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Relieving the Pain of Sciatica

Monday, 22 Jun 2009 03:01 PM


Question: What can be done to alleviate the pain from or improve conditions of sciatica?

Dr. Blaylock's answer:

Sciatica is caused by several things, the most common being viral infections, compression by ligamentous bands in the buttocks, and of course the most common — ruptured disc.

Studies have shown that in all these instances, the cause of the pain is inflammation of the nerve root and not merely compression of the nerve. Compression of an uninflamed sciatic nerve does not cause pain. In my neurosurgical practice, many patients were cured simply by removing the inflammation from the nerve.

One way to do that is to use powerful anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals-such as vitamin C (buffered), vitamin E (unique-E), and especially the anti-inflammatory flavonoids, such as curcumin and quercetin. When mixed with extra virgin olive oil, they are better absorbed and work much better. A dose of 500 milligrams of all of these mixed with one tablespoon of the oil taken three times a day works best.

It is important to avoid the inflammatory oils (omega-6-oils) and glutamate food additives (MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, caseinate, etc.).

Next, it is important to heal the damaged nerve. This is done by taking B vitamins, such as vitamin B-1, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacinamide, folate, biotin, etc. Methylcobalamin plays a significant role in nerve healing — in a dose of 5,000 micrograms a day.





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