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Struggling with Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition affecting millions worldwide. It is characterized by symptoms like numbness, tingling and pain, which are caused by damage to the peripheral nerves.

These symptoms can make life unbearable for people with peripheral neuropathy. Something as simple as walking barefoot can become an excruciating ordeal.

Unfortunately, conventional treatments for peripheral neuropathy are limited in what they can offer for this debilitating condition. The medications given to manage peripheral neuropathy symptoms often do very little to alleviate the numbness, tingling and pain. They can also cause unpleasant side effects like dizziness, nausea, and weight gain.

Fortunately, there are natural options that can relieve the numbness, tingling and pain, prevent progression of the disease, and even reverse the nerve damage that causes these troublesome symptoms.

UNDERSTANDING PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition in which the peripheral nerves of the body have been damaged.

Imagine these damaged nerves as frayed electrical wires, interrupting messages sent between your brain and the rest of the body.  

The delicate peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, which are responsible for transmitting sensations and controlling movements, are typically the first to be affected, and can cause a whole host of problems with everyday activities like walking, standing, driving, and holding objects.

WHAT CAUSES PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY?

Neuropathy is often classified according to what causes it, and there are many potential causes of peripheral neuropathy:

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is the uncontrolled blood sugar in diabetes. High levels of sugar can cause inflammation and damage the small blood vessels that provide the peripheral nerves with oxygen and nutrients. This causes the nerves to become malnourished and to stop functioning properly. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy most commonly affects the feet.

Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)

Although chemotherapy is very effective at killing cancer cells, it is not always so discriminating about what it destroys. The delicate peripheral nerves in the hands and feet are often damaged by chemotherapy drugs. Certain kinds of chemotherapy drugs are more likely to cause nerve damage than others, including platinum drugs, taxanes, vinca alkaloids, and myeloma treatments. The risk of developing CIPN goes up with higher doses, multiple course of chemotherapy, and combinations of multiple chemotherapy drugs.

 
Autoimmune Peripheral Neuropathy

In autoimmune disease, increased levels of inflammation can damage otherwise healthy body tissue, including the peripheral nerves. When this happens, this is referred to as autoimmune peripheral neuropathy. Many autoimmune disorders can cause peripheral neuropathy, including Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and vasculitis.

Infection Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Many kinds of viral or bacterial infections can affect the peripheral nerves, or cause an immune response that damages the nerves, leading to peripheral neuropathy. Common infections that can damage peripheral nerves include Lyme Disease, shingles, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.

Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy

Many peripheral neuropathy cases have no known cause. When doctors can’t identify what has caused the nerve damage, this is called idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. According to some estimates, nearly 40% of all cases of peripheral neuropathy have no identifiable cause, and can be considered idiopathic.

Understanding the causes of peripheral neuropathy can assist individuals and medical providers in managing and treating this condition.

SYMPTOMS OF PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary tremendously, depending on what specific nerves have been damaged, the cause of the damage, and the degree of damage. Here are some of the most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy:

TINGLING

Often the first problem people with peripheral neuropathy notice is a tingling sensation in the areas of nerve damage, most commonly the hands and feet. The exact sensation can vary but it is often described as a constant “pins and needles” sensation, like when the feet fall asleep.

PAIN

When neuropathy is painful, this is often a sign of more severe or advanced nerve damage. What starts as tingling can often progress to burning pain with time. Neuropathy pain is often described as electric, shocking, or burning. It can be constant, or triggered by contact with the damaged nerves.

DIFFICULTY SLEEPING

The tingling and pain of peripheral neuropathy can be constant, making it difficult to sleep. Poor sleep has been shown to make pain worse, creating a vicious cycle.

NUMBNESS

This is often the final stage of peripheral neuropathy, when nerves are so damaged they no longer conduct any sensation. Numbness may sound less unpleasant than tingling or pain, but a lack of sensation in the feet or hands can make it difficult to walk or engage in fine motor skills.

WEAKNESS

Many people with peripheral neuropathy complain of weakness in their legs or hands. Nerve damage can interfere with strength and movement and make it difficult to have a strong grip.

BALANCE PROBLEMS

Abnormal sensation, painful sensation, or lack of sensation in the feet from peripheral neuropathy can lead to problems with balance, making injuries from falls more likely. This is a serious concern in older adults.

MOBILITY PROBLEMS

If untreated, the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can progress to the point where it is no longer possible to safely walk without assistance or to drive a car.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

 

Acupuncture is one of the most natural, effective ways to treat the numbness, tingling and pain of peripheral neuropathy, regardless of the cause. Treatment with acupuncture targets the underlying causes of peripheral neuropathy, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, and regenerating damaged nerves.  

Improved Blood Flow

Acupuncture can enhance blood flow to the peripheral nerves, providing nutrition and oxygenation to damaged nerves and helping them to heal and regenerate.

Reduced Inflammation

Acupuncture has powerful anti-inflammatory effects on the body. By reducing inflammation, acupuncture can prevent further damage to peripheral nerves.

 

Regeneration of Peripheral Nerves

Acupuncture has been demonstrated in research studies to induce repair of damaged peripheral nerves and to support neurogenesis (growth of new nerve tissue). This ability is why acupuncture can reverse the numbness, tingling and pain of peripheral neuropathy.

Neuroplasticity & Nerve Remodeling

Acupuncture works through neuroplasticity, helping the brain and nervous system to remodel themselves in response to pain or injury. Acupuncture can re-wire the brain’s pain signaling network, helping to reduce pain and abnormal sensations in peripheral neuropathy.

Restoring Nerve Function

Acupuncture treatments have been shown to improve nerve conduction velocity in peripheral neuropathy, restoring normal functioning to damaged peripheral nerves.

Pain Relief

Acupuncture’s effectiveness is quickly making it the pain relief method of choice in America and around the world. Acupuncture has been shown to effect endogenous opioids, the body’s own natural pain killing substances. Acupuncture both stimulates the release of these natural pain killers, but also increases the sensitivity of the body’s receptors to endogenous opioids. This makes it a safe, effective treatment for most kinds of pain, including peripheral neuropathy pain.

 

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BOTANICALS FOR PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

The power of botanical formulas is one of the best kept secrets of East Asian Medicine. These powerful botanicals can increase the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments, eliminating the numbness, tingling, and pain of peripheral neuropathy. We create customized blends of botanical ingredients to provide personalized treatment for peripheral neuropathy.

Botanicals for Improved Blood Flow

We use formulations of botanical ingredients like cinnamomum cassia that are clinically proven to improve micro-circulation, helping peripheral nerves to regenerate. This can greatly improve the outcomes of acupuncture treatment.

Botanicals for Reduced Inflammation

Our custom blends of botanicals use powerful anti-inflammatory herbs like scutellaria to reduce inflammation and regulate immune activity.

Botanicals for Regeneration of Peripheral Nerves

Botanicals like astragalus have been shown to aid in repair of peripheral nerve injury and to stimulate neurogenesis.

Balancing Gut Microbiome

New research shows that imbalances of gut bacteria can affect pain signaling in the peripheral nervous system. This can significantly worsen the pain and discomfort of peripheral neuropathy. We use botanicals like atractylodes and magnoliae officinalis to regulate the microbiome for a happy gut and happy peripheral nerves.

Reducing Blood Sugar

Maintaining control over blood sugar is critical for addressing the causes of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Herbal ingredients such as poria cocos and rheumania provide effective blood sugar control.

Immune System Support

Many kinds of botanicals like peony, ginseng, and astragalus display immune-modulatory properties. This means they can help to support healthy immune system functioning, both in autoimmune conditions and during or after chemotherapy.

To achieve the best results, botanicals are combined together to create a blended formula, customized for each patient. By putting multiple botanicals together, synergistic effects are achieved that can bring lasting relief from neuropathy symptoms, and help to address the underlying causes of the neuropathy.

As always, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before trying new remedies, to ensure they are safe and suitable for your individual circumstances.

 

Natural Neuropathy Treatments,
Backed by Science

Our clinicians are the experts in their field at reversing peripheral neuropathy with natural methods.

In a presentation delivered to the Western Neuropathy Association, Dr. Joshua Park, DSOM, L.Ac discusses the evidence base for acupuncture and botanical medicine, and why these ancient healing practices are game changers for the numbness, tingling, and pain of peripheral neuropathy.

HIGH SUCCESS NEUROPATHY TREATMENTS

IN FULLERTON, BREA, & NORTH OC

If you're seeking relief from peripheral neuropathy symptoms through acupuncture, we invite you to reach out to us at Empowered You Acupuncture.

Our skilled acupuncturists, Erica Yang MTOM, L.Ac and Dr. Joshua Park, DSOM, L.Ac are experts in the use of acupuncture botanical medicine for peripheral neuropathy. Together they have helped countless patients overcome numbness, tingling, and pain to enjoy a better quality of life.

To explore the benefits of acupuncture and botanical medicine for your condition, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. During this session, Erica and Dr. Park will discuss your concerns, answer questions, conduct an evaluation, and present a potential treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Take the initiative toward relief from the numbness, tingling, and pain of peripheral neuropathy – schedule a consultation with us today!

We look forward to supporting you and striving to enhance your health and wellbeing.

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