Neuralgia Remedies

| Modified on Mar 28, 2023

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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Posted by Janet (Nottingham) on 12/30/2015

I was involved in a car crash age 17, fractured my scull broke my nose, and from then on until age 43 I suffered from neuralgia. At age 43 I came under stress and I got neuralgia every day. I went to see an acupuncturist and with five sessions of acupuncture i was completely cured for the next fifteen years. No matter what I did I never even got a hint of it.

Then two weeks ago I bought some DMSO to treat my dog, it is such wonderful stuff i thought I'd try some on a root filling i have, and low and behold for some unknown reason it has brought the neuralgia back again. My original acupuncturist has retired so I am now looking for one as good as she is, because they are not all the same and she was wonderful, she did my five pulses and everything, never put a needle in my face only all along my spine and hands and neck.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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

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.

Replied by Joshalyn

I hope that I'm doing this right, what I need to know is how do I use ACV, I need to do something and really need to get of all the medication, I really want to know how to use it, please, for my health, Thank you so much, Joshalyn

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Joshalyn,

You could try a Tablespoon in a tall glass of water once or twice a day and see how that does.

Peppermint essential oil, topically, is also helpful for nerve pain. (Just don't get it in your eyes.)

A few pieces of crystalized ginger each day is also helpful to some with nerve pain.

I hope you feel better. Nerve pain is very uncomfortable.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I read somewhere that ginger is bad if you have high blood pressure. Does anyone know for sure?

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Lou, Ginger is a stimulant herb. And is one that is recommended for low blood pressure. At the same time it is recommended as something that is good for the heart and often people with heart problems have high blood pressure - it seems if ginger would make high blood pressure worse, that would not be included in heart formulas.... If you wanted to try ginger but are concerned about its effect on blood pressure, you could try very small amounts and see if you notice any effect. While many herbs are considered safe and are foods in many cases (such as with ginger), different people respond differently to things. It is probably always wise to start with less and make sure something suits you and your constitution before taking a large amount (or sometimes even a medium amount! ) ~Mama to Many~

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

Mama to Many - Thanks for your response. I eat lots of ginger chews for my sciatica and another problem. My husband, however, has the high blood pressure. He doesn't care for the ginger anyway. I found out that Ted's alkalizing remedy lowered his very high blood pressure naturally, but almost too low. I noticed it goes back up when he consumes salt. It's very tough to keep his "in the middle." Raisins are good to bring it back up as well as some Fritos. How's that for a natural cure? LOL

Replied by Mama To Many


Thanks for posting back; it is helpful to hear how things work out.

I love the Fritos solution. :) Had some last night, in fact, with a spicy blue cheese dip.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Farhad

What was cause of your nerve pain - injury, diabetic, shingles?

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

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)

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)

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

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

Replied by Jean Smith

Me too, I started to take ACV on Saturday, by Monday I felt much higher levels of pain, I had to increase my dose of medication 4X in the last couple of weeks.

Please be very careful with ACV if you have Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Bull Thistle

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

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.

Replied by Peter L.
(Central Victoria, Australia)

Hi thanks for the info on the bull thistle but as you have written it can be used immediately after straining, you haven't stated how it can be used. Do you use it internally or on the skin?

Yours in suffrance, Peter.

Intercostal Neuralgia

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

Posted by A Friend (USA) 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.

Zapper + Thymic Protein A

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Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 04/17/2015

I hope this helps people who have to deal with every day neuralgia problems. My hope is that it addresses the excruciating pain that people feel. I have only been experimenting with this for past two weeks. The full pro's and con's of this remedy needs a lot more time to really understand. People are desperate for relief so I don't want to wait 3 or 4 months. Some could get better results than me. One never knows.

I have herpetic neuralgia which creates the occipital neuralgia symptoms that I have to deal with every day. I am 60 year old male. It makes sleep time terrible because pain goes real deep. The pain starts around the C2 cervical and spreads out to right side of face.

I do know the underlying cause of my neuralgia. I have ME/CFIDS which is an immune deficiency disease with vaccines playing a major role. It is not an autoimmune disease like the disinformation people like to push. My immune system can't keep the herpes zoster virus in check. I do not get any outbreak of shingles on my skin like many people but just tingling. I still feel some pressure on spine and head pressure

This combination of remedies allows me to control much of the pain. Most people who get TMG develop it in their 50s and 60s. More people have problem as they age. This is the time when the immune system starts to weaken. I think this indicates that a weakened immune system and virus infection plays a prominent role in most pepole. This may explain why some people the symptoms are sporadic symptoms and others every day symptoms.

I think the real solution for most to this problem is fixing the immune system. Until this is fixed, the underlying problem is still there. A cure for the pain problem with more natural solutions is what I strive for. Many people would be thrilled just to have much of the pain relieved. I can't predict how much this will help but other people will need to experiment with this combination. You can throw in some other things also then post give some feed back.

Some preliminary stuff. Since magnesium is always low in my body, I do still take it. It helps relax muscles. I think chiropractor treatment is useful to help relax stuff initially but not all chiropractors are created equal. Another chiropractor I went to before wasn't as effective. I noticed my trapezium muscles on shoulder near neck tightened so I just spread my elbows out like a chicken when I am sitting down while resting the elbows on something. I can do same thing while sleeping. This replaces a lot of what the chiropractor does. I still stay away from chocolate and nuts. Occasionally I will pop in some vitamin C. You really have to play it by ear.

Thymic Protein A comes in 3 forms:

1) Proboost product has the exact cloned molecule and exact dalton weight that is known to be effective. This is the most convenient and best way to go. You can buy it for $40 on internet with shipping free. This is taken sublingually.

2) NatCell is another form which is supposed to be better than the Proboost but it needs to be frozen even in shipment but I haven't calculated the cost.

3) BioProtein Plus is another thymic protein where molecules range from 10,000 dalton to 50,000 dalton. How effective those various weights are is unknown. It does have lower cost so something to experiment with in lowering your costs.

I usually take 3 packages every day. Sometimes 4 since I am experimenting. This requires 3 boxes or $120 per month. This would not be useful AT LEAST FOR ME without the zapper. It enhances what the zapper does. Thymic Protein A is for generic health issues so even if it is not useful for this, it can be used for other things.

The zapper I use is the TERMINATOR 2 Zapper. It has the basic zapper circuit with an orgone energy generator I.e. chi, qi, etheric. It only requires a couple dollars worth of 9 volt batteries to run the entire month. This is a generic medical device so can be used for other health issues. It is a one time $130 cost although I have seen some occasional $20 discounts at times. I think it helps because the zapper pulses are able to reach inside the nerves and interrupt the virus somehow.

It takes me 2 to 4 hours of wearing the zapper before I notice an effect. I think initially, one need to wear it for a couple days to get full affect and then experiment with it from there. Wearing it when I sleep allows me to minimize pain during that time. Your skin may feel irritated sometime wearing it but I think that is affected by how much moisture is on ones skin. Just move zapper over a little on skin to avoid that. I place zapper on my fore arm and upper chest near shoulder. I cut out a sock and use it to hold it the zapper while sleeping. Most of the time I just allow zapper to rest on me versus wrapping something on to hold it it since it feels more comfortable. Green stuff may accumulate on copper nodes You can rub it off or get a copper cleaner to clean it off.

I also started taking AHCC recently. Although I don't think it has impact on neuralgia, I feel it boosts my immune system. I can sense when my immune system is weak. After I take it, I feel stronger.

Replied by Prioris

Here is an update on my regimen

When I wake up and on empty stomach:

  • Epicor with D3 500mg-1000mg
  • 5-LOX inhibitor 100mg-200mg
  • AHCC 1.5g
  • Vitamin C+Rosehips 3g-5g

Before I got to bed and on empty stomach

  • Epicor with D3 500mg
  • 5-LOX inhibitor 100mg
  • AHCC 1.5g
  • Vitamin C+Rosehips 3-5g
  • Teva Minocycline 75mg every other day. You should use Teva brand.

I take the Epicor and 5-LOX together and wait 15 minutes before I take AHCC separately and give it 20-30 minutes to absorb then I take minocycline and vitamin C 15 minutes later. I do this because I am not sure if taking them all at once will cause them be be neutralized or degenerate.

I stopped using the Proboost since other supplements were better in the long term especially AHCC.

AHCC takes a couple weeks to build up.

I decided to add the vitamin C a week ago and found that helps keep things at bay even better

The 5-LOX is to knock out inflammation and pain. It has no side effects in my research.

The Teva minocycline is an immune modulator. I experiment with encapsulating the capsule in another capsule (i empty out contents) that protects it from stomach acid.

Epicor, AHCC and minocycline are all immune modulators.

Boosting up the immune system is definitely the way to go. It is the foundation. 5-LOX addresses the pain and inflammation.

I don't need to Zapper anymore although I can experiment with it later. I can feel my immune system is stronger the last month with the supplements.

I will keep experimenting to get things better and my costs lower. I am doing better and more comfortable.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

Does anyone know if Arnicare gel or cream works? We have used it for other pain and it works great. Hope this helps. Dr. Oz has had shows on it.

Replied by Prioris

Changed diet and Added CLA

Another Update on neuralgia

I have much greater control over this. I feel much better compared to before. I have changed a few things.

I have added sunflower derived Conjugated Linoleic Acid and modified diet. These additions have helped me even more than other things I think.

The only caveat with CLA is that it must be taken with food and that there are cases where the liver could be effected. Just research the caveats yourself.

When I wake up and on empty stomach:

  • Immunel 1 capsule
  • 5-LOX inhibitor 100mg-200mg
  • AHCC 750mg

With one major meal, I take 6 CLA tablets

I think this may be the most important supplement for me.

I have minimized most sweets and dairy. This is also very important. As I age, I probably am becoming more lactose intolerant.Minimizing sweets has controlled the restless leg syndrome more too. The better I sleep, the better for the immune system.

I am experimenting taking 75mg Teva minocycline tablet every 4 days before bed. Helps with RLS.

I am still experimenting.

I hope this information can give people some ideas who are struggling with this condition.



I finally cured the occipital neuralgia problem. I have posted the solution under Trigeminal Neuralgia titled --- Antioxidant, NMDA Antagonist, Diet.

Replied by Mr . Dude

I find it doesn't work at all.

Replied by Prioris


My occipital neuralgia seems connected to very subtle anxiety.

After more years of research, I have found that 2000 mg of Taurine taken twice a day gradually helped calm down the pain.

There are also lots of reports that it helps migraine also.