Many people who suffer from nerve pain caused by peripheral neuropathy seek alternatives rather than prescription pain medications. Besides the potentially dangerous side effects and addiction risks, pain medication merely masks the pain and other symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of the pain. Pain Stop Clinics are committed to providing their patients with alternatives to opioids for pain relief, and herbs is one of the safest ways to accomplish this. Natural herbs and supplements can help ease pain while addressing the underlying problems that contribute to their neuropathy. The largest benefit is that herbs do not have many of the adverse side effects of prescription painkillers and medications, and typically provide lasting relief.
One of the most common underlying root causes of nerve damage in the human body is an overstimulated immune system. Diseases, chronic infections, allergens, and environmental toxins all constantly attack the immune system putting it at risk of overstimulation, which causes chronic inflammation that attacks the nerves and tissues. Research has shown that herbs can combat chronic inflammation and neutralize damaging free radicals, the two worst causes of neuropathy. There are six top herbs that provide your body with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds needed to keep your nervous system healthy and functioning properly to reduce neuropathy symptoms.
Top 6 Herbs for Reducing Neuropathy Symptoms
Eugenol is an oil found in basil that inhibits the enzymes that produce inflammation. Basil also provides Vitamin A, which contains beta-carotene, the antioxidants that protect cell linings in your body from free radical damage, including the blood vessels that feed your nerves. Another antioxidant in basil is flavonoids, which block molecules that stimulate inflammation. Basil also restricts the growth of harmful bacteria causing chronic inflammation, which leads to nerve cell damage, heart disease, and cancer. Basil is also full of iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, Vitamin C, and potassium.
Dill is full of nutrients important to nerve health, such as calcium, manganese, folate, riboflavin, and Vitamins A, C, and B6. Dill seeds also protect healthy tissue from the toxic effects of anti-cancer drugs and neutralize damaging toxins from air pollution and automobile exhaust.
Oregano has one of the highest antioxidant ratings and contains rosmarinic acid, a mast cell stabilizer that is anti-inflammatory. Oregano can also reduce cytokine release to reduce chronic inflammation. Folate in oregano helps form RNA and DNA building blocks for cellular regeneration. Oregano also contains Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Apigenin is a flavonoid in parsley that reduces inflammation by reducing the production of TNF-alpha, IL-8, IL-6, and COX-2. Parsley may aid in detoxification, your blood purification system, and can even clean your body of mercury. Parsley also contains eugenol, the oil that inhibits enzymes that produce inflammation, and lots of Vitamin C.
Rosemary has polyphenols and terpenes antioxidants that reduce inflammation. They also neutralize free radicals in the blood which shuts down the inflammatory response. Pain, swelling, and stiffness from peripheral neuropathy are lessened because veins and arteries are less likely to narrow or clog. Rosemary has also been found to halt the proliferation of ovarian cancer and other cancer cells. The circulation-boosting capabilities in rosemary, from the flavonoids, strengthen blood capillaries vital to providing nerves with proper nutrients. Rosemary extract also appears to have an insulin-like effect that regulates how the body processes glucose, which may reduce the amount of medication needed or prevent insulin resistance from progressing to a need for pharmaceuticals.
Like parsley, thyme contains apigenin, the flavonoid that reduces cytokine release from mast cells and decreases inflammation. There are several oils in thyme, carvacolo, borneol, geraniol, and thymol, that have powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties effective against many different bacteria and fungi, like E.coli and Staphylococcus. These bacterial and fungal fighters help to strengthen your immune system.
Keeping an assortment of these various herb plants in your kitchen can make it quick and easy to add these anti-inflammatory and detoxification boosters to any meal. It is better to use fresh herbs, because dried herbs can often contain molds that activate your immune system. So, add these great flavor enhancers to your food and reap the benefits of reducing your neuropathy symptoms.
The pain management doctors at Pain Stop Clinics provide a wealth of knowledge to help you achieve lasting pain relief through healthy alternatives and interventional pain management. Contact us today to get started on your journey to controlling your neuropathy symptoms.