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Can peppermint oil help relieve sciatica?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not Likely

Not likely that any time of topical substance will actually help the condition of sciatica.
Sciatica is due to nerve root compression at a much deeper level than that of the skin where peppermint oil is applied. Although symptomatically the oil may feel good and typically will not be of harm it is only providing symptomatic relief at best for reasons unrelated to the underlying condition.

In brief: Not Likely

Not likely that any time of topical substance will actually help the condition of sciatica.
Sciatica is due to nerve root compression at a much deeper level than that of the skin where peppermint oil is applied. Although symptomatically the oil may feel good and typically will not be of harm it is only providing symptomatic relief at best for reasons unrelated to the underlying condition.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Preventive Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Topical peppermint oil to the back may relax the muscles and ease sciatic pain.
Warm soaks in epsom salts can be helpful as well. Consider a prenatal massage if it persists.

In brief: Yes

Topical peppermint oil to the back may relax the muscles and ease sciatic pain.
Warm soaks in epsom salts can be helpful as well. Consider a prenatal massage if it persists.
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management

In brief: You can try

although if it does, it will be transient only.
Likely you will need more than peppermint oil to help.

In brief: You can try

although if it does, it will be transient only.
Likely you will need more than peppermint oil to help.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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