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Can Herbs Heal Nerve Damage?

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author image Diana Gamble
Diana Gamble's health-oriented articles have been published in magazines such as "The Natural Journal" since 2007. She earned certifications for massage therapy and nutritional consulting from the North Carolina School of Holistic Medicine. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Asheville with a Bachelor of Arts in literature.
Can Herbs Heal Nerve Damage?
Chinese herbalists have used certain types of herbs for over 3,000 years. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Pain from nerve damage is called neuralgia, which is shooting and tingling pains that run along a pressed nerve. An injury usually causes nerves to be pinched. Another cause is when you age and your nerve fibers start to deteriorate, which can lead to nerve irritation and nervous system disorders like multiple sclerosis. Certain herbs can heal nerve damage. Consult your doctor about taking herbs for your nerve damage.

St. John's Wort and Vervain

Both S. John's wort and vervain relax the nervous system and reduce inflammation of the nerves. When the nerves are not inflamed, they are less constricted and pinched. Plus, when they are not inflamed, they are able to heal. You can find these herbs in most grocery stores as supplements.

Ginger

In the book “The Healing Herbs,” author Michael Castleman explains that ginger effectively reduces inflammation and is useful in healing nerve damage. You can make it into a tea by simply shaving off its skin and chopping small pieces of ginger root and steeping them in hot water. You can also find ginger supplements in pill form. Chinese herbalists have used ginger in variety of treatments for thousands of years.

Arnica

Arnica has been used for centuries by the Native Americans. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, arnica reduces inflammation, which may aid in nerve repair. Arnica should never be swallowed without being diluted, because it can be harmful if ingested. Instead, apply it topically to your skin at the area that has pain from nerve damage. Do not use it on an open wound without a physician's supervision.

Flaxseed

The herb flaxseed provides you with an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3 effectively reduces inflammation, which is necessary for reducing the risk of nerve damage and healing damaged nerves. You can find flaxseed oil as pill supplements or liquid. Consume flaxseed oil instead of ground flaxseed for its most effective form in helping damaged nerves.

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