Home Remedies for Diabetic Neuropathy
About Diabetic neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy is a chronic condition which causes nerve damage in people suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Since this condition is irreversible and linked to high blood sugar levels in diabetic patient’s body. Timely Diabetic neuropathy treatment for controlling blood sugar levels can be effective in managing the problem.
There are several useful home remedies for Diabetic neuropathy which aid the proper use of the hormone insulin by the diabetic patient’s body. So that their blood sugar levels do not go too high. Since these remedies are extremely beneficial in keeping the patient’s blood sugar levels in check. They can lower the risk of Diabetic neuropathy in diabetic patients whose blood sugar levels remain uncontrolled for years.
With Diabetic neuropathy being one of the main complications resulting from diabetes, the nerve damage which it causes can potentially affect any part of the diabetic patient’s body. However, this condition most commonly affects the ‘peripheral’ or ‘autonomic’ nerves. That is, the nerves which run through the hands, arms, feet and legs. As such, this condition — also called Peripheral Neuropathy — can lead to the loss of sensory and motor functions; and, in some severe cases, it can also cause unbearable pain and even foot ulcers.
Some of the common symptoms linked to Diabetic neuropathy are weakness, pain, numbness, degeneration of hand and foot muscles, constipation or diarrhoea, indigestion, vomiting, nausea, and a tingling sensation in hands, feet, arms, thighs and legs. Most of these symptoms can be managed very effectively with Diabetic neuropathy treatment.
Diabetic neuropathy can be effectively treated with some time-tested home remedies. Specifically, the top 7 home remedies for diabetic neuropathy to manage this condition have been listed below:
1. Carrot and spinach juice
A mixture of carrot juice (300 ml) and spinach juice (200 ml) is a very effective home remedy for Diabetic neuropathy patients as it strengthens the nervous system. In addition, this juice, when consumed 2 or 3 times a week, can also ease the pain experienced by the patients.
2. Powder of Indian gooseberry and turmeric
Another effective Diabetic neuropathy treatment is the mixture of 75 gm powder of dried, deseeded Indian gooseberry and 25 gm turmeric powder. This mixture can bring down blood sugar levels, and also maintain the lowered sugar levels. It also makes the nerves strong. For best results, a teaspoon of this mixture should be taken early morning on an empty stomach or one hour after dinner, for 2 or 3 months.
3. Ginger tea
To heal the nerve damage resulting from Diabetic neuropathy, and to reduce nerve inflammation, regular consumption of ginger tea can be very beneficial. Ginger tea can be easily prepared at home by adding some chopped ginger slices in boiling water, and allowing them to steep for around 5 minutes.
4. Fennel seeds
For Diabetic neuropathy patients who suffer from digestive disorders, the use of fennel seeds is a common home remedy. Since fennel seeds can improve the digestive process, some fennel seeds can be chewed during the day, especially after meals.
5. Flaxseed oil
One of the other useful home remedies for Diabetic neuropathy is the addition of flaxseed oil to your diet. Flaxseed is abundant in Omega 3 essential fatty acids which help in healing damaged nerves, as well as in preventing nerve damage by reducing nerve inflammation.
6. Powder of sugar-lowering herbs
A mixture of the powder of certain sugar-lowering herbs can help Diabetic neuropathy patients in managing diabetes and checking nerve damage. For this remedy, fenugreek seeds (100 gm), bay leaves (100 gm), jamun seeds (150 gm) and belpatra (250 gm) should be powdered separately, and then mixed together. One teaspoon of this mixture should be taken before meals, for 2 months.
7. Follow ‘healthy eating’ habits
To keep a tab on blood sugar levels, Diabetic neuropathy patients should eat nutrient-rich, high-fiber foods. They should eat vegetables and whole fruits which have lots of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as potassium, minerals and other essential electrolytes. In addition, they should also consume ‘healthy fats’ like olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut oil, and coconut milk.
Along with all these effective home remedies for diabetic neuropathy, treatment can be beneficial if patients suffering from this condition keep a few other things in mind. They should remain active and exercise daily so as to improve the circulation of blood to their legs and feet; take warm water baths to alleviate pain; keep their nails and feet clean to avoid infection; and quit smoking and alcohol, in order to lower the risk of Diabetic neuropathy.
Author Bio – This article is written by DR. Vikram Chauhan (MD – AYURVEDA). He is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda (Ancient healing treatment), not only in India but also abroad. Also he is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.