Our nervous system is a complicated network that provides communication between the spine and the brain. When there is a misconnection and that communication isn’t functioning properly, it can cause abnormal sensations in the extremities such as tingling, numbness, weakness, spasms, or atrophy to occur. This is referred to as Neuropathy or Peripheral Neuropathy.
There are many ways that nerve damage can be caused such as diabetes, injury, infection, even alcoholism. Depending on the source of the damage, treatments may vary from physical therapy to surgery.
Most people who suffer from neuropathy pain are given medications to help with reducing the pain and numbness, however, these medications do not resolve the core issue, in fact, they simply mask the symptoms. This means that when the medicine subsides, the pain returns.
If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy and have experienced the lack of long-term relief that prescription drugs provide, fear not, there are some natural treatments you can do yourself that can help relieve your symptoms with longer lasting effects such as:
- Vitamins B & D – Some cases of peripheral neuropathy are due to vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B is essential to nerve health and can be supported through diet and supplements. Vitamin D can also help prevent nerve pain. The skin usually provides vitamin D as a response to sunlight, but being deficient may increase neuropathy pain. This too can be provided through supplements.
- Exercise – Regular activity can not only help reduce pain but can also improve overall health, by lowering blood sugar levels, nerve damage can be reduced. Exercising can also increase circulation in the extremities which may help with pain and discomfort.
- Meditation – Practicing meditation can help lower stress levels and increase self control providing a sense of power and control over your physical condition. Meditation can also help provide better coping skills which may decrease the intensity of your pain.
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture is a technique that uses the nervous system to release certain chemicals to help with pain levels by stimulating pressure points. It also promotes balance in energy for physical and emotional health.
- Essential oils – Using a few drops of essential oils mixed with an ounce of coconut or olive oil and applying to affected areas may help reduce the tingling sensation caused by peripheral neuropathy.
- Quit smoking – Smoking reduces oxygen in the body which hinders blood circulation. Improper circulation may increase numbness and pain from neuropathy. By quitting the habit, blood flow increases and may reduce symptoms.
- Cayenne pepper – Cayenne pepper contains a substance called capsaicin which is often used in topical creams due to its pain relieving properties. Adding cayenne pepper to your diet, using a capsaicin supplement, or topical creams that contain capsaicin may help to reduce neuropathy symptoms. Be sure to consult your physician prior to adding this to your routine to prevent causing an adverse effect.
Getting ahead of the problem is always recommended to treat the issue. If you can add some natural healthy practices to your everyday regime, you can prevent your peripheral neuropathy from worsening and alleviate pain symptoms. Of course always consult your doctor prior to ensure it’s something that won’t interact negatively with your specific condition.