Peripheral neuropathy is a condition of the nervous system that causes numbness, tingling, burning, or weakness; it usually begins in the hands or feet and can be caused by certain anticancer drugs.
The peripheral nerves are the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. When there is damage to the peripheral nerves, peripheral neuropathy symptoms depend on which type peripheral nerve is affected. There are three types of peripheral nerves:
Sensory nerves allow us to feel temperature, pain, vibration, and touch.
Motor nerves are responsible for voluntary movement; they allow us to walk and open doors, for example.
Autonomic nerves control involuntary or automatic functions, such as breathing, digestion, swelling, and bowel and bladder function.
Cause of peripheral neuropathy
- Drugs – isoniazid, vincristine, heavy metals, cisplatin.
- Metabolic – e.g. diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease (renal failure).
- Alcohol abuse (with or without vitamin B1 deficiency.)
- Guillain Barre syndrome
- Malignancy-e.g carcinoma of the lung, leukemia, lymphoma.
- Vitamin deficiency (e.g. B12) or excess
- Connective tissue disease or vasculitis
- Hereditary – e.g hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy
- Others, e/g amyloidosis, HIV infection
Peripheral neuropathy diagnosis
Because peripheral neuropathy has so many causative factors proper history and physical examination should be done. Viabration and monitoring tests are important in this condition during physical examination.
Blood tests, electrodiagnostic studies (nerve conduction studies, and electromyelography are also very useful tests in order to diagnose peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy treatment with homeopathic medicines
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat peripheral neuropathy symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy:
Anacardium, Plumbum Met, Phosphorous, Zincum Met, Pulsatilla, Graphites, Causticum, Phosphoric Acid, Gelsemium, Baryta Carb, Picric Acid, Zincum Phos, Zincum Pic, Sepia, Silicea, Natrum Sil, Agaricus, Mercurius, Sulphur, Lachesis, Cuprum Met, Rhus Tox and many other medicines.