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DO YOU SUFFER NERVE PAIN?

Whether it is sciatica, diabetes or cancer treatment, various nutritionals and herbs have been shown to reduce both the pain,  and damage that causes nerve pain.

Unfortunately most prescription medications are only mildly beneficial bu usually have problematic and worsening side effects (constipation, dry mouth, urinary retention, memory loss, confusion, depression nd addiction).

Thankfully research is highlighting the benefit of various nutritionals and herbs in improving pain relief and reducing the adverse effects of these prescribed medications

In diabetic neuropathy, both acetyl-L-carnitine and Methyl B12 were shown to reduce both pain and disability over a 24 week period.

In another diabetic neuropathy trial, patients with moderate to severe peripheral diabetic neuropathy were given a combination of Vitamins B1 & B12, alongside prescribed Gabapentin and compared to the effects of high dose pregabalin (Lyrica) group.

Both groups showed the same reduction in pain, but with much less side effects in the B1, B12 group. The B1, B12 group required much less gabapentin (at half the dose of gabapentin when used alone) and had less incidence of vertigo and dizziness.

Another study (albeit in rats) showed the benefit of curcumin (turmeric) in relieving nerve pain in diabetics.

Alpha Lipoic acid, known for many years to improve blood sugar control in diabetics, also reduces the pain of diabetic neuropathy. Alpha Lipoic acid also improves blood sugar regulation and can improve a fatty liver  ( Fatty Liver Disease)

The ridiculously long named palmitoylethanolamide, or PEA for short, is a less well known, but well researched solution for nerve pain. It has been shown, both by itself to significantly reduce nerve AND joint pain AND inflammation and also reduce the need for other commonly prescribed nerve pain medications (oxycodone, topiramate, tapentadol) . It acts as both a pain-killer and anti-inflammatory. Partly by reducing the breakdown of your own endocannabinoids, it increases your own supply of these endocannabinoids. Yes, these are the class  of compounds that cannabis has been shown to produce beneficial effects. But fortunately PEA is effective without the adverse psychoactive effects that is produced from other compounds in cannabis.

PEA has also been shown to also relieve depression and improve other neurodegenerative conditions (Parkinsons, Alzheimers)

Unknown to many , there are indeed options available to gain improved pain relief, quality of life and even reduce your prescription medication needs, all without the adverse effects commonly experienced by takers of prescription medications

 

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