Another easy thing to treat providing you see the correct type of doctor. Sciatica is the term used to describe pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back.

The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest single nerve in the human body, with a diameter of less than about an inch at its widest. It originates from the lower lumbosacral region of the spine and extends all the way down the back of the legs to the foot. The sciatic nerve is made up of the fourth and fifth lumbar nerve and the first three nerves in the sacrum.

Characteristically, sciatic pain will radiate down one leg, starting from the buttocks to the back of the thigh and down to the foot, varying depending on where exactly the pinching of the nerve is happening. Pain can range from mild to severe. Commonly the pressure is the result of a herniated, or ruptured, disc in the lower back. A herniated disc occurs when one of the pieces of soft material found between each vertebrae called discs, becomes displaced from the spine or ruptures.

In Western medicine, the treatment for sciatica can be an unsatisfying one. Most likely, pain medication are prescribed along with easing up on any activity that may aggravate the spine. Surgery is also an option and is performed to try and find relief. It is noted that the scar tissue that forms can cause some lasting complications, however. In TICM, we want to find relief as naturally as possible to bring the body back to balance.

Harmony is possible if the root cause is traced back correctly. There is always a deeper root issue under the surface, and this condition is no different. The most common causes of sciatica are as follows:

Emotional and muscular tension.

Wind-cold-damp obstruction.

Liver and Kidney deficiency.

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