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