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Sciatic pain can be caused by, among many other things, a pinched sciatic nerve, a herniated spinal disc, or a bone spur. Other factors can cause sciatic pain as well, such as a tumor or damage to the nerve. Regardless of the cause, the pain can be debilitating.
Many people are now opting for less invasive and more natural treatments rather than the traditional, big pharma approach. Not only does sciatic treatment require alleviation of the pain, but it requires alleviation of the underlying cause of the pain. The following four non-sedative herbal remedies can help alleviate sciatic pain; some people respond better to one herb more than the others and treatment should continue until the pain subsides.
Making headlines lately for its many anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric has a long history of alleviating pain, fighting cancer, and warding off germs due to its antibacterial properties. Since a pinched nerve becomes inflamed, turmeric can help your body reduce the inflammation and thereby ease the sciatic pain.
Since turmeric is used as a cooking spice, using it to treat your sciatic pain can be one of the more pleasant ways to take your medicine. Turmeric can interact with some medications, such as anti-coagulants, so be sure to check on possible interactions before starting a regimen of turmeric. Pregnant women should use caution when taking turmeric as it might cause uterine contractions.
2. St. John’s Wort Oil
This yellow-flowered plant has been used for decades to treat the pain of sciatica. With anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, St. John’s wort encourages the body to build new nerve tissue and alleviate sciatic pain. This herbal remedy is available as an oil and a supplement. However, St. John’s Wort may interact with medications, so be sure to check out possible interactions before using.
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