Sciatica is a symptom and it consists of severe leg pain, which sometimes might look like cramp but it is a symptom. Sometimes shooting pain makes a person impossible to stand properly or sitting nearly impossible. The sciatica pain might get worse when we sit, sneeze or cough. It can occur suddenly or it can also develop gradually. Sciatica mostly occurs in people who are in the profession that require long hour of standing. It brings weakness, numbness and burning or tingling sensation down the leg. Less common symptoms might include an inability to bend knee properly or move foot and toes properly.
Sciatica is mostly seen as a symptom of a “ pinched nerve “, that can affect one or more of the lower spinal nerves. The nerve might be pinched inside or outside the spinal canal as it run down the leg.
A slipped disc that causes pressure on a nerve root, this is one of the most common cause of sciatica. Piriformis syndrome – This syndrome develops in the piriformis muscle, it is a small muscle that is present in the buttocks and it becomes tight or spasm, that put pressure and irritates the sciatic nerve. Spinal stenosis – This is a medical condition that results in the narrowing of the spinal canal with a pressure on the nerves. Spondylolisthesis – This is a slip disc caused in one vertebra so that it becomes out of line with the one above, and it narrows, the opening through which the nerves exists.
Chronic and lasting pain is a complication of untreated sciatica. If the “pinched nerve” if seriously injured, then chromic muscle weakness, such as “drop foot”, might occur.
Some sources of sciatica are impossible to prevent, such as degenerative disc disease, back strain due to pregnancy and accidental falls.
Ayurveda is very effective in the treatment of sciatica ( gridhrasi ). It is one of the 80 types of Vata imbalance (neurological imbalance / neuromuscular disorders) The word ‘ Gridhrasi’ is derived from the root word –‘ Gridhra’ means the bird vulture. According to Ayurveda, sciatica is characterized by severe pain and it is similar to the pain experienced by the prey or vulture, while beaten up.
Based on Dosha imbalance, Sciatica ( gridhrasi) is of two kinds-
Vataja Gridhrasi Vata-kaphaja Gridhrasi
Curved posture (altered gait) due to pain(pain during lateral bending), severe stiffness, pulsation in back, hip, thigh, knee and foreleg.
Vata-kaphaja sciatica- Along with the above features, indigestion, drowsiness, nausea, anorexia, heaviness of the leg and freezing sensation in the lower limbs are complained.
Masha(black gram) Kulatha(horse gram) Godhuma(wheat) Raktashali(red rice) Amlaphala(sour fruits) Dadima(pome granate) Draksha(raisins) Shigru(drum stick) Patola(snake gourd) Kshira(milk) Ghrita(ghee) Mamsarasa(meat soup) Dhanyamla(sour gruel)
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If you are looking for Ayurvedic treatment of sciatica in India, USA, and UK, then you may contact Medical Astrologer Prashant Kapoor. He is an only medical astrologer in India treated more than 500 cases of sciatica till now. Warning – Sciatica can be never cured by modern medical treatment.