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Time to do something?  See how homeopathic medicine can relieve sciatica pain and discomfort.

There are quite a few homeopathic remedies that are useful in helping to relieve sciatica.  To choose the right remedy you must find the best match to you specific symptoms.  Homeopathy works on an individual basis, so 10 different cases of sciatica may have 10 different remedies. 

If your sciatica has been troubling you for years there will be other symptoms and information that need to be considered so it would be sensible to seek the advice of a qualified homeopath.

The remedies here are just taking into account the physical symptoms you may be experiencing.  The remedy you choose may have symptoms that you are not experiencing, don’t let this put you off, just choose the one which sounds most like your symptoms.

The remedies listed here are just a few for your consideration.  The information about each remedy has been taken from the website hpathy.com.

Arnica

Arnica is a remedy for sciatica due to over-exertion. The acute pains are followed by a sensation as if bruised. 

Arsenicum Album

If your pain returns every night at the same time and becomes totally unbearable. It may be relieved by gentle motion or warmth, it is aggravated by cold.  Neuralgia without inflammation.

Aconite

With severe pains at night and worse from exposure to cold or damp weather, there is numbness, pricking sensations and intense coldness especially in the toes.  The patient feels restless and tingly.

Ammonium muriaticum

Pain in left hip worse while sitting but relieved by walking or lying down. Feels as if the tendons  in the hip are too short. Legs feel contracted. Painful jerks, feet feel as if asleep.

Belladonna

With hot inflammation, the pain comes on suddenly.

There is a neuritis, and the course of the nerve is sensitive; the pain is especially severe at night, the parts are sensitive to the touch, the least concussion or a draft of air aggravates. Severe lacerating pains coming on in the afternoon or evening; has to change position often; worse from motion, noise, shock or contact; cannot bear the clothing to touch him. Relieved by letting the limb hang down, warmth and the erect posture.

Bryonia

Bryonia has shooting pains worse from motion and relieved by hard pressure. May be better from lying on the affected side.  Patient is nervous to move at all.  Useful in rheumatic sciatica.

Colocynth

With pains in the sciatic nerve extending to to the knee and heel which is worse from any motion.  It is aggravated by the cold with numbness and partial paralysis.  The thigh might feel bound with iron bands or as though screwed in a vice, the muscles are tense and fixed.  With symptoms experienced on the right hand side with tingling or pins and needles whilst walking. There may be constriction around the hip, the pains come and go suddenly. Symptoms are worse at night and in the cold or damp weather, there may be sticking and burning. It is hard to find a position without pain.  Usually without swelling, this remedy works on new symptoms especially well. 

Colchicum

Sudden, constant and intolerable right-sided sharp-shooting pains extending to knee, worse by motion; the patient must keep quiet.

Gnaphalium

With intense neuralgic pains along the nerve, and numbness. The whole trunk and the main branches seem affected, it is worse when lying down, worse from motion and better whiles sitting in a chair. The pains extend to the toes.

Lycopodium

Lycopodium is sometimes most useful in chronic cases where there are fine burning or stinging pains, or tearing, drawing or jerking pains worse from rest. The lithic acid constitution will decide the remedy.

Nux vomica

With lightening pain felt on the spinal cord with twitching and violent pains which mean you change position often.  Pains shoot down into the foot, the limb is stiff or feels paralysed and cold.

Better when lying on the affected side and from the application of hot water. Constipation with a sedentary lifestyle.

Pulsatilla

This remedy typifies a sciatica due to venous stasis and is useful in the milder forms where there is a sense of fatigue and heaviness, flying attacks, aching in loins and hips. Uterine sciatica.

Rhus tox

With muscular and ligament pains which can be tearing or burning and worse during rest and better during motion.  There may be muscular twitching, constipation and back ache.  This is the best remedy for the combination of lumbago and rheumatic sciatica where the fibrous sheath of the nerve is involved.  May have arisen from being caught in wet weather or from lifting, wrenching and over-exertion.  Relief comes from keeping warm.

Ruta Grav

This remedy also has shooting pains down the back, down the sciatic nerve on first moving or on rising after sitting; the patient is obliged to walk about constantly during the paroxysms of pain. The pains are felt most in the region of the knee. It is worse during damp or cold weather and from cold applications.

My patients begin homeopathic treatment for many different reasons. Here are a few examples:

  • I know that the conventional medicines are just masking the symptoms, they are not making me better.
  • I would like to see if there is an alternative medicine to the one I have been offered by my doctor.
  • The doctor can’t find out what is wrong with me.
  • The pain just keeps coming back.
  • I am sure there is something else not right, but they can’t find anything.
  • I am not happy with the treatment I’m getting.
  • I am just being giving more and more medications and I am not improving, in fact things are just getting worse.
  • There is no treatment for my problem.

Homeopathy can help relieve many symptoms of poor health.  It works by addressing the cause of the symptoms and so helps your body recover from the inside out.

If you have recurring headaches book a 20 minute appointment with Mary to find out if this is something you can reduce with homeopathy.

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