It is a well-known fact that sciatica pain can be effectively treated with yoga and visits to chiropractor. Additionally, recent studies suggest that it can be healed with another natural method- using herbs.
Reversing Sciatica Pain
According to many experts, curcimin, the bioactive compound of turmeric, has the ability to minimize chronic inflammation when taken as tonic. The best way to use turmeric is to heat it milk and coconut oil with a bit of pepper. It has been shown that piperine in black peppers increases turmeric`s bioavailability and helps absorb nutrients more efficiently. Another option for optimal absorption is to take curcumin enteric- coated capsules with piperine.
Turmeric is highly versatile ingredient and it can be used in cooking, as a tea, or applied topically in a paste.
Turmeric Lowers Levels of Certain Inflammation-Fueling Enzymes
What makes turmeric effective in relieving sciatica pain and swelling is its ability to lower the levels of certain inflammation-fueling enzymes. The recommended dosage for healthy adults to ease pain and inflammation is 300 mg of turmeric, taken three times daily. Still, the dosage may need to be adjusted if you are taking any medications. Turmeric supplements contain bromelain, a compound which additionally boosts the anti-inflammatory effects. Given the fact that inflammation is sometimes the root cause of sciatica, turmeric has been used in Ayrveda for a long time due to its ability to reduce it. Turmeric has played a critical role in traditional medicine in Asia and Malaysian scientists have confirmed that turmeric extract could help soothe nerve-related pain.
Turmeric Better than NSAIDs
Turmeric is a selective COX-2 inhibitor. COX-1 and COX-2 are enzymes which jump start the inflammatory process. The first one is considered to be “good” while the latter increases inflammation. NSAIDS, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, include ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. They are not selective and inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2. Due to the fact that they disrupt COX-1, they can lead to stomach issues, as COX-1 helps maintain the stomach lining. Turmeric is unique and more effective since it inhibits COX-2 only.
Drug companies have been trying to create a selective COX-2 inhibitor for a long time, but why take a drug when a food or spice has the same properties without any side effects? The difference in price between pill and a spice is huge. The good news is that turmeric works better for you and your wallet as well.