Nerve damage can happen following a traumatic injury, although this problem is particularly common among people who have had diabetes for a prolonged period. Nerve injuries, states the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, may occur if your nerves are cut, stretched or subjected to prolonged periods of increased pressure. Herbal remedies may help to treat your nerve injury, but you should always discuss herb-related topics with your doctor before using herbal remedies.
Pressure- or stretching-related nerve injuries may cause your nerve fibers to break, which can interfere with your nerves' ability to transmit impulses. Nerves that are cut damage both your nerve fibers and the insulating sheath that surrounds them. Prolonged elevated blood sugar levels -- a common occurrence among diabetics -- can have a toxic effect on your nerves, causing loss of sensation or motor function in affected individuals. Diabetics often develop nerve problems in their feet, which can lead to foot injuries and ulcers in your lower extremity.
Appropriate Herbal Remedies
There are several herbal remedies that may be appropriate in treating nerve damage and nerve-related problems, although not all herbs traditionally used for this health purpose have been evaluated using current scientific testing methods. Certain herbs, notes Ed Smith, an expert herbalist and author of "Therapeutic Herb Manual," serve as restorative tonics to your entire nervous system, including skullcap flowering herb, oat seed, St. John's wort flower and bud, celery seed and lavender flower.
A Helpful Herb
Oat is an herbal remedy that may be helpful in treating your nerve damage. According to Sharol Tilgner, an herbal medicine expert, naturopathic physician and author of "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth," oat is nutritive to your nervous system and is also considered a nervine. A nervine is a substance that helps calm your nerves and may reduce nerve-related pain. This herb has also traditionally been used in treating addiction, including addiction to opium, morphine, alcohol and nicotine.
Although herbal remedies may be a helpful adjunct therapy in treating your nerve damage, nerve problems may take a long time to resolve, and the use of herbal remedies does not guarantee a positive health result. In some cases, herbal medicines may trigger strong and unexpected reactions in your body. Always discuss proper dosage, treatment length and the criteria for discontinuing herbs before using these powerful natural substances in treating your nerve damage or other ailments.
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Nerve Injuries
- "Therapeutic Herb Manual"; Ed Smith; 2007
- "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth"; Sharol Tilgner, N.D.; 1999