Home Remedies for Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy may be defined as a condition where there is damage to the nervous system. Symptoms of the disease include loss of feeling, pain and inability to control the muscles. Although this condition treatment depend on the severity and cause we have a few home remedies that may provide you with little relief.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy leads to tingling and burning pain in hands and feet along with numb feeling. Other symptoms include needle-like or pain like electricity, lack of coordination, sensitivity to touch and even light, weakness of arms and legs and if the autonomous nervous system is included, it may lead to intestinal and bladder problems.
What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy
The leading cause of peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage. This condition may be a result of infection, trauma, exposure to toxic substances and metabolic issues. One of the prevalent triggers of diabetic neuropathy is diabetes.
Risk factors that lead to peripheral neuropathy are specific medication, exposure to heavy metals, tumours, genetic disorders, liver, kidney diseases, hyperthyroidism, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and some bacterial and viral infections. Alcoholics may also suffer from neuropathy. Injury or pressure on the nerve due to acting in an unnatural position and deficiency of vitamins may also be a cause.
Management Of Peripheral Neuropathy
1. Monitoring the Blood Sugar Level –
The very first step you need to take is to follow the level of blood sugar. This becomes more important if you have diabetes.
2. Make the right food choices –
Ensure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. Eat low-fat meat. Do add the dairy product to your diet. Consume a lot of fresh vegetables and minerals. Eat whole grains.
3. Quit Smoking-
Another vital step to treat peripheral neuropathy is to quit smoking. We also advise you to avoid passive smoking if possible. Smoking cigarette effects the circulation of blood and increases neuropathy related health issues.
4. Increase the intake of vitamin B6 –
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine treats neuropathic hip pain and tingling and numbness in sciatic nerve. It also repairs the damage caused to sciatic nerves. Eat foods rich in vitamin B6 such as banana, tomato, soybeans, walnuts, wheat bran, poultry and spinach.
5. Folic acid –
Folic acid promotes the production of red blood cells. It supports the synthesis of DNA, reduces the pain of sciatica nerve, aids cell regeneration and improves the muscles coordination. Foods rich in folic acid are broccoli, orange juice, peas, corn, mushrooms, liver, avocado and green turnip.
6. Fruits and Veggies –
Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, minerals, dietary fibre and vitamins. It supports and boosts the immune system and prevents infection and diseases. Eating fibre, abundant fruits and vegetable also reduce the level of blood sugar. Rich source of antioxidants are Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, watermelon, spinach, kale, red grapes, onions, berries, cherries, etc.
7.Vitamin B12 –
Vitamin B 12 or cobalamin is a water-soluble vitamin that promotes the formation of red blood cells and is also required for the normal functioning of a healthy brain and nerve. For vegetarians, the sources of vitamin B12 is limited. Vitamin B 12 is derived from animal-based sources such as fish, meat and dairy.
8. Consume Foods Rich in Vitamin C –
Foods rich in vitamin C strengthens the immune system and thus protects the sciatic nerve. It repairs the nerve damage, reduces the inflammation of the nerve, accelerates the process of healing and improves the function of nerves. Foods rich in vitamin C are spinach, cherries, strawberries, cabbage, tomato, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit and mustard green.
9.Lean protein To Treat Peripheral Neuropathy –
Protein is required for building muscles. Eat leans protein and fat-free dairy — include legumes, fish, yoghurt, skinless poultry and tofu in your diet.
10. Exercise To Treat Peripheral Neuropathy –
Regular exercises not only improve all over health but also combats pain. It also manages the level of blood sugar and thus reduces or slowdowns the nerve damage. Exercise increases the flow of blood to legs and arms and thus reduces pain and discomfort.
Neuropathy once developed there are a few types that can be fully cured. Eliminating the underlying cause prevents further damage. Exercise and proper nutrition can fasten healing. Peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes cannot be reversed, but there are ways to manage the patient’s condition, and the most important is to lower the level of blood sugar.
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.