Ayurvedic Treatment for Sciatica

Best Successful Ayurvedic Treatment for Sciatica under expert of Spine- Vaidya Pardeep Sharma M.D. (Ayurved) at Sukhayu Ayurved Jaipur. Here we will discuss every aspect of the sciatica and its successful treatment at Sukhayu Ayurved. 

The pain of sciatica is something that no one can ever forget. Even a simple movement starts the intense searing or shooting nerve-pain to start up, and if it gets bad enough you will even think about amputating your leg just so you don’t have to deal with this pain anymore. Surgery might be an option most times for those suffering from acute cases of this condition but what should we do when there are other options? Luckily Ayurvedic treatments can completely cure your condition of sciatica! Handling of sciatica due to slip disc ensures complete resolution of the problem.

The pain keeps on changing its nature, sometimes it is throbbing and other times a cutting. And no pills seem to help you at all.

I have seen many patients who are bent over in agony so that the weight of their belly presses against their spine alleviating some of the pressure from nerves being pinched by bones along this waistline.

Others experience sciatica as an excruciatingly painful stabbing sensation or burning feeling radiating down one leg with numbness between toes and/or foot drop while walking due to compression or injury on these nerve roots next to the spinal cord’s exit point out through the pelvic area before they enter back into thigh muscle via lower lumbar region where knee pocket attaches up near hip joint.

Before we discuss Sciatica, we need to know a bit about the nerve, sciatica, itself.

Sciatic: The Nerve of Leg and Foot

The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest single nerve in the human body.

The posterior division of each spinal nerve (L4 through S3) join together to make a sciatic nerve.

The main function of the sciatic nerve is to supply power to large muscle groups that run from the legs down to toes.

Each half of the sciatic nerve divides into five separate branches which we know as five tibial nerves.

These five small nerves take origin from Glutarami bifurcation, one at each level from L4 to S3 spinal segments.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Sciatica

Sciatica: The painful Sciatic Nerve

When pain travels in this never this condition is what we are discussing here as Sciatica.

Sciatica is pain that radiates from the lower back, through one of the sciatic nerve’s legs.

This pain usually disappears at the end of your spine. When pain continues into the foot, you have what doctors call L4 radiculopathy. Some patients with sciatica feel numbness or weakness in their back or down their leg(s), while others feel only pain.

80% of cases involving slip discs are never diagnosed until the pain in your lower limbs become unbearable. Sciatica, which radiates or travels from hip to toes is common with a slipped disc diagnosis.

But surgery cannot solve the pain of sciatica completely. Surgery is always a temporary pain-relieving option.

But surgery cannot solve the pain of sciatica completely. Surgery is always a temporary pain-relieving option.

How good might be surgery, but it’s not enough for permanent relief from persistent back and leg pains caused by condition called “sciatica”.

This is why most people try their luck with other forms of treatment for this chronic medical issue such as Ayurvedic medicine which has been dated to 2500 years ago in India.

  • Does really Ayurvedic Treatment work?
  • What are its features when compared to surgical procedures?
  • And how does it treat sciatica without going through any surgeries at all?

Let’s find out more about these questions!

How can I know it is sciatica?

Every pain in the lower limb is not sciatica. Sciatic nerve

Sciatica is a debilitating pain that can make walking, sitting down- or even sleeping at night impossible. A common misconception about the condition is that any ache in your leg could be sciatic nerve damage. But this isn’t true! The route of the sensory nerves and their course through our bodies are distinctive to one another which means there’s no mistaking when you’re experiencing acute lower back/sciatica pains vs. just general muscle soreness from overuse. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Sciatica pain is caused by a compression of the sciatic nerve and can be felt in both limbs.
  • Sciatica radiates from upper back to lower limb, never going towards front thigh.
  • It often occurs when one leg becomes more compressed than the other,
  • It may occur simultaneously on both legs due to pressure coming from disc protrusion at base of spine;
  • Prolonged standing or sitting causes numbness in feet after long periods of time causing symptoms including tingling sensation and sharp shooting pains up through hips/legs that will stop with simple movements like walking.
  • There are also times where there might only be numbness in an area while experiencing significant pain as well which usually indicates swelling around nerves beneath injury site- this should not last for longer then

Sciatica due to slip disc

What are the symptoms of Sciatica Pain?

When we want to know about meaning of sciatica- it is just pain in leg. But there are certain conditions which associates with sciatica which we need to know. Here are the basic signs and symptoms of sciatica pain-

  • Pain in lower back.
  • The pain moves in backside of leg, which deteriorates while walking, sitting and standing.
  • Feeling of a stretching rope like thing in the leg.
  • Pain in hip joint.
  • Tingling sensation anywhere in the leg.
  • In severe cases burning sensation.
  • Weakness and numbness in lower limb.
  • After standing in place or while long walk- heaviness in leg and inability to move leg.
  • Shooting pain in lower limb which disables walking and standing.
  • Inability to stand straight.
  • Constant sensation of pain in lower limb even while sleeping.

Neural pain is always a challenge not only for patients but also for a treating physician. Because no pain killer work on this pain and you don’t have any choice most of the time- other than to bear the pain.

There is another complicated disease that resembles sciatica pain and that Avascular Necrosis of the Hip Joint, you should know about the differences in both conditions- is it sciatica or AVN?

What does cause sciatica

There are several causes behind sciatica. Here are all these one by one-

Spinal Disc problems and Sciatica

The tributaries of sciatic nerve emerge from the lumbar region. In lumbar region, every disc – between two bones- gives passage to a nerve root. The L3-L4,L4-L5 and L5-S1 are the two discs, from where main nerves for sciatica come.

When there is a compression on the nerves due to- bulge, herniation, protrusion– the compression on the nerves causes pain of sciatica.

Slip disc and sciatica are two deeply associated conditions. And in most of the cases the diagnosis of spinal disc problem is done because of sciatica.

This is Canal Stenosis which causes the radiation of the pain in sciatic nerve. This is the reason, when it comes to Ayurvedic treatment of Sciatica, we need to work on the canal stenosis. You need to know about – Ayurvedic treatment for Canal Stenosis.

Sciatica pain due to Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis is a muscle beneath the gluteal muscles. The sciatic nerve travels on this to the lower limb. When there is stiffness in piriformis muscle. This condition is known as- piriformis syndrome.

Pregnancy and Sciatica

During pregnancy due to increased belly weight and widened gait of walking in most of the cases- the sciatic nerve get irritated and it leads to the painful condition. But this is not a pathological condition. Symptoms of sciatica because of pregnancy go away after completion of pregnancy.

Ayurveda about Sciatica Pain

Ayurvedic Treatment for Sciatica

Ayurveda is about doshas and a different understanding of the human body. This different approach makes Ayurveda “ideologically” different from Allopathy. When it comes to know about sciatica pain, there are certain conditions- which are similar to sciatica.

All these conditions come under on big heading- the Vatavyadhi. These are different conditions we consider while offering the Ayurvedic treatment for sciatica.

Pakwashayagata vata-

“Tatra pakwashaye krudhah soolanahaantrakoojanam
Malarodhasmavardhmarsa trikaprushtakatigraham”

This is a condition where Vata is aggravated in the colon region. In this condition following symptoms appear-

  1. Stiffness in the lower limb.
  2. Constipation
  3. gurgling, colicky pain, tympanites- in the abdomen.
  4. difficulty in urination.
  5. Flatulence and
  6. Lumbar/ sacroiliac pain


“Parshnim pratyangulinam ya kandara marutharditha
Sakthyuthkshepam nigrahnathi gridhrasi tam prachakshate”

Gridhrasi due to vata is manifested as;

Stiffness, ache and pricking pain in the course of gluteal region, hip and posterior aspect of thigh, knee, calf and soles and twitching infrequently.


“Viswachi gridhrasi choktha khalwi teevrarujanvitham”
Kneading pain referable to feet, calf, thigh and shoulder.

Among these Grudhrasi is the closest in analogy with sciatica. But in most of the patients, it seems a mix of the Gridhrasi and Pakwashyagata Vata.

In the same way, treatment is planned for this condition.

Therefore in treatment modalities also, a physician should be curious to find out the involvement of the Dosha in the case of Grudhrsi. While offering Ayurveda Treatment for Sciatica, our physicians at Sukhayu Ayurved, Jaipur work on the imbalance of the Doshas.

Non Surgical Treatment for Sciatica?

Surgery is a temporary fix for the condition of sciatica. Taking regular pain killers, epidural shots, and manual tractions never work in this condition.

Patients keep on complicating the condition in fear that there is no way out for the treatment of this condition without surgery. Due to this everybody keeps on making this condition chronic.

Treatment of Sciatica

And chronicity complexes the pain of sciatica.

Surgery is all about a temporary fix of the pain. Not really better than using painkillers. Because surgery cannot address the root cause of the problem.

This is the reason- recurrence of sciatica pain after surgery is very common.

I have seen many cases in my practice, where pain only relieves partially, not fully.

Ayurveda treatment for sciatica is more promising in the category. Because of the comprehensive nature of Ayurveda.

Read more about – Sciatica Treatment without surgery

Ayurvedic Treatment for Sciatica

Diagnosis of most of the cases of herniated or bulged disc occurs after radiation of the pain in the sciatic nerve. This radiating pain in the sciatic nerve is known as sciatica. Condition of sciatica may be due to disc bulge or without any problem in the disc. The ayurvedic treatment for sciatica varies on the basis of the cause of the problem.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Sciatica due to disc bulge

If there is a bulged disc causing sciatica. We need to work on the root cause alone. Because the sciatic nerve is not culprit at all. The main culprit lies up in the lumbosacral region.

When a disc bulges below L3-L4 then L4 and L5 nerve roots- these are the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve is compressed because of bulged or herniated disc.

It is important to find out the cause behind the bulged disc or herniated disc. But when it is just a primary condition of the disc- the degenerative disc.

In case of bulged disc we provide Ayurvedic Treatment for Bulged Disc and similarly in the case of disc herniation Ayurvedic treatment for herniated disc is offered.

At Sukhayu Ayurveda we provide a three-dimensional ayurvedic treatment for slip discs. In these three dimensions, we use Ayurvedic medicines, Yoga and Panchakarma.

In the last 15 years while doing treatment of such conditions we noticed that without proper application of either of these dimensions, it is hard to give proper results.

With Ayurveda, it is possible to push the disc back to normal.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Sciatica due to piriformis syndrome

This is a condition where simple treatment of radiculopathy is done along with the relaxation of the piriformis muscle. We use some Ayurvedic herbal medicines for sciatica pain along with some of the Panchakarma procedures.

The main concern of any ayurvedic treatment for sciatica in Sukhayu Ayurved is not to just relieve the pain alone. Because Ayurveda never recommends to just relieve the pain in any body part.

The main concern of the treatment of sciatica pain is the removal of the cause of the pain.

We at Sukhayu Ayurved don’t believe in the use of home remedies. Because we have seen side effects of the suppression of pain in all such patients. It is never beneficial to just suppress the pain. Because pain occurs for a cause and that cause is to aware us of the deep-seated problem in the body.

Before the treatment, you also need to know- Things which complicates the sciatica pain.

All you want to know about Sciatica Treatment

Is Sciatica Completely Curable through Ayurveda?

Yes, Sciatica is completely curable through Ayurvedic Treatment. The main concern in the treatment of sciatica is to reverse the pathological factor behind the disease.

Is there anything for quick sciatica pain relief?

Painkillers never work in sciatica. Pain relief is always temporary in the sciatica. How long pain killers work, the pain will remain relieved. Once the impact of pain reduces, the pain increases again to the same level. The vest way of pain relief in sciatica pain is to go for proper treatment of sciatica.

How long does Ayurveda take for the treatment of sciatica?

Ayurveda relieves the pain of the sciatica very quickly. It is always better than short-acting pain killer medicines which have tons of side effects and complications.

When sciatica is left untreated does it cause any complications?

If you don’t treat the sciatica condition in time. It will lead to the complete loss of sensation in the area of the sciatic nerve and things will keep on getting complicated. Sciatica condition should not be left untreated.