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Effective Herbal Remedies for Sciatica

S. No. Products Quantity
1 Boswellia Curcumin 2 Bottles (60 Capsules Each)
2 Hakam Churna 2 Packs (100gm Each)
3 Ashwagandha Capsules 1 Bottle (60 Capsules)
4 Yograj Guggul 1 Bottle (120 Tablets)
5 Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras 3 Bottles (20 Tablets Each)
6 Dhanwantharam Tailam 1 Bottle (200ml

Sciatica is a painful event radiating from the lower back to legs, along the pathway of sciatic nerve. It mainly happens due to sciatic nerve compression because of a herniated disc or bone spur.

Radiculopathy is the main criteria for a sciatic condition. The sciatic pain can even be triggered with sneezing or strain during defecation, as it irritates the roots of the lumbar and lumbo sacral spine.

Parshni prathyangulinam ya kandara marutharditha /
Sakthi utkshepam nigrahanathi gridrasim prachakshathe //

Reference:- Ashtangahridaya, nidana sthana, chapter 15, shloka 55

Ayurveda explains sciatica as ‘gridhrasi’ and describes well about its pathogenesis.

The word “gridhrasi” is derived from the Sanskrit root – ‘Gridhra’ (means Vulture). This indicates the pain of sciatica which resembles vulture attack or due to the extreme pain the patient’s walk resembles that of vulture.

The highly aggravated vata, tortures the great nerve trunks of the feet and then the angry vata moves towards the ankle or toes causing severe pain. The enraged vata stuffs and presses the nerve ending which makes it very difficult for the thighs to lift.


The excruciating pain of sciatica starting from lower back radiating to legs is really making the patient exhausted. They are dreaming for a healing touch, as the intense pain is restraining them from sleep. As vata dosha is the main culprit behind sciatica, it needs intensive care treatments along with the support of healing herbs.

Planet Ayurveda extends its care and healing through sciatica care pack, which helps to trap the enraged vata from all the sides and also gives symptomatic relief. Along with vata balance, this blend of medicine also addresses other dosha creating equilibrium of dosha in the human system. All the medicines are equally potent to stimulate the nervous system and can act as a nervine tonic.

  1. Boswellia-curcumin capsules
  2. Hakam churna
  3. Ashwagandha capsules
  4. Yograj guggul tablets
  5. Vrihat vatchintamani ras tablets

1. Boswellia-Curcumin Capsules

This capsule is a beautiful blend of two potent anti-inflammatory drugs, shallaki (Boswellia serrata) & turmeric (Curcuma longa). Gridhrasi can be due to either a vitiated vata or both vata and kapha. If we look into the pharmaceutical action of the both drugs (shallaki & turmeric), it serves both vata and kapha effectively. They are also popular with its immune boosting and immune modulating properties. As an effective pain remedy, Boswellia serrata capsules are well used for the palliative care in sciatica. Its efficacy in improving blood circulation nourishes and strengthens the system, thereby helps in relieving compression.

  • Shallaki – This herb is famous for its use in arthritic and muscular pain and the best drug to be used as a substitute to allopathic pain killers.
  • Turmeric – It is the golden spice enriched with anti inflammatory action. Its antioxidant properties improve nervous action and reduce the compression.

Dosage –2 capsules twice daily after meals with warm water.

2. Hakam Churna

It is an Ayurvedic medicated powder which can be used as a herbal supplement for balancing enraged vata and kapha. In Ayurveda classics, this combination of medicine is referred as “chathurbeeja” (chathur – 4, beeja – seeds). The following 4 seeds are used for this powder preparation.

  • Methika – Trigonella foenum-graecum
  • Kalonji – Nigella sativa
  • Ajwain – Trachyspermum ammi
  • Chandrashoora – Lepidium sativum

Its prime indication is vata imbalance disorders including bloating and abdominal distension. Improving joint health, along with relieving muscle stiffness, makes this medicinal powder an appropriate one for sciatic patients.  It is an effective remedy for all types of vata pains including lower back ache.

Methika chandrashoora cha kalaajaji yavanika /
Ethath chathushtayam yuktham chathurbeejam iti smritham //
Tat choornam bakshitham nityam nihanthi pavanamayam /
Ajeernam shoolamadhmanam parshwashoolam kateevyadham //

Reference:- Bhava prakasha, hareetakyadi varga, shloka 77 – 78)

Dosage – 1 teaspoon powder twice daily with warm water.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

The very magical capsules prepared from the standardized root extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), which is referred as Indian ginseng. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best known adaptogen and stress booster. It is not only good for relieving mental stress but also reduces the sciatic nerve stress and compression and hence helps to pacify the condition. Ashwagandha is tridoshic in nature, which pacifies and normalizes all the three dosha especially vata. This makes ashwagandha, the best friend in old age.

It stimulates the nervous system and as the name indicates it strengthens the body and bestows with good power. This helps the sciatic patient strong enough to lift their thighs, which was the most difficult complication in sciatica.

Dosage –1 capsule twice a day with warm water.

4. Yograj Guggul

A classic Ayurveda formulation used for every kind of neuro muscular diseases, as it is a potent anti inflammatory and pain relieving drug. This Rejuvenative medicine helps in supportive therapy of sciatica reducing muscle spasm and vata aggravation.

The main ingredients include:-

  • Commiphora mukul(guggulu)
  • Cyperus rotundus (musthaka)
  • Plumbago zeylanica (chitraka)
  • Emblica officianalis(amalaki)
  • Terminalia bellerica(vibheetaki)
  • Terminalia chebula(hareetaki)
  • Piper longum(pippali)
  • Trachyspermum ammi (ajwain)
  • Embelia ribes (vidanga)
  • Tribulus terrestris(gokshura)
  • Cuminum cyminum (jeera)
  • Zingiber officinale(shunti)
  • Rock salts

Dosage –2 tablets twice a day with warm water.

5. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This is a classic mineral preparation in Ayurveda, which is effective for any form of vata aggravation. Its rejuvenation abilities to strengthen the sciatic nerve, reduce the pain and make the body more flexible. Its main component is pure gold, the best strengthener and immune booster.

Vrihat vatchintamani ras can also act as a catalyst for other co-prescribed medicines, which fasten the action and speeds up the recovery. The main ingredients of this tablet include:-

  • Swarna bhasma – incinerated form of gold
  • Roupyabhasma – incinerated form of silver
  • Abhrakabhasma – incinerated form of mica
  • Lohabhasma – incinerated form of iron
  • Pravalabhasma – incinerated form of coral
  • Mukta bhasma – incinerated form of  pearl
  • Rasa sindhoora – purified mercuric sulphide
  • Aloe Vera juice

Dosage –1 tablet twice a day after food with honey, ginger juice, warm water.