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AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF SCIATICA

INTRODUCTION

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.

Sciatica

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.

AYURVEDIC OPINION

"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
  • Pregnancy
  • Tumors
  • 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.
  • Numbness
  • 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 the best combination of effective herbal remedies such as Sciatica Care Pack 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.

Dosage

  1. Boswellia Curcumin - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.
  2. Hakam Churna - 1 tsp. twice daily with plain water, after meals.
  3. Ashwagandha Capsules - 1 capsule twice daily with plain water, after meals.
  4. Yograj Guggul - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water, after meals.
  5. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras - 1 tablet twice daily with plain water, after meals.

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN

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.

2. 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.

3. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

The ashwagandha capsules of Planet Ayurveda formulated by the pure extract of Ashwagandha herb (Withania somnifera). It provides strength to the back muscles, spine and the ligaments. It also reduces the inflammation and irritation in sciatic nerves. It is known as the popular Ayurvedic herb, used in sciatica. The ashwagandha herb also acts as a natural Rejuvenator which provides nutrition and strength to the tissues especially bones and muscles. Ashwagandha balances the Vata dosha in the body. Ashwagandha Capsules are also beneficial in painful arthritic joints and frozen shoulders.

4. YOGRAJ GUGGUL

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.

5. VRIHAT VATCHINTAMANI RAS

These tablets of Planet Ayurveda are prepared by using various Ayurvedic Bhasma such as Swarna Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, Abhraka Bhasma, Loha Bhasma, Pravala Bhasma, Mukta Bhasma, and Suta Bhasma. It helps to balance Vata and pitta doshas. It helps to relieve the problems with painful joints like inflammation, chronic pain, stiffness and back pain. Thus, Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras is effective in sciatica, rheumatism and arthritis. It also supports the healthy functioning of the brain.

To buy Sciatica Care Pack, please visit store.planetayurveda.com/products/sciatica-care-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.
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