Few of those who have experienced any nerve damage would dispute that the effects are unbearable. In years gone by any such affliction was labeled “neuralgia“, meaning “nerve pain” and more or less written off. You either took heavy painkillers for it–risking addiction from opiates, trading one form of misery for another–or put up with it and kept your mouth shut. End of story.
Today there are better methods to deal with “nerve pain”, starting with, of course, identifying the true cause. Sciatica (or other forms of pinched nerves), herniated discs, temporal mandibular joint (or TMJ) syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, all are sources of agony that may be corrected by chiropractic, surgical or other means. Shingles, Bell’s palsy, tic douloureux, and Lyme Disease, while not caused by injury or stress as the former examples, can also be responsible for overstimulation or irritation to nerves. Inflammation from any source, for that matter, disease or injury, can make life a living hell.
If you choose to forego surgery (in these times of lack of or inadequate health insurance, joblessness and depleted savings, this is a “luxury”) or prefer to avoid chemical substances that may trigger even worse problems (see http://dampfang.com/examiner/x-7281-Detroit-Alternative-Medicine-Examiner~y2009m6d30-Acetaminophens-safety-called-into-question-by-FDA), there’s still hope. You can opt for treatment by acupuncture, chiropractics, or any number of alternative medical therapies. There are specific herbs, however, that bear no risk to your health by way of addiction. When administered either orally or topically, these plant-derived treatments have few if any contraindications, if pharmaceutical drugs are also in the body. Side effects are uncommon, and the cost is low.
Such herbs as skullcap, passionflower, lavender, and anise, individually or in special preparations by a trained herbalist, have long been known to reduce the pain and inflammation of nerves suffering from a variety of ailments. Licorice (natural, NOT the candy, which is rarely “real” licorice) is also of value–however, it can deplete the body of potassium, therefore should only be taken with supplemental sources of that nutrient, eg., bananas or sweet potatoes.
Under the guidance of an herbalist or other skilled holistic practitioner proficient in that area, great relief can be achieved. In some cases, such as with moxibustion (see http://dampfang.com/examiner/x-7281-Detroit-Alternative-Medicine-Examiner~y2010m3d18-Moxibustion-therapy), herbs and other natural healing modalities may be combined for greater effect.
To find the above-mentioned herbs in the Detroit area, see:
Nature’s Products–20020 Conant St., Detroit–313-891-3900
Nature’s Way Herb Shop–2550 S. Deacon St., Detroit–313-294-9065
To find an herbalist in this and other areas, see: