Neuropathy is a condition of damage to the peripheral nerves that causes weakness, pain and soreness in the extremities of the body, usually in the hands and feet. While treatments for this type of disease are primarily aimed at relieving symptoms, some are more effective than others.
There are several causes that lead to damage to the peripheral nerves, including:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Autoimmune Diseases
How to cure peripheral neuropathy?
The treatment that will be prescribed will therefore depend on the cause of the disease. Among the drugs that are used to relieve pain, we find:
- Analgesics, such as anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal drugs to reduce symptoms of medium severity
- Opioid-containing drugs, prescribed only in severe cases, as they can lead to addiction
- Lidocaine based patches
However, these drugs are not free from side effects, so also phytotherapy can be a valid alternative. Natural remedies for peripheral neuropathy? There are several natural remedies and supplements aimed at relieving the symptoms caused by neuropathy. Here are the main ones:
Vitamins – Taking vitamins, especially vitamin B12, is vital for maintaining the health of the nervous system. Some types of neuropathies are in fact related to a lack of vitamins; although these are taken through food, a supplement is sometimes necessary.
Among the supplements, alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) arouses particular interest, for several reasons: in particular in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy; for the excellent tolerability profile; and due to the fact that, unlike the other analgesic drugs indicated, it is the only one to act directly on nerve inflammation, acting on the mechanisms that contribute to the progression of nerve damage. ALA has a “preventive / protective” effect on the nerve. It is important to keep in mind that the effects of ALA on pain are significantly observed after two weeks of treatment, precisely because it is not a symptomatic, so it is important to maintain a good consistency in taking the active ingredient