Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Sciatica - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of sciatica generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Sciatica is a condition characterized by radiating pain that originates in the lower back and extends down the back of the legs, sometimes down to the feet. The pain is caused by the application of pressure to the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back down the back of the leg. Commonly the pressure is the result of a herniated, or ruptured, disc in the lower back. A herniated disc occurs when one of the pieces of soft material found between each vertebrae (called discs) becomes displaced from the spine or ruptures. With sciatica, the ruptured disc creates pressure that presses against the sciatic nerve, resulting in radiating pain down the leg. Sciatica can also be the result of a pelvic injury or spinal stenosis, a narrowing in the spine.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Sciatica.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Sciatica


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for sciatica:

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan
Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan

The following (0) acupuncture points may be useful for sciatica. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

There are no associated points at this time.



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with sciatica. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for sciatica. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Sciatica

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

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Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan

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