And while the best place to start is getting your diabetes under control as best you can, that’s doesn’t mean there aren’t additional things you can do at the same time to help relieve neuropathy.
Fortunately for you, the natural neuropathy treatments with the most published success include the following:
Studies prove these five natural remedies are guaranteed to reduce your pain if you have neuropathy
#1:Primrose oil: “In a double-blind, placebo-controlled research trial using 4g to 6g of primrose oil daily, diabetics with peripheral neuropathy experienced significant pain relief after six to 12 months,” says Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.
#2: Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): Another study showed that alpha-lipoic acid taken both intravenously and orally for three weeks in 600mg daily doses is significantly more effective than the placebo in relieving symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
#3: Capsaicin: Research also showed that a topical cream containing 0.075% capsaicin (an active ingredient from pepper) cut diabetic neuropathy pain in half for 50% of the patients using it.
One note of caution: Capsaicin can cause burning initially, but that usually subsides with persistent use.
#4: Vitamin B: According to Dr Wright, uncontrolled reports have noted diabetic neuropathy relief from injections of biotin and vitamin B12 and oral vitamin B6.
“Since these nutrients are all safe and easy to group together, we generally combine them into a single injection at the Tahoma Clinic. You can ask your doctor to do this too,” advises Dr Wright.
#5:Vitamin D: Another study found that that 100% of the type II diabetics with peripheral neuropathy had low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels. So they instructed everyone to take approximately 2,000IU vitamin D daily (a relatively low quantity in view of recent research).
After three months, the participants reported 40 to 50% less pain. Researchers then concluded that “vitamin D insufficiency is under recognised and may be a significant contributor to neuropathic pain in type II diabetes. Vitamin D supplementation may be an effective ‘analgesic’ in relieving neuropathic pain.”
How to find the natural combination that works for you to relieve diabetic neuropathy
According to Dr Wright, you may not need every item listed above to relieve your pain.
“Try one or all of the nutrients and natural substances listed above, just remember that, depending on which one you’re trying, you may need to give it anywhere from three weeks to a year to determine how well each one may work for you,” says Dr Wright.
Remember to always work with your doctor to get your diabetes under the best possible control you can. Doing this in addition to taking these nutrients may help the pain of diabetic neuropathy and will slow its progression considerably. These natural treatments are available at your local health shop.