Neuropathic pain is frustrating for people who suffer from it. An estimated up to 25% of Americans with chronic pain can point to neuropathy as the source. Because of the complexity of the nervous system, patients struggle to find a treatment that works. Thankfully, relief may be in your kitchen cupboard.
A Natural Pain Killer
Neuropathy is a condition characterized by chronic pain due to defective or damaged nerves. Abnormal signals in the nerves can cause the pain. Also, conditions like diabetes, nerve injuries, and certain diseases can contribute to the development of neuropathy.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans wondering what to do for neuropathic pain, you can turn to turmeric, a popular Indian spice. The key to turmeric’s effect is curcumin, a chemical compound found in the spice.
There is plenty of evidence of the therapeutic potential of curcumin found in turmeric. A review of literature reveals that it can prevent the development of chronic neuropathic pain, making it a safe, non-toxic alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and over-the-counter medicines.
Turmeric as Part of a Holistic Approach to Treating Neuropathic Pain
The most effective way to manage neuropathic pain is to take a comprehensive approach, combining medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments that improve your pain and overall quality of life. While turmeric alone is not a sufficient treatment for neuropathy, consuming it in a delicious curry or steeping whole roots as a tea can boost your pain control regimen. You might also try concentrated curcumin supplements like our Flame Stopper.
It’s always best to involve an integrative medical practitioner in the treatment of your neuropathic pain. A Blatman Health and Wellness Center provider can recommend therapies and supplements that meet your needs and support your overall care. They’ll also answer your questions about incorporating turmeric and other natural substances into your diet and treatment.