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What Are the Best Natural Treatments for Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy is a terrible combination of painful tingling with unusual sensations. Furthermore, people with neuropathy may experience sudden pain in affected areas. 

It may begin with a simple prickling feeling, but neuropathy can lead to debilitating pain and numbness in your hands, arms, feet, and lower legs. Almost any kind of extreme weakness or numbness can lead to this neurological disorder. Moreover, the symptoms starting from the above major areas can show in multiple other locations. 

While you must contact a medical professional to devise a plan for your neuropathy treatment, you can use specific natural and home remedies to eliminate the pain. Here are the top 12 ways you can temporarily control the condition:

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Your peripheral nerves are responsible for sending important information to the brain and spinal cord. If it undergoes damage, it will interrupt the signals, and your body's response to pain, temperature, and additional reflexes change. 

Not just this, but damage to these nerves can lead to weakness, numbness, pain, and other unusual sensations. It is referred to as Peripheral Neuropathy.

What Causes Neuropathy?

Several diseases lead to nerve damage. In turn, it causes neuropathy. Here we've compiled a list of health conditions that cause peripheral neuropathy:

Autoimmune Diseases

Diseases like Sjogren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, vasculitis, and lupus may lead to neuropathy.

Diabetes

At least more than half of the people with diabetes end up developing some degree of neuropathy. 

Infections

Some specific viral or bacterial infections such as Lyme diseases, HIV, leprosy, hepatitis B and C, shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, and diphtheria may also cause neuropathy.

Inherited Disorders

Disorders like the Charcot-Marie-Tooth diseases are known hereditary types of neuropathy.  

Tumor

Growth, be it cancerous or noncancerous, develops on nerves. Moreover, polyneuropathy arises as your body's immune response to cancer. Many refer to it as a paraneoplastic syndrome, and it is a degenerative disorder. 

Bone Marrow Disorders

Bone marrow disorders such as abnormal protein in the blood, aka monoclonal gammopathies, is bone cancer lymphoma that leads to neuropathy. 

Other Diseases 

Apart from the diseases we mentioned above, particular other disorders may cause neuropathy. It includes kidney disease, liver disease, connective tissue disorder, and an underactive thyroid. 

Other Causes 

Additional causes of neuropathy may be:

  1. Inadequate dietary plans matched with alcoholism may cause a lack of vitamins in the body.
  2. Exposure to particular toxic substances such as industrial chemicals or heavy metals like lead like mercury etc.
  3. Medications, specifically the ones used to treat cancer, put you at risk of developing peripheral neuropathy.
  4. Trauma such as vehicle accidents, sports injuries can harm your peripheral nerves. 
  5. Nerve pressure from having a cast or using crutches may also lead to neuropathy.
  6.  Deficiency of B-vitamins, vitamin E, and niacin may affect your nerve health as well.

In some cases, the cause of peripheral neuropathy was unidentified. 

Top Natural Treatments for Neuropathy

Below are the most comfortable natural treatments for neuropathy: 

Exercise

Exercise helps your body in a multitude of different ways. From toning your muscles to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, your body can benefit remarkably from a simple exercise regimen. 

Here too, exercise can help tackle health issues that lead to neuropathy. For instance, exercise helps maintain blood sugar levels that reduce the risk of developing diabetes. In turn, it decreases the chances of having to deal with neuropathy. 

A Healthy Diet Plan

A well-crafted dietary plan to lower the consumption of harmful food is a great way to treat neuropathy. A fiber-rich diet and low in simple carbohydrates is an excellent way to tackle your dietary issue. Here are foods you should avoid:

  • White bread products
  • Pasta
  • Sweet food
  • Processed snacks

Instead, try the following:

  • Eat antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, fish, walnuts, and so on. 
  • Eat high fiber foods or food that absorbs slowly, like certain vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
  • Eat less than 2,300mg of sodium on a given day.
  • Limit your saturated and trans fats intake.
  • Eliminating alcohol intake

Vitamins

Vitamin deficiency can cause neuropathy, as well. Professionals recommended a wide variety of vitamins that can help ease the pain. It includes:

Vitamin E- It is an antioxidant. Moreover, foods rich with vitamin E are known to reduce inflammation that causes cases of nerve damage. Vitamin E can help improve burning and tingling symptoms. 

B-complex Vitamins- B-9 deficiency can damage nerve health, whereas B-12 harms your nerves' protective coating. However, taking B-1, B-6, and B-12 supplementation helps soothe neuropathic pain. 

Acetyl-l-carnitine (ALC)- Intensive study shows that ALC can ease neuropathy due to chemotherapy

Alpha-lipoic Acid- It is an effective way to ease burning pain, especially for people with diabetes. However, it doesn't do wonders for people suffering from chemotherapy-related neuropathy

Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Fatty fish contain healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids. They are a great way to reduce inflammation and promote a more beneficial nervous system. 

N-acetylcysteine- A great way to reduce pain sensation is by making use of this antioxidant. 

Magnesium and Calcium- Taking magnesium and calcium together helps you ease muscle cramps. 

Improving Kidney Health

Your kidney's health is affected by a substantial amount when your blood sugar levels aren't in control. Besides this, neuropathy puts you at a higher risk for developing kidney diseases and kidney stones. 

A great way of reducing the toxins absorbed by your kidney is to avoid harmful chemicals and pesticides around you. Moreover, your beauty products and cleaners may also contain toxic chemicals that weaken your kidney. Another thing you can do is reduce your alcohol consumption. 

Quit Smoking 

Smoking is the cause of many hundred diseases, so it isn't surprising that quitting it is on the list. Smoking can lead to the narrowing and damage of peripheral blood vessels. Moreover, it causes a lack of oxygen in your blood. 

Without proper blood circulation, the chances of experiencing numbness and pain from neuropathy increase. If you quit smoking, your blood flow improves. It means quitting smoking helps you improve the symptoms, especially if you've diabetes, as it can increase the chances of diabetic neuropathy. 

Take a Warm Bath 

Taking a warm both is a well-known way to soothe your body. It can be used to alleviate neuropathy symptoms, as well. 

It is because warm water increases blood circulation, which then decreases painful sensation and numbness.

Essential Oils

Essential oils like chamomile, roman lavender, and so on are great ways to improve blood circulation through your body. Moreover, their anti-inflammatory properties provide pain-relief and boost healing. 

Here you can dilute a couple of drops of essential oils in an ounce of carrier oil. Next, apply this mixture on affected areas to reduce tingling pain due to peripheral neuropathy. 

Meditating and Other Relaxation Techniques

A variety of meditation and relaxation techniques are magnificent ways to relieve pain from neuropathy. It may even help lower stress levels, enhance your coping skills, and decrease pain levels. 

Taking deep breaths, meditating, and progressive relaxation are excellent ways to relax. Other than this, you can try yoga, tai chi, or blend stretching. It can help reduce stress while improving your posture and lowering pain levels. 

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture is an effective way to promote natural healing. It is done by stimulating your body's pressure points. 

It is done by triggering the nervous system to release chemicals that change your body's pain threshold.  Moreover, it offers you an energy balance that has a significant impact on emotional health. 

Cayenne Pepper  

Cayenne Pepper or red chili pepper contains Capsaicin. It is an ingredient that makes hot peppers spicy.

Not just that, but Capsaicin is an ingredient that a variety of topical creams contain due to its pain-relieving properties. Plus, Capsaicin can lower neuropathic pain by making the nerves less sensitive. 

Some researches show that topical capsaicin cream can be used to treat neuropathy. However, we recommended that you consult your doctor before using cayenne pepper to soothe neuropathy symptoms.

Taking Alternative Medicine 

People with peripheral neuropathy may try alternative medicine. It includes acupuncture, like we mentioned above, chiropractic techniques, and energy-based modalities like Reiki. 

However, substantial research on these methods is still pending. As of now, few studies suggest this works. What you can do is combine alternative medicine with traditional treatments. 

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a calming workout that enhances cardiovascular circulation without putting too much pressure on your joints. The latter may end up being painful. 

An in-depth study shows that water aerobic is equally effective as land-based therapies when talking about peripheral neuropathy

Final Thoughts

Neuropathy occurs due to a variety of different reasons. You can use the natural treatments we mentioned above to relieve your body of pain effectively. There's always a chance that a natural treatment ends up working superbly for you. 

A good idea when trying new natural remedies is to write it down somewhere. It might take you some days or a week to start feeling the effects of treatment, so don't be discouraged when trying a new one!

 

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