How in the world do you manage neuropathy?
I am sure most doctors would not want you to think so but it is possible to do yourself.
There is no real motivation from the medical profession to help find cures as this would relinquish the dependency for office visit related therapies.
Fortunately for patients, there is plenty of information to allow people to take control of their bodies if they arm themselves with the right knowledge.
First, let’s look at the different types of neuropathy.
Neuropathy is often categorized by the location affected or by the disease that is causing it, for example, diabetic neuropathy or cranial neuropathy. The major classifications for neuropathy are:
- Cranial Neuropathy- this involves nerves the stem from the brain.
- Peripheral Neuropathy- this involves the nerves that branch to the extremities, but are not part of the brain. For example, the hands and feet would be considered peripheral areas.
- Autonomic Neuropathy-this involves any areas that are internal and work involuntarily. Digestion system would be classified as an involuntary set of nerves.
These are the major forms of Neuropathy but as mentioned there are several other types associated with diseases as well. Neuropathy, in general, is a dysfunctioning or damage of the nerves creating a reaction in which the misfire.
Symptoms can include:
- Pins and needles sensation
In severe cases, neuropathy can cause disorientation involving movement.
For instance, if a person’s foot feels completely numb, they might misjudge their steps which can cause them to fall and further harm themselves.
This is why neuropathy can be quite dangerous and needs to be addressed while symptoms are in their beginning stages.
Neuropathy… Now What?
Together with your doctor, you can find out what is causing the neuropathy.
There are plenty of at-home therapies you can use to treat and manage neuropathy. There are both internal and external methods.
Internally you can use herbal supplements along with dietary changes to help repair and rebuild your nerve structure.
Externally there are therapies like acupuncture, massage, and herbal creams that be used to stimulate the affected nerves.
When considering management, you often must think outside the proverbial medical box.
Herbal supplements offer many of the healing herbs used by the ancients to cure disease. Some of the herbs to look for while searching out a cure for neuropathy should include the following:
- Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which gives the pepper its heat. Capsaicin aids digestion which is important for toxin removal. It helps blood circulation and is used for pain relief. For best results use longer than 6 weeks to see improvement in nerve function.
- Evening Primrose Oil contains two very important fatty acids that the body must-have for proper nerve function. These essential acids are gamma-linolenic acid and linolenic acid. These fatty acids help repair nerve structure.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid helps the nerves transmit sensations properly, and help blood flow to the nerves properly through antioxidant action.
External herbal remedies can come in oil form or cream and can be applied directly to the affected area.
Creams or oils to apply directly to the skin that you will want to have on hand should include capsaicin, peppermint oil, arnica, frankincense, and myrrh.
These creams, oils or gels can come in blends and should be used in conjunction with supplements for synergistic healing properties.
Simple dietary changes can regenerate nerve function. The body has amazing abilities to heal when fed the proper foods.
Foods to add should rich in B 12 vitamins, high in antioxidants, and should be inflammation-reducing. These are the foods that will work best in curing nerve damage or neuropathy.
- B-12 vitamin-rich foods include tofu, whole grains, milk, eggs, meat, chicken, turkey and seafood. B-12 is essential for its ability to repair the outer sheath of the nerve structure helping it recover to normal functioning ability.
- Foods high in antioxidants include berries, grapes, coffee, teas, and tomatoes. Antioxidants battle the free radicals that occur in the body that attacks the nerve structure and cause damage. Think of them as soldiers that you send in for back up to your white blood cell army.
- Foods that reduce inflammation include flaxseed, fish, soybeans, walnuts, chia seeds, fresh basil, and radish seeds. Omega 3’s are very important for healthy brain and nerve function, and have been proven through several research studies to improve nerve response.
Symptoms from neuropathy can be drastically reduced and managed with the help of herbal supplements and making healthy dietary choices.
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