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Neuralgia Remedies

Last Modified on Mar 10, 2015

Neuralgia treatment involves dietary supplements and supports that relieve nerve pain and inflammation. Treatment often involves identifying the underlying issue causing the pain. Nonetheless, various natural treatments are effective no matter the cause.

What is Neuralgia?

Neuralgia can be simply defined as nerve pain. This condition is often characterized by a stabbing, burning or other severe pain that runs the length of a damaged nerve. Neuralgia may occur at any part of the body; however, it is most common in the neck and face.

Neuralgia has a number of causes. Common causes include diabetes, shingles, pressure on the nerves, medicinal effects, infection and multiple sclerosis. Attacks of pain often begin gradually and become more progressive over time.

Natural Remedies for Nerve Pain

Treating nerve pain involves a variety of options including topical applications and daily supplements. Three of the most effective natural remedies include cayenne, apple cider vinegar and bull thistle. Supporting nerve function with regular exercise and movement is also important.


Cayenne stimulates circulation and blood flow in the body. As such, it can treat nerve pain associated with transmission of nerve signals. It also serves as a topical pain reliever as the capsaicin in cayenne delivers a consistent amount of heat to the site of pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar combats nerve pain in at least two ways. Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body and removes toxins that may be contributing to pain. Additionally, apple cider vinegar delivers a variety of vitamins and minerals to the body to restore nutrient deficiencies that may be causing nerve pain and issues.

Bull Thistle

Bull thistle also stimulates circulation. Used as a poultice or cooked and eaten, bull thistle contains a variety of nutrients that are beneficial for treating nerve pain.

Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that has a variety of causes. Nonetheless, natural remedies deliver healing and comfort easily and safely.

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User Reviews

Apple Cider Vinegar   2  3   

Posted by Sandra (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) on 12/07/2007

[YEA]  ACV is a miracle, have stopped taking medication for nerve pain in legs, and for acid reflux. Arthritis is not a problem anymore, and have lost 25 lbs in 8 week. I feel 20 years younger, and will be on ACV for the rest of my life.

Posted by Pierce (Dublin, Ireland) on 02/08/2007

[YEA]  My wife suffers from neuralgia every so often probably due to damage caused by Shingles 20 years ago. She started taking ACV last week after discovering your site. She is not cured but says that the symptoms appear to have magnified upon taking the ACV. Would be interested to hear if any other neuralgia sufferers have experienced similar effect and how things worked out. Is there any scientific research as to why ACV may be so beneficial? Regards Pierce

Replied by Garzo3
Victoria, B.c., Canada

[NAY]   Apple cider in any food or product that I ingest causes my pain level to be three times worse! I have the same reaction from pepper. What is interesting that I have noted is that any antioxidant food or drug does the same. I eat mainly proteins and fats (olive oil, garlic, and onion).
Replied by Alice
Lancaster, Ca

[NAY]   I always hear that organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural cure for most things. The thing is once you take it the pain seems to increase and I have a problem noticing nothing but the pain. It is hard to swallow so I discontinue the use. But always try it again after a while; can not stay constantly with it.
Replied by Bodulica

[NAY]   Same negative effect for me. More pain, reflux disease got much worse, problem sleeping...

Bull Thistle   1  0   

Posted by 7zeropoints (Toledo, Oregon) on 06/12/2010

[YEA]  Wonderful Relief for Neuralgia (Nerve Pain).

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare). I use the Bull Thistle and share the liquid with others.

For small quantity: Use the portion of the plant that grows above ground, take a stem of a large plant or the whole small plant.
Place a collapsible 'vegetable steamer' in the bottom of a 1-2 quart stainless steel pot or enameled pot to keep the plant from possible burning. Place the stem in a 1-2 quart stainless steel pot or enameled pot. Cut the Bull Thistle stem into small pieces. Cover the Bull Thistle with water that has been filtered or buy distilled water. Bring the water to where it just starts to boil then turn the heat down to warm, not simmer, and let it WARM for several hours. Don't get the liquid too hot as this kills the stuff that helps you find relief. I perform the above steps before I go to bed and leave the Bull Thistle on WARM all night.

In the morning I place a colander into a stainless steel or glass bowl and dump the pot of Bull thistle and water into this. (The cooked bull thistle plant can be saved for a poultice; be aware that the thorns are still capable of sticking you.) The Bull Thistle liquid can be used immediately as it cools in the bowl. You can add more water if you so choose. Pour the Bull Thistle liquid into clean bottles and place in a cool area or refrigerate.

I placed my hand that has carpal tunnel in the warm Bull Thistle liquid for less than a minute and I found extraordinary relief within an hour. This is great stuff.

Intercostal Neuralgia   0  0   

Posted by Coco (Teaneck, Nj) on 09/15/2011

Hello friends. I would like to ask if somebody is familiar with this medical problem and can offer some remedy. Thanks forward..Coco

Ted's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by A Friend on 02/04/2008

Dear Ted, I have an unusual question. I have asked several doctors and they are just perplexed by the question. I have a lower back problem in disc 4 and 5 and every now and then it causes great pain which feel like bad leg camps. I gave up coffee and that helped, then tea, then decaf anything, and then my favorite food group "chocolate". I take no caffeine now and that has helped tremendously. But what is happening? Way is caffeine in even low content causing such severe nerve pain? It also keeps no awake for hours. I used to consume large amounts of all the above now I do not dare touch it or I go into a 9 or 10 pain index in my leg or legs. I sure miss chocolate, tea, and coffee. Do you have any understanding of this at all? What is happening? Thank you."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Friend: This may not be unusual as to why coffee and chocolate can cause nerve pain. I have found very high heavy metals (lead, cadmium, iron, etc.) from processing which also include black tea, but may not be green tea. Black tea are kept before manufacture in aluminum containers and high in fluoride. However a green tea is still problematic with higher than average fluorine.

Therefore, magnesium supplements (magnesium gluoconate, or magnesium malate or magnesium citrate), vitamin B complex and chelation of heavy metals with chlorella/ spirulina every other day may help reduce the spinal pain. Magnesium works by protective effects against heavy metal, vitamin B helps rebuild the nerves generally, and heavy metals is removed with both chlorella and spirullina. Most processed foods tend to add more metals to our body during production process.

Other supplements protective of nerves are one tablespoons of granulated lecithin, by helping with myelin. Electrolyte imbalance can bought some problem and some sports drink once a week for example might help.

High halogens in the diet can also be neutralized with kelp supplements, as kelp is high in iodine or just iodine supplements. But it is the borax that drives out the fluorine.

One interesting L-carnosine 500 mg supplements seems to help detoxify free zinc and perhaps free copper which may might cause nerve damage.

Vitamin C and vitamin E are also protective against nerve damage too, but most help for me is the vitamin B complex and spirulina/chloroella.

The list here is incomplete, but they are some leads that you can look over.


DISCLAIMER: Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

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