Numbness And Tingling
A coating of fatty tissue called a myelin sheath encloses nerves in the human body, in much the same way that a single electrical cable may enclose many wires, these nerves are grouped in bundles together and act as a unit. A damaged sheath can bring about sensations such as numbness, tingling, and even pain, these sensations can also arise due to inflamed and compressed nerves. The injury to the peripheral nerves, which start from the spinal cord and extend into the legs and the arms, can also bring around tingling and numbing sensations in the person.
Very often a definite cause for the onset or origin of tingling and numbing sensation in the body cannot be identified, even though many types of disorders can bring it about. A low level of sugar in the blood and the body's inability to control it results in a condition called diabetic neuropathy, it is a form of progressive nerve damage and is often the first to be medically identified and it primarily affects the feet in patients. The presence of a condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome may leas to numbness in the hands, which comes about because the median nerve in the wrist become inflamed or is compressed leading to the numbness and pain in the arms. When suffering from shingles a harsh, stabbing pain can arise from the trunk of the body, passing along a nerve, this pain can persist for a period of months at a time, similar in form to the viruses that cause herpes and chicken pox, shingles is also caused by a virus in the body. In situations where the main nerve running to the legs called the sciatic is depressed or pressured, due to conditions such as the presence of a herniated disk or other problems in the spinal column a numbness and pain spreading down the thigh and legs may result in a person. Tingling and numbness can also result when the myelin sheath is slowly eroded in progressive and deadly diseases like multiple sclerosis. Tingling and numbing sensation in the body can also be brought out by the deficiency of certain nutrients in the body.
Supplements and herbs
Using nutrients, as supplements in the diet will help, no matter what the underlying reason or cause of the tingling and numbness in the person. These supplements will not only cover up and alleviate the pain, and with the exception of the cayenne, they will also be able to restore and heal nervous tissue. Improvements and end results can be obtained three to six months as treatment progresses.
The safety of the supplements suggested is unquestioned and it is preferable that they be taken in a combined form for maximum effect. A fully functioning and healthy nervous system is ensured by supplements such as the vitamin B complex, particularly in people with symptoms induced by carpal tunnel syndrome and diabetic neuropathy the use of the vitamin B6 is very effective. Low levels of these essential and important vitamins are often observed in old and aged individuals, while it must be remembered that for many important and essential functions in the body, extra levels of the vitamin B12 and thiamin are often required and old people can thus be given supplements accordingly. It is important to avoid the vitamin B2 in high doses along with folic acid during supplementation. The proper health of the myelin sheaths and the maintenance of good communication pathways between the nerve cells and the brain can be promoted through the use of different essential fatty acids abundantly found in supplements like the oil of the flaxseed and the oil of the evening primrose herb. To treat the worst effects of diabetic neuropathy the most effective remedy can be obtained through the use of the gamma-linolenic acid abundant in the oil of the evening primrose and in the oil of the borage herb.
Nerve cells are protected using supplements of alpha-lipoic acid as it has some very potent anti oxidant properties. While it is still not evident that this antioxidant is more potent than some cheaper antioxidants like vitamin E, it has been observed in certain studies that this substance, which resembles a vitamin, has beneficial actions against diabetic neuropathy, in some people. All kinds of pain in the nerves can be relieved and alleviated using the cream of the cayenne as a topical lotion. The active ingredient in cayenne peppers, is a substance called capsaicin, this substance blocks and hinders a chemical messenger P, which is the compound that is released in the site of injury and which relays the sensation of pain from the nerves in the affected region or area of injury to the brain, by blocking substance P, the active ingredient lessens and removes the sensation of pain.
Additional things you may do
To promote and increase the rate of circulation and to boost the blood flow to the extremities and to the nerves make it a habit to obtain abundant and regular exercises preferably out of doors. Because sensations such as tingling and numbness can worsen through inactivity and passiveness, one must avoid being still or in a single position for long periods of time at a stretch. Exercise your ankles and fingers and toes, by flexing them as you walk around.
- Vitamin B complex, one pill two times daily with food. (B-50 complex with 400 mcg folic acid; biotin and 50 mcg vitamin B12; and 50 mg all other B vitamins.)
- Thiamin / Vitamin B1, take 50 mg at bedtime.
- Folic acid / Vitamin B12, 400 mcg folic acid and 1,000 mcg vitamin B12 daily. For best absorption, take sublingual form.
- Evening primrose oil, 1,000 mg thrice daily. Can be replaced with 1,000 mg oil of borage once a day.
- Flaxseed oil, 1 table spoon (14gr) two times daily.
- Cayenne cream, apply topically three or four times a day.
- Alpha-lipoic acid, 200 mg two times daily. Use with care in diabetes.
Other beneficial herbs