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Acupuncture for Sciatica

By Kimberly Guorong Du

Sciatica is a pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. Sometimes, the pain extends from the buttock down the leg to the foot, although usually only part of this area is affected (usually the buttock and thigh). In severe cases, the pain may be accompanied by numbness or weakness in the affected area.

Sciatica is mainly divided to two groups:

For tumor, tuberculosis, abscess caused sciatic pain, conventional medical treatment would be the first choice in order to treat the cause. So, when patient have sciatic nerve pain he or she should go to the primary doctor first to diagnose the problem. For other kinds of sciatic pains, acupuncture and other Chinese medical treatments are very good choice.

Chinese medical treatments for sciatica include acupuncture or electrical acupuncture (deep or shallow needling), auricular acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) and herbal medicine. Methods to be used would depend on the cause of the disease and the patient's conditions. In China, patients with sciatica often pursue acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese medical treatments. Clinically the patients mostly get cured.

For new and severe pain, patients should lie in a firm mattress. Most of sciatica patients should keep warm at all times. When working with effort, be careful with the posture or wear an elastic brace.

Chinese medical treatments are safe; drug free (no side effects) and can let you live without pain.