The sciatic nerve is one of the biggest nerves in our body, beginning at the lower part of the spine, through the buttocks, and down the lower limb to the foot.

Its position makes this nerve responsible for your movement, strength and feeling of the legs.

Sciatica pain is a common problem, manifested by tingling, pain, numbness and weakness in the legs, and because of the signs, it is often confused with lower back pain or leg cramps.

Sometimes, it can lead to mild ache and numbness, but sometimes it can cause unbearable and sharp burning sensations in one side of your body.

The resulting pain often forces people to be in bed, and usually people take over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen to alleviate its symptoms.

Studies show that 40% of the population will be having this problem at some point in their life. We offer eight natural ways to relieve sciatica pain and treat such inflammation.

1. Acupuncture

This is an alternative treatment method which includes insertion of needles at certain parts of the body, with the aim to improve the nerve function and boost the energy levels.

The relief this therapy provides is felt immediately, but a couple of sessions can do wonders for the pain. Now, acupuncture is very popular, because it was confirmed that it’s effective in cases of migraines, quitting smoking, stress and also as a stimulation of the lymph flow.

2. Chiropractic

Studies confirmed that chiropractic adjustments are efficient in treating this problem, because the spine manipulation can ease the pain, treat inflammation, promote healing, restore mobility and improve the function.

3. Ice Packs

Applying ice packs can immediately relieve sciatica pain. Also, you can use a simple package of frozen food wrapped in towel, and put it directly on the affected area. Let is stay for twenty minutes, every three hours, and your pain will be completely gone.

4. Alternating Temperatures

Ice packs will definitely offer an immediate relief, but they can’t treat the inflammation thoroughly, and this nerve is deep in your body. So you need apply a hot pack right after the ice pack, or take a hot bath.

Alternating temperatures will activate the lymph flow and circulation, and thus, you will treat this inflammation, and speed up the healing process. For best results, add some Epsom salt, essential oils and herbs in your bath.

5. Yoga Stretches

Although every movement can be very painful, you have to be active if you want to speed up the healing. So, you can do mild yoga stretches and gentle back stretches. This way, you will improve your mobility, strengthen the back muscles and boost the circulation.

6. Massage

Deeper massaging is very effective for treating muscle spasms, pain and numbness. Furthermore, you will have a lot of benefits from the usage of herb and essential oils.

7. Oils and Herbs

A number of natural herbs can offer great effects, because they have the ability to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. The herbs can be used through infused oils, salves, liniments and capsules.

Moreover, you can use herbs in elixirs, tinctures, essential oils as well as tea from dried and fresh herbs to ease the pain.

But before you start utilizing natural herbs, consult with your doctor to see if they interfere with some drugs you take. These are some the most useful herbs you can use to reduce pain and inflammation and support your sciatica nerve health:

• Curcumin or turmeric (combine this herb with black pepper to increase the bioavailability)
• Devil’s claw
• Roman chamomile
• Milky oats tops
• Bark from white willow
• Mullein root
• Lavender
• Clary Sage
• Licorice
• Skullcap
• St. John’s Wort
• Jamaican dogwood
• Kratom
• Linden flower
• Arnica