Herbal Remedies for Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition wherein the peripheral nervous system is damaged. The nerves are responsible for transmitting information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This can result to loss of feeling or numbness, pain, and also the inability to control muscles. The most common sources of neuropathy involve injuries, infections, metabolic disorders and exposure to toxins. Diabetes is also one of the causes of neuropathy. Just like any other condition, the treatment for peripheral neuropathy varies depending on the severity and also on the cause. However, despite this, many people who experiences peripheral neuropathy are finding relief from using herbal remedies.
The herbal remedies for neuropathy are often being used by those patients who do not want to experience side effects of the pharmaceutical drugs. Some patients who do not experience any relief or success with synthetic drugs often consider alternative herbal remedies. Herbal remedies are proven to be safe and can promote overall health, however, its effect varies from one patient to another.
ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid). This fatty acid contains sulfur, and is needed for a healthy body function and produce energy. ALA is present in every cell in the body, and it converts blood sugar into energy. It also serves as a strong antioxidant which helps the body of the free radicals that can damage the body. This fatty acid can be found in such meat products, mostly organ meat like the heart, kidneys and liver. Vegetables such as peas, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, spinach and broccoli are said to be rich in ALA as well.
Natural Pain Reliever. Cayenne, or more commonly known as red pepper is fiercely spicy and has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. It contains capsaicin, a chemical that is responsible for this spice’s “hotness”. This chemical helps in some digestive problems, increasing appetite and in circulation, apart from being a natural pain reliever. There are a lot of medical uses that cayenne has, including the lessening of pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. It is often mixed with oid and gels that can be rubbed on painful areas of the body. It can also be added on food in liberal amounts.
Magnesium. This is an important mineral responsible for fatty acid formation, new cell creation, supporting muscle and nerve function and creating energy for the body. Food that are high in magnesium are dark green vegetables, seafood, whole grains, nuts and legumes.
There are a lot more herbal remedies that can be used for neuropathy, but always remember that not everything works as it is for everyone. Patient can try these remedies and see if it works for them.
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