What is Neuropathy?
Neuro- nervous system pathy- disease of
Neuropathy is defined as any medical condition related to nerves. Nerves are the basic unit of wiring system of body which carry sensations from one organ to another in the form of electrical signals.
These neurons can be damaged by other systemic diseases (diabetes, leprosy), vitamin deficiency, medication (chemotherapy), traumatic injury, immune system diseases, excessive alcohol etc. The symptoms that result from such an injury or inflammation include numbness, tingling, burning, sharp stitching pain and weakness in the distribution area of affecting nerve.
When damage occurs in the nerves related to the extremities i.e. hands and feet is called peripheral neuropathy.
What are the Types of Neuropathy?
- PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Femoral Neuropathy
- Meralgia Paresthetica
- Obturator Neuropathy
- Peroneal Nerve Entrapment
- Radial Neuropathy
- Sciatic Neuropathy
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
- MONONEUROPATHY MULTIPLEX
What is the treatment of Neuropathy?
In general, treatment of neuropathy involves adopting healthy habits to reduce further adverse effects, such as:
- Any underlying diseases like diabetes or leprosy, deficiencies, toxicity is usually treated or controlled first.
- Maintaining an optimal weight
- Avoiding exposure to toxins
- Exercise: active and passive forms of exercise can reduce cramps, improve muscle strength, and prevent muscle wasting in paralyzed limbs.
- Diet and Nutrition: various dietary strategies can improve gastrointestinal symptoms
- Correcting vitamin deficiencies like Vitamin B12 deficiency.
- Limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption can help in alcoholic neuropathy.
- Quitting smoking is important because smoking constricts the blood vessels that supply nutrients to the peripheral nerves and can worsen neuropathic symptoms.
- Self-care skills such as meticulous foot care and careful wound treatment in people with diabetes and others who have an impaired ability to feel pain, can alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.
Neuropathy Pain Relief
Neuropathic pain is often difficult to control. Mild pain may sometimes be alleviated by analgesics sold over-the-counter.
Several classes of allopathic (conventional) drugs are used for chronic neuropathic pain. These include gabapentin, pregabalin, phenytoin, carbamazepine, antidepressants, mexiletine. The results vary a lot and in most cases are limited if the cause of neuropathy is not treated effectively.
In the most severe cases, doctors can surgically destroy nerves; however, the results are often temporary and the procedure can lead to complications.
Homeopathy Treatment for Neuropathy
Homeopathy is the system of therapeutics which is based on the treatment of every patient as an Individual. To individualize the patient form the other patients of a similar pathology, detailed symptoms of patient, including mental, physical, emotional, behavioural, physical and pathological symptoms are recorded during consultation.
In homeopathy, medicine is given on the basis of symptom similarity of medicine and patient both, which helps the patient to improve at all level i.e. mental, physical, emotional, behavioural, physical and pathological.
A homeopath tries to find a suitable remedy for you after a detail consultation process (called case taking) and the focus of treatment is to treat the underlying cause and also the predisposing factors, which can be physical, mental or emotional.
Following homeopathic remedies are used to treat neuropathy:
- Allium cepa
- Antimonium crudum
- Arsenicum album
- Coctus grandifolia
- Cicuta virosa
- Gelsenium sempervirens
- Kalmia latifolia
- Ledum palustre
- Mercurius sol.
- Natrum muriaticum
- Rhus toxicodendron
- Stannum met
- Urtica urens
Other homeopathic remedies might be indicted for treatment of a case of neuropathy, depending upon the cause, symptoms and individualizing features of the patient.