated with a pinched nerve. They can be:-
- Weight Gain
- Disc Herniation or Bulging Disc
- Arthritisof the Spine
- Water Retention
- Low Thyroid Levels
- Repetitive Activities (typing and using certain tools)
Symptoms of Pinched Nerve
Symptoms associated with a pinched nerve are:-
- Numbness and tingling sensation
- Pain in the area of compression mainly in lower back and neck
- Sciatica - radiating pain, radicular pain
- Burning sensation or pin and needles
- Weakness with certain activities
- Muscle weakness - severe cases
Common Areas Associated with Nerve Compression
Common areas where nerve compression can occur are:-
- Cervical Spine - A pinched nerve in the neck can result in pain and tingling sensation in the spine. The pain can travel to arm or shoulder blade region.
- Carpal Tunnel - Injury to the median nerve at the wrist.
- Sciatic Nerve - In this pain travels from the lower back to the legs.
- Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve (Meralgiaparesthetica) - It is caused by compression of the sensory nerve in the upper thigh. It can also be seen in Pregnancy due to the enlarged size of Uterus.
- Common Peroneal Nerve - In this injury occurs on crossing the legs at the knee.
- Ulnar Nerve at the Elbow - It is frequently caused by leaning on elbows while driving or sitting.
Diagnosis For Pinched Nerve
It can be diagnosed by the following methods:-
- Case History - Proper case history is taken by the Doctor about the location, duration,and severity of the condition. Depending upon the diagnosis, further tests may be required.
- Physical Examination - It is done to examine the area affected, and severity of the condition.
- Electromyography (EMG) - This is a nerve conduction study which tells about the extent of nerve damage and also helps as a diagnostic factor.
- MRI Scan - In case of involvement of neck Cervical spine) or spine (Lumbar spine), MRI scan helps.
- CT Scan - It is useful to detect the cause of the pinched nerve like - Arthritis, fracture or herniated disc. It also helps to make the diagnosis.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Pinched Nerve
Ayurveda helps to treat the disease with the proper lifestyle and using herbs. These herbs if taken in a proper manner are very effective. If taken in excess or less quantity it can harm our body system. So, always take the medicines as prescribed by Ayurvedic Doctors. One should follow the proper diet and healthy lifestyle along with herbal remedies, according to the Ayurveda.
Herbal Remedies for Pinched Nerve
Planet Ayurveda offers Cervical Spondylosis care pack for the treatment of pinched nerve. This is a very effective combination of medicines for treating pinched nerve as these medicines are 100 percent pure, natural, vegetarian , and free from any side effect that can be used safely. They are free from preservatives, additives, and chemicals and are formulated by MD Ayurveda doctors.
- Yograj Guggul - 2 tablets, two times a day, with plain water.
- Hakam Churna - 1 teaspoonful, two times a day, with plain water, after meals.
- Joint Aid Plus - 2 capsules, two times a day, with plain water.
1. Yograj Guggul
Herb Commiphora mukul is the main ingredient of this tablet. In cases of severe acute and chronic pain of Cervical Spondylosis and other forms of joint pains, these tablets can be used along with Joint Aid Plus. In combination with Hakam Churna and Yograj Guggul, they give better results in a stiff neck, stressed nerves and stiff joints.
2. Hakam Churna
This is prepared by using herbs like - Kalonji (Nigella sativa), Ajwain (Celery seeds) and Chandersoor (Lepidium sativium). It is very useful in cases of cervical and lower back pain, disc prolapse, strains, and sprains in muscles and tendons. In cases of neck stiffness, disc prolapse muscle rupture, lower back, and neck pain and muscle rupture, herbs used in this formulation hasten the healing.
3. Joint Aid Plus
It is prepared by using various herbs which are beneficial for a pinched nerve. Their action is quick and they do not have any side effect. They contain Commiphora mukul, ashwagandha and dry ginger. They are very useful in inflammatory Cervical Spondylosis, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, inflammation, stress, and help to relax the muscles around the back of neck. It helps to reduce swelling around the joints and give better results if used in combination with hakam churna and yogra jguggul.
Stress Support for Pinched Nerve
Mainly three herbs are used in stress support. They are -
- Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) - The herb 'Brahmi' is used in Ayurveda from old ages. It is used in lack of concentration, loss in memory and forgetfulness. It gives beneficial results in many mental illnesses, stress, anxiety, blood pressure, hallucinations, and epilepsy. Its regular use improves mental ability, cognition , increases the retention power and recollection.
- Ashwagandha(Withania Somnifera) -It is a unique herb and serves various functions. Its active components are Withanolides and Withaferin. It is known as Indian Ginseng. This herb acts as an anti-inflammatory, antistress, antitumor, hemopoietic, immunomodulatory and anti-anxiety agent. It is very useful to relieve stress and it enhances mental and physical stress naturally.
Ancient Verse About Ashwagandha
The Bhavprakashnighantu with elaborated Hindi commentary by Padmashri Prof. K.C. Chunekar, Edited by Dr. G.S. Pandey - Verse 189-190, Edition of 1998 - Page no - 393-394.
Ashwagandha, Kusthgandhini, Hyahriya, Varda, BaldaVrahkarni,and Baji. Its two synonyms are Hyagandha and Bajigandha. It is astringent and bitter in taste, potency is hot, provides energy and enhances the spermatogenesis. It manages kapha, vata, leucoderma, and inflammation and has an anti-aging effect. It also manages emaciation problems.
- Tagar (Valeriana Wallichii) - This herb is very popular in the west and is commonly known as Valerian. It helps to fight depression and is very useful in stress and anxiety and it also relaxes muscles. It has a calming effect on the nervous system that's why it is mainly used.