Stabbing, burning, or tingling. That’s how people who suffer from neuropathy (nerve pain) describe the pain.
The good news is, in a lot of cases, nerve pain symptoms can improve, especially if the cause is a treatable condition. For example, vitamin B deficiencies can cause nerve pain. This can easily be corrected by eating foods rich in B vitamins or taking vitamin B complex supplements.
There are also home remedies for nerve pain you can try. Here we have 7 home treatments that can help relieve your symptoms.
ALA or alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that helps prevent oxidative stress and reduce blood sugar levels. According to Mayo Clinic, a few small clinical trials show that ALA has potential in reducing pain in patients with diabetic neuropathy.
ALA-rich foods include spinach, broccoli, and yeast. But if you like an easier way to consume ALA, there are supplements you can buy at health food stores.
Have you ever noticed how great you feel after a workout? Exercise produces endorphins, which are natural painkillers.
Another great thing about exercise is it increases blood flow to the nerves in your extremities. This can help reverse the damage in your nerves. Best of all, you don’t really need to do high-intensity workouts.
Walking daily is a good start. Make sure to increase pace and distance as you get fitter.
3.) Celery Juice
Celery isn’t just for fighting bad breath. You can drink its juice to help restore nerve health. Some add carrot juice or potato juice to 1/2 cup of celery juice.
You can experiment to see which concoction helps relieve your nerve pain symptoms better.
If you’re not scared of needles, you can try acupuncture. It’s especially helpful if you suffer from peripheral neuropathy.
Just keep in mind that one session might not be enough to reduce symptoms. Improvements are usually seen after several treatments. You also have to be sure that the practitioner you hire is certified and uses only sterile needles.
5.) Capsaicin Cream
If you’re not a fan of supplements, you can try capsaicin cream. Just take note that like the other remedies for nerve pain already mentioned, the effects are not instantaneous. You have to stick with it to see improvements.
Also, since capsaicin cream is made from hot chili peppers, you might experience a burning sensation when you first apply it. Consider other remedies if you feel it’s adding more to your nerve pain.
6.) Warm Water Soak
If you feel the pain in your hands or feet, try a warm water soak. The heat can help dilate the blood vessels. This can then promote blood flow to the damaged nerves.
Warm water has many benefits and it’s a go-to remedy if you’re looking for quick relief.
7.) Evening Primrose Oil
Another supplement that shows promise in helping patients with diabetic neuropathy is evening primrose oil. In clinical trials, diabetic patients who took evening primrose oil for 6 to 12 months show significant improvement in neuropathy scores.
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If the remedies above do not work you may have to resort to medications. The medications typically prescribed for epilepsy or depression may help you due to their effects on nerve signals. However, anti-inflammatory medications—like ibuprofen—usually do not work.
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