SCIATICA

Pain on the sciatic nerve that radiates from the buttocks down the back of the leg to the knee or even to the big toe. Nerve can be pinched from sitting on a hard chair, wearing a wallet in back pocket, herniated disc. Usually treated by supervised exercises, acupuncture, and massage. A shallow bath with warm water for 20 minutes to 2 hours often provides relief.

Diet:
Eat plenty of potassium-rich foods such as baked potatoes, avocadoes, dried fruits, yogurt, cantaloupe, spinach, bananas, mushrooms, milk, tomatoes.

Nutrients:
Potassium, calcium, magnesium.

Herbs:
Nettles, St. John's Wort.