Nerve compression

Home Remedies for Compressed Nerve

(Sciatica)

 

Sciatica, another form of neuralgia (nerve pain) caused by compression, affects the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body supplying the whole of the lower body. The sciatic nerve can be damaged or pressed upon by prolapsed disc or bony outgrowths from arthritic or injured vertebrae.

Sciatica, another form of neuralgia (nerve pain) caused by compression, affects the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body supplying the whole of the lower body. The sciatic nerve can be damaged or pressed upon by prolapsed disc or bony outgrowths from arthritic or injured vertebrae. Symptoms arise in the muscles and skin areas of the thigh, leg and foot supplied by the affected fibers.

Symptoms

– Nagging pain anywhere between the buttock and foot.

– Pain aggravated by bending, sneezing or coughing.

– Standing may be preferable to sitting.

– Pins and needles, numbness.

– Sometimes, muscular weakness.

Lower back pain often present.

Cures

  • Gentle exercises may be recommended, together with hydrotherapy in the form of hot showers, a hot-water bottle, and compresses for the lower back. Gentle massage of the lower back and limbs might also be used to tone the muscles, stimulate the circulation and increase the absorption of natural remedies.
  • Recommendations include small, regular whole food meals and snacks, with plenty of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables and their juices for their antioxidant content (which combat the aging process and the advent of arthritis). The high-fiber content of these foods also helps to prevent constipation. Foods rich in B-complex vitamins, such as wheat germ, whole wheat products, offal, lecithin,  and dried beans, should be consumed daily, to prevent or correct the deficiency of pyridoxine with which compressed nerves have been linked. Specific sources of B6 include avocados, carrots, hazelnuts, and wheat germ. Low levels of thiamine have also been linked to nerve damage and malfunction; sources include  rye and whole wheat flour, sunflower seeds, . Specific dietary supplements will include vitamin B-complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E, selenium and zinc, plus the rest of the main antioxidants.
  • Preparations of scutellairae, turmeric, devil’s claw and nettle leaf have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving actions which may be of benefit, as may vegetal silica and schisandra. Chamomile tea and American ginseng both produce a calming, relaxing and soothing effect which can benefit anyone confined to bed with sciatica, since muscular tension – natural consequence of pain – aggravates the problem.
  • Add 2 drops of essence of pepper, mustard or juniper to 2 tsp of pain soya oil, warm slightly and massage gently into the lower vertebrae, buttock and lower limb wherever symptoms are experienced. This is most effective after a warm, relaxing bath or shower. You can also add a few drops to an oil burner, and inhale these remedies.