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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5 Ways Nutrition Plays A Vital Role In Recovery From Addiction

Everything that you put into your body has an effect on your physical and your mental well-being. Taking drugs and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol not only cause damage to your body, but they also often prevent your body from absorbing the vitamins and minerals your body so desperately needs from the food that you eat.

A very common consequence of addiction is that addicts and alcoholics eat very little while using. It is also very common for addicts to vomit during binges so the little food that they have managed to consume is lost.

Depending on the drug the addict may also binge on food, such as marijuana addicts.




Whatever the addicts habits their relationship with food is bound to be unhealthy, causing even more havoc to their body in addition to the physical damages from the alcohol and drugs.

Getting clean from drugs and alcohol is not an easy process and the role that good nutrition plays is often overlooked. When looking for treatment for addiction it is a good idea to ask what emphasis they put on nutrition before choosing a treatment center.

Nutrition Recovery Addiction

Here are some vital ways that nutrition impacts your recovery from addiction:

1 Detoxing from alcohol and drugs

Coming off your drug of choice and going through a withdrawal period is inevitable if you want to get clean. You will need to detox from drugs.

Depending on the drug you are coming off this process can be relatively simple with a small amount of discomfort, or it can be a traumatic and painful process if you are coming off a drug like heroin which has serious withdrawal symptoms and very often has to be medically supervised.

The foods that you eat during this time won’t magically cure you from withdrawal symptoms but you can lessen symptoms significantly by ensuring that you are eating properly.

One of the most important things to do during this time is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Stay away from high caffeine drinks such as coffee and avoid drinking sugary carbonated drinks. If you struggle to drink a lot of plain waster a great option is to drink sugarless iced tea which you can make yourself using an iced tea maker. It is a much healthier option than Coke or Coffee which is what so many addicts drink in recovery!

2 Repairing Body Damage

Drugs and alcohol cause significant damage to your body. While there are some things that won’t be able to be undone such as cocaine damage to your nose, a lot of your body’s internal organs will start healing to some degree once you stop using.

Getting in vitamins and minerals to your body will now be vital to helping your body to recover from drug abuse.

Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and natural foods will give your body the boost it needs. Focus on getting in foods high in protein, fiber and natural fats.

Stay away from processed foods and foods high in sugar.




3 Healthy Living Habits

While in active addiction addicts often don’t look after themselves in any way. They are often dirty and malnourished. Part of being in recovery is changing your lifestyle and habits. You need to learn to look after yourself properly.

Eating regular, healthy meals is a huge part of this process along with good personal hygiene habits, good sleep habits and exercise.

Recovery from addiction is about change, it is about moving from an unhealthy mindset and lifestyle to the a healthy mind and life.

4 Mental Well-being

While many may think that addiction is just a physical problem this is incorrect. While there definitely is a physical craving for drugs this is not the deeper problem. The mental state of an addict is what needs the most work.

Getting over the physical cravings very often is they easy part, getting over the physical withdrawal and cravings happens in a short space of time.

Staying clean and being mentally well is much harder and has to be maintained. Good nutrition plays another essential role here. By eating properly you can control your blood sugar levels which will help to keep your moods stable.

Eating correctly can help to combat depression and anxiety which can greatly impact your chances of being successful in your recovery from addiction.




Many addicts have a dual diagnosis, meaning that they often get diagnosed with a mood disorder along with addiction. This makes paying attention to your mental health so important since your mood disorder can affect your recovery from addiction and in turn your addiction can affect your mood disorder.

It is important to stay focused on both of these issues and treat them both simultaneously. Good nutrition and healthy eating habits aids you in your recovery from addiction and is highly beneficial to your mental health.

5 The Dangers of Cross Addiction

The importance of healthy eating is not just to help the addict to get physically and mentally well. It is also essentially important to educate the addict against the dangers of cross addiction.

When an addict is withdrawing from a substance, even from cigarettes, it is common to crave unhealthy foods such as foods with high sugar or caffeine. While this may help the addict in the short term to pull through withdrawals there is the possibility that the addict can then form a cross addiction into food.

People can become addicted to anything, from the more obvious things like drugs and addiction, to things like gambling, sex, food, online dating, online games, work and exercise.

With food often being the only thing left that an addict has access to when in treatment for recovery from addiction this needs to be looked at.

Teaching an addict to have a healthy relationship with food is therefore essential on so many levels and can have a direct impact on the addict’s recovery from addiction, both short term and long term.


About The Author

My name is Eva Swain, I am the founder of Women’s Guide. I have a passion for keeping up with the latest information and providing the audience with the facts they need to make better choices in their lives. I started Women’s Guide for women who want to advance both for themselves and the greater good. Follow Eva @EvaCSwain


 

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Cocaine: Understanding How It Can Harm Your Nose

Cocaine addiction can cause significant long-term health effects that can cause problems to a recovering addict for many years to come. The nose can become damaged when cocaine is snorted by the nose.

The blood vessels in the nose are located close to the surface and allow the drug to rapidly be absorbed, causing a quick high. Unfortunately, because the blood vessels are located close to the surface, they can easily be damaged. A perforated septum can also occur. This happens when a hole is formed in the septum. This can cause nosebleeds, foul odors, infections and even a nasal collapse.

Cocaine nose damage

What damage can cocaine cause to the nose?

Many people do not realize that the nose is a complicated organ. When it is exposed to cocaine, a number of issues can arise, including:

* Nosebleeds (epistaxis)

* Infections of the sinus cavities and nasal passages

* A Perforated Septum

* Loss of the Sense of Smell

* A Collapse of the Nasal Passages

* A Nose Hole Caused by Cocaine Usage

Why Does Cocaine Cause These Issues?

The nose contains delicate tissues that are lined with blood vessels. These blood vessels are located very closely to the inner surfaces of the nose. One area that is particularly prone to these injuries is the septum. Cocaine causes the blood vessels in the nose to constrict. When this occurs, the blood flow to the area does not provide the nasal passages with enough oxygen. When these passages do not receive enough oxygen, the lining begins to die. When this occurs, the lining cannot support the cartilage. With continued use, cocaine can even cause the cartilage in the nose to die, resulting in a hole in the septum, known as a septal perforation. Once the septum becomes perforated, it can no longer support the nose structure and can cause a nasal collapse.

When the nasal passages do not receive enough oxygen, it can also be damaged and more prone to nosebleeds and infections. These infections can further damage the nasal tissues, resulting in an increased risk of a septal perforation.

Can It Be Treated?

The first step in treating these injuries is to stop using cocaine. This will help the blood vessels to recover, which will supply more oxygenated blood to the nasal lining. When blood flow is increased, the lining can begin healing itself. However, if you experience a septal perforation, quitting cocaine will not be enough.

A perforated septum is at an increased risk of infection. Additionally, the perforation will increase over time. If the perforation is not corrected, the appearance of the nose can change. When this occurs, your voice may be affected and you may be able to hear a whistle as air passes through the perforation.

Perforations of the septum that are crusted, have dried blood or are large, will need a perforated septum repair by a cosmetic surgeon. Once the repair is completed, the perforated septal defect will be almost invisible.

Septal perforation repair helps to restore airflow to through the sinus passages.

Before the perforation becomes large enough to cause a saddle nose, you should seek out treatment. This treatment is complex and should only be handled by a surgeon that has extensive nasal reconstruction experience.

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