The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the lumbar region in the low back and extends through the buttock area to the lower limb. Sciatica is pain in the lower extremity, typically felt from the lower back (lumbar region) to behind the thigh and can radiate down below the knee resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. There are number of causative factors for Sciatica, like muscular spasm in the back or buttocks, lumber spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, obesity etc. Constant, sharp pain in only one side of the buttock or leg radiates to the lower leg and foot is the main symptom of sciatica. Homeopathy has a vast repertory of sciatica medicines but which remedy will work in which case of sciatica depends upon a lot of factors which is the domain of an experienced homeopath. The remedies not only help in fighting the cause of the problem but also make the person’s body strong enough to prevent further recurrences. They work deep down at the constitutional level and protect the body from damages. Homoeopathy helps in treating the acute cases where the remedies are prescribed on the basis of the pain, factors related to the modalities of the pain and so on. In treating chronic pain of sciatica the constitutional medicine is given in addition to acute remedies.
Best Homoeopathic remedies for Sciatica:
Colocynthis:This is an excellent Homoeopathic remedy for left sided sciatica. Pain starts in sciatic nerve extending the knee or to the heel, worse from slightest motion and cold. Pain relieved by pressure or lying on painful side. The pain is paroxysmal, followed by numbness and partial paralysis. There is a sensation as if the thigh were bound with iron bands. The muscles are fearfully tense and fixed. Sciatica with burning pain in feet and soles. Patient has mental dejection with taciturnity. Aversion to talk and disinclined to answer questions.Inclined to be angry and indignant.Lachrymose humour.Anxiety and inquietude, with an inclination to run away.Want of religious feeling. Disinclined to occupy oneself, and even averse to visit his otherwise well liked friends.
Valeriana Officinalis:Valeriana Officinalis is a most suitable Homeopathic remedy for sciatica. Sciatica pain worse from standing and stretching the leg. Pain relieved by walking. It is also the most popular medicine where severe pain is felt from calf muscle to heel and crampy, tearing pain in thigh extending to hip. Pain in hip and thigh intolerable when standing, as if thigh would break. Spasmodic drawing and jerking in thighs. Patient is extremely delirious, attempting to get out of the window, threatening and vociferating wildly.Anxious, hypochondriacal sensation, as if all around were desolate, disagreeable, or strange. Fear, especially in evening and in the dark.The most opposite moral symptoms appear alternately.Extreme instability of ideas.General illusions and errors of the mind. Hallucinations especially at night, sees figures, animals, men; thinks she is someone else, moves to edge of bed to make room.Great flow of ideas, chasing one another.Felt like one who is dreaming. Hysteria, with nervous over excitability of the nerves.