Last Modified on Feb 25, 2015
Treatment of peripheral neuropathy includes a variety of options that range from dietary support to supplements and alternative therapies. A diabetic diet as well as acupuncture and massage are effective treatments for managing neuropathic pain. Additionally, daily supplements support nerve health and assist in relieving nerve pain.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
A result of nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy is characterized by weakness, numbness or pain in the hands and feet or in other regions of the body. The nerves typically affected by peripheral neuropathy include those of the sensory, motor and autonomic systems. Neuropathies may be the result of a number of factors including substance abuse, autoimmune disease, diabetes, medication, infection, inherited disorders and several others.
Natural Treatment for Peripheral Nerve Pain
A variety of treatments are available for regulating neuropathic pain. Effective natural treatments include acupuncture, massage and exercise to stimulate the nerves. Additionally, dietary changes as well as supplements serve as important treatment options.
Acupuncture and Massage Therapy
Pairing acupuncture and massage is an effective combination for managing nerve pain. Acupuncture is known to release specific chemicals to the brain that relieve pain. Additionally, massage stimulates the circulatory system which also works to alleviate pain.
Regular diet and exercise also have an impact on neuropathic pain. A diabetic diet paired with regular physical activity helps to balance and regulate nerve function no matter the cause of nerve pain. As such, leading a balanced lifestyle plays a large role in managing pain.
A variety of supplements are also effective for managing nerve pain. Cayenne, fish oil, gingko biloba and magnesium are a few of the most common dietary supplements that support nerve health. Additionally, alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine are also effective treatment options.
Potentially caused by a number of factors, peripheral neuropathy involves nerve damage or pain typically in the hands and feet. Holistic treatment that incorporates various approaches to managing symptoms effectively treats pain and prevents further damage.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I have been taking Acetyl-L-Carnetine for a couple years to combat my peripheral neuropathy. It has been recommended by a neurologist in New York. My feet are progressively doing worse but I don't know how much worse they would be without it. I also take Alpha Lypoic Acid. I take about 3000mg of Acetyl-L-Carnetine a day. I am looking for whatever works. I have the neuropathy through anti-hiv meds and possible from the virus itself.
Replied by Robert
Manhattan, New York