Pinched Nerve - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Pinched Nerve. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Stretching Exercises

Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 12/13/2021

My husband was having pain in his head, below the skull, on one side, radiating to his neck and shoulder at times. He is not prone to headaches and the pain was disconcerting.

He mentioned it to his doctor, who thought it was radial nerve pain.

Looking up symptoms and causes, this seemed likely. He has also had some trouble with his elbow on the same side now and then. He had used some stretching exercises for the pain in his elbow that had helped, He used the same ones again, and it has now helped with the pain in his head, neck and shoulder.

There are lots of videos with exercises for radial nerve pain, but I just printed out this sheet of exercises for him. a00791_therapeutic-exercise-program-for-radial-tunnel-syndrome_final.pdf (

When I was having ulnar nerve pain I also looked up and used stretching exercises with great success.

I am definitely a fan of exercises for pain relief! Non-invasive, no medications, and free! (Though, when necessary, I have been happy to pay a good physical therapist as well.)

~Mama to Many~

Lion's Mane

Posted by Jen (CT) on 05/24/2021

Lions Mane are very unique medicinal mushrooms because they stimulate the production of nerve growth factor. NGF keeps nerve cells healthy and can repair nerve damage. I grow Lions Mane mushrooms and have made dual extracted tinctures that helped with my overall homeostasis, as well as feeling more "sharp" when it came to word recovery and sentence formation, like, not being at a loss for a word which was sometimes happening from time to time.

My hubby's nerve damage to his back is pretty much gone. He can sleep on his right side again, and I never hear him complain of pain in that location. I would add the tincture to a glass of juice in the morning. Always consider your source, and don't be scared to try your hand at growing them! They are quite simple to grow. You can find spores google root mushroom farm.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 10/23/2020

I have sciatica from a herniated disc. So the herniated disc can pinch the sciatic nerve. For over 18 days, the numbness in my calf and foot didn't go away, although the nerve pain was reducing with time. The moment I started taking Alpha Lipoic Acid, I started seeing improvements. The second day of using the numbness started subsiding and I was walking better without limping too much.

There is a great post about Alpha Lipoic Acid in the neuropathy section. I think ALA promotes nerve healing.

I took a pill 0f 300mg in the morning with food and one more at night with food.