Neuropathy is the result of impairment of nerves that run outside the brain and spinal cord. The condition can be due to an injury, an infection, diabetes or because of exposure to toxic substances. Neuropathy results in numbness or tingling in the hands and feet.
Some people have also reported pain in the muscles. The condition can be easily corrected using nutritional herbs as well as performing certain type of asanas or yogic postures.
Effective Herbs for Neuropathy
Cayenne pepper, also known as red pepper, is popularly used as a spice in cooking and has recently been discovered to aid weight loss as well. However, its main use is as that of a pain killer due to the presence of capsaicin. This chemical compound is responsible for the ‘hot and spicy’ flavour of the herb and is also used in many OTC creams and gels meant for relieving muscular pain.
Creams containing capsaicin are also used for treating neuropathy as they help provide relief to the aching nerves. Some people also prefer consuming cayenne pepper to help with the condition.
Evening primrose is native to North America and is popularly used by the Native Americans for treating bruises, injuries and even haemorrhoids. The herb is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid or GLA, which is a type of essential fatty acid.
The acid is anti-inflammatory in nature and helps bring down the inflammation thereby relieving the aching nerves and muscles. Mix the essential oil with carrier oil like olive oil and apply it in generous amounts over the affected areas. It is an excellent cure for treating diabetic neuropathy.
Ginkgo biloba is popularly given to students to boost their memory power and is also used in Europe for treating people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The herb helps in the treatment of neuropathy by constricting the blood vessel thereby improving blood circulation.
It is also useful in the treatment of muscular pain including that caused by arthritis. The herb is available in supplement form and 120-240 mg of the herbal supplement should be taken daily to treat neuropathy.
Butcher’s Broom is prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors to treat problems related to poor circulation of blood. However, the herb is also a major ingredient in topical creams meant for treating haemorrhoids and varicose veins. It is the anti-inflammatory property of the herb that makes it efficient in treating neuropathy.
Cream prepared using the herb can be applied locally every day to treat numbness, pain of tingling of hands and feet. Taking 16 mg of the herbal supplement will also help relieve symptoms of the condition to a great extent.
Hyoscyamus niger is also called henbane and is used for treating neuropathy in particular. The leaves, buds, flowers and seeds of the plant are used for preparing herbal medications meant for neuropathy. The herb is largely meant for treating nerve pain, cramps, restlessness and chronic mania.
Active compounds present in the herb promote a sense of well being and easiness in the mind and body thereby calming down the agitated nerves. Consult an herbalist for the correct dose of the herbal preparations that use henbane.