Natural treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is one of the most common complications. It is caused due to long term hyperglycemia. In this condition, peripheral sensations are decreased due to degeneration of sensory neurons of the distal parts of the body like extremities.

Patients suffering from Diabetes sometimes develop conditions of neuropathy resulting from nerve damage. Signs and symptoms of neuropathy include weakness, pain, tingling or numbness of hands or feet characterize neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is distinguished from other forms of neuropathy by finding out if the numbness follows a symmetrical pattern such as numbness in both the feet or both the hands.
Controlling blood sugar level and bringing in life styles changes such as healthy eating, regular exercise, and quitting smoking can control neuropathy, and in some cases reverse its effects. Natural remedies can also help in controlling it.

Symptoms and signs

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary. Numbness and tingle in the feet are some of the early signs of the problem. It may happen that some patients do not exhibit early symptoms while in others the signs and symptoms are clearly palpable. Neuropathy progresses slowly. It is possible that neuropathy goes unnoticed until a long time. Other symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include sensational abnormalities in hands and feet, vertigo or dizziness, constipation, diarrhea, and impotence.

Types of Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is classified into four types based on the body parts that get affected. The four types are Peripheral, Autonomic, Focal, Proximal, and Peripheral. Autonomic neuropathy affects perspiration, sexual response, bowel and bladder function, and digestion. Blood vessel and heart nerves may also get affected. It may also lead to constipation, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems. Focal neuropathy affects a bunch of nerves of a body part. It results in weakness or pain in a particular region of the body. Any part of the body may get affected. Proximal neuropathy may cause pain in buttocks, hips, and thighs thus leading to weakness of legs. As compared to Proximal neuropathy, Peripheral neuropathy leads to numbness in arms, hands, legs, feet, and toes. Peripheral neuropathy can be managed through drugs and medicines.

Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy pain

Analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, naproxyn (ibuprofen) are prescribed for treatment. Autonomic neuropathy requires symptomatic treatment. Lyrica, a new drug, is now used in treatment of neuropathy. Diabetes is not the only cause of neuropathic pain. It may be caused by abnormalities of structural lesions of central or peripheral nervous system. Stroke, spinal cord injury, trigeminal neuralgia, postherpetic neuralgia, or degenerative neurological diseases may also cause neuropathic pain.

Medication and Drugs prescribed for this condition

New treatments include using lower doses of morphine and gabapentin (Neurontin) together. It acts as a more effective analgesia than the drugs being used individually. Some of the side effects of the treatment include dry mouth, sedation, and constipation. Pregabalin is used in treating diabetic neuropathic pain. It is similar to gabapentin in effect, and similar to GABA in structure. It is also used for treating post-herpetic neuralgia.

Natural diabetic neuropathy treatment

Treatments for diabetic neuropathy offer to control the disease. They do not offer to cure the condition. Supplementary treatments show promising results in treating the disease. However, much research needs to be done. Your doctor is the best person for advice. A healthy lifestyle with proper focus on nutrition and inclusion of herbs is helpful in long run.
Supplementary drugs should be used in lower dosages to avoid any side effects. They should be used one at a time. A good idea would be to use one drug for a week to check its effect.

Alpha lipoic acid is found to be an effective drug for treating diabetic neuropathy and kidney diseases. Treatment can begin with 50 mg of dosage that can be gradually increased up to 1800mg a day. It is more effective during the early stages of diabetic neuropathy. Acetyl-L-carnitine is also an effective drug. Dosage can start from 100 to 300 mg. It is useful in chronic diabetic neuropathy, helps in nerve regeneration, and reduces pain.


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