man experiencing crural type pain

Cruralgia: arnica as a solution? Is it effective?

La compressing the crural nerve is a disease whose symptoms are quite similar to sciatica. It causes intense pain in the lower body which makes it a major handicap for the patients who suffer from it.

Fortunately, thearnica seems to be beneficial for treating this disease naturally. It has also proven itself in the treatment of various ailments. Currently, it registers as being a new remedy which can relieve the affections on the level of the nerves especially the crural nerve. We will see all this more closely in the article.

Focus on cruralgia


La cruralgia, Also called crural neuralgia, designates the compression of the crural nerve.

crural nerve

The crural nerve is the one responsible for feeling the anterior aspect of the thigh. This is the reason why in case of compression, the person feels a strong pain which radiates from the buttocks to the soles of the feet.

Cruralgia presents aspects similar to sciatica. Indeed, both are caused by the inflammation of the nerve roots which are at the level of the vertebrae lumbar.

The main causes and symptoms of cruralgia

Generally cruralgia occurs according to the following 4 cases.

  • Osteoarthritis that causes irritation and inflammation of the crural nerve root.
  • A hematoma of the psoas muscle which can compress the femoral nerve and cause cruralgia.
  • Inflammation of the crural nerve due to the presence of a tumor. It is a very rare case.

The main symptom of cruralgia is intense pain in the lower body.. It manifests itself precisely in the lower back and on the inner side of the knee and thigh.

The pain is often confused with osteoarthritis, but over time the pain persists most in the lower back preventing any movement. The person may also feel tingling and electric shocks on the parts mentioned.

Various treatments for cruralgia

A person with this disease can benefit from effective treatment.

The treatment lasts on average 1 to 2 months. However, if the disease is due to a herniated disc, the duration of treatment may be extended within 3 to 6 months.

The treatment of cruralgia can be done by taking medications, by physiotherapy (physiotherapy) or with natural remedies.

Treatment with drugs

drugs for intercostal neuralgia

In order to reduce the pain, the doctor prescribes painkillers and anti-inflammatorys. He also recommends muscle relaxants.

If the pain persists, the patient will receive a corticosteroid infiltration with the assistance of a rheumatologist or radiologist.

In both cases, the treatments are always accompanied by a rest of about 15 days.

Treatment with physiotherapy

La physiotherapy (physiotherapy) is an excellent solution to treat cruralgia.

back pain exercises

Through various techniques, it helps relieve pain and improve function. This will correct muscle imbalances in the back and so decrease the pressure on the vertebrae.

The practitioner also offers several types of exercises that allow you to better strengthen your back. At the same time, it will indirectly reduce the pain caused by cruralgia.

In addition, he performs specific massages and mobilizations. That helps the muscles to relax, and improve mobility.

Treat cruralgia with grandmother's remedies

It is also possible to relieve cruralgia with natural products.

natural products and home remedies

Some plants have properties capable of treating pain and muscle spasms caused by compression of the crural nerve.

  • The harpagophytum: This plant is also called devil's claw. It is its roots that are most used to treat inflammation. The patient can take it in tea, capsules or tinctures.


  • The pineapple: rich in bromelain, it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. You can consume it in tea or juice.


  • The celery : this plant is also rich in anti-inflammatory active. It is also effective in calming pain attacks. To take advantage of its benefits, you can take it in juice.


  • arnica : it is a homeopathic remedy that treats pain and ailments. It can be mixed with oil to make a foot bath or massage oil.

 Arnica to cure cruralgia

Arnica is a plant of the "asteraceae" family. It grows in temperate Nearctic regions.


Since antiquity, arnica has been known for its benefits, especially to stop the itching caused by insect bites. Thanks to helenalin, an active compound it contains, the plant prevents the risk of infection.

Arnica is also rich in anti-inflammatory and analgesic active ingredients. This gives it other therapeutic virtues such as reduction of muscle pain.

The advantage is that this plant can be taken directly. In addition, it also exists in the form of oil, gel and ointment, tablet and even tincture.

The benefits of arnica on cruralgia

Arnica is known to relieve cruralgia. Indeed, it can reduce the intensity of the symptoms of this disease. Moreover, the plant is known to have painkiller properties.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect, it fights inflammation of the crural nerve which will further reduce pain and limit the other symptoms of the disease.

And finally, by its analgesic action, it calms muscle tension and soothes back muscles. It also fights against joint stiffness.

The various products based on arnica effective against cruralgia


Arnica can be taken directly by following the traditional trick. To do this, simply make a mixture of an arnica flower and olive oil. Then, apply the mixture to the area and massage gently.

Arnica also exists in the form of processed products. They are all easy to use.

  • In gel, ointment and cream: arnica creams are already available in pharmacies. In addition, they are available without a prescription. To treat pain, simply apply the product to the affected area.


  • In arnica essential oil: this oil can be used for the foot bath or also for a massage.


  • In homeopathy: in the form of capsules it can be taken orally. But be careful, before consuming it you must have a doctor's prescription.

  • In infusion: arnica now exists as a drink. Thanks to this it can improve blood circulation and digestion.

Side effects of arnica

Arnica has some contraindications. It is also a poisonous plant in its raw form. This is why it is necessary to have the opinion of the doctor before taking it.

For people who have allergies to the components of arnica, arnica-based products are not suitable for them.

If a person takes arnica directly, they risk having kidney damage as well as intestinal problems.

Moreover, there are also other drugs that cannot be taken with arnica. This applies in particular to painkillers and medicines that treat heart disease such as blood thinners.

THEarnica is a natural treatment for cruralgia. Associated with other treatments, it is even more effective. Arnica contains various actives that can reduce muscle pain and nerve inflammation. However, before using it, it is always advisable to seek the advice of the attending physician.


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