Lower Back Pain

4 Ayurvedic Treatments For Sciatica And Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain and sciatica is a common disorder affecting up to 80% of people during their lifetime.1

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According to Ayurveda, the lower back is ruled by a subtype of Vata known as Apana Vata or ‘downward flowing wind’. Apana Vata is centered in the colon, pelvis and lumbosacral region of the lower back. Here, Vata has found its natural throne from where it governs a variety of physiological functions, including movement in the lower back, hips and thighs, and all excretory processes of the body (feces, urine, menstruation, etc.)

The dry quality of Vata, in excess, can lead to weakness and changes in the structure of the spinal joints.

Focus on Sciatica

Sciatica is known in Ayurveda as Grdhrasi which means ‘vulture’. This descriptive name refers to the limping gait of a person due to the excruciating pain from sciatica. The meaning of Vata is ‘that which spreads’. It is said in Ayurveda that “where there is pain, there is Vata”. Sciatica is a classic example of a Vata disorder. Although the problem starts in the lower back, the pain spreads down the leg.

Ayurveda offers a range of natural treatments for sciatica and lower back pain.

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4 Natural Treatments For Sciatica And Lower Back Pain

1. Kati Basti

Kati Basti is a treatment of the lower back, unique to Ayurveda. ‘Kati’ refers to the lower back and ‘Basti’ means ‘to hold’. Flour dough is used to form a well on the lower back and is filled with warm oil. The oil is kept warm by continuously replacing it as it cools. The warm oil increases blood circulation in the area, relaxing the muscles, relieving pain, improving movement and reducing stiffness.

“Then the real magic happens, which I can’t quite explain. [Kati Basti] feels exceptionally relaxing and completely changes how my back feels – so much lighter. Freeing.” – Birgit

2. Massage And Steam Therapy

A traditional Ayurvedic full body massage (Abhyanga) helps to relieve tension in the muscles. Medicated herbal oils are used, which are absorbed through the skin to nourish the body. Abhyanga is traditionally followed by steam therapy – either localized or of the entire body – to further soften and relax muscles.

3. Therapeutic Enema

By inserting herbal oil or a decoction (herbal preparation) into the colon in the form of therapeutic enemas, excess Vata is removed from its main seat in the pelvic area. Both the rectum and colon have a very rich blood and lymph supply that allows for effective absorption. Studies have shown that substances delivered by enemas are more effectively passed into the general blood stream than by oral administration, as it bypasses metabolism in the liver.2

4. Herbal Supplements

The following herbs are often used for reducing Vata in the lower back region. Note: always consult an Ayurvedic practitioner or your health care provider before taking herbal supplements.

Castor oil (Ricinus Communis)

Castor oil has a mild purgative effect which helps to reduce Vata.

Dashamula

Dashamula is a renowned traditional herbal combination of ten roots.

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)

One of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs, Ashwagandha is nourishing, rejuvenating and reduces pain.

Guggulu (Commifora Mukul)

Guggulu is a gum resin obtained from a small tree. It has strong pain reducing and anti-inflammatory properties, widely used for the joints.

Lower back pain and sciatica can be effectively treated by Ayurveda in a great many cases, reducing the necessity for pain killers and even surgery or spinal injections. In addition to the natural treatments for sciatica and lower back pain described above, an Ayurvedic practitioner will also advise dietary and lifestyle changes to avoid the causes of the lower back pain. Thus, the whole body may be brought back into balance.

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REFERENCES
1Anderson, M.K. (2016): Foundations of Athletic Training: Prevention, Assessment, and Management 6th edition. Alphen aan den Rijn: Wolters Kluwer Health. Ch. 11.
2Sudesh, G. et al (2012): Effect of Matra Basti and Katibasti in the Management of Lumbar Disc Disease. International Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biological Archives 2012; 3(5):1271-1277.

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Colette is an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner working full-time within the Ayurvedic field since 2010. She holds a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Ayurveda and an MSc in Clinical Nutrition. Colette currently enjoys giving Ayurvedic consultations, herbal prescriptions and a wide range of therapeutic treatments in London, UK. She also lectures on Ayurvedic theory and practice and writes Ayurvedic copy for various media.

11 comments

  1. A debt of gratitude is in order FOR THE BLOG. I AM SUFFERING FROM BACK PAIN SINCE 2 YEARS BUT AFTER READING YOUR BLOG I GET THE SOLUTION FOR MY PROBLEM.NICE ARTICLE.

  2. i am undergoing treatment for sciatic pain all above mentioned treatments in triveni nursing home, trivandrum, 30 percent pain is reducec in 10 days still treatment is on going ,will update more after treatment

    • I am also suffering from Sciatic since 1 year So I request you to suggest me the Ayurveda medicine.

      • mm

        Hi Raju, The choice of herbal remedies in this condition depends upon the patho-physiology and the severity of the condition. There are many formulas which are traditionally used in this condition like Trayodashang Guggulu, Sindhvariandadi Kashayam, etc. and procedures like abhyanga and Kati basti. You can visit an Ayurvedic centre with experience of treating such conditions, for adviceand management. In most cases a relief is achieved. In case you are having a incapacitating pain or a neuro-muscular deficit, you may well require to consult a spine specialist.

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  6. Respected doctor,
    first of all I thank you for your valuable writing..
    I read and liked very much. I am a 32 years old young man suffering from lower back pain with tingling and burning sensation and the pain radiating to left buttock and thigh. I undergone MRI which reveals Mild degenerative disc disease and disc bulge at lumbar region. i am a very lazy man and also feeling depression, metal confusion , indecisiveness, poor concentration in my work. i also suffers constipation, frequent urination, decreased sexual arousal and erection. After every month or two month i get allergy or very small blisters on my penis. I also has allergy to dust, smoke and cold i.e.allergic pharyngitis, nasal congestion/blockage. i also have Tinnitus and distant vision 6/18 both eyes. I am very undisciplined and lazy man with severe procrastination, I know all these but becoming unable to correct myself i.e. do not have self control. Please help me doctor, I need your valuable opinion and remarks to be healthy and strong.

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