Numbness of the hands and/or feet may be helped by natural remedies. Find out about these natural treatments, as well as more information about the condition.
Other sensations may be experienced such as burning or pins-and-needles. The following symptoms can result from numbness:
Numbness is caused by damage, irritation or compression of nerves.
Causes can be separated into:
Brain and nervous system conditions such as:
Acoustic neuroma/ Brain tumour/Guillain-Barre syndrome/ Herniated disk/ Peripheral nerve injuries/ Peripheral neuropathy/ Spinal cord injury.
Trauma or overuse injuries such as:
Chronic conditions such as: Alcohol use disorder/ Diabetes/ Fabry's disease/ Multiple sclerosis/ Porphyria/ Raynaud's disease/ Sjogren's syndrome
Infectious diseases such as:
Lyme disease/ Shingles
Exercise promotes muscle growth, which may reduce some symptoms of neuropathy.
Exercise can also help combat several health issues that cause neuropathy such as diabetes, which can lead to peripheral neuropathy. Exercise helps the body manage blood sugar levels, which may reduce the risk of diabetes and its complications.
Dietary changes that lower the blood sugar level can ease symptoms of neuropathy or potentially prevent it.
A diet rich in fibre and low in simple carbohydrates can prevent blood sugar spikes. Try excluding or reducing the following food types:
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and foods rich in vitamin E may reduce the inflammation that leads to nerve damage. Vitamin E may also help with some symptoms of neuropathy, including burning and tingling[iii][iv]. Try Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, 90 caps)
Glutamine: This is a nonessential amino acid that may help protect the nervous system[viii]. Try L-Glutamine Powder (100g)
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