Since I am a BIG fan of garlic I asked her to email me the article. With a little bit of help from Google Translate making sure the translation is accurate, I am excited to share this article and recipe with those who suffer from Sciatic pain.
by Juli Nudelmann
Garlic is a better and faster healer of sciatica, not to mention its other health benefits. This article will provide the recipe for healing.
Few words about the disease.
Sciatica is a damage of the nerve root emerging from the spinal cord, which occurs when squeezing of the spine leads to inflammation and swelling.
The main symptom of this disease is known well - extreme pain. Due to the strong constant brutal pain, a person cannot sleep and unable to sit, stand, walk, bend down, and turn. Among the possible varieties of pain and sensations there are shooting pain, burning, tingling, and "goose bumps." Often, the pain and numbness extend from the waist to the gluteal region, on the outer edge of the thigh to the inner edge of the foot and toes.
The pain from sciatica most often strikes people over forty years of age. However over the past decade, sciatica targets much younger population, professional athletes and intellectual workers sitting by the computer all day long. Also, surgeons, mechanics, taxi drivers, or anyone who are driving for long period of time.
Doctors still cannot come to a consensus what should be considered the primary cause of sciatica and who should be engaged in treatment of sciatica - orthopedists, neurologists, or physical therapists.
In the XIX century it was believed that sciatica is a spontaneous self-induced inflammation of the nerve root. At the beginning of the XX century the reason was justified as the intervertebral hernia - protrusion and breaks out of cartilage located between the vertebrates that compresses the nerve roots and causes inflammation.
Today, many believe that the cause of sciatica is a damage of the vertebra itself, which caused by vertebral subluxation. Sciatica may be developed because of arthritis, constipation, diabetes, colds, infections, metabolic disorders, and as a result of birth trauma. A spine tumor may also be manifested by the similar symptoms.
When the pain is localized in the lumbosacral region and triggers the sciatic nerve, we name it sciatica. When the cause located in the thoracic spine - thoracic sciatica, and lumbar location – lumbar sciatica. The most common form of the sciatica is lumbosacral radiculitis.
It is known that sciatica occurs not only on a background of physical overload but also due to emotional and psychological stress. The causes of stress may be different: difficulties at work, change of residence, illness or death of loved ones, cheating wife, husband, colleague, changing apartments, just a quarrel in the family...all kind of critical periods of life.
On myself, friends, acquaintances, I watched the attacks of sciatica occurs in stressful periods of life. Participating as a divisional chief surgeon in the wars of Israel (1973.1982), I often watched acute sciatica in the most emotional young soldiers.
Average typical treatment of sciatica.
Conventional medicine treats sciatica using different drugs to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain (ortofen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, voltaren, aspirin, optalgin; vitamin B complex; warm-up tools (eg, rubbing bee or snake venom capsicum plaster).
For the first attack, doctors recommend this treatment and bed rest for 2-3 days. After the pain is getting better it is recommended wearing belts, physiotherapy (ultraviolet irradiation, diadynamic and magnetic currents, ultrasound, electrophoresis with drugs, inductothermy, radon baths, mud, and paraffin), physical therapy, massage for several weeks or months. In some cases, doctors insist on spinal surgery. Often the surgery is not effective and gives a lot of complications that lead to disability.
Many European clinics today refuse surgical treatment. However, we must remember that medication is not safe either.
Dozen different types of drugs are used for the treatment of sciatica. Under the influence of such pharmacological onslaught, doctors confront problems, such as allergies, immune deficiency, damaged kidney, liver, and brain. The list of drug side effects exceeds its therapeutic effect.
According to the World Health Organization, up to 30% of all diseases are caused by using drugs only. This is why in the treatment of sciatica suggests a shift to non-conventional medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese and Hindu medicine first.
I’ve had attacks of acute sciatica at my young age. As a student, I got a spinal injury during a parachute jump. After graduation, I have many hours of standing at the operating table. While living in the USSR, I treated myself with the "bath" method of treatment. After getting Russian sauna, I went home and lied in bed, drinking several glasses of strong tea with lemon and honey. A few days later I repeated the sauna and could get to work and operate. But some pain remained for a long time though.
In Israel, it is difficult to find a real Russian sauna. Local sauna helps, but cannot replace such elements as broom and specific heat, which make Russian sauna so unique.
When having sciatica in Israel, I usually was taking the recommended standard treatment. 30 years ago many times, I had to stay in the hospital for more than a month. My colleague’s neurosurgeons and orthopedists strongly suggested spinal surgery.
A wonderful surgeon, head of surgical department, Professor David Ehrlich saved me from surgery. He told me quietly in my ear - "Juli get out from the hospital as soon as possible, before our active colleagues persuade you to get the surgery done."
Somehow since then, I have met a lot of people who had surgery followed by limiting dramatically their physical activities. One time I had to perform in a court as a medical expert on the part of the patient, who was left paralyzed as a result of surgery for sciatica. Eli K. came to the hospital on his own feet and was left in a wheelchair forever after surgery. I have described this case in the media.
So while continuing of having back pain, I heard from my unforgettable mother in law, Maria and complained to her about my recurrent pain. She shared that the best way to treat sciatica is with garlic, in particular because it has medicinal properties and brilliantly helps eliminate the symptoms extremely fast, in a day or two. She told me in detail the recommended treatment of garlic.
Before I used the recipe on its own, I started looking in the literature in general all about garlic. And here's what I found briefly.
- The first evidence of people using garlic at the fourth millennium BC came in 1911.
- The proof is in the image of heads of garlic found in Egypt in the tomb of El Mahashny. Archaeologists have agreed that these images belong to the 3750 BC.
- After opening the tomb of King Tutankhamun, they found six heads of this plant along with expensive jewelry made of gold and lapis lazuli (a deep blue semi-precious stone). They were dried and very well-preserved despite the fact that lay underground for more than one millennium.
- In the tomb of the architect Kha, built in 1500 BC, a basket full of garlic was found as well.
- According to some records, the pharaohs treated back pain (sciatica today) by using garlic.
- The Bible also mentions the healing effect of garlic. Same indication mentioned in the records of ancient books of China and India.
- “Garlic - the king of all spices”, said Pythagoras.
- The first recipe of using it for medical purposes was recorded three thousand years ago in the cuneiform tablets.
- It is mentioned in a book on medical plants that Greek physicians of the first century called it the strongest of the antidote.
- Aristotle advised the use of garlic against rabies.
- Hippocrates used it as an expectorant and diuretic.
Garlic in Russia:
In the 9th century Byzantium and Russian doctors were convinced that garlic is able to confront the plague. In the 18th century, at a time when the plague stormed in London, garlic saved the lives of many French priests, who lived and worked in London and used it every day. English priests refused to eat garlic because of the smell and many died from the plague.
Garlic contains vitamins C, B, salts of iron, magnesium, copper, iodine, as well as
cellulose, fats, and polysaccharides. Garlic increases the excretion of urine, stimulates the activity of the sex glands, dilates coronary and peripheral arteries, regulates heart rate and known for anti-sclerotic effect improving blood and preventing the formation of blood clots.
Experimental study of the antitumor activity of garlic (when a large number of animals were inoculated with tumor cells, raw garlic was fed to animals) indicate that the garlic oil inhibits growth of malignant tumors.
Acquainted with these qualities of garlic, at the first heavy attack of sciatica I started the treatment as I called it, "The Recipe Tiffany Maria" The most amazing thing is that garlic poultice healed sciatica quickly, almost immediately!
Here is the recipe that I called “A Recipe From Maria”
- Three large garlic heads are placed in a pan,
- Pour 0.5 liters of water
- Bring to a boil and boil for 40-60 sec.
- Then, boiled garlic head must be crushed to mushy state.
- Membranes/shells are removed from the mushed mass.
- The resulting slurry is laid out inside half folded cotton towel or napkin, which covers the entire lumbosacral spine. Garlic paste should be well sealed!
- Ones the Towel/napkin is placed on the skin, cover it with cellophane and woolen scarf making "the compress", which is fixed carefully on the body bandages, like any wrap.
- Such bandage must be worn from morning till evening.
- It is not recommended wear a bandage at night because during the night it is difficult to provide good airtight insulation of garlic pulp, as well as to avoid its excessive pressure to the skin (can cause skin irritation). Generally, if you experience skin irritation (burning sensation, slight pain) under the bandage it is necessary to remove and allow the skin to "rest."
The first day of application of garlic bandage should provide a significant improvement and pain reduction. By the evening of the second day (treatment repeated with fresh garlic heads) you will find yourself being healthy again!
If you feel there are still some symptoms of sciatica remaining, you can repeat the process a few more days, until complete recovery.
That's the whole recipe. Garlic therapy will make you forget the pain quickly if you have suffered a long time have a radiculitis. Applying this treatment on the first day, I was able to get up, the pain had almost all but disappeared. Meanwhile, conventional methods of treatment have given positive effect only after many days of suffering and physical limitations.
Since I have tried and tested this method on myself, I recommended it to friends, relatives, and patients. The results were the same as mine, rapid and complete. Before that I tried many treatments of sciatica (except operational, of course), collecting data applications, I was convinced that the treatment of garlic was a great, non-drug method for rapid cessation of pain and most importantly, very early (a day or two) restoration of all motor functions, limited by pain.
Of course, after the release from an attack you may continue to secure the success of the treatment with warm baths and massages. Also remember that a treatment of sciatica requires keeping the room warm and dry.
As a physician leading a large surgical department for many years, experiencing acute attacks of sciatica and looking for the safest and most helping treatment, I can recommend "A Garlic Recipe from Maria" Try it and see how effective it is. And the smell of garlic is not as bad. Even refreshing!
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