Why a Natural Approach to Relieving Neuropathy Symptoms Could Be Your Best Option

Peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve disease or dysfunction, can be the result of numerous causes -- diabetes, chemotherapy, kidney failure, autoimmune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, and exposure to toxins, among others.

In addition to having many different potential root causes, peripheral neuropathy can affect different nerves.

For example, if your sensory nerves are affected, you may feel tingling or numbness, increased or decreased sensitivity to touch, or be unable to feel temperature changes. But if your autonomic nerves are affected, you may experience excessive sweating, irregular heart rate, or lose control of your bladder or bowel function. Your motor nerves may also be affected, which could result in muscle weakness, decreased reflexes, or problems moving your arms or legs.

Peripheral neuropathy can affect one nerve, called mononeuropathy, or two or more nerves, which is called polyneuropathy. Usually, mononeuropathy is the result of a nerve being compressed, as in carpal tunnel syndrome. Polyneuropathy usually affects your entire body.

There are treatments available for peripheral neuropathy, and several of them are all-natural therapies. You may want to choose a natural approach in order to limit your exposure to potential toxins, reduce the likelihood of side effects, and build strength and tolerance.

Nutrition

The most common cause of polyneuropathy is diabetes, so it makes sense that one of the first steps you may want to take when you learn you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy is to address your diet. By paying strict attention to your diet you can control your diabetes and limit any further nerve damage.

In some cases, a vitamin deficiency can cause neuropathy. Vitamin B, for instance, is critical for nerve health, and vitamin D may help prevent nerve pain. You should discuss your particular circumstances with your provider at Revive Medical. We may perform blood tests to determine which supplements and what doses you may need.

Physical therapy

You may think of physical therapy in the context of recovering from surgery or an injury, but it’s often a good approach for treating peripheral neuropathy as well. Your course of therapy can be adjusted to meet your needs and to address the cause of your neuropathy.

There are specific exercises that help move your nerves. They’re called “nerve gliding exercises,” and they can help manage your symptoms. Other exercises can help improve your balance and coordination which can both be affected by peripheral neuropathy.

Cayenne pepper

You may have heard that cayenne pepper can help with neuropathy. More precisely, capsaicin, which is what makes peppers hot, may help with peripheral neuropathy. It seems to work by making nerves insensitive to pain messages.

A review of recent studies found that about four out of 10 people had at least moderate pain relief using capsaicin. If you’d like to learn more about the use of capsaicin to treat neuropathic pain, make an appointment at Revive Medical, as it can sometimes cause temporary burning, redness, or pain on your skin. Medical supervision, especially for the first few treatments, is important.

Call one of our offices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or San Diego, California, or click the “book online” button to make your appointment.

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