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Sciatica is a general term for pain originating from the sciatic nerve. It is a severe painful condition where sciatic nerve of one or both the legs are involved. , it is a common disease which affects the movement of the legs. Often it is associated with low back pain. The condition where back pain and radiating pain of the legs are found together it is called Sciatica syndrome. In older times, as per Ayurveda system of medicine, it was named as Gridhrasi. One reason the sciatic nerve causes so much pain is because it is the longest nerve in the body! The nerve starts at the back of the pelvis and runs downward through the hip area and buttocks into each leg. Near the knee, the sciatic nerve divides into two nerves—the tibial and peroneal nerves. The tibial nerve runs behind the knee and the peroneal nerve runs along the side of the calf and ankle. Through the tibial and peroneal nerves, the sciatic nerve innervates (‘stimulates’) the action of many muscles in the lower legs and enables feeling in the thighs, legs, and feet. Etiological factors: All etiological factors of Vata imbalance disorders are the exclusive reasons of sciatica too. Common causes for sciatica- Intake of Vata aggravating eatables like- adhaki (pigeon pea), chanaka (Bengal gram), kalaya (peanut), masura (red lentil), nishpava (flat bean), uddalaka etc Excess intake of dry, light and cold food Excess intake of pungent, bitter and astringent food Heavy weight lifting, long walk, improper lie or sitting positions Suppression of urine, feces etc Improper practice of enema, purgation etc Fall or injury etc. Line of treatment: As it is one among Vata disorders, all vata pacifying measures should be undertaken. Snehana (oleation)- application, sprinking or pouring of oil over the affected area may be carried out. Swedana (sudation)- tub bath, pizichil, sudation with oil added medicated herbal pastes (patrapinda sweda), application of poultice (upanaha sweda) etc. are beneficial. Mridu samshodhana– mild purgation (Mridu Virechana) is preferred. Basti (medicated enema) Shiravyadha/ Rakta-mokshana (venesection or blood letting) – It is advised to perform 4 angula (3inch) above or below the knee joint. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT AT: AYURVEDA HEALING TREE 7814002233
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