The process of repairing nerve damage is not an easy one. Nerve pain is often debilitating and frustrating, it can lower the quality of your life and finding relief becomes a challenge. Please note that herbs are powerful medicine and should only be used after consulting a holistic doctor for diagnoses.Nerve Damage, commonly referred to as neuropathy is known to occur as a result of <strondiabetes, muscle spasms, vitamin deficiency, toxic agents, or infections. This may result in changing the way the nerves of your body experience pain or heat as well as the way your muscles react to stimuli.
There are many treatments for this condition which may include pain relievers, antidepressants, as well as seizure drugs. However, these conventional methods of treatment are known to cause side-effects. Therefore, herbal remedies are known to be of great use in the treatment of this condition as they cause hardly any side-effects.
However, it is advisable that you consult your doctor before using any herb to treat this condition if you are taking any other medication, as some of these herbs may react with the medications. Listed below are the herbs that are helpful in treating nerve damage.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant with the ability to regenerate itself. It can also regenerate other antioxidants and even B vitamins – which are essential for nerve health. As an antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid neutralizes the threat of free radicals in the body. These harmful substances damage and destroy cells in the body – which can eventually lead to chronic illnesses.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “Several studies suggest alpha-lipoic acid helps lower blood sugar levels. Its ability to kill free radicals may help people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, who have pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in arms and legs from nerve damage. Researchers believe Alpha-lipoic acid helps improve insulin sensitivity.”
Alpha lipoic acid may also help those suffering from autonomic neuropathy, a form of neuropathy that affects internal organs such as the bladder, heart, digestive system and more.
Cayenne Pepper is known to be helpful in reducing the pain caused by nerve damage due to the presence of capsaicin, which is considered as a pain reliever when applied topically. Capsaicin is known to remove the chemical which causes pain that is known as substance P, from the nerve receptors. There are several over-the -counter topical creams that are available in order to relieve pain and contain cayenne pepper due to it’s pain-relieving properties.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil, also known as EPO, is found to be containing an Omega-6 fatty acid by the name gamma-linoleic acid, which is found to be beneficial in diabetic neuropathy. According to a study conducted in order to find the benefits of this herb in treating neuropathy, it was shown to be beneficial in treating mild diabetic neuropathy without having a negative effect on the blood sugar levels of the person.
However, the only negative point about this herbal remedy is that you have to consume high doses everyday. It is important that you consult your doctor before using this herb in order to treat nerve damage.
Basil is a herb that is commonly used in cooking as well as for its medicinal benefits. This herb has been used as a tonic in order to treat coughs, joint pain, skin disorders as well as joint pain. According to a study conducted on animals suffering from nerve damage, it was shown that the animals that were given basil showed greater improvement in pain reduction as well as reduced the further degeneration of the nerves. This benefit of Basil is because of the anti-oxidant properties it possesses.