The sciatic nerve is actually the largest nerve in your body running from the lower part of your spine, through your buttocks and down into your lower leg and thigh. It’s responsible for movement and feeling in the major muscles of your hamstring, foot, and lower leg.
The function of your sciatic nerve is to transmit nerve impulses between your central nervous system and the tissues that it innervates. The 2 branches of your sciatic nerve cover almost the whole lower part of your body including your skin, and the muscles of your lower leg, foot, and the back of your thigh. In addition, the sciatic nerve signals help relay sensations of pain and feeling, and transmit impulses, which give rise to muscle movement.
This nerve plays a key role in the movement and feeling in your leg muscles, like your semitendinosus, biceps femoris, and semimembranosus. These muscles are also called the “hamstring” muscles.
Sciatica is a disorder characterized by sciatic nerve irritation that triggers pain. It often results from a herniated lumbar disc, which presses on the nerve. But, many other causes, such as injury, tumors, and infections can contribute to sciatica, as well.
It’s identified by numbness, burning sensation, or tingling in the region where the nerve runs, including the back of the thigh, lower back, and buttocks. Furthermore, bending over and walking can aggravate the pain. What’s more, severe cases may make walking extremely painful.
NSAIDs and many other drugs are often used to treat sciatica. Some severe cases may require surgery. But, the good news is that you can use natural remedies to treat sciatica.
Home Remedy to Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain
The natural remedy presented below can help relieve the symptoms of sciatica. It includes honey, garlic and almond/rice milk. The pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of these ingredients may help alleviate sciatic nerve pain. The remedy does not cause side effects.
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 cup of almond/rice milk
- Some raw, organic honey
Wash the garlic cloves. Peel them. Put them into a blender or food processor to make a garlic puree. (In case you do not have a blender, you can use a garlic grinder to crush them.)
Pour the garlic puree in a bowl and then add the honey and the almond/rice milk. Mix well until you get a well-blended mixture.
Divide the mixture into two parts. You should take 100 ml after your breakfast and 100 ml after your lunch for maximum benefits.
This natural remedy possesses various nutrients like enzymes, antioxidants, flavonoids, protein, copper, selenium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and B-vitamins. Aside from alleviating sciatica, it can also boost your immune system, relieve coughs, fight colds and the flu, detoxify your liver, prevent cardiovascular disease, and more.