Sciaticalm: Treatment for Sciatica Nerve Pain a Clinical Breakdown
By Dr. Thomas Latino
Background on the Sciatic Nerve, Pain and Diagnosis
Sciatica is pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain of sciatica is typically felt from the low back (lumbar area) to behind the thigh and radiating down below the knee. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down the lower limb. The pain of sciatica is sometimes referred to as sciatic nerve pain.
While sciatica is most commonly a result of a lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can reproduce the symptoms of sciatica. This irritation of nerves as a result of an abnormal intervertebral disc is referred to as radiculopathy. Aside from a pinched nerve from a disc, other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from an adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections, injury, and other causes. Sometimes sciatica can occur because of irritation of the sciatic nerve during pregnancy.
Sciatica causes pain, a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling radiating from the lower back and upper buttock down the back of the thigh to the back of the leg. The result is leg pain. Sometimes the pain radiates around the hip or buttocks area to feel like hip pain. While sciatica is often associated with lower back pain (lumbago), it can be present without low back pain. Severe sciatica can make walking difficult if not impossible. Sometimes the symptoms of sciatica are aggravated by walking or bending at the waist and relieved by lying down. The pain relief by changing positions can be partial or complete. Sciatica is diagnosed with a physical exam and medical history. The typical symptoms and certain examination maneuvers help the health-care practitioner to diagnose sciatica. Sometimes, X-rays, films, and other tests, such as CT scan, MRI scan, and electromyogram, are used to further define the exact causes of sciatica.
Ingredients in Sciaticalm
Sciaticalm represents an innovative, homeopathic treatment for the debilitating impact and consequences of Sciatica nerve pain. The following section of this article will present the 7 ingredients of Sciaticalm and demonstrate how each one of them, working in concert will promote inherent abilities to minimize the pain and discomfort associated with Sciatica nerve pain.
Arnica (Arnica montana) has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and remains popular today. Applied topically as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, Europeans and Native Americans have used arnica to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds. It is often the first remedy used for injuries such as sprains and bruises.. Arnica is often used in homeopathy, and should be taken internally only in the extremely diluted form common to homeopathic remedies.
Arnica is used topically for a wide range of conditions, including bruises, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing, superficial phlebitis, rheumatic pain, inflammation from insect bites, and swelling due to fractures. Homeopathic preparations are also used to treat sore muscles, bruises, and other conditions caused by overexertion or trauma. Homeopathic doses are extremely diluted. They have no detectable amount of the plant in them and are generally considered safe for internal use when taken according to the directions on the product labeling.
Belladonna has long been used within homeopathic treatments as a mechanism for combatting the painful onset and lingering complications due to inflammation. Studies have demonstrated the positive impact Belladonna has on treating patients with these specific conditions (Pedallino, 2004). Belladonna or Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade)-the source of the drug atropine belongs to genus Atropa along with two other species (Hunziker, 2001). Although the phylogenetic affinity of Atropa to Hyoscyameae has been controversial for over a century (Hunziker, 2001), however, in a recent study this affinity was conclusively proved (Yuan et al., 2006). The plant Atropa belladonna is surrounded by myth, fear and awe. That this plant contains poison is known from the ancient Greek and Roman civilization to medieval witches, professional poisoners, sorcerers and ultimately in 1830s atropine was isolated from the plant (Lee, 2007). Atropa belladonna is rich in tropane alkaloids, primarily atropine and scopolamine (Talaty et al., 2005).
Roots are the major organs of tropane alkaloid biosynthesis and after their formation in roots, tropane alkaloids are transported to the aerial parts of the plant. Putrescine N-Methyltransferase (PMT) is the pivotal enzyme for the biosynthesis of tropane alkaloids. The PMT cDNAs were cloned from A. belladonna and were found to encode a protein homologous to spermidine synthases indicating the evolutionary origin of PMT from spermidine synthase. In A. belladonna, PMT is located in pericycle and xylem cells of the root. Root cultures of A. belladonna form the tropine derived alkaloids hyoscyamine, scopolamine and calystegines. While hyoscyamine and scopolamine are also found in other related species to A. belladonna, thus calystegines appear to be the key agent which is present in high concentration to A. belladonna only and thus differentiates biological activities of belladonna from other related plants.
The biosynthetic pathway of tropane alkaloids is very complex. Putrescine first converted into N-methyl putrescine by PMT. N-methyl putrescine yields tropinone. In tropinone I pathway tropinone is converted to tropine, tropine is converted to hyoscyamine and finally converted to scopolamine by the action of hyoscyamine-6-hydroxylase. In the relatively less investigated tropinone II pathway at first there is formation of pseudotropine, which is then converted to calystegine.
M. Chamomilla is an herbal remedy derived from the dried leaves of the German chamomile plant. This specific homeopathic remedy is believed to be a natural sedative. Furthermore, the oil from this plant has several topical uses for treating skin inflammations. Supplements such as Roman Chamomilla and and Chamomile have been demonstrated to possess the requisite compounds and properties to alleviate skin inflammation. It contains several classes of biologically active compounds, including essential oils and several polyphenols that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically. The principal components of the essential oil extracted from chamomile flowers are the terpenoids ?-bisabolol and its oxide and azulenes, including chamazulene and acetylene derivatives. Terpenoids, bisabolol, and chamazulene have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antipyretic, ulcer-protective, and antifungal properties.
M. Chamomilla has also been reported to have anti-angiogenic properties. A review of numerous homeopathic treatments indicates that specific treatments contained properties that prevented tumors from generating blood vessels and therefore deregulating the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients critical to vital internal organs. Specifically, it was reported that M. Chamomilla was effective in prohibiting such angiogenesis from occurring and assisting standard chemotherapy treatments in causing critical tumor necropathy.
Colocynthis is native to Turkey but is cultivated in many dry, hot semi-desert areas around the world. The fruit is an orange sized gourd that contains pulp and seed. The seeds are claimed to be nutritional but the pulp and outer skin of the gourd contains a highly poisonous constituent called colocynthin. The plant is very similar to the common cucumber plant which is probably where the name “Bitter cucumber” comes from. Colocynthis people are reserved with a restless and anxious undercurrent which is hard to hide. They tend to bear grudges when humiliated by being disregarded or contradicted and suppress anger and this is normally when the physical symptoms appear. Colic, abdominal pain and other gastric upsets are the main physical symptoms. They may be accompanied by headaches and neck pain and shooting pains in the limbs which are the hallmarks of Sciatica pain. This quality of Colocynthis renders it a vital component of the overall homeopathic treatment for the disorder.
A remedy of unquestioned benefit in sciatica, when pain is associated with numbness of the part affected. Gnaphallium possesses remedial effects for the following conditions, all of which render the homeopath a vital component of Sciaticalm. Gnaphallium addresses symptoms in the back and extremities. With respect to the back, Gnaphallium specifically addresses chronic backache in lumbar region; better resting on back along with lumbago with numbness in lower part of back and weight in pelvis. Respecting the extremities, Gnaphallium addresses cramps in calves of legs and feet when in bed. Rheumatic pain in ankle joints and legs. Intense pain along the sciatic nerve; numbness alternates with pain. Frequent pains in calves and feet. Gouty pains in big toes. Better, drawing limbs up, flexing thigh on abdomen. Gouty concretions (Ammon benz). Anterior curial neuralgia (Staph). Pain in joints as if they lacked oil. Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck.
M. Phosphorica blends a unique mixture of homeopathy and traditional science. Formulated within the laboratory, this ingredient as the widest range of effectiveness on diseases and disorders affecting and emanating from the nervous system. Diseases having their seat in the nerve-fibre cells or in the terminal bulbs of the nerves, in the muscles or in the muscular tissue itself, are cured by this remedy. It corresponds to pains of all kinds with the exception of burning pains; it is especially related to cramping pains. Pains which are darting, spasmodic in character, boring, lightning-like, accompanied by a constrictive feeling. They are often changing in locality, and are relieved by warmth and pressure. It is purely antispasmodic, and hence is curative in cramps, spasms of the glottis, tetanus, epilepsy, spasmodic retention of the urine, paralysis agitans, etc.
It is best adapted to lean, thin, emaciated persons of a highly nervous organization, and prefers light complexion and the right side of the body. Cold in general favors its action exceedingly, whereas heat and pressure interfere with it. Hence the patient is relieved by these. Attacks are often attended with great prostration and sometimes with profuse sweat. The Magnes. phos. patient is languid, tired, exhausted, and unable to sit up, whether he is suffering from acute or chronic affections.
In summation, the clinical benefits of Sciaticalm are demonstrated within this article. The Homeopathic ingredients have been shown to possess properties that render them effective in combating the hallmark symptoms of Sciatic Nerve pain. The most common symptom, inflammation, is targeted by several of the homeopath’s compounds including Gnaphallium and Colocynthin. As more analysis and clinical trials are conducted, it stands to reason that the ingredients within Sciaticalm are poised to bring welcomed relief to those that suffer from debilitating Sciatic Nerve Pain.