Peripheral Neuropathy

newsDoctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, recently released a statement in honor of National Neuropathy Awareness Week (which passed last month), commenting on research surrounding peripheral neuropathy.

As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin ( explains, when motor and sensory nerves are damaged by disease, injury, nutritional deficiencies, or toxins, their ability to work properly and send signals throughout the body is limited. When this happens, peripheral neuropathy is the result.

Some who suffers from peripheral neuropathy “…may feel weak and uncoordinated. The condition usually causes tingling or numbness in the nerves which can be accompanied by painful episodes,” notes Dr. David Juan, Editor at Doctors Health Press. “Peripheral neuropathy affects nearly 20 million Americans and yet the condition has remained difficult to diagnose and treat. It can be misdiagnosed—which is why one of the reasons this week is dedicated to National Neuropathy Awareness Week: to help educate the public on this serious illness.”

As Juan’s article, “The Best Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy” states, although medical experts say that most cases of peripheral neuropathy can’t be cured, there are treatments that could significantly reduce symptoms.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin editor states that one such alternative treatment is acupuncture. “In a clinical trial performed last year, researchers at the HanseMerkur Centre for traditional Chinese medicine in Hamburg, Germany, tested acupuncture in six patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy,” reports Juan. “The researchers assigned the six patients to undergo 10 weeks of acupuncture treatment, along with their regular medical care. In all but one of the six patients, neuropathy symptoms improved.”

“In another clinical trial,” he adds, “researchers at the University of Texas tested if electrical stimulation was useful in the treatment of neuropathy. Electrical stimulation involves the use of an electrical current which is applied directly to muscles or nerves. The procedure showed excellent clinical results.”

“One more clinical trial tried to determine which was better for the management of peripheral neuropathy: weight bearing exercise or non-weight bearing exercise,” Juan states. “This study, conducted at Washington University School of Medicine, found that the weight-bearing group performed better in a six-minute walk test and an average daily step test.”

“This difficult illness doesn’t have to control your life,” concludes Juan. “There are treatments you can try, such as the complementary and alternative medicine treatments we’ve mentioned here. It can make a big difference in your life.”

(SOURCE: Schroeder, S., et al., “Acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN): a pilot study using neurography,” Acupunct Med. March 2012; 30(1): 4–7; Li, S., et al., “Breathing-controlled Electrical Stimulation (BreEStim) for management of neuropathic pain and spasticity,” J Vis Exp. January 10, 2013; (71): e50077; Mueller, M.J., et al., “Weight-bearing versus nonweight-bearing exercise for persons with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy: a randomized controlled trial,” Arch Phys Med Rehabil. May 2013; 94(5): 829–38.)

– Courtesy of PRWeb

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