Sciatica (Gridhrasi) is a common ailment people develop as they reach their late thirties. In ayurveda, it is considered as a vata roga (disease) and the symptoms are Sharp Shocking pain radiating from the Hip up to the Thigh, Calf or the Toes in one or both the Legs. Other symptoms are Numbness, Weakness, Tingling sensation & Discomfort along the path of the Sciatic Nerve are the results of Compression, Irritation & Inflammation of the Sciatic Nerve. Ayurveda considers that Sciatica is the result of aggravation of vayu. In most cases, pain begins with an injury, after lifting a heavy object, or after due to a sudden reflex movement.
Dietary Changes: Pulses, beans and fried foods should be avoided from your daily diet. Also, curd and other sour substances should be avoided.
Change in Life style: In your daily routine, gentle exercise of the legs is advised. Swimming in warm water is a good exercise that you can do. Take care to avoid exposure to damp and cold conditions. To sleep the patient can use a hard bed, it will increase blood circulation.
Yoga: Many asanas are advised for Sciatica patients. Halasana, Shalabhasana and Bhujangasana are some of the asanas. By doing these asanas there is increase in blood circulation, stimulate immune system and releases tension in the lower back including the spine, stimulates the endocrine, nervous and reproductive system, strengthens the spine and rejuvenates spinal nerves.
Internal Medicines: the patient is prescribed many types of ayurvedic preparations that should be taken internally. Thailams, Grithams, Gutika, Pills, Lehyams, Churnams, Asavaaristams & Kashayas prepared from the herbs like Raasna, Aswagandha, Dasamoola, Satavari etc.
External Therapy: Panchakarma treatment and rejuvenations therapies.