Jade Acupuncture Clinic

Sciatica

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have proven to be effective for many people who suffer from sciatica. This condition, which is characterized by pain that radiates from the low back down one or both legs, can be debilitating and frustrating. Many patients have tried conventional therapies such as pain medications, physical therapy, and chiropractic but still struggle with the condition. 

In acupuncture theory, pain is believed to be due to stagnant energy and blood in the body. In the case of sciatica, the gall bladder meridian is typically in need of balancing. This meridian runs from the piriformus muscle in the buttocks down the lateral side of the legs, which is the pathway of the sciatic nerve.
Acupuncture is a gentle treatment that is intended to be very relaxing, restorative and balancing. Although the primary goal in treating sciatica is to regulate the flow of energy in the gall bladder meridian, one often notices that their entire sense of health is boosted from the treatment.
Chinese herbs can also be beneficial for the treatment of sciatica. Some formulas that might be used are:

Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang: One of the main formulas for treating pain and spasm from the waist down.

You Gui Wan: A kidney tonic formula that treats low back pain due to internal cold and deficiency.
The treatment plan depends upon the severity of the pain and how long it has been present, along with other existing symptoms.With the right combination of therapies, sciatica typically responds very well to treatment.


Copyright 2008 by Jeri Petz, MSOM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Jade Acupuncture Clinic Ltd.