Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that causes weakness, pain, and numbness in your extremities (typically the hands and feet).

Your peripheral nerves send messages from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. When those nerves are damaged, these messages are interrupted and affect how your body responds to pain, temperature, and other reflexes.

It’s often a result of damage to the peripheral nerves. A few things can cause this damage:

  • diabetes mellitus
  • traumatic injury
  • alcoholism
  • infection

The effects of peripheral neuropathy can develop suddenly or can spread slowly over time.

Treatment methods vary depending on the cause of the condition. Many natural and traditional methods focus on alleviating pain symptoms.

Peripheral neuropathy symptoms

Symptoms from peripheral neuropathy depend on the type of nerves damaged. The three types are motor nerves, sensory nerves, and autonomic nerves.

Motor nerves

Your motor nerves send messages from the brain to the muscles so you can control your movements.

If your motor nerves are affected, you may experience symptoms including: