Sciatica can be treated with a natural, endogenous substance called palmitoylethanolamide. It decreases pain, reduces inflammation in the sciatic nerve and protects the nerve against damage. This makes it superior to the average pain relief medicine that is prescribed against sciatic pains.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a common nerve condition, that causes a nasty radiating pain, usually in the leg, buttock and even all the way to the foot. This is due to the fact that the large nerve in the leg, the sciatic nerve, goes all the way from the lower back, through the buttock to the foot. If there is a pressure on this nerve, due to hernia for example, the nerve becomes inflamed and causes a lot of pain or in the worst-case even numb feeling and loss of strength in leg or foot.
It’s easy for the sciatic nerve to get pinched, since the nerve is large and quite thick. A pinched sciatic nerve can be created by arthritis in the lower back, in which case there’s not enough space for the nerve, or by a protruding disc or hernia. When there’s insufficient space it’s also called stenosis, named after the surgeon professor Verbiest from Utrecht.
This makes sciatica actually a case of neuralgia, or nerve pain. Pressure on the nerve creates a reactive inflammation with swelling and pain. The swelling creates even less space for the nerve and a vicious cycle is created. The nerve will get even more damaged by the pressure and inflammation. If the situation gets worse, for example partial paralysis, immediately see a doctor, as intervention by a neurologist will probably be necessary.
How to treat sciatica: decrease pain, reduce inflammation and protect the nerve
Palmitoylethanolamide is a natural substance (known as PEA) that is present in our body, but which is insufficiently produced during chronic conditions and nerve damage. Simply put, the ability of the body to create PEA is limited and when more is needed, due to severe or chronic conditions, the body needs help.
This means you can support the body by taking this substance as a supplement, medical food, or, most efficiently as a liposomal liquid. Over hundreds of studies have been conducted since the 1970s, which proved that this substance decreases pain, protects the nerves and reduces inflammation. This is a perfect combination for support against sciatica. It is recommended to use the supplement for a minimum of 2 months, because the effects are slow.
However, having no side effects, palmitoylethanolamide is a great even if the buildup period does take some time. As a natural pain relief, it works through the body’s own healing mechanism, which has to be activated by the substance.
This activation is done through the body’s natural system of nuclear receptors. They work by triggering biological processes that they are connected with whenever something binds to them. In this case, that something is palmitoylethanolamide.
The cellular processes initiated by palmitoylethanolamide mostly include the ones connected with pain, inflammation and the immune system. They do not mask the pain, but actually deal with the source of it. Palmitoylethanolamide works to revert the body to its natural healthy state and this is the best way to treat most diseases.