Home Remedies For Paresthesia:- Are you experiencing skin numbness, itching or crawling for no reason? Most probably you are suffering from paresthesia (abnormal body sensation). It is more commonly experienced due to inadvertent pressure on the nerve and resolves on changing the position or removing weight from the affected nerve. This is temporary paresthesia and resolves on its own.
Causes Of Paresthesia
Causes of temporary paraesthesia are poor blood circulation, poor sleep position, sitting for a long time, constant pressure on feet and hands and cold exposure.
If paraesthesia persists, there may be some underlying medical condition that needs proper treatment.
Causes of chronic paresthesia are nutrient and vitamin deficiency, underlying neurological disorder and repetitive movements.
With age the risk of paresthesia increases. Other conditions that make a person prone to paraesthesia are autoimmune conditions, type 1 or types two diabetes and neurological conditions.
What Are The Typical Symptoms Of Paresthesia?
- Any part of the body may be affected by paresthesia, but most commonly it affects legs, feet hand and arms.
- The symptoms may include tingling sensation, weakness, cold, numbness and burning.
- The symptoms may be chronic or temporary. In case of chronic paraesthesia, stabbing pain is felt which may lead to the clumsiness of the affected part.
- It becomes difficult to walk when paraesthesia occurs in legs and feet.
- The severity and duration of paresthesia largely depend on its cause.
How to Treat Paresthesia
Paresthesia treatment depends on its cause. In some cases, elimination of the reason relieves your condition. If your ailment is due to repetitive movement or injury, physical therapy and few lifestyle adjustments may help. If there is some underlying disease, treatment for the disease eases the symptoms including paraesthesia. However, the improvement varies from person to person.
Temporary paresthesia resolves in few minutes but if it is chronic and symptoms are severe they complicate your life, and you need to see a specialist.
Home Remedies For Paresthesia
Food Rich In Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is needed by our nervous system to carry out the functions and prevent nerve damage. Also, it promotes blood circulation.
What To Do
- Foods rich in magnesium are dark green vegetables, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, oatmeal, soybeans, cold-water fish, bananas, low-fat yogurt and dark chocolate.
- Alternatively, you may also spray magnesium oil on your skin after having a shower. Make sure to rinse it after 20 minutes. To prepare magnesium oil at home boil a cup of distilled water and add 1 cup of Epsom salt to it. Let it dissolve and cool it. Transfer the oil to the spray bottle and use when needed. The oil can be stored for a month.
Note:- Take magnesium supplements only after consulting your doctor.
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate. It is known to relax muscles and promote blood circulation.
What To Do
- Add a cup of Epsom salt to a bathtub filled with warm water and soak yourself in it for 20 minutes. Repeat this three times in a week.
Warm compress promotes blood supply and eases pain and discomfort.
What To Do
- Soak a washcloth in lukewarm water. Wring out the excess of water and place the warm cloth on the affected part for 5 minutes. Repeat this a few times in a day.
- Alternatively, warm shower or heating pad is also useful in easing numbness and comfort.
Ginger is known to stimulate the nervous system.
What To Do
- Boil 2 cups of water and add a tablespoon of sliced ginger to it. Steep for 10 minutes, strain, add a teaspoon of honey and then drink it.
Castor Oil Pack
Another home remedy to get rid of paresthesia naturally is castor oil pack. Castor oil penetrates deep into the skin and balances the nervous system.
What To Do:
- Take a thick cotton cloth and saturate with castor oil. Wrap the cloth to the affected area loosely. Cover it with plastic and place a hot water bottle over the wrap. Remove the heat after 30 minutes. Do this at night four times a week.
Vitamin B Rich Foods
Vitamin B is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Deficiency of vitamin B6, B1, and B12 causes numbness and paresthesia.
What To Do
Include foods is rich in vitamins to your diet. Foods rich in vitamin B1 are wheat bran, Brazil nuts, and peanuts. Foods rich in vitamin B6 are bananas, beans, fish, avocados, whole grains, meats, milk, cheese, yogurt, seeds, nuts dried fruits, and oatmeals. Food rich in vitamin B12 are eggs, fish, low dairy products, meat and fortified foods.
Note:- For vitamin B-complex supplements consult your doctor.
Basic exercises and stretches promote the blood circulation. It improves your health, makes you active and improves movement.
What To Do:
- Be regular with basic exercises. Walk daily for 30 minutes 2 times in a day, five days a week.
- You may also try yoga under the supervision of professional.
How To Prevent Paresthesia
Not always you can avoid paresthesia however you may find few tips helpful:
- If you tend to fall asleep on your arm, use wrist splints while sleeping to alleviate nerve compression.
- Avoid repetitive movements.
- If you require to perform a repetitive movement, take a break and rest often.
- If you have a long sitting job get up whenever possible and move around.
Note:- Those with chronic disease or diabetes need careful monitoring and management of the condition.