Natural Remedies for a Pinched Nerve

| Modified on Sep 28, 2023
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.

Posted by Craig (Albany, Oregon) on 01/22/2016

I suffered from nerve damage for around five months. The pain was in my groin, it was caused by exercise, and it was excruciating.I spoke with a urologist, and he said that the pain was caused by an inflamed inguinal nerve.I researched the inguinal nerve, and discovered that it went from the spinal cord (L1, L4) to the groin area. I then had a chiropractor adjust those vertebrae, and the groin pain completely went away. So if you're suffering from nerve damage, rather than treating the pain, you might want to consider treating its source. It worked for me.

Hope this helps someone.

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.

Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Michael (Broadlands, Virginia) on 03/11/2007

For about the last ten years I have had a pinched nerve in my neck. I am 40 and very active (yoga, lift weights, run, etc) It flared up on occasion when I would work out hard and I would injure my shoulder or neck, putting additional pressure on the nerve. About 18 months ago the pain got so severe that I was seriously considering surgery which would have fused some discs in my neck together (among other things). A business associate had mentioned that he had problems with his knees hurting when he drank diet coke, which i drank. As a last resort I quit drinking diet coke and about 4 weeks later the pain in my neck was down to manageable levels again. This lasted about until recently when it flared up again, I had recently started taking a new weightlifting supplement (powder) and upon closer inspection it contained aspartame. I talked to my doctor who had not heard anything about his particular side effect of aspartame, but we theorized that the additive caused small swelling to muscles which impinged my already narrow nerve openings. needles to say, I have cut aspartame back out of my diet.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx ) on 09/22/2009

Coconut oil for back pain (pinched nerve)

Yes!!! It worked wonderfully. I rubbed a quarter sized amount of coconut oil on my back a little over an hour ago. It has made the pain go away. I don't know how long the relief will last but I will keep using it.

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

Thanks, Michael! I will look into that! I need all of the arm strength and flexibility I can get.

~Mama to Many~

Stretching Exercises
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 12/13/2021

Always good to hear from Mama to Many.

I just thought I ought to remind her of what she probably knows already but maybe some others are not aware of and is especially beneficial for arm and shoulder issues.

This refers to the use of the "Stretchy Band" material that one ties to the door knob and pulls in the North, South, East and West directions to great effect after nearly a week of doing four times per day.

Details / Instructions are on this Site somewhere under subject title (OR my name maybe?).

You need to do this one properly though!

Cheers from Down Under

Lion's Mane
Posted by guest (EU) on 08/15/2023

Can you please explain how to prepare the tincture, which base to use and what ratio?

Thank you

Lion's Mane
Posted by Guest (EU) on 09/28/2023

Thanks for sharing. What dosage did you use for each purpose? How many teaspoons and how many times per day? What is the ratio of mushroom to alcohol and mushroom to water in preparing the tincture? Thank you

Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Gerald (Montreal) on 05/14/2017

I'm curious as to what exercises you performed ( in addition to consuming aspartame) that initially contributed to the pain?