Nerve pain can be a result of metabolic diseases like diabetes, nerve damage, or injury, the pressure that the spinal structures put on nerves. It can also arise as a side-effect of certain medications.
Home Remedies For Nerve Pain
1. Use Herbs And Herbal Teas
Nerve pain can result from nerve injury, post-surgery complications, diabetes, and certain drugs. Natural herbs and herbal tea concoctions can act as stimulants by stabilizing the nerve function. Herbal teas are made from either a single herb or a combination of different herbs such as these:
- Passionflower and Valerian are some of the herbs that are used in combination to aid sleep and relieve tension from the nerves.
- Skullcap is used to treat many nervous disorders and has a soothing effect on the central nervous system.
- Kava is an herb used to cure conditions such as nervous anxiety and restlessness.
- Curcumin tea has been found to be effective in attenuating diabetic neuropathic pain.
- Olive leaf extracts help curb early neuropathic pain in diabetics by preventing cell death caused by high glucose levels.3 4
However, care should be exercised in the intake of some of these herbs keeping in mind possible side effects and allergies.
2. Take Relaxing Hot And Cold Treatments
Nerve pain can be excruciating at times. A warm foot bath, a heat wrap applied on the pain site, an ice pack massage, or a massage with cooling oils can instantly soothe you from the aching pain. You can add drops of the aforementioned herb extracts to warm baths and relax the nerves.5
Alternatively, use a massage oil to treat the pain:
- Coconut and olive oils are some of the best oils that can treat inflammation.
- Sesame oil is also known to relieve nerve pain.
- Roman chamomile oil and coriander oil increase circulation, control inflammation, and relieve pain in the nerve.6
3. Take Soothing Rubs
When your nerves ache, you might feel irritated at the slightest brush of your arm against an object. In such cases, a soothing rub can relax the muscles and reduce irritation. Menthol and mint rubs also give a cooling effect. Using clove and nutmeg to massage can warm and stimulate the nerves when the weather is too cold.7
4. Avoid Cosmetics With Nerve Irritants
If you use cosmetic products on a daily basis, take a closer look at the ingredients list always. Alcohol, which is an important ingredient in shampoo, perfumes, hygienic hand rubs, and lotions can aggravate the pain in the nerves. If you are suffering from nerve pain already, you are prone to be very sensitive to these irritants. So, avoid such products as and when possible.8
5. Get Your Blood Sugar Checked
Diabetes, in the long run, can damage your nerves to a great extent, resulting in a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Keeping your blood sugar under check by following a healthy diet and taking required medication can greatly reduce nerve-related pain and improve nerve function.9
6. Make Other Lifestyle Changes
Stretching the muscles help alleviate nerve pain to a great extent. It can also reduce the effects of diabetic neuropathy and keep your sugar in control. Indulge in plenty of exercise to reduce nerve pain and improve the flexibility of the muscles.10
Additionally, excess intake of alcohol and caffeine are found to trigger nervous reactions that are painful. Lack of sleep can lead to nerve damage, while a good night’s sleep can reduce the pain in your nerves to a great extent.11 12
|↑1||Garrett, Steve. “Peripheral Neuropathy: How Two Doctors Found A Solution With Natural Remedies.” Garrett, Steve, 2017.|
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|↑5||Ross, James. “A Treatise on the Diseases of the Nervous System, Volume 1.” Wm. Wood & Company, 1882.|
|↑6||Roederer, Joy E. “Pain relief composition.” U.S. Patent 7,282,224, 2007.|
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|↑9||Duby, Jeremiah John, R. Keith Campbell, Stephen M. Setter, K. A. Rasmussen. “Diabetic neuropathy: an intensive review.” American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 61, no. 2 (2004): 160-173.|
|↑10||Kluding, Patricia M., Mamatha Pasnoor, Rupali Singh, Stephen Jernigan, Kevin Farmer, Jason Rucker, Neena K. Sharma, Douglas E. Wright. “The effect of exercise on neuropathic symptoms, nerve function, and cutaneous innervation in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.” Journal of Diabetes and its Complications 26, no. 5 (2012): 424-429.|
|↑11||Koike, Haruki, Gen Sobue. “Alcoholic neuropathy.” Current opinion in neurology 19, no. 5 (2006): 481-486.|
|↑12||Huang, Chun-Ta, Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, Chih-Li Chen, Yi-Ju Tsai. “Sleep deprivation aggravates median nerve injury-induced neuropathic pain and enhances microglial activation by suppressing melatonin secretion.” Sleep 37, no. 9 (2014): 1513-1523.|