No one likes being sick, or pain in general. Despite our hard efforts, we still find ourselves going down with all sorts of illnesses, some which may be hard to get rid of. One such problem is back pain. Almost everybody knows somebody who has been dealing with back pain for a long time. Most of these people are the elderly or the ones who are aging, and watching them go through it is not easy. Billions of dollars are spent by patients every year trying to treat back pain and sciatica, but the sad truth is that few of those surgical procedures and medical prescriptions do anything to get rid of the pain.
Sciatica is one of these limiting conditions. It is a pain that radiates from the lower back down through the buttock to the leg. This pain transmits along the sciatic nerve which branches down to each leg. Patients have described it as a severe crippling pain. With the correct medication and treatment, sciatica can be resolved within a few weeks. Some people, however, experience unbearable pain and may have to undergo surgery to correct it.
The main symptom of sciatica is a pain that travels from the lower back down the buttocks to either leg. Some people may experience mild discomfort along the pathway of the nerve, but in most cases, it moves along to the back of the leg. The pain may come in different levels; sometimes it is just a mild discomfort while other times is an excruciating burning sensation. One may even like they are being shocked by electricity. It only typically affects one side of the body. In some cases, sitting for too long, coughing or sudden body movements may make it worse.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is squeezed by a herniated disk on the spinal cord. The nerve can also be inched by an overgrowth of bones or in rare cases, by a tumor. The risk of suffering is increased by old age, excess body weight, jobs that put too much pressure on the leg or lower back, sitting for long and some disease like diabetes that damage the nerves.
While many attempts are made to reverse the condition, few actually work, and it reemerges a few weeks later. Surgical procedures are known to last for some considerable time, but even then sciatica still returns. One of the least popular but most effective treatments for the condition is garlic milk.
Garlic has been proven to be quite useful in combating a series of health conditions such as those of the heart, deficiencies of the immune system, inflammation, killing cancer cells and even curing infections. As it turns out, it is also very good at treating sciatica.
All one has to do is heat four cloves of crushed garlic with milk in a saucepan till it boils. The patient should then add some honey to improve the taste. It may not taste terrific, but it sure will work wonders for anyone suffering from sciatica. The patient should take the milk at least once in a day, and the relief will be evident after a week or so. Garlic, however, thins the blood and should not be taken more than once in a day.