Natural Remedies for a Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve is a nerve that is compressed by some other tissue in the body. Arthritis, spinal misalignment, bone spurs, and herniated discs can cause a pinched nerve. There are, however, a number of supplements and natural remedies that can alleviate the symptoms of a pinched nerve. These include vitamins C and B, magnesium, hot and cold therapy, turmeric, castor oil, epsom salt baths, and herbs. 

Inflammation from injuries, bad posture, or poor sleeping positions can all cause a pinched nerve. The result of this compression can manifest in a number of ways including pain, weakness, tingling, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic, etc. Nerve pain can be quite miserable and make everyday activities and even sleeping difficult. Determining and alleviating the cause is critical in curing the pinched nerve. Meanwhile, there are a number of natural cures and comfort measures that may help with the pain and inflammation associated with a pinched nerve.

Hot and Cold Therapy for Pinched Nerves

Old fashioned, easily available and free, hot and cold therapy may be helpful for the pain and inflammation from a pinched nerve. Some will find that heat (heating pad or hot water bottle) is more comforting as it brings extra blood (thus oxygen and healing) to the site of pain. Others will find cold (ice pack or frozen rice sock) more comforting since it will numb the pain a bit and can help reduce inflammation. Alternating the two is often a surprising helpful therapy. Always start and end with cold, keeping each on for a minute or so at a time, up to seven changes. Hot/cold therapy can be repeated several times throughout the day. 

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