Natural Remedies for Peripheral Neuropathy

Many people with peripheral neuropathy try alternative forms of treatment for their condition. Some natural and home remedies for peripheral neuropathy that have shown promise are:

  • Alpha-lipoic Acid: This is an antioxidant that has been used for many years in Europe to treat peripheral neuropathy. Since alpha-lipoic acid can affect blood sugar levels, it is important to consult your doctor before using it. Other side effects include digestive problems and skin rashes.
  • Vitamin Supplements: Taking high doses of vitamins B1, B6, B12, C and niacin can help in cases of peripheral neuropathy caused by malnutrition, vitamin deficiency and alcoholism.
  • Acupuncture: This form of therapy involves the insertion of thin needles into various points in the body. Several sessions may be required before any improvement is noticed. Acupuncture has been shown to be quite effective in cases of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and is considered to be a safe procedure when performed by a qualified practitioner**.

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  2. * Pieber K, Herceg M, Paternostro-Sluga T (April 2010). "Electrotherapy for the treatment of painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a review". J Rehabil Med 42 (4): 289–95
  3. ** Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy: a long-term study B.B Abuaisha, J.B Costanzi, A.J.M Boulton