Sciatica – symptoms, natural treatment and exercises

Symptoms of lumboischialgia are extremely common today and are present in a large number of people. As it is a very common disease, the abbreviated term sciatica has become popular among the people. In addition to it, other names are also used, such as low back pain, pain in the lower back, and the like…

It is a very unpleasant condition, characterized by intense pain. It spreads from the lumbar part of the back over the upper leg and ends in the calf of the left or right leg, and sometimes in the foot.

In the rest of the text, we will try to give you answers about the causes and symptoms of sciatica, and how the disease can be treated in a completely natural way. If you just dive a little into the world of medicinal plant species, you can get in the way of sciatica. In this way, you will go through the recovery period with significantly less discomfort, and at the same time prevent possible complications that would lead to surgical intervention.

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What exactly is sciatica – lumboischialgia?

Nervous Isiadics is the longest and thickest nerve in the body, and it is composed of five smaller nerves that exit from the lumbosacral part of the spine. They go down the legs where they branch into smaller nerves in the upper leg, knee area, calf, foot and toes.

Due to the aging of the organism and degenerative changes on the intervertebral discs, lifting a load from an awkward position of the body or performing the wrong movement leads to the rupture of the disc ring and the eruption of its central part. It then begins to press on the corresponding spinal root (the place where the nerves originate). This disorder is called sciatica – ischialgia and most often occurs in the lower back (lumbar part of the spine).

The pain intensifies during the night, when straining or after spending a long time in one position (sitting, standing). In addition to the legs, the pain is also present in the lower back, hip, and buttocks. Therefore, sciatica negatively affects people’s quality of life because it makes it difficult to walk, move and perform daily activities.

Who most often suffers from lumboischialgia?

At risk of becoming “victims” of sciatica are osteoporosis, diabetes, obese people, as well as people with disc herniation. In addition to the above, risk factors also include pregnancy, spinal column injuries, flat feet, smoking, stress, and age. Constant physical inactivity also has a great effect. Also lifting heavy objects in an inadequate way.

As we mentioned, sciatica in pregnancy is also quite common. It occurs due to a greater load on the spinal column and quite often affects young mothers-to-be.

Sciatica symptoms you should not ignore

Symptoms of sciatica, when it comes to pain in the lower back and spine, usually occur after a strong strain. They progressively spread towards the hip joint, then down the lower leg and the sole of the foot and all the way to the toes.

Sciatica in the leg is also accompanied by a feeling of “tingling” in the legs, sometimes the feeling of touch on the big toe is even reduced. All this indicates that it is a question of damage to the discs between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae.

Akhilov reflex is lowered or extinguished and is the most reliable sign of sciatica. The pain increases with movement and exertion (coughing, sneezing, laughing). Stretching the sciatic nerve (by raising the outstretched leg) leads to an increase in their intensity.

Along with the stabbing in the back, muscle spasm along the spinal column is often present. It represents a defensive reaction to painful movements. The elasticity of this part of the spine is limited, especially backwards, and muscle hypotonia (flabbiness) may occur.

Sciatica is also characterized by the inability to stand on the toes and heels. It is a consequence of the weakness of the flexors (muscle flexor) and extensor (muscle springer) of the big toe and flexors of the foot. As a result, tingling in the fingers often occurs.

How is sciatica treated?

For the treatment of sciatica, it is very important to determine the cause before starting any therapy. After that, the way in which the disease will be treated is determined. In the acute phase, urgent treatment is necessary because back pain is unbearable in most cases. As the most effective measure, the doctor prescribes the use of analgesic and corticosteroid injections. After receiving therapy, the lumbar part of the spine should be heated using a heating pad. It is also recommended to take muscle relaxants with a sedative effect.

Injections of vitamins B1, B6 and B 12 are also often prescribed. In the acute phase of lumboischialgia, the most useful thing is correct posture of the spine. More precisely, placing it in a supine position with upper legs in a vertical position and lower legs in a horizontal position, the so-called Williams position. After the pain subsides, physical therapy is applied with the aim of strengthening the muscles in that region. The patient should sleep on a flat bed, he must avoid lifting loads when straightening. Sudden movements are prohibited and he must perform appropriate exercises for sciatica himself.

In the case of disturbances in the potency and function of the sphincter, great weakness and muscle atrophy, signs of pressure on the spinal cord and long-term pain, surgical intervention is necessary.

The best back exercises to prevent sciatica

Exercises for sciatica that strengthen the muscles of the stomach, back and legs, along with proper body posture and maintaining a normal weight, are also the best prevention. They will reduce the pressure on the lower part of the spine and protect it from damage.

Swimming, yoga, pilates, running, aerobics, which have an extremely effective effect on a painful back. However, if sciatica has already taken off, the sufferer should consult a doctor who will recommend certain physical activities.

Back stretching exercises bring results

The program, which consists of exercises for stretching the back, and later for strengthening the abdominal and back muscles, should be started as soon as the pain subsides. Therefore, these exercises are performed while still in bed. It is preferable to combine them initially with physical therapy and body massage. They are highly recommended exercises in the pool because water relieves the body.

Of course, therapy and specific exercises for sciatica can only be determined by experts and are determined for each patient individually. It goes without saying that it depends on the damage and a number of other factors, such as the form of the patient, the intensity of the pain, and the like.

Natural treatment of sciatica with medicinal herbs

Sciatica symptoms can certainly be alleviated with the help of medicinal herbs, in combination with the methods mentioned above. We have prepared for you a large number of teas, tinctures, poultices and other preparations from our folk medicine, so let’s start in order…

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Oat tea relieves back pain

As the first recipe, we chose a simple drink for which you need a spoonful of oats and a glass of water (2dl).


  • Boil the oats for about fifteen minutes, then take them off the heat. Drink the oat tea obtained in this way before every main meal.

This natural remedy for sciatica has proven to be even more effective when combined with oat poultices (boiled and hot).

  • They are applied to the affected area – it is best to put them in a clean sock or a knitted bag. Change the compresses every 4 hours and try to always keep them hot when you apply them to the body.

Linseed wraps speed up recovery

Here’s how to make a sciatica wrap:

  • Put one tablespoon of flax seeds in 200 milliliters of water and boil everything for about ten minutes. After that, remove from the stove and leave to cool.
  • Grate one medium-sized potato and one red onion. Combine grated potatoes and onions with flaxseed water and strain the mixture well. Sprinkle the paste on sterile gauze, which you will use to cover the painful area. Then wrap everything well with a linen cloth and keep the prepared compress overnight.
  • In the morning, remove the bandage and wash the painful area with lukewarm water and apply olive oil.

Apply poultices of black radish

  • Clean and grate one medium-sized black radish. Apply a thin layer of radish on a linen cloth or sterile gauze and cover it with another part of the cloth or gauze. Place the prepared compress on the painful area and tie it well.

The patient has a subjective feeling of warming. Use the wrap several times during the duration of sciatica, which will subside over time.

Sciatica therapy with medicinal herbs – 30 days

The perfect duo – lilac and buttercup

  • Pour 5 tablespoons each of lilac flowers and buttercup flowers into a large glass jar, then pour over a liter of hot comovica or plum.
  • Close the jar well and keep it in a warm place for 20 days and shake it several times a day.
  • Strain and massage painful areas three times a day for 10 minutes.
  • After that, rinse with lukewarm water and smear with olive oil.
  • Sciatica therapy with lilac and buttercup lasts 6 days.

Rosemary and St. John’s wort

  • Pour 5 tablespoons each of St. John’s wort and rosemary leaves into a large glass jar, then pour over a liter of hot comovica or plum.
  • Close the jar well and keep it in a warm place for 20 days and shake it several times a day.
  • Strain and massage painful areas three times a day for 10 minutes.
  • After that, rinse with lukewarm water and smear with olive oil.
  • Sciatica therapy lasts 6 days.

Walnut and rosemary

  • Pour into a large glass jar 3 tablespoons each of finely chopped walnut leaves, pounded garlic, rosemary leaves and sorghum leaves and flowers. Pour everything over with a liter of hot komovica or plum.
  • Close the jar well and keep it in a warm place for 20 days and shake it several times a day.
  • Strain and massage painful areas three times a day for 10 minutes. After that, rinse with lukewarm water and smear with olive oil. The therapy lasts 6 days.

Ren is a salvation for sciatica

  • Wash and dry a large horseradish leaf well, then sprinkle it with a mixture of a spoonful of garlic (finely chopped), buttercup flower, white ash leaf and hot pepper.
  • Apply olive oil to the affected area, and only then apply the compress.
  • Keep the compress in the morning and in the evening for a maximum of 2 hours, that is, until you feel a strong burning sensation on the skin.
  • After that, wash the painful areas with lukewarm water, apply oil and warm.
  • The therapy lasts 6 days.

Cabbage leaf, horseradish and hot peppers

  • Take a large cabbage leaf and remove all the veins from it. Sprinkle a spoonful of finely chopped fresh horseradish leaves and fresh hot pepper over it.
  • Apply oil to the painful area, then apply the compress and hold for one hour, that is, until you feel a burning sensation.
  • After that, wash the painful areas with lukewarm water, apply oil and warm.
  • Repeat 3 times a day.
  • The therapy lasts 6 days

Note: During the thirty-day therapy according to herbalist Zivotić’s recipe, drink the following tea for sciatica:

  • Mix a spoonful of finely chopped flowers and leaves of sycamore, white ash leaves, rosemary leaves, dried stems of watercress, leaves and flowers of day and night wild flowers and calendula flowers, pour over a liter of boiling water and leave covered to stand for two hours.
  • Strain and drink during the day while the illness lasts.

Herbal wines also help to relieve pain

Following are two more very interesting recipes, medicinal herbal wines, here’s how to prepare them:

Recipe No. 1

In 600 ml of diluted and boiled wine, add a tablespoon each of finely chopped rosemary leaves, thyme leaves and flowers, and basil leaves and flowers. Cover and let it stand for about two hours. Strain and drink a deciliter cup before and after each meal for three days.

Recipe No. 2

Add four tablespoons of well-chopped rosemary leaves and lemon balm to a liter of white wine. Add two tablespoons of finely chopped basil leaves and flowers. Close the container tightly and keep it warm for three weeks, with mandatory shaking of the contents several times during the day. The medicinal wine should then be strained and used 100 ml each after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We hope that you will apply some of the recipes from our article in practice and that they will bring you results in treatment. Before applying any sciatica therapy, massage, natural medicines, consultation with your doctor is necessary.

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