Neuritis is a term used to describe inflammation of either a single nerve or multiple nerves. When a single nerve is involved it is termed as mononeuritis and when multiple nerves are involved then the condition is known as polyneuritis. It results in pain, abnormal sensations, numbness, weakness, loss of muscle function (paralysis) and muscle wasting. Homeopathic medicines for neuritis help in reducing the nerve inflammation and give offer symptomatic relief.
- 1 Causes
- 2 Symptoms
- 3 Homeopathic Medicines for Neuritis
- 3.1 Hypericum – Top Grade Medicine
- 3.2 Zincum Met – For Numbness and Tingling
- 3.3 Kali Phos – For Prickling in Hands and Feet
- 3.4 Arsenic Album – For Numbness of Feet
- 3.5 Causticum – For Muscle Weakness and Paralysis
- 3.6 Phosphorus – For Tingling, Formication Sensation in Limbs
- 3.7 Kalmia – For Neuralgic Pain Shooting Down
- 3.8 Gelsemium – For Numbness and Weakness of Limbs
- 3.9 Rhus Tox – For Tingling Sensation in the Feet
- 3.10 Belladonna – For Numbness and Prickling in the Hands
It can arise from multiple reasons. Firstly, it is seen elderly people. Secondly it may arise from deficiency of certain nutrients. vitamin B deficiencies including vitamin B1, B2, B6 or B12 is most linked with it. Thirdly it can happen from injury to the nerve. The types of injuries that can injure the nerves includes physical injury, chemical injury or radiation injury.It can also occur from some sort of infection. Its first example is Lyme disease (a tick- borne disease caused by a bacteria Borrelia burgdoferi and it spreads from the bite from ticks infected by this bacterium). Second example of an infection is chicken pox (a contagious disease caused infection with varicella zoster virus characterised by a skin rash consisting of small, itchy blisters that eventually scab over). Another infection is herpes simplex (a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus).
Rest of the infections associated with it includes leprosy (an infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae that damages the nerves, skin, eyes and respiratory tract) and syphilis (a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacterium called Treponema pallidum can damage the nerves in its late stages). There are some medical conditions that may lead to it. Some of these includes diabetes mellitus, beriberi disease (caused by deficiency of vitamin B-1), pernicious anaemia (A condition in which body is unable to make enough healthy red blood cells – RBCs due to lack of vitamin B-12), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).
Another medical condition that can cause nerve inflammation is SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own healthy tissues and causes its inflammation and tissue damage due to a misdirected response). Rest of medical conditions linked with it are sarcoidosis (a disease in which there occur abnormal collections of lumps of inflammatory cells called granulomas in any of the body part), multiple sclerosis (an autoimmune disease in which there occur damage to the myelin sheath which is the insulating covers of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord) and Guillain Barre syndrome (An autoimmune disorder in which body’s immune system attacks the nerves of peripheral nervous system out of a misdirected response).
Other than above it can arise from toxicity from certain drugs, metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, and some chemicals. However in many cases the exact cause behind neuritis remains unknown.
Its symptoms depend on which nerve is affected. The location of symptoms depends on the area of the body of which nerves are affected. The first symptom is pain which can be stabbing or pricking type. Next symptom is numbness, or abnormal sensation (medically called as paraesthesia) like burning and tingling sensation. Another symptom is muscle weakness. In severe cases paralysis (means loss of muscle function) and muscle wasting occurs. The nature of symptoms and the intensity vary from case to case.
Homeopathic Medicines for Neuritis
The homeopathic mode of treatment offers good help to manage the symptoms of neuritis. These medicines help in reducing the nerve inflammation and give symptomatic relief. With its use the intensity and frequency of symptoms reduces gradually. Symptoms including pain, numbness, burning, tingling and weakness can be well managed with them. Homeopathic medicines are helpful for these cases when the intensity of symptoms is mild to moderate. In case the symptoms of severe intensity are there and when symptoms are indicating some of the serious cause behind it then it is advisable to take urgent help from conventional mode of treatment. One should use any homeopathic medicine for neuritis management as per the guidance of a homeopathic doctor after detailed case analysis and never self prescribe them.
Hypericum – Top Grade Medicine
It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant Hypericum Perforatum which is also known by the name of St. John’s Wort. This plant belongs to family hypericaceae. It is a very effective medicine for managing the cases of neuritis. The main indicating symptoms for using it are numbness and tingling sensation in the limbs. Secondly, burning pain in the limbs is another prominent symptom. It is one of the best medicines for cases of neuritis that result from trauma and injuries. Last indicated symptom is sharp pain in the limbs.
Zincum Met – For Numbness and Tingling
Zincum Met is another prominent medicine for these cases. It is also beneficial when there is numbness and tingling sensation. Restlessness in the feet is an important attending symptom. Another symptom where it works well is formication sensation in the feet and legs as if some insects are crawling over the skin. In some cases needing it there is weakness in the muscles of the limbs. It is also helpful when there is numbness of the fingers specifically when rising in the morning. Lastly it is indicated for managing cases of weakness of hands and also when there is paralysis of hands and feet.
Kali Phos – For Prickling in Hands and Feet
It is a great medicine for treating cases having prickling in hands and feet. It is also valuable to treat numbness felt in the fingertips. It also offers help to manage nerve pains. In cases needing it the pains get better by gentle exercise. Lastly it helps to manage cases of paralysis with muscle wasting and loss of sense of touch.
Arsenic Album – For Numbness of Feet
It is an important medicine for managing numbness of the feet. Sometimes intense pain is felt in the feet along with this. It also offers help where burning sensation in the limbs is marked. Other than this it is valuable for managing cases with tingling sensation in the fingers. Next weakness, heaviness and twitching in the limbs call for the use of this medicine.
Causticum – For Muscle Weakness and Paralysis
It is a leading medicine for persons complaining of loss of muscle strength. This leads to uncertainty of control over muscles. This medicine is also indicated where numbness in the hands, feet and the toes is there. Another guiding feature to use it is electric shock like pain in the legs. Next it is a top listed medicine to manage cases where there is loss of muscle function (paralysis).
Phosphorus – For Tingling, Formication Sensation in Limbs
Use of this medicine is indicated when there is tingling, formication sensation in the limbs. Persons requiring it may feel better in this symptom by rubbing. Another indication is numbness in the arms and the hands. It is also useful for cases having burning sensation in the feet. Weakness in the arms is yet another main symptom for using this medicine.
Kalmia – For Neuralgic Pain Shooting Down
It is prepared from fresh leaves of a plant kalmia Latifolia commonly known as mountain laurel. It belongs to family ericaceae. It is a very valuable medicine for managing neuralgic pains that shoot down. Along with this numbness, pricking and tingling sensation accompany. Weakness is yet another attending symptom that may be present along with above indications.
Gelsemium – For Numbness and Weakness of Limbs
This is prepared from the bark of the root of a plant Gelsemium Sempervirens having the common name yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. It remains very effective for cases in which numbness and weakness of the limbs is marked. Mostly the arms feel powerless, weak and numb. Persons who need it have muscle weakness with lack of muscle coordination. They may have aching, tiredness and soreness in the limbs with this. Shooting, tearing pain along the track of the nerves is also prominently suggestive of this medicine use.
Rhus Tox – For Tingling Sensation in the Feet
This medicine works well in persons having tingling sensation in the feet. While walking they also feel as if they are walking on the needles. Its other indication is loss of power in the forearm and also in the fingers. It is also a beneficial medicine for cases presenting with crawling sensation specifically present in the fingertips.
Belladonna – For Numbness and Prickling in the Hands
Belladonna is prepared from a plant named as deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. It is used when there is numbness and prickling sensation in the hands. Its use is also considered when there is burning sensation, stinging or tingling sensation in the limbs. Other than this it is given when there are shooting pains experienced in the soles of feet. Apart from above people having heaviness and tired feeling in the limbs can also be highly helped with use of this medicine.