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Relieving sciatica with homoeopathy

Sciatica is a condition that primarily occurs with age and can affect both sexes. Note that sciatica is not pathological itself, instead being caused by the irritation or compression of one of the five spinal nerve roots. In most cases, sciatica is caused by a herniated intervertebral disc. This type of condition occurs when the discs between the vertebrae are degenerated and cause the nucleus pulposus to extrude through tears present in the annulus fibrosus (protective ring surrounding the inner nucleus pulposus), thus resulting in inflammation, numbness or excruciating pain. As a person ages, the tissue responsible for holding the nucleus weakens and cracks.

What are the symptoms of sciatica ?

In its early stages, sciatica is manifested by severe pain felt in the lower back and buttocks, sometimes even radiating to the thighs or legs. In general, the pain is only felt on one side, although it may spread to both sides. Depending on people, the pain can be alleviated by lying down, applying heat, or physical therapy. At a fairly advanced stage, sciatica can be paralyzing. The patient may also feel intense pain when making certain movements. Tingling sensations may accompany the pain, giving an unpleasant feeling. In severe cases, sciatica can lead to temporary paralysis of the lower limbs.

Which treatments are recommended for relieving sciatica?

In case the patient suffers from back pain, the recommended treatment will be based aconite napellus-based. This homoeopathic remedy is mainly used for people suffering from sciatica that tends to fade away during rest or exposition to heat.
Colocynthis is the indicated remedy if sciatica is linked to emotional stress or if it manifests itself when the affected person is exposed to the cold and moisture. If, however, sciatica is relieved by cool air, it can be treated with Ammonium chloratum.

When should you consult a doctor?

If it is already at an advanced stage, sciatica may persist in spite of the administration of homeopathic remedies. In addition, other symptoms, such as acute numbness, urination problems, an inability to flex the legs or a variations in the pain’s intensity, may appear. In such cases, it is necessary to consult a doctor. Indeed, sciatica may require surgery right without delay.

Treatments and pathologies linked to « sciatica »

Associated treatments

•    Ammonium Muriaticum
•    Bryonia Alba
•    Chamomilla Vulgaris
•    Gnaphalium Polycephalum
•    Hypericum Perforatum
•    Kalium Bichromicum
•    Kalmia Latifolia
•    Magnesia Phosphorica
•    Rhus Toxicodendron
•    Tellerium Metallicum

Associated pathologies

•    Colocynthis
•    Hernia

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.