Diabetic Neuropathy Remedies

Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014

Treatment of diabetic neuropathy includes lifestyle changes as well as the incorporation of different supplements. Dietary changes can be effective for treating the condition as can other forms of therapy. Additionally, supplements help activate the nerves and prevent deterioration.

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is defined as nerve damage that occurs as the result of diabetes. High blood sugar has the potential to damage the nerve fibers located throughout the body; however, injury in the legs and feet is most common. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, pain, sensitivity to touch, muscle weakness and others. The cause of damage involves the continued exposure of the nerves to high blood sugar.

Natural Treatment for Diabetic Nerve Pain

Treating diabetic nerve pain requires the implementation of various measures. Restructuring the diet as well as adding daily supplements helps treat the issues underlying diabetic neuropathy. Mahanarayan oil as well as B vitamins support nerve health and regulate issues associated with the condition.

Dietary Changes

Eliminating food-related allergens is one of the first lines of defense for treating nerve issues. Many diabetics find a diet with little to no dairy, no artificial sweeteners and whole foods to be most effective for facilitating treatment.

Mahanarayan Oil

Mahanarayan oil is a natural oil composed of 55 herbs with sesame oil as its base. This oil is used for massage of the affected areas, which allows it to soak into the skin and tissues. The unique composition of the oil soothes pain, relieves aching joints and muscles and stimulates nerve function and circulation.

B Vitamins

The B vitamins are especially important for treating nerve issues as these nutrients support nerve function in a number of ways. B vitamins facilitate the appropriate transmission of nerve signals as well as regulate the protective coating surrounding the nerves. Taking supplemental vitamins alleviates a B vitamin deficiency and supports better nerve function.

Diabetic neuropathy is very simply nerve pain associated with the effects of diabetes. While the condition can progress from periodic pain to extensive injury, diabetic neuropathy can be effectively treated using a variety of lifestyle remedies and treatments.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid   1  0   

Posted by Echoechoecho (Knoxville, Tennessee, United States) on 04/28/2012

[YEA]  During "diabetic neuropathy" research I found comments such as these about ALA, which - being a U. S. citizen - I had {of course} never even heard of.

Interested, I bought a bottle of 600mg ALA at a GNC store and in less than 24 hours, the terrible stabbing, electrical-shock-type pains in my feet had gone down 90%! I've taken 2 of the 600mg per day for 3 days.

Now, in my 3rd day I am having next to none at all, and have not noticed any side effects. Everyone with diabetes should be on this supplement, as they are in Germany. Maybe word will spread here in the states.

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
04/29/2012
918 Posts
Hi Echoechoecho... I completely agree with you about the ALA. Very good for neuropathies and also doubly useful to diabetics because it has hypoglycemic effects (helps reduce blood sugar).

Another vitamin that is highly useful for diabetic neuropathies is higher dose B3. There are two forms -- niacin and niacinamide. B3 is useful for nerve repair, heart and blood conditions, digestion, arthritis, fibromyalgia and schizophrenia. B3 also relaxes the body and the mind.

Abram Hoffer was the doctor who found out many of the useful healing properties of B3 -- but these only occur at the higher dose. Here is some research:

http://www.doctoryourself.com/diabetes.html

The dosage for B3 is 1500 - 2000 mgs per day, in split doses daily. If you take the niacin form then please be aware of the "flush and blush" effect that it causes. Niacinamide does not cause this effect. B3 should normally be taken after meals and should always be taken with B complex vitamins. The latter works synergistically with B3 to improve results and B Complex also contains Folates and Choline which are also highly beneficial to nerve repair.

Lugol's Iodine is another substance that can reduce insulin dependency and reduce insulin resistance in some diabetics. Recent research has revealed that calcitonin, a hormone secreted from the thyroid gland to control bone formation, also indirectly controls the secretion of insulin from the beta cells of the pancreas. It works like this in the body:

Supplement Lugol's Iodine -- Increases Calcitonin hormone from the thyroid which regulates bone formation -- Increases osteocalcin bone hormone for bone formation -- Osteocalcin also increases beta cell insulin production and also decreases insulin receptor cell resistance in the body(proven).

Also notice that Iodine supplementation increases bone formation which is why iodine is healthy for bones too.

Therefore supplementing with lugol's iodine seems to increase the production and beneficial effects of the calcitonin hormone from the thyroid which, in turn and indirectly, increases the natural insulin in the blood and also helps to reduce insulin resistance at the cellular level. See this research:

http://diabetes.about.com/od/whatsonthehorizon/a/bone_endocrine.htm

http://iodine4health.com/disease/diabetes/flechas_diabetes.htm

http://iodine4health.com/overviews/audiovisual/flechas_audiovisual.htm

Posted by Diane
Framingham, Ma
10/21/2012
Hi Echo, echo, echo... Are you still taking 1200 mgs of ALA and are you still getting the same results?

thx much

Cayenne   1  0   

Posted by Daniellerenee (Ocean Shores Wa) on 02/14/2014

[YEA]  I have severe Diabetic Nerve Pain and used to take Alpha Lipoic Acid, but then it seemed to stop working. I wondering what else I could try, and was thinking about Cayenne and how it increases circulation. I began taking one capsule three times a day with meals and it really helps. The first night I could feel my feet tingling very dramatically. I hope other people have good luck as I have.. Danielle

Diabetes Medication Warning   0  0   

Posted by C.R. on 04/06/2008

[WARNING!]  Death by fatal heart attacks is a common side effect of diabetic medication. Even Glucophage product literature and the Physician's Desk Reference say that Glucophage can cause fatal heart attacks. Personally, I have known several diabetics who have died after taking Glucotrol and Glucophage.

After the last one died, I called my doctor. He said that the way that Glucophage and Gluoctrol kill is by progressive dehydration. As the body dries out, the blood gets thicker, he said. Thick blood gets harder and harder for the blood to pump. Eventually the heart gives out in a fatal heart attack.

Heart disease is now the second leading cause of death in the USA. Heart disase is also a complication of diabetes. Obviously, drugs that are known to cause heart attacks should never be prescribed, particularly to diabetics.

Saddest part: diabetic medication and insulin are totally unnecessary for Type II diabetics, according to Hungarian-born biologist Michael Somogyi. He advised the use of diet and exercise for the management of Type II diabetes. He also believed that Type I diabetics were overmedicated with insulin, which caused the now famous Somogyi or Rebound Effect. In the case of Type I diabetics, he felt that insulin could be reduced by 38%.

There are safer ways to lower blood sugar, such as using lquid chlorophyll (alfalfa extract), honey, cayenne peper, or apple cider vinegar. Some have been completely cured of diabetes by using honey or liquid chlorophyll. That means they no longer have to take any treatment because their body has returned to normal.

The dosage with liquid chlorophyll is one ounce, or shot glassful, in water twice daily. Alfalfa is a diuretic and should not be taken with the evening meal. Otherwise you ill be up all night running to the bathroom. It is said that liquid chlorophyll can cure diabetes in 3 months.

If that doesn't work, cayenne pepper is known to lower blood sugar. It can also cause vomiting in large doses. To avoid nausea after taking cayenne, you must build a tolerance to it. Start by taking a pinch of cayenne in water with each meal. Double the dose each day until you reach one teaspoon of cayenne in water with each meal. Peppermint and ginger can stop the nausea induced by cayenne if it is still a problem. In addition, cayenne is a laxative. Once your body adapts to cayenne, the laxative effect will stop.

Over time, you will build a tolerance to any medication, herb, or even exercise. Once you build a tolerance, the treatment will no longer work unless by then you have developed the placebo effect. In any event, it is wise to take a weeklong rest from every treatment once you have done it for 2 months or so. Then you can return to the treatment. During the rest, use something else.

Or you could use apple cider vinegar to lower blood sugar. There was a European study demonstrating that eating pickles with a meal lowered blood sugar in diabetics. Arizona State University then tested the effect of ACV with meals and found the same thing. The dosage is 2 tablespoons of ACV in water with each meal. The participants in this study also reported some weight loss.

Finally, scientists have known for years that the body makes its own inositol and that diabetics excrete a lot of it everyday. They also know that a deficiency of inositol causes diabetic neuropathy. Give it a shot.

P.S. Shirley Robinson says that Natural Transfer Factor cures diabetes. It is a derivative of colostrum, the liquid produced by mammals in the first few days after birth. Have read some amazing cures from people drinking raw colostrum - IF you can get access to a cow that has recently calved.

Additionally, the Weston Price site has an article by a medical doctor who researched the effect of raw cow's milk on diabetes at the Mayo Foundation, which was the predecessor of the Mayo Clinic. They obtained good results from a raw milk fast.

Stevia the herbal sweetener is also used as a medical treatment to lower blood pressure and sugar in South America. Assuming it is prescribed 3 times a day like most other herbal meds, the question is: how much? Although stevia is harmless, it is pricey at $43 a pound for stevia extract.

Dietary Changes   0  0   

Posted by Reham (Cairo, Egypt) on 07/15/2013

Hi, I am a diabatic patient since 25 years I have a usual pain in my legs, arm and hands, now started to have severe burning in my leg especially the front lower part and I get cramps while driving. I used to take a lot of Medicine but never works with curing but I hate just taking useless medicine, hope u can assist. I need to know if anyone was in my same situation and got cured and I need to know if I should quit all dairy products ( milk& cheese) gluten (?).

Posted by Om
Hope BC, Canada
07/15/2013
Reham from Cairo - C. I have had severe pains as described for quite a while but since I started taking high doses of vitamin C to body tolerance, I am free of pain. If you experience diarrhea, cut back. Hydrotherapy just before bed by water treading in a high bucket of cold water is also very good for cramps and excellent for blood circulation, especially for diabetes.

People also use alpha lipoic acid. It is expensive and depletes some vitamins. I have opted for the above regimen with very good results. Hope this helps. Om

Posted by Me
Here, USA
07/16/2013
Hello, I have heard very good things about alpha lipoic acid (ALA) for diabetic neuropathy. It is a natural supplement. You may want to look into that. Diabetes runs in my family, so I keep up on it.... And know what a terrible effect it can have on ones quality of life. Wishing you the best.
Posted by Suheir Kilani
Anaheim, Ca
03/05/2014
[WARNING!]   "Keeping blood sugar levels as constant as possible help the brain stay supplied with the appropriate amount of glucose to regulate the messages from neurotransmitters. It is necessary that blood glucose levels do not go either too high or too low. Memory is yet another reason to comply with any diabetes regulating routine you are on.

DMSO, MSM   0  0   

Posted by Laura (Newark, Ohio) on 05/21/2014

I just found this site! I've looking for help for diabetic neuropathy pain. I've been using msm in crystal form for two months, but always get a very sick stomach. On this low dose, haven't had any reduction in pain yet. Anyone else too sick from msm? Also, been putting dmso at 70% mixture on my feet at bedtime. Most nights it does reduce pain. Dr. Jacob said everyone who uses dmso will smell like garlic. I've never tasted it in my mouth or have ever smelled from using dmso. Thank you! Laura

Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
05/21/2014
450 Posts
Laura,

On foot pain issue caused by neuropathy...

I'm an advocate of DMSO so am glad you are already onto it. Also consider using the DMSO gel if you are not using that. Try applications during the day also.

Another help for diabetic neuropathy is the wonderful "AEP" (comes in different forms; mag AEP and calcium AEP) which Hans Nieper popularized. Dr. Adkins used AEP in IV drips for his MS patients. If you go on line you can find sources for Calcium AEP...I'd give four or five at night to my mother who had full blown MS especially a lot if she was having flair ups. Worked wonders. I've mentioned AEP many times on EC and have always referenced the google site: "Calcium AEP nutrition review" for a great article.

On dietary issues; I presume you are off the carbs which present glucose problems for diabetic folks or pre-diabetic.

Another trick that has worked for me...baking soda, a half teaspoon dissolved in half glass of water. Apply the liquid to feet and legs...twice within three minutes. Then I drink the rest. It helps alkalize the system and the application somehow really helps the "restless" or aching limbs. Works for me. Usually within minutes.

Posted by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
05/21/2014
Laura from Newark , Ohio ---- I have no more trouble with neuropathy since using AMALA , a very potent and pure vit. C. from India. It is available also online. To date it is three years. I take it as a powder, in solution with warm water and stevia (I use honey) and, at least three tsp. and divide this for about two days, drunk through a straw to protect tooth enamel, You can read up on this highly potent vit C on Ayurvedic sites. If I forget for a little while, I get small twinges to remind me.

Be aware that all vit C is now GMOed. I also take dissolved turmeric in almond milk daily with Amala for many benefits including sugar. Turmeric also has much chromium. This combination is suggested by Ayurveda for sugar with many more benefits. Namaste, Om

Laser Treatment   0  0   

Posted by In Pain From Seattle (Seattle, Wa) on 03/25/2012

Dear Daniel: Is your mom still without pain after this time? I am scheduled for a counselor to call me this coming Friday. My neurologist said the instrument (the laser) was FDA approved but not necessarily the treatment, especially for TN. The neurologist said that she has known success cases treated for Diabetic Neuropathy, though. I am not sure what this means but it can mean a lot if your insurance doesn't cover it.

Anyway, because of your post, I am looking into it. I am on 1200mg of Trileptal now and still getting shocks when I talk. I am again, trying Homeopathy, but it can take months to work. Please answer me and let me know if your mom is still getting relief.

thank you, in Pain from Seattle

Mahanarayan Oil, B Vitamins   1  0   

Posted by Om (Hope, , Canada, Bc) on 01/13/2013

[YEA]  I was suffering from the excruciating pains of neuropathy in my foot. Months later, I have only an occasional feeling type of reminder but it is rare now. I use hydrotheraphy. Before bed, tread cold water for two minutes in a tall bucket. Do not dry but put on wooled socks and so to bed. In the morning I take a rough luffa type of glove and massage the feet and sometimes the entire body. The feet will be smooth and pink. Then I apply a special sesame oil called Mahanarayan oil in Ayurvedic medicine. This, warmed up and applied to feet and legs. One could also use plain organic sesame oil as this is the only oil that will penetrate all skin layers according to Aurvedic medicine.

I also had started to take vit B6 in addition to B complex. I am also taking B3 500mg but had to halve it because of the burning. I am without the pain now but work to prevent a recurrence. The hydrotheraphy can be done without interruption and it induces sleep. Oh, I am also taking ACV now. All the best. Om

Supplements   0  0   

Posted by Julyn (Johnson City, TN) on 04/29/2006

Do you have any information on diabetic neuropathy? i am trying to find information on natural treatments for this problem. or do you know ofany other resources to check out. i will appreciate any information that you could forward. thank you

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
I can tell you some of the leads, although some information is a little hard to find.

Diabetic neuropathy is usually helped by vitamin B1, granulated lecithin, chromium picolinate, glucophage (metformin), aspirin (taken now and then along with chromium to help with absorption), antioxidants vitamin E, and most of all avoid all vegetable oils except coconut oil. Check the information where there is less bias by going directly to www.pubmed.org and look up research references on it. Diabetic neuropathy is helped greatly by takin more of Vitamin B1 separately and then take the vitamin B complex together. Some improvement will be noticed within 2 days. Lecithin according to research is very important. It was shown that taking vegetable oils (1/4 cup) found in fried chickens and other fried food will cause nearly everyone to go diabetic within the next day. Therefore, lecithin a fat emulsifier will reduce this effect. Only coconut oil, which is saturated fat (and good) is one that does not interfere or destroy the liver function, which prevents you from going diabetic. Most of this information can be confirmed by visiting www.pubmed.org and check the information out yourself.

Posted by Medicine Man
Earth Clinic City, USA
02/05/2009
Alpha Lipoic Acid 600mg 2x a day and there will be less pain from neuropathy in 3 wks.
Posted by Dianna
Austin, TX
02/06/2009
111 Posts
dry brush massage also helps with this. i have had the tingling legs thing several times since diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. if i keep my blood sugar stable and dry brush massage my feet and legs everyday it goes away very quickly. dry brushing with a natural bristle brush or a loofah or even exfoliating mitts stimulates your nervous system and improves your circulation - both of which are very important for diabetics. try it! what do you have to lose? it is very cheap and good for everyone and it may help! djh
Posted by D.d.
Moses Lake, Washington / Usa
02/20/2012
There is a product offered for helping in recovery from diabetic neuropathy. I am wondering if those of you who have struggled with and reasearched this problem have any experience with it, and what the results have been. I realize that EARTHCLINIC discourages posting product names and advertisements, but I don't know how else to find objective feedback, so I will post a link to the ad on EARTHCLINIC. Com, and see what happens. This is for a friend who is suffering with this problem, and attempting to find satisfactory medical treatment. Editing by EARTHCLINIC in a way that would allow posting is welcome.

Thanks!

d.d.

http://www.realfoodnutrients.com/neuropathy/home.htm?sid=g&utm_source=googleneu&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=diabetic neuropathy treatment&utm_campaign=neuropathy

Wet Socks   1  0   

Posted by Susan (St Petersburg, FL) on 01/19/2007

[YEA]  I have found a very simple solution to temporary relief of stinging, tingling, irritating numbness to my feet due to nerve damage from Diabetes II. I simply put on wet ankle socks when going to bed! I don't know why or how, but as long as the socks are wet, I sleep like a baby; the tingling and the irritation in my feet literally almost stops immediately. Yes, once the socks dry out, they need to be re-wet but this beats having to buy expensive medicine. I hope this helps somebody else!

Posted by Joshua
Aiken, South Carolina
11/01/2009
[WARNING!]   "wet socks helped when i sprained my ankle to numb the pain but for bad circulation and diabetic neuropathy, it is the worst thing you can do. cold feet lessen circulation and worsen numbness and cause much pain when getting out of bed.

i personally found wrapping my feet with a heated blanket, food with garlic and onion and brewers yeast full of chomium picolinate made and incredible relief. do put the setting on the electric blanket at its lowest and sitting on the side of the bed running while sitting helps circulation and feeling to return.

Posted by Diabeticexplosion
Falun, Dalarna, Sweden
07/09/2010
2 Posts
European no-nonsense M.D. Matti Tolonen, scornful of the inefficient approach in nowadays diabetic treatment, recommends, Calciumpyruvate, Carnosin, Benfothiamine, EPA (not DHA), and as for foods, RAW sauerkraut and other veggies treated in the same way. Staw away from SSRI of course! And he is very critical of Metformin and the likes. Although diabetes has exploded in a way that can NOT be explained with our eating habits (remember that whole-grained food and veggies weren't eaten much in the 60's! ), one has to try to come to terms with it. Neuropathic pain in the feet is horrible but can be lessened quickly in many cases. Massaging soles has worked well for me, but after eating all of the above, it's basically gone...
Posted by Me
Boulder, Co
07/11/2010
The numbness and burning in the feet is a very upsetting feeling and I do not even have diabetes but have that nerve problem. What cured it for me was the advice of a radio show doc who said high doses of vitamin B6 three times a day. Within three days the pain stopped. Hope it helps you also.
Posted by Diabeticexplosion
Falun, Dalarna, Sweden
07/18/2010
2 Posts
I have heard also that B6 is a great help, but also that if you take it too much for too long, it can actually get worse. So I have been careful with that, but I take it that it cannot be that bad if you won't take huge amounts. Someone said that one should never go above 150-200 mg/day. Are you familiar with that?

The main difficulty for me, is that I was tricked into believing that it went away, but it didn't. I was running around so much, and then it gets much better, but as soon as I rest a day or two, it comes back. The really phoney thing is that I was an opiate addict for decades, and then I had spectacular blood circulation, as opiates dilute the arteries and veins, but now when I stopped that, I grew cold all over. Vitamin B3 isn't helping either, what can one do to improve circulation if one doesn't want to use aspirin?

Posted by Tips For Free
Napa, Ca
07/26/2010
I do not have Diabetes but I have nerve trauma from arthritic spurs on my spine. I experience pain, numbness, tingling and weird sensations up and down my legs. I have been helped by a B formula. I discovered it as a result of my endless search for an end to my agony. It has B 2, 5, 6 and 12, folic acid and Thiamine in it. Nothing makes it go away completely but thus far it is the only thing that has helped me.
Posted by Tom
Charlotte, Nc
01/08/2012
450 Posts
Google "calcium AEP diabetes" and "acetyl L carnitine diabetes neuropathy" and you will find that both can be very helpful in dealing with both cause and effect of diabetes.







 



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