A pinched nerve refers to nerve compression that occurs as a result of excessive pressure on a nerve. The points where nerves have to pass through narrow spaces in the body are the places where they tend to get pinched from. The pressure on the nerves can arise from muscles, tendons, bones, cartilage and that surrounds the nerve.
A nerve may get pinched due to a variety of reasons like an injury to the nerve, disc herniation, bone spurs, degenerative disc diseases, and spinal arthritis. Homeopathic treatment of a pinched nerve helps alleviate symptoms like numbness, pain, and tingling sensations. Rhus Tox, Colocynthis, and Magnesia Phosphorica are the top homeopathic remedies for pinched nerves.
Homeopathic Treatment of Pinched Nerves
Homeopathy carries a good scope of treatment for cases of pinched nerves. A pinched nerve anywhere in the body can be effectively treated with homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic remedies are selected individually to treat the condition by assessing factors like the location of the pinched nerve, the associated symptoms and the modalities present in the given case. There are different symptoms presented for the use of each of these homeopathic medicines. Prepared from natural substances, these homeopathic medicines cause no side effects.
Homeopathic Medicines for Pinched Nerve
Rhus Tox – Homeopathic Medicine for Pinched Nerve in Spine
Rhus Tox is a highly effective homeopathic medicine for a pinched nerve in the spine that causes back pain. Pain in any part of the back including the neck, mid back or lower back can be effectively treated with this homeopathic medicine. The key indications to use Rhus Tox for pinched nerve include relief in back pain by motion and hard pressure, worsening back pain by rest, and a burning sensation in the lower back along with pain. A nerve compression arising in the back from overuse or overstraining of the back from weight lifting or some related sports activity is also treated well with Rhus Tox.
Colocynthis – Homeopathic Remedy for Pinched Nerve causing Left-side Sciatica
Colocynthis is a natural cure for a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine region that causes left-sided sciatic pain. The chief feature to use this medicine is a pain in the lower back that radiates down the left leg. The nature of the pain can be cramping, drawing or tearing type. Pressure or heat may relieve the problem in individuals needing this medicine.
Magnesia Phosphorica – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Pinched Nerve causing Right-side Sciatica
Magnesia Phosphorica is a natural remedy for a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine causing right-sided sciatica. The pain starts in the lower back and radiates down the thigh, leg, and feet on the right side. Pain is mainly cramping or sharp, shooting-like and it gets better with a warm treatment. Tenderness of feet may be present along with sciatica in some cases.
Gnaphalium Polycephalum – Effective Homeopathic Remedy for Pinched Nerve causing Sciatica
Gnaphalium Polycephalum is a homeopathic treatment for pinched nerve leading to sciatica and numbness in the leg. The sciatica pain and numbness may alternate from one leg to another. The pain tends to get worse upon lying down while sitting relieves the pain.
Cimicifuga Racemosa – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Pinched Nerve in Cervical Spine
Cimicifuga Racemosa is a homeopathic remedy for a pinched nerve in the cervical spine that causes cervical pain. Sensitivity to touch in the cervical spine along with pain, a feeling of contraction in the neck and worsening of pain with movement of the head or hands are characteristic features of this remedy.
Paris Quadrifolia – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Pinched Nerve in Cervical Spine causing Numbness
Paris Quadrifolia is an effective cure for a pinched nerve in the cervical spine that causes numbness in the fingers. Along with numbness, pain in the neck appears that may radiate down the fingers.
Hypericum Perforatum – Natural Remedy for Pinched Nerve – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Hypericum Perforatum is a highly suitable homeopathic medicine to treat a pinched nerve in carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms indicative of its use are numbness and tingling sensation in the fingers, and a crawling, burning sensation in the fingers.
Causes of Pinched Nerve
Many factors predispose a person towards developing a pinched nerve. Some of these include age-related wear and tear, heavy weight-lifting, overstraining of the back, obesity, pregnancy, sports activities, and excessive stress/strain from repetitive work. Apart from these, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes mellitus are some other conditions that can predispose a person to develop pinched nerve.
Symptoms of Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve can give rise to symptoms varying from mild to severe that can develop in any part of the body. The exact degree and location of symptoms depend on the particular nerve that has been compressed. In general, the symptoms of a pinched nerve include pain, burning sensation, tingling, numbness, and a pins-and-needles sensation in the area supplied by the nerve which has been pinched. Decreased sensation and muscle weakness are also noted in some cases. The major sites where pinched nerve is seen most commonly include cervical spine (neck), lumbosacral spine (lower back), and carpal tunnel in the wrist. In case of a pinched nerve in the cervical spine (neck) the symptoms include pain, numbness or tingling in cervical back. These symptoms can be seen radiating to shoulder, and the upper limb. In case of a pinched nerve in lower back, the primary symptom arising is sciatica (lower back pain radiating down the lower limb), numbness, tingling in the lower back or lower limb or isolated pain in the lower back.
In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms appear due to pinching of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel present in the wrist. These include wrist pain, tingling/ numbness of fingers of the hand (thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger) and weakness in the hand.