Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

10 Natural Remedies for Diabetic Neuropathy

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic Neuropathy is one of the most common yet serious complications of Diabetes disease. Diabetes develops due to the inability of the body to produce a sufficient amount of insulin for processing the sugars present in the blood.

People affected by Diabetic Neuropathy suffer from a kind of nerve damage that can result from Diabetes.

The occurrence of Diabetic Neuropathy is, therefore, linked to the high levels of blood sugar (glucose) in the body. As a result, the nerves throughout the body get injured or damaged. In most cases, Diabetic Neuropathy affects the nerves in the legs and feet; causing pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation.

Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic Neuropathy is mainly of four types:

Peripheral Neuropathy:

It is the most common type of Diabetic Neuropathy that first affects the feet and legs, then the hands and arms.

Autonomic Neuropathy:

It affects the autonomic nervous system which controls the heart, eyes, bladder, stomach, intestines, and sex organs.

Radiculoplexus Neuropathy:

It affects the nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks or legs; and occurs mostly in Type 2 Diabetes patients and older adults.

Mononeuropathy or Focal Neuropathy

It affects the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord and may affect any part of the body such as leg, the middle part of the body (torso), etc.

Causes of Diabetic Neuropathy

It is generally believed that uncontrolled high blood sugar can lead to Diabetic Neuropathy, causing damage to the nerves and disrupting their ability to transmit signals to the body parts.

The nerve damage, which is a key characteristic of Diabetic Neuropathy, is caused by a combination of factors. These factors include:

  • Diabetes (or high blood sugar level)
  • Genetic factors related to Diabetes
  • Nerve inflammation caused by an autoimmune response
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake.;

Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy

The symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy may be mild in some cases, but painful or debilitating in others. The common symptoms associated with the condition in general are:

  • Pain and numbness in  legs and feet
  • Tingling in the lower part of legs or feet
  • Burning sensation in hands/feet
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Muscles weakness
  • Loss of sensation in the lower legs and feet
  • Loss of reflexes, particularly in the ankle
  • Change in the bone structure in the feet
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Serious foot problems, like ulcers, infections, and pain in joints/bones.

Some other symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy, depending on the type of ailment, usually include problems related to the digestive system, urinary tract disorders, blood vessels, heart weight loss, pain in lower back or pelvis, chest/abdomen pain, eyesight problems, and paralysis on one side of the face.

Natural Remedies for Diabetic Neuropathy

10 Natural Remedies for Diabetic Neuropathy=

Proper diet, healthy lifestyle, and tight blood sugar control form the core of Natural Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy. Diabetic patients, in particular, can effectively Manage Diabetic Neuropathy, by keeping their blood sugar levels in check.

If you are suffering from Diabetic Neuropathy, you should try the following 10 natural remedies:

Balanced diet

You should eat a healthy and balanced diet to balance the blood sugar levels and manage nerve damage resulting from Diabetic Neuropathy. Such a diet should include non-starchy vegetables, a moderate quantity of fruits, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates like whole-grain bread/pasta and oatmeal, and good fats like those from olive oil, nuts, or fish.

Foods rich in Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that plays an important role in maintaining the normal function of the nervous system. Hence, you should increase the intake of Vitamin B12-rich foods like dairy products, eggs, red meat, organ meat in small quantities, shellfish, breakfast cereals containing B12, and nutritional yeast that has B12.

Mega-3 fatty acids

A diet with an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids can help you manage the symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy naturally as they are important fats that can lower the risk of heart disorders. An increase in the levels of Omega-3 fatty acids is believed to be beneficial for the membranes of nerves affected due to Diabetic Neuropathy.

Turmeric

The use of turmeric is also helpful in managing Diabetic Neuropathy. Turmeric has a component called ‘Curcumin’ which is known for its ability to modulate pain sensations, suppress inflammation, manage the pain resulting from nerve damage, and prevent oxidative damage to nerves.

Black pepper

Black pepper is also an effective natural remedy for Diabetic Neuropathy. It contains a chemical called ‘Capsaicin,’ which has the capability to stimulate the nerves that signal pain. The typical application of creams containing Capsaicin can reduce chronic neuropathic pain by desensitizing the nerves to pain.

Ashwagandha’ herb

The Ashwagandha herb (Withania Somnifera) can keep your Diabetes in control, thereby managing the Diabetic Neuropathy symptoms in a natural manner. Taking a small amount of Ashwagandha with milk can lower blood glucose levels and improve glucose tolerance. It can also provide relief from the burning and tingling sensation in hands/feet.

Regular Exercise routine

To manage Diabetic Neuropathy naturally and to stay healthy, it is essential that you should increase your physical activity by doing moderate exercise on a regular basis. Exercise can improve the flow of blood in the body, thereby providing oxygen and nutrients to the legs.

Control your Diabetes

It is difficult to manage Diabetic Neuropathy unless you control your Diabetes by ensuring that your blood sugar levels are within your target range. For keeping the blood sugar levels in check, you should plan your meals properly, do exercise, and try meditation or deep breathing to reduce stress.

Look after your feet

Taking proper care of the feet can reduce the complication of Diabetic Neuropathy. If you are prone to foot problems, you must keep your feet clean, moisturize them to avoid cracks, use covered footwear to protect against injuries, and get your feet examined regularly for preventing callus formation, cuts/breaks, and lesions.

Quit Smoking

If you want to manage Diabetic Neuropathy, you must quit smoking because it affects blood circulation. Smoking can aggravate the symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy, causing the narrowing of blood vessels, increase pain/numbness, and increase the risk of foot problems reacted to the condition.

Conclusion

Overall, managing blood sugar levels with the help of some dietary and lifestyle changes is the most important Natural Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy. However, depending on the type of Diabetic Neuropathy you suffer from, it is advisable to consult an expert Ayurveda practitioner to benefit effectively from the natural remedies.

HOME REMEDIES FOR ACIDITY

Acidity

Acidity is a digestive disorder when you can’t digest your food properly; it brings in a burning sensation in your chest, as the stomach doesn’t allow it to land in it and pushes back the food. We often call it heartburn. Sometimes we eat wrong food at a wrong time, it might be a citrus fruit, eating irregularly, smoking excessively, and taking alcoholic drinks in excess, eating junk or fast food eating fried or oily foods, packaged food, sugary foods, spicy food, all can lead to acidity. It may also happen if you have excessive pain killers. There are many other reasons like lack of physical movements, hit your sack just after eating dinner. Even the digestive system needs some rest, this way food remains in the food pipe causing acidity the next morning. Age factor is also an important factor for causing acidity as older people get frequent acidity. There are many other things that enhance acidity like stress, depression, anger, lifestyle, eating habits and many more. Obese people and pregnant ladies are more prone to acquire acidity.

Your esophagus doesn’t let the food reach the stomach and the acid produced by it causes the backward movement of the food and you feel the pain in your abdomen, chest and neck area which makes life very uncomfortable for you. Whatever we eat gets digested by the stomach, when it produces some acids that break down the food and the digestive process begins. When these acids are produced in excess, it feels like the food is coming out, the taste of your mouth gets sore. Many times gas gets accumulated, making you acquire fat and become obese. If it is ignored, it might lead to further complication like How can constipation engulf our body?

Instead of going to the doctor to have a tablet, syrup or capsule that helps in digestion of the food, here are some home remedies which we can follow to get rid of acidity.

HOME REMEDIES FOR ACIDITY

Today we are going to discuss some home remedies if adopted properly can avoid you from getting an upset stomach. These tablets are a temporary treatment and we will discuss some permanent solutions to it that prevent you from getting acidity as “prevention is always better than cure.”

MARSHMALLOW ROOT

The first one is, get marshmallow root: dry it and make its powder by grinding it well. Now get a cup of hot water and pour 1 teaspoon of this powder in the cup and stir it vigorously until this powder dissolves fully. Drink this glass 15 minutes before having any meals. Keep repeating this procedure until your acidity dies down completely.

CARDAMOM SEEDS

You have many things, which can be found in your kitchen garden or your kitchen that can sooth your acidity problem once and for all.  Take cardamom (Elaichiin) seeds and chew them. This process enhances the production of saliva in your mouth, which helps in making digestion better. Their cooling effect cools down your burning sensation.

CUMIN SEEDS

Cumin seeds are another home remedy that brings relief from indigestion. It never lets the gas formed in your stomach and starts making you feel comfortable.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon powder and honey paste is also a catalyst for healthy digestion. It is very effective if taken before having meals and even a heavy meal is easily digested, with this combination. It eases the gas and keeps your stomach in a neat & clean condition. It also helps in Hyper-acidity. This cinnamon powder can be added to water and boiled for 5, 6 minutes and after straining you can drink it or it can be put in your herbal tea and taken. It will certainly help in the acidity fizzling process.

CLOVES JUICE

Having cloves juice is also a good option to drive away acidity. Take 3, 4 pieces of cloves, put them under your jaws and chew mildly on them. Their juice that oozes out is a great mineral for making your digestive system healthy. You can also opt for a small cup of milk without sugar or you can opt to add some honey to it, according to your taste, and sip it like you sip your morning tea.

COCONUT WATER

Coconut water is extremely good for the inflammation caused by acidity because it has cool properties. twice a day is enough. You can eat it’s cream too, it also helps in making digestion better. You can also put a piece, a small one, in your mouth after having meals, but this method should not be adopted by those who are diabetic.

TULSI

Tulsi (Basil) is present in almost all Indian kitchens. Chew its 4, 5 leaves after washing them thoroughly with plain water, you can also add them to a glass of plain water and boil it. After straining, drink this glass or you can also add it’s leaves to your daily cup of tea or coffee and sip it twice a day. It also smoothens your digestive tracts.

BUTTERMILK

Buttermilk is considered the best remedy for acidity if it happens due to excessive drinking and late-night party. It soothes your neck, chest and stomach’s burning sensation quite easily and makes you feel comfortable instantly.

There are many other fruits and vegetables that subside your digestive issues such as:

GINGER

Take a slice of ginger and put it under your jaws, the juice that comes out, let it pass through your neck and reach the stomach, it will help in restoring your digestive system.

GLUTAMINE AND ALOE VERA

Tale the powder of Glutamine, Aloe Vera and mix them and chew them for 10- 15 minutes before meals. It’s cooling properties don’t let indigestion remain in your stomach.

FENUGREEK

Fenugreek also helps in easing out the acidity symptoms that are present in your stomach.

You can also fix the time for your intake of foods firmly. Don’t eat irregularly often, it triggers acidity. Chart out a time table and try following it firmly. Get rid of food allergens, when some food gives you some sort of trouble, avoid eating it in the future. It is a lot better if something making you feel uncomfortable. You also need to change your lifestyle. The regular formation of acidity does not play safe with your health. At least try something different, I know it is not an easy task but can be tried and makes you realize a bit later that this route is far better than the initial one. These are some of the tips to be taken seriously, which can relieve you from acidity, once and for all.

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