The nervous system is involved in every function the body is responsible for from regulating breathing to controlling muscles and sensing heat and cold.
There are three types of nerves, or neurons, in the body:
Autonomic nerves – These nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation.
Motor nerves – These nerves control your movements and actions by passing information from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles.
Sensory nerves – These nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let you feel pain and other sensations.
Nerve pain and nerve damage can be mild. But, because nerves are essential to all you do, nerve pain and damage can seriously affect your quality of life.
With nerve damage there can be a wide array of symptoms and these will vary according to the location and type of nerves that are affected. Damage can occur to nerves in your brain and spinal cord. It can also occur in the peripheral nerves, which are located throughout the rest of your body.
Autonomic nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:
- inability to sense chest pain, such as angina or heart attack
- too much sweating (known as hyperhidrosis) or too little sweating (known as anhidrosis)
- dry eyes and mouth
- bladder dysfunction
- sexual dysfunction
Damage to motor nerves may produce the following symptoms:
- muscle atrophy
- twitching, also known as fasciculation
Sensory nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:
- tingling or prickling
- problems with positional awareness
In some instances, people with nerve damage will have symptoms that indicate damage to two, or even three, different types of nerves. For instance, you might experience weakness and burning of your legs at the same time.
There are more than 100 different types of nerve damage. The various types may have different symptoms and may require different types of treatment.
More than 20 million Americans are afflicted with peripheral nerve damage. This type of damage becomes increasingly more common with age. In one out of every three people with peripheral nerve damage, the damage comes from diabetes. In another third, the cause of the nerve damage remains unknown.
While not an exhaustive list, the following are some of the possible causes of nerve pain and nerve damage:
- Auto-immune diseases . A variety of different types of autoimmune diseases can produce symptoms of nerve pain and nerve damage. These include: multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré syndrome (a rare condition in which the immune system attacks the peripheral nerves), myasthenia gravis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease.
- Cancer . Cancer can cause nerve pain and nerve damage in multiple ways. In some instances, cancerous masses may push against or crush nerves. In other cases, certain types of cancer may result in nutritional deficiencies that affect nerve function. Additionally, chemotherapy and radiation may produce nerve pain and nerve damage in certain individuals.
- Compression/trauma. Anything that results in trauma or compression of nerves can result in nerve pain and nerve damage. This includes pinched nerves in the neck, crush injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Diabetes. About 50% of people with diabetes suffer from nerve damage, which becomes more likely as the disease progresses. Diabetic neuropathy is a serious complication and may affect all three types of neurons. Sensory nerves are most often affected, causing burning or numbness. If you have diabetes and are experiencing symptoms of nerve pain or nerve damage, you should consult a medical professional as soon as possible.
- Drug side effects and toxic substances. Various substances that are taken into the body intentionally or unintentionally have the ability to cause nerve pain and nerve damage. These include medications, such as chemotherapies for cancer and certain drugs used to treat HIV. Toxic substances that may be ingested accidentally, including lead, arsenic, and mercury, may also cause damage to your nerves.
- Motor neuron diseases. The motor neurons are nerves in your brain and spinal column that communicate with the muscles throughout your body. Diseases that affect these nerves, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, can result in progressively worsening nerve damage.
- Nutritional deficiencies. Deficiencies of certain nutrients, including vitamins B6 and B12, may produce symptoms of nerve pain and nerve damage, including weakness or burning sensations. Nutritional deficiencies that cause nerve damage may also result from excessive alcohol ingestion or develop after gastric surgery.
- Infectious disease. Certain infectious diseases have the ability to affect the nerves in your body. These conditions include Lyme disease, the herpes viruses, HIV, and hepatitis C.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
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- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitionerhere.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
- One of the best ways of relieving nerve pain is to take a long, hot bath or shower – this will stimulate and boost your circulation and blood flow to the nerves.
Try to include garlic, spinach, green peas, soybeans, pinto beans, bananas, parsley, sprouts, whole grains, milk, yogurt and other such nutritious foods in the diet to deal with never damage and pain. Plus, regularly drink vegetable juices extracted from carrots, beetroots and celery.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
A time-honored treatment for neuralgia, natural supplements may help control symptoms. Some of the most common supplements used when treating nerve pain include Vitamin C, willow bark (which has pain relieving qualities), chamomile, rosemary and licorice.
Also, try oat seed and St John’s Wort but always consult a health care practitioner before beginning a new treatment.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc and magnesium are also recommended.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Some effective home remedies for the treatment of Neuralgia are:
- Try honey, chamomile and elderberries, consumed in a mixture or separately for some relief
- Take some ginger oil and dilute it with eucalyptus oil or garlic, with added olive oil, before applying directly to the pain
- Make a paste of sage, a poultice made from cabbage or hot mustard and smear over the affected areas
Neuropathy is considered a vata disease in ayurvedic medicine. Vata, one of three constitutional categories known as doshas, is associated with the energy of wind and is responsible for activating the nervous system. Vata controls some of the most fundamental processes in your body, such as cell division, heart function and waste elimination and is regarded as the most powerful dosha. According to ayurvedic philosophy, people whose predominant dosha is vata are more susceptible to neurological conditions such as neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, anxiety and insomnia.
The ayurvedic herb Manjishtha, common name Indian Madder, improves a number of diabetic complications, including chronic infections, retinopathy — a degenerative condition of the retina of the eye, inflammation, kidney damage and neuropathy, according to ayurvedic practitioner and Chinese Herbalist Sebastian Pole, author of the book “Ayurvedic Medicine: the Principles of Traditional Practice.” Manjishtha also has a calming effect on the nervous system that makes it useful as a treatment for some forms of epilepsy. Contact a health practitioner familiar with its use for dosing guidelines for your individual needs.
Castor oil is recommended as an ayurvedic treatment for a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, paralysis and foot neuropathy, according to Karta Purkh Singh, author of the book “The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: The Most Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Health With Traditional Ayurvedic Herbalism.” Apply a moist castor oil pack by soaking cotton flannel in castor oil and applying to the affected area. Alternatively, a more convenient form of water-soluble castor oil gels are available. Discuss taking castor oil with your doctor to ensure your safety.
Try Aconite, a popular analgesic herb in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. This tincture is applied topical to help relieve nerve pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathies in existence, and almost as many ways to treat it.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help treat the condition and your acupuncturist may ask questions about where you feel pain, when you perspire, sleep, eat, drink and exercise. He or she may also take the pulse and observe the tongue, both which help create a picture of a specific treatment plan.
The traditional Chinese approach of Acupuncture proves helpful for a variety of painful conditions; researches suggest that the technique may release chemicals which help to numb pain, as well as block pain signals which are sent from the nerves. The treatment has few side effects and sessions usually last around 45 minutes to an hour.
Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) may also be used, which uses small amounts of electricity to help block pain signals. Cutaneous acupuncture, herbal and physical therapy are other routes worth a try, too.
Aromatherapy and in particular, aromatherapy massage can be extremely beneficial when treating nerve damage and nerve pain.
Try this home remedy: To 20z of a good organic base oil (such as coconut, almond or olive), add 5 drops each of clove bud, ginger, rosemary, eucalyptus and helichrysum. Use as a massage for the hands or for the legs (from the knees down) and feet.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Useful homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Aconite, Phytolacca, Chelidonium, Lycopodium, and Arsen alb.
A great choice of therapy for trigeminal neuralgia, homeopathic treatment can be extremely effective. This treatment helps minimize the frequency and severity of neuralgia attacks, which can lead to remission. The treatment is safe and non-toxic, too.
Arsenicum – The more nervous the affection the more effective is Arsenicum, which holds in place miasmatic neuralgias, especially of malarial origin, neuralgias from influenza or simply debility with aggravation at approach of night.
Platinum – This is a useful remedy for constrictive pain, numbness, profuse lachrymation, which is worse at night than at rest.
Chamomile, horseradish, celery and elderberry are all highly recommended. They can be taken in the form of tea or used as compresses or poultices and applied to the affected area to soothe pain.
Cinnamon is also highly beneficial – make it into a paste with a little honey. Apply to the area, leave for a while before rinsing off with warm water.
Try this remedy: Combine equal parts of the tinctures of St. John’s wort, skullcap, oat, and Siberian ginseng. Take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. Externally, peppermint oil can be applied to the affected area to relieve pain.
Herbal remedies focus on relieving the pain and relaxing muscles, as well as damaged nerves.
Try Black cohosh, which has antispasmodic properties and is a good herb to calm nerves and relax muscles.
Try these home remedies: Crush two raw cloves of garlic in half a cup of warm milk and drink to reduce sciatica pain.
Drink half a cup of celery juice mixed with some carrot juice (this can be taken daily) or a combination of celery and potato juice.
Regular consumption of elderberry juice also helps to relax the muscles.
Try a cup of soy milk mixed with honey.
Aloe Vera: Massaging the area with aloe vera gel or a mixture of 1 tablespoon of warm mustard oil and crushed garlic is also effective.
Massage – Few risks are associated with massage for chronic pain, and some find it especially helpful for painful muscle spasms. Relaxation can help with the management of stress, which may help with the pain itself.
Biofeedback – Teaching you to control bodily functions which are usually involuntary (such as heart rate and blood pressure) biofeedback helps you relax your muscles and reduce tension, thus reducing pain.
Hypnosis – There’s much evidence to suggest that hypnosis can help with various forms of pain. See your nearest specialist for details of how it could help you.
Talk Therapy – Life with chronic pain can make the sufferer depression, which can make the pain seem more intense. A therapist can help you work through any issues at home or with the pain itself, by tailoring a treatment plan to you and your needs.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Nerve damage, neuralgia/Neuropathy and Neuritis and Chinese medicine- www.goldbamboo.com/relate-tl8095-tr4181.html
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
What is nerve damage: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCgAoLdg6pU
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Treating nerve pain naturally: www.webmd.com/pain-management/nonprescription-treatments-nerve-pain
Pickle juice for neuropathy: blog.my-pain-relief.com/pickle-juice-for-diabetic-neuropathy.html
Natural remedies for neuropathy: www.ifood.tv/blog/natural-remedies-for-neuropathy
Foods that fight neuropathy: www.livestrong.com/article/82184-foods-fight-neuropathy
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
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Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.