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Treating Tingling Numbness Naturally: Home Remedies and Natural Cures
What is Tingling Numbness? Pins and Needles Sensation
Tingling numbness or ‘pins and needles’ sensation is very commonly and can be very annoying condition. The sensation is associated with hypersensitivity and burning sensation in the arms and legs.
The condition is associated with a number of disorders and ailments, such as, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, sciatica, cervical spondylosis, slipped disc and migraine. Understanding the exact cause and managing it effectively is very crucial.
What Causes Tingling Numbness?
Tingling numbness or abnormal sensations or ‘pins and needles’sensation or paresthesia occurs due to defective neuro-transmission through the nerves. One may also complain of burning and a sensation of heaviness. There are a host of reasons that could trigger paresthesia.
The commonest cause is staying in the same position for a prolonged period of time. Moving around, can allay the symptoms effectively; on the other hand, if moving around does not help, then the cause of paresthesia may be different.
Pressure on the nerves is another significant cause; as seen in carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement of the nerve due to spondylosis, sciatica, etc.
Medical supervision is vital in certain cases of tingling numbness, since it could be a sign of serious conditions, such as, a stroke or diabetes.
Critical conditions like peripheral vascular disease also referred to as Raynaud’s Disease can also result in tingling and numbness in the fingers
Except if the tingling numbness is a manifestation of a grave disease, numbness can be easily managed if you follow these guidelines.
Natural Home based Treatment of Tingling Numbness
Here are some useful home based treatment options for the management of tingling numbness and ‘pins and needles’ sensation.
- If the tingling numbness is due to staying in one position for a long time, you must exercise and ease the circulation.
- On the other hand, if the ‘pins and needle’ sensation is due to undue activity, resting is very essential.
- Do not remain in the same position for long periods of time, particularly, when watching the television or working at the computer.
- Yoga and physiotherapy is recommended. It allays the sensation of ‘pins and needles’ and enhances blood circulation immensely.
Home Remedies to Treat Tingling Numbness and Poor Circulation
Here are some simple home remedies that can be beneficial in the treatment and management of tingling numbness
- Supplementation provides great relief. Vitamin B complex supplements andvitamin E supplements are recommended. However, do consult your doctor before embarking up on any regimen.
- Prim rose oil is another very effective home remedy for tingling numbness. Apply the oil in to the affected area and gently massage, 2 to 3 times everyday. It shows quick results.
- Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol; they reduce the flow of blood to the extremities.
- Magnesium is an essential mineral for an optimally working cardiovascular and nervous system. Supplement your diet with magnesium, it enhances blood circulation.
How to Cure Tingling Pain in the Foot
May 12, 2011 | By Susan Kaye
Tingling pains in the foot can be a sign of serious disease or a precursor to long-term problems from something as easy to fix as changing your shoes. Injuries, high heels, neurological problems, diabetic neuropathies and circulatory diseases are some of the sources of foot pain that is experienced as pins and needles, burning, tearing, icy-cold brittleness and numbness. Foot health is essential to overall well-being, and suffering from debilitating pain impacts daily activities. If you suffer from tingling pains in the feet or other incapacitating foot pain, some solutions can minimize or even eliminate the condition.
Uncross your legs or cross from ankle to knee instead of knee to knee when sitting. It is best to sit with both feet on the floor or elevated to increase circulation.
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes that fit properly. Tight shoes and those that have heels that are too high cramp toes, cut circulation and over time create painful feet, blisters, deformities and tingling due to lack of proper blood flow.
Choose another form of exercise for your aerobic workout. Running and other high-impact exercise where feet pound pavement or hard floors can contribute to loss of feeling, tingling, greenstick fractures in legs and feet, and other injuries causing tingling and pain.
Have your thyroid levels checked. Low thyroid creates a multitude of symptoms and sensations, with tingling, coldness and pins and needless in the toes. If your blood levels are low, your doctor may prescribe thyroid medication.
Ask your doctor about any medications you take and examine drug side effects. Certain drugs cause tingling and burning pains in the extremities. These mimic peripheral neuropathies, and should be replaced with medications that are less troublesome.
Rule out Raynaud’s syndrome, gout, inflammation and frostbite when looking for problems causing tingling pain in the feet. These diseases have poor circulation as a common theme, and helping increase blood flow through medication, gentle exercise and warmth will bring some relief.
Increase vitamin B complex in your diet, especially inositol, one of the B vitamins. In a study at the University of Alabama, researchers reported significant improvement for neuropathies in diabetics after the inclusion of high levels of inositol in the diet. Robert Atkins, M.D. has reported that doctors at St. James Hospital in Leeds, England, have also shown that adding inositol to the diet helps reduce the pain from diabetic peripheral neuropathies.
Purchase compression socks or hose to stimulate circulation. Check with your doctor first, though, to be sure that this is the right thing to do for your condition.
Keep feet warm throughout the year. Foot-warming slippers and electric foot mats are available; and, of course, remember to wear socks in chilly weather.
Tips and Warnings
- Taking simple measures and using home remedies and common senses can alleviate many cases of tingling and pain in the feet.
- Tingling pain in the feet can be a sign of serious disease. If you are unable to relieve pains with any of the above suggestions, seek medical assistance. Dark blue or black spots on your feet or toes indicates a serious medical condition. See a doctor immediately. The suggestions offered here are for educational purposes and not meant to take the place of medical advice.
- Blood test results
- Adjustments in medications
- Lined slippers
- Warm socks
- Compression hose
- Vitamin B complex
- Inositol supplements
- Neuropathy: Nutrient Therapies
- Medications or Substances Causing Tingling in Both Feet
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Article reviewed by Roman Tsivkin Last updated on: May 12, 2011
Posted on October 24, 2012