Sciatica or Gridhrasi is a severe painful condition affecting the posterior aspect of one or both the lower limbs. The pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve which has its origin at the back of the pelvis from the lumbosacral vertebrae. This excruciating pain originates in lower back, hip, thigh, calf muscles and ends up in the toe.
The pain may express in various ways like a simple tingling in the leg , burning or numbness in the leg to throbbing and excruciating pain during few movements, at times it may also cause restriction of movements. The sciatic pain may even interrupt daily chores and activities like standing, bending, driving, and other day-to-day activities.
Adequate rest, correct posture along with Ayurvedic medicines and therapies relieves the Sciatic pain.
The radiating pain often leads to limp in the affected leg – the gait that resembles one of the Vulture (Gridhra) – Ayurveda refers this condition as ‘Gridhrasi’ – “Gridhravat chalati asmin”.