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.
Use natural treatments for your neuritis and neuralgia, such as topical cream containing capsaicin, derived from chilli peppers.
Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
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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.
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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
Try Aconite, a popular analgesic herb in traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. This tincture is applied topical to help relieve nerve pain.
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.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
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.
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’s a great, simple aromatherapy recipe that’s great for Neuropathy, as well as Sciatica and Restless Leg Syndrome, or just for deep relaxation.
Create a one ounce blend using 15 drops of lavender and 15 drops of frankincense, following by filling up the rest of the bottle with jojoba, apricot kernel or safflower oil. You’ll also need some plain ginger root, sliced into thin pieces (around 20 slices).
Once made, massage the blend all over the back, paying special attention to the lumbar area – which is where the nerves for the lower extremities are found. Apply some of the oil blend to your feet as well, which is where you have a lot of reflex points. Next, apply the ginger slices down your spine, as well as across the lower back.
You can try making a compress too, by applying warm, moist towels to the area and insulating with another towel over the top.
Next, lie on your tummy for 15 minutes with the compress on. You may feel some tingling, but that’s just the ginger working its magic.
Chamomile, eucalyptus, cedarwood, juniper, and/or lavender essential oils massaged into the affected areas can relieve pain.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
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.
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.
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.
Aconite is also worth a try, a popular analgesic herb in traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. This tincture is applied topical to help relieve nerve pain.
Peppermint is another essential oil to relieve pain and relax spasms in the nerves and muscles.
Passionflower is a good anticonvulsant and nerve relaxant, which helps relieve neuralgic spasms.
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is another option if you’re suffering from Neuralgia, Neuropathy or Neuritis. Nerve damage can lead to muscle weakness and wasting, and wotking with a physical therapist may help reverse that and reduce pain.
Topical Treatment – Apply Epsom salt packs to the affected area. You may also want to consider using a natural topical creams containing capsaicin, which is derived from chili peppers.
Juice Therapy – Parsley, celery, and carrot juice acts as a nerve tonic that can be helpful in mild cases.
In her health blog, one sufferer of neuropathy explains how pickle juice has helped the condition (blog.my-pain-relief.com/pickle-juice-for-diabetic-neuropathy.html). The author suggests (according to a book by Paul Pitchford) that the warming properties of vinegar in the pickles creates a temporary warming circulation of energy in the body, removing stagnant blood in the process.
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 – There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy, according to the Neuropathy Association and certain yoga poses can help alleviate some of the systems which come with the disease.
Inversions are one pose within yoga – where you literally invert your body – which can help soothe the central nervous system and reduce the numbness sufferers of neuropathy may be experiencing.
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.
Nutritional Supplementation – The following nutrients can be helpful: vitamin B complex, vitamin B1, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, Brewers’ yeast, calcium, lecithin, and magnesium. Proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals can also be helpful especially in cases of neuritis.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating neuralgia, neuropathy, and neuritis: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Chelation Therapy, Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy), Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is especially helpful for those with neuralgia.
As aforementioned, 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.
Don’t forget to look into Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS), which uses small amounts of electricity to help block pain signals. Cutaneous acupuncture, herbal and physical therapy are other routes worth a try, too.
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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