Common Problems of The Nervous System

When the nervous system is affected through irritation, damage, or disease, it can result in either partial or complete paralysis. This can be flaccid paralysis, perhaps the result of a severed nerve, which leaves the muscles floppy and without sensation, or spastic weakness of paralysis, when the muscles become rigid due to nerve damage in the brain or spinal cord, perhaps following a stroke. Paralysis can be either temporary or permanent. In diseases such as Parkinson’s or MS, there may be weakness without paralysis.

Neuritis

Numbness, tingling, pain, or muscle weakness due to the degeneration of nerve tissue, neuritis is caused by inflammation, disease, or damage. Symptoms vary according to whether it is the sensory nerve fibers or motor nerve fibers that are affected. Alcoholism may exacerbate the condition.

Treatment

This depends on the underlying cause and severity of the damage. Specific causes include diabetes, which can be treated by rebalancing the body’s sugar metabolism.

Naturopathy Treatment will be aimed at addressing dietary deficiencies, boosting vitamin intake and energy levels. Excessive alcohol consumption can also be treated with naturopathy to regulate diet.

Diet and Nutrition Restoring the body’s natural chemical dehydroepaindrosterone (DHEA) may also help Optimum levels are 750-1250ng/dL for men, 550-980ng/dL for women. Supplements of 50-100mg per for men, and 20-75mg for women may be recommended.

Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, and Yoga, These have been found helpful.

Neuralgia

Neuralgia is pain in a particular’ and is due to nerve damage, irritation, or pressure. The pain usually lasts for only a brief period, but may be severe and is often described as a shooting sensation. It is a symptom of shingles, which is an infection of the nerves leading to areas of the skin; for instance, down one side of the trunk, neck or arm, or, more rarely, the face. Postherpetic pain, which is pain following a herpes zoster infection, is caused by damage to the nerves, which results in repeated, strong nerve impulses being produced and sent to the brain. The pain is severe and can last for weeks or months.

Treatment

Acupressure Trigeminal neuralgia, a spasmodic pain on one side of the face, can be self-treated by lightly pressing inward with the index fingers, just below the inner side of the brow, or from the same point, downward to the mouth. Neuralgia accompanying migraine can also be treated with light pressure or acupuncture.

Biofeedback and Homeopathy Remedies and biofeedback may be used to prevent stress, which may bring on attacks of neuralgia.

Acupuncture Particularly when used early on, this has been shown to prevent postherpetic neuralgia­following shingles.

Tens Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation This therapy uses electrodes to block these nerve impulses and stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving hormones, and is also particularly useful for pain following an attack of shingles , and for other forms of neuralgia or face pain.

Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Naturopathy, and Osteopathy have also proved beneficial.