Are there any herbs, foods, or food
supplements which may help to reduce or relieve symptoms of peripheral neuropathy???
Physician suggested, woman tested!
Updated: Monday, March 08, 2004 12:14:38 PM
Generally, these suggestions required 3-12 weeks for an improvement to be noticed.
These items can easily be found at health food or Wal-Mart type drug stores.
- One 400 mg of chondroitin sulfate daily and 500 glucosamine sulfate 2-3 times daily.
These are normally used for arthritis.
- Herbal Ginko Baloba let one woman play the piano again!
- One gelatin capsule (10 grains each) with each meal.
- Drinking Tonic Water with Quinine or Tonic Water with juice.
- A drink made of 1 drop of nutritional iodine in a glass of water or juice every day.
- While on Hexalen, taking blue-green algae tablets didn't reverse the neuropathy that
remained after Taxol and Carboplatin, but she has not experienced any further neuropathy,
even with nine rounds of Hexalen.
- Extra physician prescribed potassium and calcium tablets. Note: Orange juice and bananas
are high in natural potassium.
- Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) reverses nerve damage in diabetics. http://www.hnbreakthroughs.com/nov97/doctorsinsight.cfm.
- Two German studies found that alpha-lipoic acid reduced the effects of diabetic
neuropathy. One study gave 600 mg IV and the other gave 800 mg orally for four months (Let's
Live 11/99, p27-8).
- Primrose oil and other sources of gamma-linolenic acid, such as borage or black current
seed oil, help reduce inflammation in diabetic nerve damage, thus reversing neuropathy
associated with diabetes.
- A tincture called Collinsonia and Horse Chestnut Compound by Herb Farm was prescribed by
an acupuncturist. One should take the drops with fluid daily.
- A high protein/low carbohydrate diet (Atkins Diet), which one woman used to control her
hypoglycemia, also helped her neuropathy.
- Glucosamine/chondroitin (500mg/400mg), which is a popular non-prescription arthritis
combination, three times a day helped with one woman's neuropathy.
- A diet high in a nutrient called inositol (found in cantaloupe, peanuts, grapefruit, and
whole grains) helps with diabetic neuropathy.