Managing Neuropathy-using Essential Oils and Other Supplements

Neuropathy Treatment Benefits with Essential oils

 

Neuropathy refers to actual damage to the peripheral nerves. Damage to these peripheral nerves (other than spinal or those in the brain), generally starts as tingling in hands and feet and slowly spreads along limbs to the trunk.

You may experience the pain with such sensation as as prick, sting or ache then numbness, sensitive skin, neuralgic pain, weakening of muscle power can all develop in varying degrees.

common causes are complications from diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), alcoholism, vitamin B12 deficiency and many other causes including excessive use of pain killers.

 Treatment is not   as easy as ”Just start taking this specific essential oil and your neuropathy can be GONE!”

A lot different treatments including essential oils will produce positive effects.

Neuropathy treatment is  never as simple as taking one supplement or using one specific essential oil or lotion.

There are several essential oils that have shown good results for relieving pain and discomfort when combined with appropriate application and  massage therapy .

Some studies have shown that B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and organic sulfur are important in repairing nerve damage and quenching pain from inflamed nerves.

 

Nerve (Neuropathic) Pain: is a painful and difficult disorder to treat .

It can occur as  sharp, stinging, severely itching, searing or burning pain .

  • Clove bud essential oil can be used for instant relief to certain local areas ( foot, back, etc..) and for chronic pain relief. 3-5 drops daily on the sole of the foot may prevent pain in any area of the body .
  • Clove oil is 60 to 90% eugenol and  laboratory test have shown that eugenol exhibited marked antifungal activity. Also cloves’ effectiveness has been shown to  inhibit food-borne pathogens and other bacteria. Capsaicin an  active ingredient in cayenne pepper is also found in cloves .
  •  Helichrysum essential oil may be of support for peripheral nerve-related conditions; it can be applied in 5-20% dilution to areas of numbness or tingling to help  strengthen and regenerate nerves.
  • Ylang Ylang and Blue Tansy essential oils have a calming effect on nerves.
  • Aspartame, Splenda (sucralose) and acesulfame potassium (Sunett, Sweet One) have been proven to cause and worsen nerve damage.

 

  • Stevia is a natural sweet herb that can be substituted occasionally .
  • Avoidance of  nerve damaging additives like  MSG, hydrolyzed protein and soy protein extract is necessary .
  •  Evening Primrose oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Alpha Lipoic Acid protect and regenerate the myelin sheath covering the nerves. 
  • Essential fatty acids — such as omega-6, found in EPO, and omega-3, found in fish oil — are used as building blocks for a number of molecules in the body.

 

If you are managing your own health you need to keep your own detailed health records.

Dr John Hayes Jr DC MS DABCO CNPS writing in NeuropathyDR——-poses the question did you know For example, CoQ-10 can be trouble, and should not be taken if you are on Coumadin. Many neuropathy patients don’t know that some supplements should not be taken with drugs.  Acetyl-L-Carnitine can interfere with thyroid function, and its use needs to be professionally monitored. This is especially true if you take thyroid medications.

Dr Hayes asks “Are you taking the correct supplements?” Neuropathy patients need to be very careful, and if you are self managing you need to be very diligent and very honest with your medical professionals.

The best thing a neuropathy treatment patient should do is find a neuropathy treatment professional to work with.

Find out all you can about them.

  • Are they up on the latest techniques?
  • Are they aware of drugs that may interact with their therapy?

Help treat your neuropathy by keeping good health records, including all your  symptoms and reactions and providing all of your lab and medical, records, including your own .

  • What seems to make your neuropathy feel better?
  •  does anything you do seem to make it worse?
  • Don’t wait for your doctor to ask the questions.
  • You need to be the keeper of your own records, especially if you are seeing more than one medical professional.
  • Only you can provide the best answers.
  • This is your own self managed treatment plan, take ownership!

Make certain that any professional treatment is provided by qualified experts in their field, then you do the research to back it up.  This is all part of having a neuropathy treatment plan or any other treatment plan.  If you have any questions about what good treatment is, ask your trained treatment professional to help you make the right decisions.

Understand that as the damage starts to reverse, there may be pain.  Be sure to record this information in your health management records .

3 Methods for using   essential oils treatment:

Topical: NEAT or DILUTE 50-50 as required, apply 2-4 drops to affected area 3-5 times daily.

Compress: cold on location 2-3 times daily.

Inhalation: DIRECT, Stress Reduction Blend 2-4 times daily.

Safety Data:

  • Never use essential oils undiluted.
  • Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
  • Keep away from children.
  • If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.
  • Certian oils may be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Avoid eye contact. In case of accidental eye contact, put a few drops of any pure vegetable oil in the eye and call your doctor if necessary. Never use water to dilute or rinse.
  • The use of  supplements,  including essential oils,  along with drugs may react with other treatments you may be taking and should be monitored carefully by a qualified practitioner .
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    Disclaimer:
    This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

     

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