SCIATICA AND AYURVEDIC TREATMENT
- Dr. Murali Manohar Chirumamilla, M.D. (Ayurveda)
Sciatica is an inflammation of the supporting tissues of the
sciatic nerve in the leg. In Ayurveda, it is known as gridhrasi. The
condition is caused by the aggravation vaayu that has resulted from strain
to the back due to poor conditioning, posture, or due to back sprain caused
due to structural damages such as ligament tear. Constipation and cold
weather often precipitate an attack of this condition.
Sciatica pain usually occurs on one side when your sciatic nerve is stretched or pinched, usually by a herniated disc, although narrowing of the spine or other vertebral abnormalities can also cause this pain. Sufferer may experience mild tingling sensation to severe pain, which could also cause immobility. Many a time, sharp pain in one part of the leg or hip and numbness in other parts are experienced. The pain increases after prolonged standing or sitting. Sneezing, coughing, or laughing will aggravate the condition. If spinal narrowing is causing sciatica, sufferer may experience the pain after bending backwards or walking few steps.
Nobody knows why some people are more prone to sciatica. Most often, pain begins with an injury, after lifting a heavy object, or after making an abrupt movement.
A number of conditions may make people more susceptible to sciatica. A herniated disc, sometimes called a slipped disc, is the most common cause of severe sciatica.
Sciatica can also be caused by other problems, including inflammation, abscesses, blood clots, tumours, and obesity. Arteriosclerosis can also cause chronic low back pain. When it blocks arteries in the legs, it may cause pain that resembles sciatica caused by spinal stenosis.
Guidelines & Ayurvedic Remedies
When sciatica is not caused by a medical condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis— about 90 per cent of people recover within a month. Despite this, sciatica is still the most common reason for surgery, which can cost a lot.
In extreme cases, special therapeutic procedures such as Vasti karma, Kati vasti are advised. In such therapies, medicated oils are administered externally and internally to facilitate the mobility. Here is a typical prescription for sciatica:
As we all are genetically different with
different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many
different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually
formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a
substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic
treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always
consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.
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