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Can Acupuncture Help with Neuropathy?

Neuropathy can range from annoying to outright debilitating. If you’ve been suffering from neuropathy and you’ve seen a doctor about it, you’ve likely been through a lot already!

If you don’t like the medications or are tired of constantly feeling this way, keep reading.

What is Neuropathy Really Like?

Neuropathy can mean a lot of different things, which means patients don’t often know when they have neuropathy. They just think, ‘My feet hurt all the time,” or, “My doctor told me I have nerve damage in my feet/hands/etc.,” or, ‘I don’t know why, but my hands/feet are just numb all the time.

Symptoms can include:

  • Leg or Foot Pain or Numbness
  • Hand Pain or Numbness
  • Burning Pain
  • Pins and Needles Pain
  • Electrical Pain
  • Stabbing Pain
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Cramping
  • Dizziness/Loss of Balance
  • Increased Risk of Falling

Sound bad?  It really can be! Most people think neuropathy means you have feelings of numbness. It can also mean you are in a lot of PAIN, or you have weird sensations instead of feeling “normal.” In the early stages, it isn’t debilitating, but it is something you are always aware of, and it is *draining* to have those odd sensations all the time.

On top of that “numb” means different things to different people. For some people, it means a type of pins and needles sensation; for others, it feels like the body is deadened in certain areas. Many patients explain it as feeling like cardboard or someone else’s body when they touch those areas.

Most of our patients talk about how annoying and frustrating it is to have your body feeling differently than it should be. They also talk about how *draining* it is to be aware of that constantly.

Common medications used to treat neuropathy include Neurontin, Gabapentin, Neurontin, Cymbalta, and Lyrica. Many patients cannot easily tolerate these drugs because of their side effects.

What Causes Neuropathy?

Neuropathy has many causes from a Western medicine perspective. Sometimes, we can point to a reason for the neuropathy, but sometimes, we just call it “idiopathic,” which essentially means, “Your guess is as good as mine.”

Causes include:

  • Alcohol-Induced
  • Autoimmune
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemo-induced
  • Diabetes
  • Heredity Disorders
  • Idiopathic Neuropathy (literally means “we don’t know!”)
  • Inflammatory/Infectious Causes
  • Medication Side Effects
  • Kidney Failure
  • Toxins
  • Vitamin or Nutritional Deficiency

From a more global perspective, despite the many causes, lack of proper blood flow to the nerves or chronic inflammation in the nerves is a commonality between many types of neuropathy. That is because a lot of these causes and conditions ultimately limit blood flow or reduce the quality of the blood flowing through the veins. These issues ultimately compromise the health of the nerves, ultimately.

That results in numbness or pain or unusual and annoying nerve sensations.

Can Acupuncture Help?

So, what can be done about neuropathy from a holistic health perspective? We can work to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation and release any nerve entrapments. Why does this work?

Think about our blood vessels as the highways in the body. Supplies travel on those highways. If there is a traffic accident or a bridge collapses, supplies can’t get where they need to go, and Emergency Medical Services can’t arrive. Tissue health suffers when this is the case.

It turns out that acupuncture is good at improving blood flow, which also helps manage inflammation (see study below).

So if you suffer from neuropathy and have never tried acupuncture, this might be the time!


Evaluation of the effects of acupuncture on blood flow in humans with ultrasound color Doppler imaging.

If you are looking for help and would like to find out if you are a good candidate for services, we offer COMPLIMENTARY consultations.

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