Neuralgia natural remedies

What is Neuralgia?

When you feel pain along the course of a nerve, you suffer neuralgia. The causes of nerve pain vary from viral irritation of the nerve (as you would experience in shingles) to inflammation and irritation of nerves without discernible cause. An example of the latter category is the painful condition trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, an excruciatingly painful disorder of one of the nerves that supplies sensation to your face. Although the causes of nerve pain are many, there are some similarities in the nutritional remedies that may help them. We invite you to read the discussion of Herpes Zoster (Shingles) for additional information about some of these nutrients, but let us augment that information with the following recommendations.

Neuralgia natural remediesNeuralgia natural remedies: What helps it?

•  Thiamine supplementation helps some people with trigeminal neuralgia. Recommendation: Take 25 to 50 mg thiamine per day, along with 50 mg B-complex.

• Niacin supplementation may help relieve the pain of trigeminal neuralgia in some people. Recommendation: Begin with 100 mg niacin, as niacinamide, along with 50 mg B-complex. Increase your dose of niacin to 250 mg, then finally to 500 mg per day if you do not experience flushing from the lower dose. Increase your Bcomplex dose to 100 mg per day with the higher doses of niacin. If after 4 to 6 weeks you have not seen any significant relief of symptoms, niacin probably will be of no benefit to you for this condition. Warning: Do not take niacin if you suffer from a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.

•  Vitamin C with bioflavonoids helps with your nerve impulse transmission. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties. Recommendation: Take 3000 to 6000 mg daily, in divided doses. That dynamic duo, calcium and magnesium, work together to maintain nerve impulse conduction. Recommendation: Supplement with a chelated form of calcium in a dosage of 2000 mg daily. Take 400 to 1000 mg of magnesium chloride daily.

Neuralgia natural remedies: Herbal remedies

• Evening primrose contains the amino acid tryptophan, which reduces pain and enhances one's pain threshold. Take the powdered form, as the oil extraction process causes much of the tryptophan to be lost.

• Cayenne contains capsaicin, which stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Increase the amount of cayenne and red pepper you use in your cooking.

Dosages may vary, depending on the duration and severity of your symptoms. Consult a qualified herbal practitioner, and let your physician know you've decided to try herbs. Some herbal remedies cannot be used in combination with conventional pharmaceuticals.

What makes it worse?

We know of no specific nutrients that worsen neuralgia.



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