Nerve pain, termed as neuralgia is a painful symptom, which is indicative of a number of health conditions. Such pain can interfere with routine activities, such as walking around and the affected person may feel tingling or burn-like sensation along with numbness and dizziness. Some of the causes that lead to nerve pain include inflamed or damaged tissues (resulting form trauma), diabetes mellitus, infections such as syphilis, shingles or deficiency of vitamins.
Other then medication, physical therapy or surgical treatments, there are a handful of natural herbs that can also be used for treating this frustrating, discomfort causing condition.
Trusted Herbs For Nerve Pain
Capsicum Annum, also known as Cayenne is a recommended herb for pain in both, muscles and nerves. The chief ingredient in this perennial herb is a chemical known as capsaicin. According to herbalists, its application to the skin works by desensitizing the affected (or inflamed) nerve endings on a short-term basis, ranging from a couple of hours to days.
This is one of the reasons why this herb is useful for controlling nerve related pain, commonly seen in shingles.
Jamaican dogwood treats neuropathic pain, sleeplessness, mental anxiety and migraines. It does so because the herb can control inflammation and painful, spasmodic activity, which further educes pain in the inflamed nerves.
Close and careful medical supervision is advisable as Jamaican dogwood is associated with a number of side effects. To prepare tea, boil half to one teaspoon of the dried herb in water, steep and strain the infusion. Drink the herbal infusion at least thrice every day.
The flowering herb, commonly known as Evening star or night willow herb may aid in reducing neuropathic pain in the extremities (arms and legs). The oil extracted from the small seeds of this herb is utilized for a vast number of conditions and has been found to be effective in treating nerve pain, particularly in diabetics. Other than pain, the herbal oil extract works in relieving numbness and tingling triggered by damaged caused to the nerves. Approximately 5-10 drops of the oil can be added to 25 ml of carrier oil; for example almond oil.
The resultant oil mix must be massaged onto the affected sites. Other alternatives include it’s use in the form of a topical compress, tincture extract or herbal ointment. To avoid unwanted drug interactions, consult a doctor before using the herb.
Another natural herb that can be of assistance in controlling and alleviating nerve pain (of chronic nature) is Meadowsweet. Also known as Dropwort or Filipendula ulmaria, this herb works as a strong anti-inflammatory herb with pain alleviating ability; also as a herbal astringent.
Due to the presence of chemicals, such as salicylates the herb decreases the pain experienced due to nerve problems. If you are allergic towards salicylates, do not make use of this herb.
Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa works similar to an opiate and brings about adequate relief from nerve pain. The leaves of this herb can either be chewed or used for brewing tea. It’s consumption induces relaxation and controls pain. However, do not use Kratom of if the person has a history of either mental depression or substance abuse.