Piriformis is a small muscle present deep in the gluteal region (the buttocks.) The primary function of this muscle is to rotate and move the thigh externally. Piriformis syndrome is a set of symptoms that arise when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed by the spasms/contraction of the piriformis muscle. The factors that predispose a person to piriformis syndrome include injury and excessive stress on the piriformis muscle as a result of prolonged sitting and long distance running. Homeopathic medicines work to relax the contracted piriformis muscle and relieve symptoms like pain, numbness and tingling in the buttocks and the lower limb along the course of the sciatic nerve. Colocynthis, Magnesium Phos, and Rhus Tox are the tops homeopathic medicines used to treat piriformis syndrome.
Homeopathic Treatment of Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome can be effectively treated with homeopathic medicines. These medicines are made of natural substances and can be safely used, without any side effects. The homeopathic medicines for the symptomatic treatment of piriformis syndrome include Colocynthis, Magnesium Phos, Rhus Tox, Gnaphalium Polycephalum, Hypericum Perforatum, and Kali Iodatum. The most suitable homeopathic medicine among them is selected on the basis of individual symptoms presentation.
Homeopathic Medicines for Piriformis Syndrome
Colocynthis – Homeopathic Medicine for Piriformis Syndrome with Symptoms on Left Side
Colocynthis is a natural homeopathic medicine for piriformis syndrome where the symptoms mainly appear on the left side of the body. The person needing Colocynthis may experience a cramping pain in the left hip. This pain may radiate down the left lower limb. It may be sharp, shooting, tearing in nature. Gentle touch worsens the pain while warm applications help bring pain relief.
Magnesium Phos – Homeopathic Remedy for Piriformis Syndrome with Symptoms of Right Side
Magnesium Phos is a prominent homeopathic medicine for piriformis syndrome when the right side is affected. Magnesium Phos is useful for contracted cramping pain in the right side buttock that may radiate down the calf muscle or feet. The pain is intermittent or paroxysmal. The cramping worsens from prolonged exertion.
Rhus Tox – Natural Medicine for Piriformis Syndrome due to Excessive Strain on Muscle
Rhus Tox offers a natural treatment for piriformis syndrome as a result of excessive stress and strain on the muscle. The person needing Rhus Tox tends to have pain along the sciatic nerve that gets worse during the night. Exposure to cold air worsens the pain while exercise relieves the sciatica pain. In some cases, pricking sensation in the lower limbs may also be present.
Gnaphalium Polycephalum – Effective Homeopathic Remedy for Piriformis Syndrome with Pain and Numbness
Gnaphalium is a natural remedy for piriformis syndrome in cases where there is pain and numbness in the entire leg. The numbness may be present with or alternate with the lower limb pain. The pain is sharp and electric shock-like in nature. In some cases, a burning sensation in the lower limbs may also be present. The person feels better by flexing the legs on the abdomen.
Hypericum Perforatum – Homeopathic Medicine for Injury causing Piriformis Syndrome
Hypericum Perforatum is a suitable medicine for piriformis syndrome that occurs after an injury. The major feature to use Hypericum is an aching pain in the lower limb along with a tingling and burning sensation. A crawling sensation or needle-like pricking sensation in the feet may also be present.
Kali Iodatum – Natural Medicine for Piriformis Syndrome when Sitting Worsens the Symptoms
Kali Iodatum is a well-indicated homeopathic medicine for treating piriformis syndrome in cases where sitting worsens the symptoms. People needing Kali Iodatum experience hip pain that radiates down the lower limb. The pain gets worse from sitting, while walking relieves the pain. Some people experience worsening of the pain during the night. In some cases, formication of lower limbs is present along with the pain.
Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
Pain in the hip is the main symptom of piriformis syndrome. Tenderness over the affected side buttock may be present. Along with pain, numbness in the hip may also be present. The pain and numbness may radiate down the thigh, calf muscles, foot along the course of sciatic nerve. Another feature that may be present is a tingling sensation in the buttock or down the lower limb along the path of the sciatic nerve. Weakness in the affected lower limb, a reduced range of movement at the hip joint and difficulty in walking are other symptoms. Piriformis syndrome can be one-sided or be present on both sides. In most cases, the pain is worse from prolonged sitting. Other factors that may worsen the symptoms include prolonged running, walking, cycling, and standing for long hours. Lying down on the back may relieve the symptoms.