What can help relieve the neuropathy pain?

A Peripheral neuropathy occurs as a result of damage to the nerves that branch out through the arms, legs, fingers, and toes. Since treatment varies based on the underlying cause, you should figure that out with a doctor.

Diabetes is one of the most common causes, but periph­ eral neuropathy can also arise out of toxic trauma (such as from chemotherapy or environmental toxins) or mechanical injury.

A number of complemen­tary therapies, including acupuncture and Chinese herbs, show promise in the management of neu­ ropathy. Taking a B­complex supplement may prove effective, especially for people at risk of B vitamin deficiency—namely, the elderly, vegans, and those receiving medications such as metformin or proton pump inhibitors. While B­ complex supplementation may be therapeutic, be sure to keep your daily intake of supplemental B6 to less than 200 mg—higher doses can actually induce symptoms.

Studies suggest that alpha-lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that helps support blood flow to nerves, can reduce symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, but use it with caution: Alpha­ lipoic acid has the potential to lower blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous for people with diabetes. A starting dose for those with peripheral neuropathy is 200 to 300 mg a day.

Acetyl­-L­-carnitine (ALC), an amino acid important in cellular energy production, and the omega­6 fatty acid gamma­linolenic acid (GLA), taken in the form of evening primrose or black currant oil (500 mg twice daily), have also been reported to help.

Depending on the underlying cause, prescrip­tion drugs may be an option; common ones include Neu­rontin (gabapentin), Lyrica (pregabalin), and tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil (amitriptyline).

This neuropathy treatment article taken from:
Andrew weil, MD, is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.
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