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Dave Foreman


by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Recently on a flight back from California I met a flight attendant who was suffering for years with lower back problems (Sciatica). Her request for help reminded me of the hundreds of people who have used my input to rid themselves of this painful condition.To modern medicine, this condition seems to be rocket science.To a practitioner of natural medicine it is fundamental.

What is it?

Sciatica occurs when there is pain, numbness or tingling in the lower back or down one leg. This discomfort comes from pressure on the sciatic nerve as it leaves the spinal cord into the lower back.With more severe cases, people experience pain in one particular side of their buttocks and/or down their leg, sometimes all the way to the foot.

For many of us sciatic pain omes and goes. Here are some quick tips for addressing the onset of lower back pain:

  • Avoid sitting (or standing, depending on which causes more pain)
  • Avoid alternating between hot and cold on the affected area
  • Get a massage
  • Sleep on your side
  • Wear low-heeled shoes
  • Practice good posture while walking, standing and sitting
  • Start your supplements
Before we get into the natural solutions, I want to explain what is usually happening with the body. Aside from trauma causing this condition, I usually associate the pain with the lower spine being out of alignment - but WHY? This problem is usually simple. A muscle group above the area of discomfort (usually on your buttocks on the side you have pain) is in spasm (contracting) and a muscle group below the area of discomfort (usually in the bladder region on the opposite side of the body from your pain) is in spasm. It is this tug-of-war that causes your spine to come out of alignment and pinch the nerve as it leaves your spine, causing your sciatic pain. Example: You have pain in your right hip and maybe even down your right leg. Usually a muscle high on your buttocks " I call a hotspot " will be sensitive to moderate pressure with your thumb. This is one of the areas that need to be relaxed or massaged. On the front side of your body on the left side down in the pelvic region you will find another hotspot. For most, this area is very low and somewhere near the bladder. This muscle group also requires massage. When these two muscle groups finally relax, the spine will go back into alignment and the pain will be resolved.


This is a great question and the answer, is it depends. In Chinese medicine they say that lower back problems stem from one of two things: bowel problems or bladder weakness.Too many times when I ask a sciatic pain sufferer if they have problems with one of these two areas the answer is yes. Examples of problems are:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • IBS - and related health challenges
  • Bladder Infections (usually chronic or more than 2 per year)
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Incontinence
  • Pregnancy (supplements mentioned in this article are not intended for use during pregnancy)
There are obviously other causes of sciatic pain (trauma, degenerative issues, etc). For those with trauma,my suggestions are the same; it just will take much longer to heal the body. If you get rid of the root of your problem, the body will heal itself.

The modern medicine approach is usually to address the inflammation and suppress the pain. My approach isn't much different except my treatment of inflammation is a temporary fix until my other support supplements take over.


  1. Inflammation and Pain:

    I love the new product FlexNow® or the supplement Zyflamend. Both work on different aspects of inflammation and can provide added benefit until my other recommendations take over. I also like the addition of fish oil to your inflammation fighting program. 2-3 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids from fish can give added support.
  2. Relax the muscles:

    My herb of choice is Passion Flower (not standardized). Passion Flower possesses muscle relaxing properties. I recommend from 250-1500mg at bedtime. The higher dose is used to make sure you sleep well and relax the muscles. I follow this nighttime dose with a smaller dose (250-500mg) mid-morning and mid-afternoon. The lower dose will hopefully maintain the relaxation effect, but without the drowsiness associated with a higher (bedtime) dose.
  3. Massage:

    This is the key to a quick recovery. Supplements can do the trick, but to get the relief you want, going for a massage at least once a week will speed your recovery. Make sure to stress the importance of the two muscle areas I mentioned above. A quality massage therapist will know what I am talking about.
  4. Treat the root of your problem:

    You probably don't have a back problem (unless it is from trauma) and need to resolve what is truly triggering your muscles and spine to react as they are. Treat your bladder or bowel health issues naturally. If your problem stems from exercise, change your workouts or make sure to stretch before and after. Other issues such as being overweight, poor posture, bone spurs etc., should all be addressed to prevent recurring back problems.

My 4-Pillars of Health are also important. Don't forget to engage in proper activity, eat right and take care of the mind/spirit component. People with sciatic issues are believed to have emotional worries.You need to address all aspects of your life to truly be healthy.

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