Many of us suffer from aches, pains and stiffness at some stages of our lifetime. Our unhealthy lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits are responsible for various joint disorders and other problems associated with our bones and muscles.
ABOUT SCIATIC NERVE
The largest and longest nerve found in human body is Sciatic nerve. It starts in lower back and further it is found in whole lower limb till foot. These are two in number and formed by reunion of L4 L5 S1 S2 and S3 spinal nerves.
WHAT IS SCIATICA?
Sciatica is not a disease or any condition, it is bunch of symptoms which include pricking pain, numbness, tingling sensation weakness that starts from lower back and radiated to buttocks and lower limbs till foot. Main cause of pain in Sciatica is rather compression or irritation of Sciatic nerve.
"GRIDHRASI" is ayurvedic term used for Sciatica and this is a painful condition of lower limbs. Word Gridhrasi is derived from Sanskrit word "GRIDHA" which means vulture. Due to severe pain in legs they become stiff and slightly curved and patient walks like vulture. It is a vatavyadhi and intake of vata rich foods cause aggravation of vatadosha which is main cause of Sciatica. Initial symptoms of this disease are pain, stiffness, sensation of pricking needles, pulsation and gripping sensation in gluteal region and further this pain is relocated in Kati region (Pelvic region), Jaanu (below knees), Jangha (thighs) and Pada (foot). This painful sensation in lower limbs is due to vitiation of vatadosha.
Ayurveda also considers Vataj-Kaphaj Gridhrasi in which vata is main dosha and kapha is sub dosha.
CAUSES OF SCIATICA
Symptoms of other diseases becomes major factors to cause this disease and are mentioned below:-
- Disc prolapse
- Spinal stenosis
- Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Infections of pelvis
- Pelvic fractures
- Dysfunction of sacro-iliac joint
SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA
- Pain is the major symptom of this disease and it may vary from mild to severe. Pain is radiating and it worsen on sitting, standing and even in lying position.
- Tingling and pricking needle like sensation
- Muscular weakness
- Difficulty in leg and foot movements
DIAGNOSIS OF SCIATICA
- Physical examination
- Blood examination
- ESR count
- X-ray, CT scan and MRI
- Abdomino - pelvic ultrasonography
- Urine examination
HERBAL REMEDIES FOR SCIATICA BY PLANET AYURVEDA
Planet Ayurveda provides effective herbal remedies such as Boswellia-curcumin, Curcumin Capsules, Yograj Guggul, Orthovita Oil, Aamvatantak Churna & Hakam Churna for ayurvedic treatment of Sciatica. These herbal remedies are prepared by using best quality herbs and strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda. All these herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda are 100 percent pure, natural and vegetarian. These are free from chemicals, additives and preservatives. The herbs used are safe and free from side effects.
Boswellia curcumin is a wonderful products of Ayurveda that contains Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (curcuma longa) as main ingredients. Both of the herbs are best in action and properties because of their anti-inflammatory nature. This herbal formulation helps to overcome severe pain and inflammation. It improve flexibility and movement of joints.
DOSE: 2 capsules twice daily plain water after meals.
PACK: Pack size of 60 capsules is available.
Most ancient and common herb used in Ayurvedic healing system is curcumin. Extract of Curcumin (Curcuma longa) is only the herb used in preparation of this herbal formulation. This herb has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancerous and anti-biotic properties. This supplement helps to balance the body energies namely, vata, pitta and kapha. Sciatica is vatavyadhi and this herb brings back vatadosha in equilibrium. This natural herb acts wonderfully in arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
DOSE: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
PACK: Pack of 60 capsules is available.
Yograj Guggul is a brilliant combination of various Ayurvedic herbs like - Guggul resin (Commiphora mukul), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippali (Piper longum), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Kulanjan (Alpinia galanga), Chavya (Piper chaba), Puskaramula (Inula racemosa), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhtaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) etc. This herbal formulation helps to pacify vata dosha in joints, muscles and nerves. It helps in improving immunity and it also act as anti-oxidant. Also regulates metabolism of the body and eliminate toxins and waste products from body.
DOSE: 1-2 tablets with plain water twice daily.
PACK: Pack of 120 tablets is available.
Ingredients of orthovita oil are:-
- Shul Gjendra oil -30 ml
- Turpentine oil - 18 ml
- Prasarini oil - 10 ml
- Gandhapura oil – 10 ml
- Saindhavadi oil - 30 ml
- Camphor - 02 gram
Orthovita oil is classic Ayurvedic oil to strengthen joints and restore mobility of joints. It is used to reduce inflammation, stiffness and pain in joints. This oil gives brilliant results to relieve the pain of sciatica. General massage of the oil slowly ease up the swellings inside the joints. The oil is very effective for both acute and chronic pain associated with body joints. Beneficial in back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis.
HOW TO APPLY?
Take 5-10 ml of oil in your palm. Rub it gently over the painful joint. Don't expose it to cool air and wrap with warm cloth for 1-2 hours.
Aamvatantak churna is a herbal blend of unique herbs that gives wonderful results for various joint pains. Herbs used in this blend are Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Methi (Trigonella foenum graceum), Suranjan (Colchium luteum baker), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Sonth (Zingiber officinale). This herbal combination is used for arthritis, joint pains and rheumatoid arthritis. It is best used to reduce inflammation and swelling in joints.
DOSE: 1 teaspoonful twice daily after meals
PACK: Pack size of 100 gram churna is available.
6. HAKAM CHURNA
Hakam churna is a perfect blend of herbs and herbs used in this herbal formulation are Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalonji (Nigella sativa), Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi). This combination has anti- spasmodic properties. It is best used in painful joints, stiff joints, morning stiffness and backache. It is best natural supplement that works wonderfully for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis cervical spondylitis and other inflammatory conditions that are underlying diseases associated with sciatica.
DOSE: 1 teaspoonful once or twice daily with lukewarm water.
As we discussed above it is neither a disease nor a condition. It is mainly a symptom associated with other underlying disorders that are associated with joints, lower limb and backbone. So to cure all underlying conditions associated with bones and joints planet Ayurveda also provides a pack named "Joint Support Pack".
- Bone Support Capsules - 2 Capsules twice daily.
- Coral Calcium Complex - 1 Capsule twice daily.
- Joint Aid Plus - 2 Capsules twice daily.
- Curcumin Capsules - 2 Capsules twice daily.
To buy Joint Support Pack, please visit store.planetayurveda.com/products/joint-support-pack
TIPS TO GET RELIEF FROM SCIATIC PAIN
- Use heat and ice packs to reduce Sciatic pain.
- General massage and exercise gives relief from pain.
- Stretching can offer good support to back and reduces pain.
- Try to avoid long sitting for several hours.