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Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves that connect the central nervous system to the other parts of the body.  The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system includes the hands and feet, face, and internal organs.  Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves in the peripheral nervous system are damaged.  This may lead to problems with nerve function, like signalling pain without a stimulus, or failing to send pain signals when there is a cause for pain.  This article will discuss the symptoms and natural treatments for peripheral neuropathy.  Chinese Medicine treatments will also be discussed.

Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy may affect three types of nerves.  These are the motor nerves, sensory nerves, and autonomic nerves.  You may experience different symptoms depending on what type of nerves are affected.  

If your peripheral neuropathy affects the motor nerves, you may experience problems with your muscles.  Difficulty moving your arms and legs, uncontrolled movements like twitching or muscle spasms, and muscle weakness are all possible symptoms.

When the sensory nerves are affected by peripheral neuropathy you may experience inability to feel temperature changes or pain.  You may also feel tingling or numbness sensations, or notice increased or decreased sensitivity to touch.  

The autonomic nerves control functions like heartbeat, sweating, and bladder functions.  If your autonomic nerves are affected you may have symptoms like irregular heart rate, nausea, loss of bladder or bowel control, excessive sweating, or dizziness.

Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy can be treated in different ways depending on the cause of the condition.  Some treatment options include physical therapy, medications, injections, and even surgery.  You can also treat peripheral neuropathy using natural treatments. 

Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

Exercise is a key way to improve overall health and reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.  Pain and discomfort in the arms and legs can be significantly reduced due to increased blood flow from exercising.  You can also slow down nerve damage by decreasing your blood sugar levels through exercise.  

You may wish to quit smoking to help treat peripheral neuropathy, as smoking affects your blood circulation.  Poor blood circulation can worsen the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, like increasing the pain and numbness sensations. 

If you have a deficiency in vitamins like vitamin B or vitamin D, talk with your doctor about taking a supplement.  Deficiencies in these vitamins can cause nerve damage and pain.

Other natural treatments options for peripheral neuropathy include using certain essential oils, incorporating cayenne pepper into your diet, and practising meditation to reduce stress and help manage pain.

Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

You can also treat peripheral neuropathy with Chinese Medicine.  Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as a whole, where each part of the body is connected to each other and the whole body.  In Chinese Medicine, organs work together to control specific functions.  The liver and gallbladder control the process of detoxification, the functioning of joints and tendons, as well as nerve functions.  That means that if your liver or gallbladder is weak or out of balance with the body, you may experience nerve problems like neuropathy.  

Acupuncture is a Chinese Medicine technique that can be very effective at treating peripheral neuropathy.  Sensations like pain, numbness, and tingling can all be reduced through acupuncture, which aims to support and boost the health of the affected organs in the body.

Conclusion:

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves in the peripheral nervous system are damaged.  Depending on which type of nerves are affected, you may experience different symptoms.  These could include uncontrolled muscle movements, loss of pain or temperature sensations, and even irregular heart rate.  You can treat peripheral neuropathy using natural treatment options including exercise, vitamins, and quitting smoking.  Chinese Medicine techniques like acupuncture can also be very effective at treating peripheral neuropathy.

For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you, please see our website at https://balancetcm.co.nz/traditional-chinese-medicine-hamilton/.

For information about neuropathy and Chinese Medicine, see our webpage at https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/a-z-diseases/neuropathy/.

Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

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