Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. This damage is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to the lack of nutrient flow. When these nerves begin to die, they cause you to have balance problems, pain, numbness, tingling, stabbing, loss of sensation, and burning.
Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes mellitus.
Three types of Peripheral Neuropathy
Mononeuropathy, such as Carpal tunnel syndrome, Bell’s Palsy
Multiple mononeuropathy, – two or more
tingling and numbness
pins and needles and hypersensitivity
increased pain or inability to feel pain
loss of ability to detect changes in heat and cold
loss of co-ordination and proprioception
burning, stabbing, lancing, boring, or shooting pains, which may be worse at night
It can also lead to foot and leg ulcers, infection, and gangrene.
muscle weakness, leading to unsteadiness and difficulty performing small movements, such as buttoning a shirt.
muscle twitching and cramps
heart rate, blood pressure leading to dizziness, and other functions.
Problems with sweating, heat intolerance, bowel or bladder problems
Many types of neuropathy are “idiopathic,” or of unknown cause, but a number of conditions can trigger it.
Diabetes is the most common cause of chronic peripheral neuropathy. It happens when high blood sugar levels damage the nerves.
Other medical conditions and injuries include:
Chronic kidney disease: if the kidneys are not functioning normally, an imbalance of salts and chemicals can cause peripheral neuropathy.
Injuries: Broken bones and tight plaster casts can put pressure directly on the nerves.
Infections: Shingles, HIV infection, Lyme disease, and others can lead to nerve damage.
Guillain-Barré syndrome: This is a specific type of peripheral neuropathy, triggered by infection.
Some autoimmune disorders: These include rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Other causes include:
• excessive alcohol intake
• some drugs, for example, chemotherapy and HIV treatment
• B12 or folate vitamin deficiencies
• poisons, such as insecticides and solvents
• some kinds of cancer, including lymphoma and multiple myeloma
• chronic liver disease
The treatment that is provided at Hudson Chiropractic Office and Life Awaits Acupuncture has three main goals.
1) Increase Blood Flow
2) Stimulate small fiber nerve
3) Decrease brain- base pain
Adjustment stimulates the proper function of all of the organs and regulate the blood flow in a body.
One treatment used to increase blood flow utilizes a low- level light therapy, micro current or Electromagnetic field therapy stimulate small fiber nerves. The low level Class B laser is like watering a plant. It will allow the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide them with proper nutrients to heal and repair. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person.
Preparation: Stomach Channel ( Yang ming) is full of qi and blood. Nourish and regulate Stomach channel and boost immune system will promote the flow of blood.
Peripheral Neuropathy treatment: Stimulate small fiver nerves with E- Stim machine of particular acupuncture points to balance yin and yang.
Home Remedy: foot soak, promote blood circulation
Chinese herbs may also help to increase the levels of Nerve Growth Factors (NGF), insulin-like growth factor-1, these herbs have a positive effect on microcirculation and hemodynamics. Chinese herbs may inhibit various inflammatory responses; they may reduce the levels of endothelin, reduce the production of cytokines, suppress inflammation. Chinese herbs have proven analgesic effect thus helping in painful neuropathy.
• Chronic ailments lead to the deficiency of yin and burning of fluids which results in an empty It increases the viscosity of blood, leads to blood stasis, blockage of channels and sinews.
• High sugar and fat-containing food disturb the balance of spleen and stomach. It leads to the dampness, accumulation of phlegm and thus worsening the stasis.
• Sinews and channels suffer from low nourishment due to the weakness of liver and kidney.
• Deficiency of yin leads to the deficit of yang, causing inner cold and macrovascular coagulations.
Some of the most common Chinese herbs used to treat peripheral neuropathy are ordinally milkvetch root (Radix Astragali seu Hedysari)=Huang qi, suberect spatholobus stem (Caulis Spatholobi)= Dang gui, peony root (Radix Paeoniae Rubra)= Chi shao yao, sichuan lovage rhizome (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong), danshen root (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae), to name the few.