Natural or Herbal Pain Treatment for Diabetic Nerve Damage

Alexis Sapheena asked:

My mother is 63 years old and has Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, Shingles, Gout, Edema, and Lung Disease. Over the past 14 months she has injured the bottom of her feet , the first injury occur ed when she stepped on an ice cube that was on the kitchen floor. She didn’t slip and she did not fall but the pain that was to come for the next 2 weeks was most excruciating and almost unbearable at times! She could not walk on either foot or bear any weight on them, it was really unbelievable the pain in both feet from so little trauma to the one foot!! About 8 days ago she stepped on a little bitty piece of macaroni on the kitchen floor and has been writhing in pain and unable to walk ever since!! She has been taking Ativan and Tramadol for the pain but its pretty much not doing anything. What I’m wondering is if there is any Herbal or natural products to help ease this type of pain?

5 thoughts on “Natural or Herbal Pain Treatment for Diabetic Nerve Damage”

  1. there are natural remedies for peripheral neuropathy, the answer is yes. B-Vitamins are natural nerve healers and, in particular, B-1, B-2, Folic Acid and B-6 have been used in natural remedies targeting neuropathy. Alpha lipoic acid is also being studied for this purpose.

    Good luck. If naturals don’t help try antidepressants . I took 10 tramadols a day when I had neuropathy. Plus Tegretol.

  2. Yes, there are many types of natural or herbal treatments for those suffering from diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage, but you have to be very careful here to consult a naturopath or a herbologist that are reliable and have a track record of treating diabetic patients. This is very important because if not treated properly there are many complications involved also.

  3. Liporic Acid, a OTC supplement found in pharmacies appears to help many diabetics with peripheral neuropathy.

    But I have a question…..

    Why is your mother walking around in bare feet or with just socks on?
    There are plenty of soft but yet comfortable footwear available to help prevent these types of injuries, you should get your mother to a Podiatrist to have her feet examined and suggestions on what type of footwear to buy.

  4. Capcasin Cremes.

    These are available Over The Counter at most pharmacies.

    Capcasin is the chemical in jalapenos that makes them “hot”. But when rubbed on the hands and feet, it deadens the pain.

    But the BEST remedy is to KEEP the blood sugars in the normal range. When the blood sugars are kept in the normal range for long periods of time, the symptoms of diabetes, including the nerve pain, will reduce.

  5. thefairystepmother says:

    Capsaicin puts the heat in hot peppers. It manipulates the body’s pain status by hindering pain perception, triggering the release of pain-relieving endorphins and providing analgesic action. Commercial capsaicin-containing creams such as Zostrix, Heet and Capzasin-P are used topically for arthritic and nerve pain. Creams containing .025 percent capsaicin can significantly reduce osteoarthritic pain when applied to joints four times daily. A higher concentration of .075 percent works best for peripheral nerve pain — such as that from diabetic nerve damage, HIV and pain following cancer surgery. When using topical capsaicin products, be sure to avoid touching your eyes and other sensitive areas.

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