Sciatica is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body.

From a TCM point of view, sciatica is caused by blood stagnation, cold attack, or kidney-deficiency.

Acupuncture treatment may produce obvious positive effects in most cases. The treatment will promote blood circulation, reduce inflammation of the soft tissues, and reduce the swelling of muscles, or nerves, or herniated disc, so that compression of the sciatic nerve will be removed, and thus the pain is alleviated.

Herbal treatment is also effective for sciatica. In some severe cases, strong pain killers such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or even codeine cannot control the pain, but herbs can!