Nerve pain, or neuralgia, is the pain that travels along a nerve. Someone experiencing neuralgia will feel shooting pains in the area of the afflicted nerve, as well as weakness, numbness, and tingling down the arms or legs.
There are plenty of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for someone with nerve pain. Some patients have reported that the non-surgical alternative treatments listed below have alleviated symptoms as effectively as conservative treatments, such as medication and physical therapy. Alternative treatments may also be an attractive choice for people who seek an all-natural way to ease pain and want to avoid ingesting synthetic chemicals. You should always check with your physician or natural health professional before beginning any treatment.
A few alternative treatment options
- St John’s Wort – Also known as Chase-devil or Tipton’s Weed, St. John’s Wort has been used to treat disorders such as depression because of its anti-depressive properties, which have been found to help ease nerve pain. It can be taken internally as a pill or used topically in its oil form.
- Vervain – Vervain’s effects are similar to aspirin, and if used over time, may exhibit anti-depressive properties.
- Peppermint – Use peppermint as massage oil for its anesthetic ability.
- Acupuncture – This ancient Chinese treatment involves the insertion of tiny steel needles into specific points along energy channels in the body, usually near nerves. Acupuncture may rebalance or unblock those energy channels in an effort to rid the body of illnesses.
- Hypnosis – Putting the mind in this state of trance has been used for decades to treat pain symptoms. Exactly how it works and its overall effectiveness needs further research.
- Chiropractic – Chiropractic spinal adjustments realign the vertebrae with the goal of relieving impinged nerves.
Herbal supplements, acupuncture, and hypnosis may not work for everyone. If your nerve pain is hindering your lifestyle, it may be time to consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Contact one of our orthopedic specialists to learn more about innovative minimally invasive techniques that have helped tens of thousands of people rediscover their lives without back and neck pain.