Neuralgia, neuropathy, and neuritis are conditions that affected the nerves and/or the nervous system itself. Neuralgia is characterized by painful spasms that run along the length of a specific nerve. There are many types of neuralgias, depending upon the nerve or body part that is affected or upon the cause of the neuralgia, such as disease (the most common diseases associated with neuralgia are anaemia, gout, diabetes, and syphilis). The most common types of neuralgias are Bell’s palsy and trigeminal neuralgia.
Neuropathy is characterized by disturbances in the nerves outside the spine, which make up the peripheral nervous system. They are usually non-inflammatory in nature, and can be due to disease such as diabetes, pressure from nerve entrapment (as in carpal tunnel syndrome), disk lesions, nutritional deficiencies, or to unknown causes.
Neuritis is inflammatory in nature, with the inflammation occurring in specific nerve or nerve group. Symptoms of neuritis are similar to those of neuralgia and neuropathy, except they more frequently include burning and can be accompanied by swelling and fever and, in some severe cases, episodes of convulsions.
Overall, symptoms of these three conditions range from mild to severe pain, constant or intermittent pain, burning, tingling, and/or stabbing pain.
Neuralgia, neuropathy, and neuritis can be caused by diseases such as anaemia, diabetes or thyroid disease, pressure from a tumor, nutrient deficiencies, metabolic imbalances, infection, gout, leukemia, syphilis, alcohol abuse, heavy metal toxicity, or direct trauma. To determine the underlying cause, it is necessary to seek professional medical assistance. Once the underlying cause is detected, it must be properly treated before long-term relieve of nerve symptoms can be achieved.
People with neuralgia, neuropathy and neuritis suffer from a constant burning feeling in their hands and feet, as well as a feeling of numbness. Simple activities like walking and shaking hands can’t be done without pain, and the condition affects around 60 per cent to 70 per cent of diabetics.
If you’re a diabetic, neuropathy may occur when the small blood vessels which feed the nerves become damaged by chronically-elevated blood sugar levels. This results in all nerves being affected, as well as those associated with sensation, pain and muscle function. Decreased blood supply causes the nerves to misfire, which can lead to the feeling of pain, burning and numbness.
Around 30% of neuropathy cases are considered idiopathic, which means they’re of unknown cause. A further 30% of neuropathies are due to diabetes, and around 50% of people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
Autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis may bring on neuropathy, and those who’ve received organ transplants may be at increased risk.
A healthy diet may prevent or reduce symptoms of neuropathy for those at greatest risk.
Choose B Vitamins, which are water-soluble and aid in the breakdown of foods during digestion. Vitamins are also required for healthy nerve function. Try whole grain cereals, potatoes, peanuts, brewer’s yeast, milk, meats, poultry and fish. Opt for a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, as well as lean protein.
Eat an organic, whole foods diet and drink plenty of pure filtered water throughout the day. Also eliminate all caffeinated beverages, refined sugars, cigarettes, and commercial carbonated beverages.
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:
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.
Try pure essential oils like rosemary for mind, body and spirit techniques. Choose rosemary for neuralgia, as well as aching muscles, arthritis, dull skin, exhaustion and muscle cramping.
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.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- 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.
Neuralgia/Neuropathy and Neuritis and Chinese medicine- www.goldbamboo.com/relate-tl8095-tr4181.html
The best way to cleansing and purification of the bodywww.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
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
Treat peripheral neuropathy with Chinese medicine –www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Detail/Treating+Peripheral+Neuropathy+with+Acupuncture+and+Chinese+Medicine
What is Neuropathy? www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCgAoLdg6pU
EFT for treating disease: www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Yoga for Neuropathy: www.dailymotion.com/video/xmrv9y_yoga-poses-for-neuropathy_sport
Yoga poses for Neuropathy: www.livestrong.com/article/308804-yoga-poses-for-neuropathy
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
Acupuncture in Neurological Conditions, by Val Hopwood and Clare Donnellan:
You Can Cope with Neuropathy: www.amazon.co.uk/You-Cope-With-Neuropathy-ebook/dp/B0049ENHPS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352386485&sr=8-1
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