Sciatica begins when the sciatica nerve is irritated or compressed at its root at the base of the spine, causing severe shooting pains which will run down the back and outside the leg from the thigh to the foot. It can be caused by a slipped disc, ankylosing spondylitis or osteoarthritis. Sciatica can come on suddenly, after something as simple as a twisting movement of the body, and it is worse on bending, sneezing or coughing.

Chinese Medicine sees sciatica as a damp heat stagnation in the gallbladder meridian or in the urinary bladder meridian. If the sciatica condition is chronic,then according to Chinese Medicine theory, cold and blood stagnation are the cause. Acupuncture can be very successful.

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