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Have you been experiencing pain in your lower back? Does the pain run all the way down your leg? That could be Sciatica. Sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. This pain is experienced by many people due to our lifestyle of spending a lot of time seated in unsupported ways that puts pressure on the Sciatic Nerve. Like so many other issues this pain is a symptom of something deeper, which we will explore in this blog. Luckily acupuncture, essential oils, and nutrition are very effective solutions for this common problem.

Symptoms

  • Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica.

  • The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze. Prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms.

  • Usually only one side of your body is affected.

  • Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot.

  • You might have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another part.

TCM Approach

There are several causes for sciatica according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). At The Point of Health we do 4 diagnostic exams to determine the cause of your sciatica. However, there are some common causes of sciatica. The one we will focus on is liver blood deficiency.

In Chinese Medicine, the liver maintains the circulation of qi, blood, and body fluid, The liver also controls the tendons. If your spleen is not extracting proper nutrients it can cause a blood deficiency. This type of blood deficiency can cause the tendons to lack proper nutrients to be healthy and strong. This makes them more susceptible to damage. If you sit for long periods of time or twist your back, carry heavy loads, or drive a motor vehicle for long periods, this can further weaken the tendons. This weakness creates the perfect conditions for sciatica.

Symptoms of Liver Blood Deficiency

  • Numbness in the extremities, tics, tremors, dizziness, blurred vision, floaters, insomnia, dry skin/hair, scanty or lack of menstruation.

  • Tongue is pale, thin, and dry.

  • Pulse feels thin, choppy.

What we do:

At The Point of Health, we use traditional and time tested methods like acupuncture, and natural and organic herbs. These, combined with proper nutrition, treat the root cause of your Sciatica. When the body is nourished and healthy, pain and disease cannot persist.


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