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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Numbness and Tingling: Natural Home Remedies

Numbness and tingling, often referred to as “pins and needles,” can be an uncomfortable sensation that affects the hands and feet. While it’s usually not a serious issue, persistent numbness can interfere with daily activities. In this article, we’ll explore some natural home remedies to help manage numbness and tingling.

Causes of Numbness and Tingling

Numbness and tingling occur due to various factors, including:

  1. Peripheral Nerve Damage: Peripheral nerves send messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. When these nerves are damaged, it disrupts the normal functioning of the nerves, leading to numbness and tingling.

  2. Underlying Medical Conditions: Conditions like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia can cause persistent numbness.

Preventive Measures

Before we delve into home remedies, consider these preventive measures:

  • Rest: Adequate rest is essential to prevent constant movements that may exacerbate numbness.

  • Stretching Exercises: Regular stretching exercises, such as shoulder rotations, neck raises, and ankle toe movements, can enhance blood circulation and reduce tingling sensations.

  • Healthy Diet: A well-balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals supports overall nerve health.

Effective Home Remedies for Numbness and Tingling

1. Essential Oils

  • Lavender essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Massaging lavender oil on the hands and feet can help repair nerve damage and alleviate pain.

  • Mix 10-12 drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) and massage it into the affected areas. Leave it overnight and repeat daily for best results.

2. Massage Therapy

  • Regular massage stimulates nerves, improves blood circulation, and restores normal nerve function. Consider professional massages or self-massage techniques.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

  • ACV has potent anti-inflammatory effects and contains acetic acid. It helps repair damaged nerves.

  • Mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV with water and drink it daily. You can also apply diluted ACV topically to the affected areas.

4. Vitamins and Minerals

  • Some cases of peripheral neuropathy are linked to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

  • Consider supplementing with:

  • Vitamin B12: Essential for nerve health.

  • Copper: Important for nerve function.

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin E, and Vitamin B6.

  • Consult your doctor before starting any supplementation.

5. Herbal Remedies

  • Certain herbs have anti-inflammatory properties:

  • Cayenne pepper, tarragon, turmeric, black cumin, holy basil, rosemary, and sage.

  • Always consult your doctor before trying herbal remedies to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Remember that while these home remedies can provide relief, it’s essential to seek medical advice if numbness persists or is associated with an underlying condition. Prioritize your health and well-being, and consult a doctor for personalized guidance.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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