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In this hectic life sciatic pain is a very common disorder that hampers people from doing their routine activities. Most of people suffering from sciatica, complain about moderate to severe pain in buttock region which then radiate to thigh, calf and down to the foot and even toes.
Back pain decreases in night when the patient is at rest. Slipped disk, joint injury, weight lifting beyond capacity, vibrations, improper postures are the causative factors of sciatica. No specific test other than X-ray of lumbosacral region is required.
There are wide ranges of treatment for sciatica which includes internal medications for pain and inflammation, physical therapy & spinal injections. And lastly surgery is advised for those who do not respond for conservative treatments.
According to Ayurveda signs and symptoms of sciatica is much similar to "Grdhrasi-Vaata Roga." Grdhrasi can be treated remarkably with procedures of panchakarma and internal medications.
We advise complete rest at least for a week in most of the cases. Usually we conduct oil massage, fomentation, Kaal Basti, Matraa Basti and Patrapind Swed for the patient. We also prescribe internal medicines like Guggul kalpas and local application for the painful leg. Pind Swed is the most effective treatment of all for Sciatica. Pind Swed is medicines applied to body parts for 45 minutes in bolus for 7 to 14 days.