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Neuropathy & Ayurveda

Neuropathy, also commonly known as peripheral neuropathy, is a condition in which nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord become damaged. Symptoms of neuropathy typically include numbness, pain and tingling in the hands and feet. There are a variety of causes of neuropathy; one of the most common is diabetes. Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, offers potential relief for symptoms of this condition. As always, talk to your doctor about using ayurvedic herbs to treat neuropathy.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Ayurvedic Classification

Neuropathy is considered a vata disease in ayurvedic medicine. Vata, one of three constitutional categories known as doshas, is associated with the energy of wind and is responsible for activating the nervous system. Vata controls some of the most fundamental processes in your body, such as cell division, heart function and waste elimination and is regarded as the most powerful dosha. According to ayurvedic philosophy, people whose predominant dosha is vata are more susceptible to neurological conditions such as:

  • neuropathy
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • heart disease
  • anxiety
  • insomnia

Manjishtha

Manjishtha also has a calming effect on the nervous system that makes it useful as a treatment for some forms of epilepsy 2. Contact a health practitioner familiar with its use for dosing guidelines for your individual needs.

Blood Sugar-Lowering Herbs

Ayurvedic herbs may be helpful for lowering elevated blood sugar that can lead to nerve damage and neuropathy. In randomized, case-control human trials, all but E. jambolana measurably lowered blood glucose. Two ayurvedic formulas, Ayush-82 and D-400, also demonstrated ability to lower blood sugar. Psyllium and guar gum, both forms of dietary fiber, have also been shown to help with blood sugar management.

Castor Oil

Apply a moist castor oil pack by soaking cotton flannel in castor oil and applying to the affected area 3. Alternatively, a more convenient form of water-soluble castor oil gels are available. Discuss taking castor oil with your doctor to ensure your safety.

The Wrap Up

Neuropathy, also commonly known as peripheral neuropathy, is a condition in which nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord become damaged. Neuropathy is considered a vata disease in ayurvedic medicine. Psyllium and guar gum, both forms of dietary fiber, have also been shown to help with blood sugar management. Discuss taking castor oil with your doctor to ensure your safety.

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