Dealing with Neuropathy

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Neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the nerves.  Symptoms include numbness, tingling, hypersensitivity, muscle weakness, and wasting.  There are several underlying causes of neuropathy. Diabetes is the most prevalent cause and is responsible for more than 60 percent of neuropathy cases, another 20 percent is of unknown origin, with the remaining 20 percent arising out of injuries, such as pinched nerves, and repetitive injuries such as carpal tunnel.  Decreased blood supply to an area can also cause neuropathy, along with chemotherapy, and illnesses that affect the immune system. Neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the nerve axons. Which are how impulses are carried to cells, when there is damage to the myelin sheath, which is the protective covering of the axon.

Some natural remedies that are effective in treating neuropathy

  1.  Because some neuropathies are induced because of lack of blood supply, exercise is good for increasing your circulation.
  2. Antioxidants: foods that are antioxidant-rich, help the body get rid of free radicals, which cause injury to nerve cells.
  3. St John’s wort: is a natural herb which works as an antidepressant.
  4. Cayenne: when ingested, contains the active ingredient capsaicin, which decreases the pain that neuropathy creates
  5. Water: hydration creates a better cellular environment for nerve cells by flushing out toxins that can cause damage to the nerves.
  6. Managing your sugar levels: a decrease in blood sugar decreases nerve swelling which leads to a decrease in neuropathy symptoms.
  7. Decreasing alcohol intake: reduces the symptoms of alcohol-induced neuropathy.

Once nerve damage has occurred, it is very difficult to reverse, but its symptoms can be managed with great success if you along with your healthcare professionals are willing to take a few small steps.