approaches even more important. If you can exercise, you’ll find that the increased blood flow will reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Natural Treatments for the Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy The most valuable treatment for peripheral neuropathy pain
is the one that causes you the least harm. That’s why we recom- mend always starting with the mildest, most natural approach. If pain persists, you can advance to more aggressive strategies. Here are a few natural treatments for peripheral neuropathy
that may be valuable to you:
• Key Vitamins: Vitamin B is essential to nerve health. If your vitamin B levels are low, speak with us about a dosage that will raise them. Vitamin D may also be a valuable vitamin in address- ing nerve pain.
• Capsaicin: Capsaicin is an ingredient found in peppers. It can reduce nerve pain by redirecting pain signals. Try incorporating cayenne peppers into your diet, if you’re able to tolerate them. You might also want to use capsaicin tablets. For topical pain relief, you can usually find capsaicin treatments over the counter at drugstores.
• Acupuncture: When administered by an expert, this amazing treatment can help change your body’s pain threshold. This thousands-of-years-old treatment can make your peripheral neuropathy more tolerable.
• TENS: Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
uses small electrical impulses to cut off pain signals to the brain. TENS contains electrodes that are placed on the skin. The units are affordable and can often be found at your local drugstore.
• Meditation: Mind-body connection can also be an essential element in managing peripheral neuropathy pain. This approach increases both calm and focus, which will make you better able to cope with any pain… and may even affect how you experience pain.
Essential Treatments for the Secondary Issues of Peripheral Neuropathy For those who have peripheral neuropathy in a leg or foot, the pain, numbness, and tingling may lead to balance issues. To prevent falls, weighted shoes or an assistance device like a cane may sometimes be needed. Protective footwear serves as another therapeutic option for treatment. Numbness may keep you from noticing injuries, so avoid open-toed shoes. If you have a hand or arm that’s affected, always wear warm gloves in the winter. And be cautious of knives and hot surfaces when cooking.
Whole-body wellness means not only addressing symptoms,
but also the root causesyou’re your overall well-being. This makes the body more effective in its healing process while reducing the impact of the illness.
Submitted by Dr. Joe Draper of Advance Wellness, 515 College Road, Suite 11, Greensboro. For an appt, call 336-316-0827. For more info, visit www.DrDraper.ne
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