Home Remedies for Neuropathy

The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body, when this nerve is irritated or compressed it can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the lower body.

Ever since I fell pregnant with my first baby I have suffered with sciatica neuropathy. At times it is barely noticeable and at other times it is incredibly painful and debilitating to deal with.

Sciatica neuropathy

The nervous system is made up of two parts – the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Nerves in the peripheral nervous system send messages between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the rest of the body.

Peripheral neuropathy (often just referred to as neuropathy) is when the peripheral nerves become disrupted or damaged.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy:

Neuropathy can be inherited at birth, or acquired later in life and there are many causes of acquired neuropathy.

Neuropathy can be caused by alcohol and drug abuse.

Some other common causes of neuropathy include:

  • systematic diseases (diabetes is the most common systematic disease that causes neuropathy)
  • infectious diseases
  • autoimmune disorders
  • physical trauma
  • kidney disorders
  • hormonal diseases
  • certain drugs (drugs for cancer, antivirals, antibiotics, anticonvulsants)
  • chemical imbalances caused by liver disease
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • chronic inflammation
  • tumors and cancer
  • blood diseases
  • exposure to toxins in heavy metals (such as arsenic, lead, thallium, mercury)
  • physical injuries
  • reptitive physical stress




Common medications for treatment of neuropathy include anti-epileptic drug, antidepressants and opioid medications.

None of these options for medications are particularly viable for me as a recoving addict with a dual diagnosis (I have bipolar disorder).

It is interesting to note that when I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder one of the medications I was put on was an anti-epileptic drug.

Opioids are addictive so I cannot take them and I have heard that taking antidepressants when you are bipolar is not a good idea.

Any medications that I take I need to carefully evaluate and often I have to check with my psychiatrist to see if it would be safe for me to take. For these reasons I always prefer to find natural remedies for any medical problems I may be having wherever possible, including home remedies for neuropathy.

My sciatica neuropathy is a chronic problem I have had for the last 7 years and I manage it using natural remedies. If you are also suffering from neuropathy then I suggest you find a NeuropathyProgram that works for you.

Home remedies neuropathy

Here are 10 natural remedies for neuropathy:

1. Exercise

Exercise can be highly effective to help relive symptoms of neuropathy. Exercising regularly will improve your blood flow to all areas of your body and help to nourish your damaged nerves.

Regular walking will be very beneficial to anyone suffering from neuropathy and in particular people with type 2 diabetes.

Exercise regularly

2. Maintain Your Blood Sugar Levels

High blood sugar is very toxic for your nerves, which means that maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is vital. This can be done through regular exercise, eating a diabetic friendly diet, avoiding stress and getting enough rest.

Eat nuts daily

3. Eat Nuts Every Day

Nuts are high in nutrients, including biotin (Vitamin H) which is excellent in improving the symptoms of neuropathy pain. Eating a handful of almonds, pecan nuts and walnuts every day will help to keep blood sugars level and prevent nerve damage.

Essential oils for neuropathy

4. Essential Oils for Neuropathy

Essential oils are well known for their amazing healing properties and can help to soothe some of the symptoms of neuropathy. You can add essential oils to your creams and lotions to be absorbed into your body, or add some essential oils to your bath.

These are great essential oils to try:

  • Lavendar essential oil
  • Rosewood essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Helichrysum essential oi
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oi




5. Mustard Oil

Mustard oil has heating energy that can stimulate your nerves , improving nerve function. Massage the mustard oil onto the affected areas in circular motions until it is absorbed into your skin to stimulate blood flow.

6. Vitamin B12

Increase your Vitamin B12 intake by eating enough meat, dairy and seafood. You can also consider taking a Vitamin B12 supplement, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. There are some vegan foods that are fortified with B12 such as some soy products, plant milk and some cereals.

Acupuncture for neuropathy

7. Acupuncture for Neuropathy

Acupuncture can be very helpful in the treatment of neuropathy. Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine, originating from Chinese Traditional Medicine, where needles are inserted into the body to unblock energy flow in the body.

Massage for Neuropathy

8. Massage for Neuropathy

Massage is known to have incredible health benefits, including pain relief and also increasing blood circulation which will help to bring much needed nutrients to your nerves.

9. Body Stress Release for Neuropathy

Body Stress Release is the main way that I currently treat my sciatica neuropathy, along with some of the above mentioned home remedies. Body Stress Release is a natural therapy that releases the built up physical stress in the body.

10. Avoid Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

Alcohol and drugs may have caused your problem in the first place, but even if that isn’t so for you, it would be wise to avoid alcohol and drugs since they will just make the problem worse and prevent treatments from working.

If you are an addict in active addiction, just know that neuropathy is one physical complication that your addiction can cause, along with plenty of other physical effects and damages that you are causing to your body.

While my sciatica neuropathy was first noticeable when I fell pregnant, the damage could have first started with my heavy alcohol and drug use (as well as smoking) in the past and then being pregnant just set it off.

Smoking also adds to worsen neuropathy so consider quitting smoking if you are a smoker. Smoking restricts your blood flow and also has a negative effect on blood sugar levels.

I hope that these home remedies for neuropathy are helpfiul to you. If you have anything to add that helps with your neuropathy please add them in the comments.

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Alcohol​ ​And​ ​Dental​ ​Disease

Every alcoholic will probably be aware that their addiction is damaging many aspects of their lives. Personal and professional relationships may have been strained to breaking point. The emotional stress related to alcohol dependence will invariably take a significant toll on mental health. And of course consuming large amounts of alcohol may irreparably damage general health and wellbeing. There is, however, another health aspect that is usually overlooked because of more urgent medical, psychiatric and social problems but is none the less still an important part of living a long and healthy life and that is dental health.




The adverse effects of drinking heavily are well documented, alcohol gets absorbed by the stomach, enters the bloodstream and reaches the brain and central nervous system, and the remains are processed by the liver. This means that there is a risk of stomach ulcers, artery clogging, and liver cirrhosis. The effects on the brain include memory loss, impaired motor functions, and alcohol dependency.

Alcohol is the second leading cause of cancer in human beings, second only to smoking. Also, the risk of heart disease, impotence, wrinkles and early aging increases significantly with heavy alcohol consumption.

The effect on teeth is no less dangerous, as alcohol is consumed through the mouth, meaning it is the most affected organ of all, and since most alcoholic drinks contain added sodas and\or citrus drinks, the effects are multiplied.

Alcohol dental health

Oral diseases related to alcohol abuse are numerous and diverse, including:

    • Teeth staining (as they contain artificial colors and chromogenic bacteria).
    • Bad breath, as alcohol disrupts the balance of bacteria in the mouth.
    • Dryness of the mouth and as saliva is a buffer and can wash away the food remnant and plaque and clean the teeth, the risk of dental decay and gum disease increases. Not only that, but many alcohol abusers tend to skip dental care altogether, causing the damage to increase significantly.
    • Alcohol is acidic in origin, which causes demineralization and softening of the enamel (outer surface of the teeth), also leading to increased decay rate in addition to teeth sensitivity.
    • Due to this acidic nature, it causes changes in the taste sensation of the tongue, as well as burning of the tongue, gums and the insides of the cheeks.
    • Excessive use of alcohol can also lead to vomiting, and since the stomach contents are highly acidic, this causes chemical erosion of the teeth. Significant erosion leads to teeth sensitivity, decay, and bad appearance.




  • Swelling of Salivary glands, especially the Parotid gland (which is present in front of the ear. This carries a lot of risks including decreasing the flow of saliva, nerve compression (as more than 5 nerves that supply the face pass through this gland) and in severe cases, even hearing problems.
  • Alcohol dependence has also been linked to gum disease which can, in turn, lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke diabetes, respiratory disease, and cancer.
  • Research has shown that statistically, drinkers are more likely smoke as well. The combination of drinking alcohol and smoking is especially harmful and early research suggests that the combination of using both substances together multiplies the chance of certain cancers.
  • Oral cancer risk is multiplied 6 times with alcohol abusers compared to average risk, especially if combined with smoking.

Alcohol and dental disease

“What​ ​should​ ​I​ ​do​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​these​ ​effects?”

Unfortunately improving dental health while still suffering from alcohol addiction is very difficult since the user will likely be facing considerable challenges emotionally, socially, physically and financially, but there are some small steps that can be taken to keep the damaging effects to a minimum.

  • Every effort should be made to attend a dentist or clinic regularly to clean the teeth professionally, check for teeth and gum infections and importantly monitor for any sign of mouth cancer.
  • Surveys and research indicate that while practically no addicts floss at all, most still make an effort to clean their teeth regularly and actively maintain an interest in oral health. Unfortunately, in many cases, the daily oral hygiene routine is not still not sufficiently adequate to prevent the buildup of plaque and the resulting decay and gum disease. Interestingly alcoholics often choose a hard bristled brush. Perhaps in an effort to thoroughly scrub away the smell of alcohol from their breath. Hard bristle brushes are not ideal for cleaning teeth as they can potentially damage teeth enamel and contribute to gum recession. A better option is to use a soft bristle brush that is better able to flex into the spaces between the teeth and that won’t damage the teeth. An even better option is to use an electric toothbrush that can reduce the effort required to clean every tooth surface properly. Dentists often recommend Oral-B toothbrushes because of the efficiency of the cup-shaped cleaning heads. Some electric toothbrushes like the Oral-B Pro-2000 have a built-in pressure sensor that will alert the user if excessive pressure is applied during brushing, this is especially useful for people who drink regularly during the day because alcohol has a softening effect on tooth enamel making them susceptible to toothbrush erosion.
  • Brushing directly after drinking is not recommended, but heavy rinsing of your mouth is highly advised. Using a higher fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouthwash is also advisable, although some mouthwashes do contain alcohol, and thus should be avoided since they can further dry out the mouth. Also, there are some suggestions that mouthwashes containing alcohol may be a contributing factor to mouth cancer.
  • Many alcoholics make every effort to cover up their dependence to those around them. One of the giveaway signs of drinking is the smell of alcohol on the breath so it is common practice to use strong breath mints to freshen the breath. Sucking on breath mints or chewing gum is a great way to stimulate saliva production. Saliva is nature’s way of keeping the teeth and gums clean. For people who are are going to use breath mints or chewing gum, it is a great idea to use products containing xylitol. Bacteria thrive on sugar, and it is the toxic byproduct of the metabolized sugar that causes tooth decay and infection. Xylitol is a natural sugar that disrupts bacteria’s ingestion process and effectively kills and reduces the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Regularly using xylitol mints, gum, sweets or toothpaste is a very easy way to improve oral health.

Of course, the most important course of action for any alcoholic is to seek help for their addiction as soon as possible, only then can the recovery and healing process really begin. Rebuilding a life after addiction can be a very long process with many fences to mend along the way. Dental health usually takes a back seat compared to other aspects of life but poor oral health can have a very real impact on many chronic and systemic diseases not to mention confidence and self-esteem.

Effects of alcohol on dental health

Dental​ ​Health​ ​Recovery

Alcohol and substance abuse can have a devastating effect on dental health but with a little time and effort, it is possible to regain a healthy smile. Achieving a good level of oral health, in theory, is relatively simple.

By following these simple steps it is possible for anybody to improve their dental health.

  • Schedule regular dentist visits to check and monitor for decay, gum disease and mouth cancer. The dental team will also scale and polish teeth if required.
  • Always brush teeth for 2 minutes twice a day.
  • Floss teeth at least once a day. Flossing can be done with string floss, interdental brushes or electric power flossers like a Waterpik.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid brushing teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks. This is when tooth enamel is at its softest and most vulnerable. Wait for at least half an hour to let the mouth chemistry to stabilize.Avoid brushing teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks. This is when tooth enamel is at its softest and most vulnerable. Wait for at least half an hour to let the mouth chemistry to stabilize.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to protect teeth.
  • Chew or suck on Xylitol chewing gum or sweets regularly to reduce oral bacteria.Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Eating natural foods that are rich in vital vitamins and minerals will help teeth and gums stay healthy.

Smile Recovery

Smile​ ​Recovery

Having a healthy smile will do wonders for a person’s confidence. For people with missing, discolored teeth or crooked teeth it is worthwhile asking your dentist for available options to improve the appearance of the teeth. Today’s advanced dentistry techniques can easily resolve dental problems and recover a person’s smile.

It is important to replace missing teeth for many health reasons and there are a number of options available:

  • Full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Flexible dentures
  • Fixed dentures
  • Implants
  • Mini implants

Discolored teeth can leave people embarrassed to smile, but there are many options available to remove staining and discoloration:

  • Whitening toothpastes
  • Teeth polishing
  • In office professional teeth bleaching
  • At home professional teeth bleaching
  • Veneers

Crowns Crowded or crooked teeth can also cause embarrassment but there are many procedures that can be performed to straighten any smile:

  • Cosmetic contouring
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Crowns
  • Braces
  • Invisible braces

A genuine smile releases endorphins oxygenate the brain and make us feel relaxed and happy. Don’t underestimate the power of a beautiful smile.


About The Author

Dr.​ ​Mohamed​ ​Abdel​ ​Hamid​ ​BDS,​ ​MFDS​ ​RCSEd,​ ​Member​ ​of​ ​AACD


 

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