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Sciatica

Sciatica

Description

Sciatica is pain which runs along the course of the sciatic nerve. It can be felt at the back of the thigh and branches throughout the lower body and legs. This condition can begin gradually or abruptly.

Causes

Compression or damage of the sciatic nerve or its roots
A prolapsed intervertebral disk, also known as a slipped disk
Osteoarthritis, in this case affecting the vertebrae of the lower back
Pain transmitted to the sciatic nerve from other parts of the body
Spondylosis
Infections
Metabolic disorders
Toxic disorders

Signs & Symptoms

Sharp, shooting pain running down back of the thigh and into the leg
Symptoms grow worse at night and before stormy weather
Local sensitivity to touch
Numbness
Tingling

Nutritional Supplements

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General Supplements
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AdultChild/Adolescent
DLPA500 - 2,000 mg 100 - 500 mg
Magnesium400 - 600 mg 100 - 300 mg
Manganese 5 - 25 mg 2 - 10 mg
Vitamin C 500 mg 100 - 200 mg
Vitamin E 50 IU 25 IU




Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

If sciatica is brought on, or aggravated by obesity he or she should be placed on a Weight Reduction Diet, and advised to perform stomach-strengthening exercises. If followed, these two measures would relieve the spine and back muscles of pressure, and could lessen or cure the pain. If sciatica is a result of stress, an Immune Strengthening Diet should be prescribed so the individual's immune system will be more capable of handling the physiological changes imposed by the environment.

Homeopathic Remedy

1.* Gnaphalium - 30C
2. Colocynthis - 30C
3. Rhus Toxicodendron - 30C

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.

Legend

X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


References

Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.

Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Tissue Salts

Mag. Phos.

Herbal Approaches

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Herbs
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Capsicum
Horsetail or Shavegrass (Equisetum arvense)
Kelp
St. John's wort
Wintergreen

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Discussion:

Horsetail and Kelp may be recommended as rich sources of minerals.

Otherwise herbal therapy generally consists of massage oils (including St. John's wort) or counter-irritants like capsicum and wintergreen.





Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Pepper Essence,Terebinth Essence.



Related Health Conditions

Arthritis
Infection
Neuralgia
Pain

Abstracts

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