Peripheral neuropathy is a disabling, and unfortunately common, condition that affects the nerves in your arms and legs. To find the right treatment, we must first ask, what is peripheral neuropathy, and what are its causes?
Peripheral neuropathy has a number of causes, many of which become more common with aging. They include:
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy feature pain, numbness, and tingling in your hands or feet. You may have a shooting or burning pain, and your muscles may be weaker. More severe cases can involve a loss of sensory function and noticeable loss of muscle mass and strength, even to the point of needing a wheelchair.
One of the best treatments for peripheral neuropathy in the arms, legs, and feet is the ReBuilder TENS machine. It is specifically FDA-cleared to relieve persistent pain (such as neuropathy), and prevent muscle loss from lack of use. Like other high-quality TENS machines, it sends electrical signals that can disrupt pain perception and activate your muscles.
Other natural neuropathy treatments include acupuncture, which regulates nerve function and may effectively treat neuropathy related to diabetes and HIV. It’s also essential to resolve any underlying causes of the condition. Correcting a vitamin B1, B6, or B12 deficiency; finding the best way to manage an autoimmune condition; keeping your blood sugar under control; or seeking medical support for detoxification can all help to control your symptoms.
There are also several natural peripheral neuropathy treatments you can do at home. Using a hot or cold pack, or capsaicin (chilli) cream, can both soothe inflammation and reduce pain signals. Additionally, exercise and self-massage boost circulation, which may relieve your symptoms by improving nerve function. If you smoke or drink alcohol, quitting can help protect your nerves, too.