Natural Remedies for Paresthesia (Pins and Needles) of Hands and Feet

| Modified on Jul 31, 2022

Paresthesia, or tingling of the feet and other appendages, is closely related to peripheral neuropathy, weakness, and pain caused by nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy is the general term that suggests or indicates a disruption in the peripheral nerves, while paresthesia is a subset of this larger term that indicates numbness and tingling of the feet.

Paresthesia is often described as the “pins and needles” feeling in the feet; however, it can occur in other parts of the body. This temporary numbness can be felt after sitting in the same position or sleeping for a long period of time, but chronic paresthesia typically occurs over a longer period of time. The symptoms of the condition can be described in a number of ways, including tingling, numbness, itching, or even burning.

Additional pain and symptoms are typically dependent upon the location of the affected body part as well as the underlying cause of the paresthesia.

Paresthesia is generally caused by nerve compression or damage. As such, it is a symptom of a wide range of other diseases and disorders that have links to the nerves and nervous system.

Temporary paresthesia is often a result of the lack of activity that results in direct, prolonged pressure on a specific nerve of nerves.

Home Remedies for Pins and Needles

No matter the cause, paresthesia often responds well to natural home remedies. Yoga and stretching relieve pressure on the nerves, often causing paresthesia. Vitamin E supports regular oxygen flow in the body and relieves issues of paresthesia.

Hawaiian spirulina combined with chia seeds, sesame oil, and pressed coconut oil help repair the nerves themselves and offer relief. Supplementing with vitamin B12 will also likely relieve numbness and tingling issues.

One Earth Clinic reader reports that pins and needles in the hands or feet are an indication of dehydration, easily remedied with increased water.

Continue reading below for more remedies from Earth Clinic readers!


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Posted by Betty (Manhattan, New York) on 10/04/2014

Magnesium oil transdermal and sprayed into warm water for drinking has proven to be a miracle cure. It must be high quality magnesium. I am not sure if we are allowed to mention brand names but use the company that makes the oil and bath flakes. Don't use cheap products. I am not a medical doctor so I will leave it up to you to get follow up advice. Many if not most people suffering chronic itching and tingling, especially full body, for any of the reasons in the title, could get resolution or relief from magnesium. Some people have suffered for years and then returned to a near normal state in a matter of days.

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(Austin, Tx)

You are so right about magnesium for itching! My sister was constantly itching and scratching all over her body for many months. Her doctor told her to try cleaning out her system with a laxative. She took an enema and a pill form laxative but that didn't work. An older relative of our family recommended Epsom Salt. Within hours of cleaning her system with Epsom Salt, her itching stopped. We believe she was very low in magnesium. Now, she sprays her feet once a week with a magnesium spray and the problem has not returned. It was such a relief because she suffered greatly with this affliction.

Replied by Epw

Taking a zinc supplement or Vitamin B12. This worked for me.


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Posted by Don (Michigan, USA) on 07/31/2022

I don't know about feet but in my case pins and needles in my hands and forearms are a signal of dehydration.

I drink 16 - 32oz. of water and the pins and needles stop in about an hour.