Neuropathy is a medical condition caused as a result of damage of nerves that are found growing outside the spinal cord and the brain. There can be various factors for the condition including diabetes, infection, injury or even toxicity. People suffering from neuropathy frequently experience mild to severe tingling in the palms and the soles along with slight muscular pain. It is important to treat the condition or it can cause depression and anxiety in the sufferers. Neuropathy can be treated using medicinal herbs that are just as efficient and safe (if not safer) than the pharmaceutical preparations for the same condition.
Herbal Remedies For Neuropathy
Cayenne pepper is spicy to taste and is popularly used in cooking. But the herb also has medicinal properties due to the presence of an active compound called capsaicin. The extract of this herbal compound is used in the preparation of many OTC gels and creams that are used in the treatment of nerval and muscular pain.
Applying capsaicin creams on the small of the back and on hands and feet can help treat the tingling sensation as well as relieve pain in the muscles.
Butcher’s broom is a well known herb that is normally prescribed to people suffering from associated condition of poor circulation of blood, one such associated condition is that of neuropathy. The herb has anti-inflammatory effect and is therefore, effective in the treatment of the condition.
Herbal creams containing butcher’s broom as the major ingredient are sold in many herbal stores and can be used for relieving pain, tingling as well as numbness.
Bitter melon is a native of Africa, Asia and South America and is widely used in the three continents to treat various medical disorders including diabetes, gas, hormonal imbalance, intestinal worms, hepatitis and neuropathy. Consumption of bitter melon is known to bring down the level of glucose in the blood and is therefore, successful in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy while it is in its early stage.
Herbal supplements of bitter melon are sold in many stores but should be taken only under medical supervision. It can also be consumed as a vegetable though some people may find the taste extremely bitter.
Centella asiatica, also known as gotu kola, is a tropical herb that is found growing in marshy and swampy lands. Taking herbal supplements of gotu kola are known to reverse the nerve damage that has been caused as a result of diabetic nerve pain.
Herbal teas of Centella asiatica are sold in all herbal stores and are safe for consumption. Drink 3-4 cups every day to treat neuropathy.
St. John’s Wort
It is the flower of St John’s that is known for its medicinal effects and is used in the preparation of herbal teas, pills, capsules, tinctures and extracts. The herb is mainly used in the treatment of stress related disorders but studies have revealed that St John’s wort also treats neuropathy successfully by relieving nerve and muscular pain in the sufferers. However, the herb should be had under supervision since it is known to cause ED, upset stomach and photo sensitivity.