Sciatica is considered a symptom, rather than a condition. It is manifested by leg pain, which may resemble a leg cramp or a shooting pain that makes sitting/ standing difficult.
Typically, the pain worsens when the person sits, coughs, or sneezes. It may occur out of the blue, or it may develop over time. Weakness, burning sensation, and numbness are the most common symptoms. Although rare, symptoms like inability to bend the knee or move the foot are also possible.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica is usually a symptom of a “pinched nerve”, which affects or more of the lower spinal nerves.
- Spondylolisthesis: This condition is caused by slippage of one vertebrae, causing it to narrow the opening through which the nerve exists.
- Spinal stenosis: It results from narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the nerves.
- A herniated or slipped disc: This is the most common cause of sciatica pain which causes pressure on a nerve root.
- Piriformis syndrome: It develops when the piriformis muscle becomes tight, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Recipe for sciatica and the back pain
- 2 cups organic coconut milk
- 4 organic aged cloves garlic
Simply simmer the garlic cloves in the milk on high heat for half an hour. Allow it to cool down, and then drink.
Ginger essential oil is packed with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which have been shown to reduce pain associated with arthritis. It relieves pain by acting on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings.
Ginger works similarly to spicy pepper, creating a slight burning sensation which lasts for a few seconds. By doing so, it affects the pain pathways and reduces inflammation, which is the root cause of the issue.
According to a study from the University of Miami, ginger extract works as great alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This particular study compared the effects of a ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The researchers concluded that ginger reduced stiffness and pain in knee joints by up to 40% over the placebo.
Researchers at the University of California concluded that ginger works on cellular level, affecting certain inflammatory processes. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-ulcer properties make it extremely beneficial for arthritis patients.