What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain experienced along the path of the sciatic nerve – the longest nerve in the body, which runs from the lower back through the pelvis and buttock area, right down to the back of the lower leg. Sciatica is a fairly common form of lower back and leg pain and is due to the sciatic nerve being irritated or compressed. The pain of sciatica varies from an infrequent discomfort to a continuous, excruciating and debilitating pain.
Sciatica is usually experienced as pain that radiates from your lower back to your buttock and down the back of your leg. This pain may be mild or severe and is sometimes felt as a burning sensation or a sharp jolt. Sciatica may be sudden or insidious in onset and worsen over time.
In some people who suffer from sciatic pain it may be accompanied by a numbness or weakness in the leg or foot as well as a feeling of tingling or pins-and-needles in the toes.
What causes Sciatica?
The most common cause of sciatica is pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated or slipped vertebral disc (‘Pinched nerve’). Between each of the vertebrae in your spine lies a disc of cartilage to act as a cushioning shock-absorber and allow flexibility of the spine. With age and wear-and-tear, these discs may become brittle and compressed – allowing part of the disc to protrude from its normal position within the spinal column and press on the nerve root. This generally happens in people between the ages of 30 and 50.
Other less common causes of sciatica include narrowing of the spinal canal (known as stenosis), spinal tumors, injury and trauma. Various other problems affecting the bones, joints and muscles of the back and pelvis can also cause sciatica though these may not always be easily diagnosed, sometimes leaving the cause of the sciatic pain unknown.
People in their 30’s and 40’s are most likely to develop sciatica, which is uncommon in younger people. Physically demanding occupations which require heavy lifting, driving long hours or twisting the back are all risk factors for developing sciatica.
Depending on the cause, sciatic pain often resolves on its own in approximately six weeks.
Complications of sciatica
Depending on the cause of sciatica, numbness or lameness in the affected limb may occur as well as loss of bladder and bowel control in some cases. In severe cases of sciatica, permanent nerve damage may occur.
How is sciatica usually treated?
Most people with sciatica are prescribed pain-killers or anti-inflammatory medications to relieve the pain. These generally provide some relief but have the potential to cause serious adverse side-effects. Medications are usually used in combination with physical therapy and stretching/strengthening exercises as well as hot and cold packs.
In severe cases of sciatic pain that does not respond to the usual treatments, conventional health practitioners may advise injections of anti-inflammatory steroids into the affected area. These injections are not always very effective and can also cause serious side-effects. Because of the dangers, there is a limit on how many of these injections an individual can receive – not usually more than three per year.
Surgery to remove the herniated part of a disc is sometimes performed on people with severe symptoms like weakness or incontinence or if the pain is worsening despite treatment.
What is SciatiGon?
SciatiGon is a 100 percent safe and effective natural remedy for relieving pain and addressing the various causes of sciatica.
Use Native Remedies SciatiGon To:
* Relieve the pain of sciatica
* Reduce inflammation and relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve
* Prevent calcification and stenosis of the spinal canal
* Treat muscle spasms and the resulting stiffness
* Relieve all nerve pain and neuralgia
What are the ingredients of SciatiGon?
SciatiGon contains the following herbal and homeopathic ingredients:
- Zanthoxylum clava herculis is also known as the Toothache Tree after its traditional use as a treatment for relief of toothache. Zanthoxylum is highly effective in stimulating the circulatory system and also has antispasmodic properties for the relief of cramps and the pain of muscular spasms.
- Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) was regarded as one of the nine sacred herbs given to the world by ancient Anglo-Saxons. In modern times it is widely used as a gentle anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and soothing herb. Matricaria acts as a general tonic for the nervous system and also relieves muscular pain in the lower back.
- Arctium lappa (Burdock) has been used for many centuries as a blood purifier and system cleanser. It also has antibiotic and antirheumatic properties and can help to treat swelling around joints. Burdock is also useful for treating and preventing calcification – a degenerative process which can contribute to the narrowing of the spinal canal. These properties make Burdock an excellent herb for relief of sciatica caused by inflammation or sclerosis in the spinal column. Burdock is used in naturopathic medicine to treat arthritis, lumbago, rheumatism and sciatica.
- Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s Claw) This herb is indigenous to the Kalahari Desert and grows only in Africa. Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Devil’s Claw is used world-wide for osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism, small joint disease and lower backache. Scientific analysis shows that the most important active ingredients in Devil’s Claw include monoterpine, harpagoside, glycoside, beta-sitosterol, procumbine and stigmasterol. It is also well known as a digestive tonic and is beneficial in the treatment of liver and gall bladder disorders.
- Rhus tox (30C) is a homeopathic remedy for back pain, arthritis and general aches and pains. Rhus tox is widely used for back pain and stiffness including trauma from lifting heavy loads and bruising or sprains. This remedy is also good for joint and muscle ailments, sciatic pain and neck stiffness.
- Colocynthis (30C) is used in homeopathic medicine for relief of colic, sharp pains and neuralgia. Nerve pain, including sciatica, abdominal cramps, rheumatism and dizziness are all effectively addressed by this ingredient.
How long until I see results?
Relief should be felt within minutes of taking SciatiGon. In severe cases the acute dosage may need to be repeated a few times before improvement is noted.
Over a few weeks of using this natural remedy regularly, sciatic pain will be reduced and attacks will become less frequent.
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