Neuritis is the general inflammation of the peripheral nervous system. Neuritis refers to an inflammation of the nerves, be it a single nerve or a series of nerves. At times, several different groups of nerves in various part of the body may be involved. This condition is known as polyneuritis. This could be the result of a faulty diet, wrong habits of living, overwork, nutritional deficiencies, and metabolic disturbances.
Neuritis is classified as follows
Optic neuritis, (retrobulbar neuritis), is the inflammation of the optic nerve that may cause a complete or partial loss of vision.
The main symptoms of neuritis are a tingling and burning sensation, and stabbing pains in the affected nerves. In severe cases, there may be numbness, loss of sensation, and paralysis of the nearby muscles.
The main cause of neuritis is chronic acidosis, that is, excessive acid condition of the blood and other body fluids. Other causes includeInjury or pressure over a nerve trunkNerve damage Multiple sclerosis Blood supply disorders to the optic nerve Para nasal sinus infection Meningitis Viral illness Tuberculosis Presence of toxins in the bodyPoisoning with insecticides, mercury, lead, arsenic and alcohol.
Nutrition is the key for the treatment of neuritis. The emphasis should be on whole grains, particularly whole wheat, brown rice, raw and sprouted seeds, milk, yoghurt, and home-made cottage cheese. Carrot, beet, citrus fruits, apple and pineapple may be used for juices. Avoid white bread, sugar, refined cereals, meat, fish, tinned foods, tea, coffee, and condiments.
Soya Bean Milk
A cup of this milk, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, should be taken every night. It tones up the nervous system due to its rich concentration of lecithin, vitamin B and glutamic acid. Soya bean milk is prepared by soaking the beans in water for about twelve hours. The skin of the beans is then removed and after a thorough wash, they are turned into a fine paste in a grinding machine. The paste is mixed with water, three times its quantity. The milk is then boiled on a slow fire, and stirred frequently. After it becomes a little cooler, it should be strained through a cheesecloth and sugar added to it.
Barley brew is effective remedy fur neuritis. It is prepared by boiling quarter of a cup of pearled barley rain in half a cup of water. Then the water has boiled down to about one-quarter, it should be strained carefully. For better results, It should be mixed with half a glass of buttermilk and the' juice of half a lime.
Carrot and Spinach
Raw carrots and spinach are rich in elements, the deficiency of which leads to neuritis. The most effective way in which the body can obtain and assimilate these dements is by drinking at least half a litre of the combined raw juices of carrot and spinach - 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice - daily.
The use of orange flowers has also been found useful in neuritis. The water distilled from these flowers is a stimulating and refreshing drink, and should be taken regularly by the patient. The finest quality is one distilled from the petals of the bitter orange. Eating fresh orange flowers with honey is also 1m effective tonic for the nerves and valuable in treating neuritis, and about ten grams should be eaten daily.
All vitamins of the B group are valuable in neuritis. A combination of vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and pantothenic acid have proved to be of immense help in this disease; in fad, extreme pain, weakness, and numbness, in some cases, have been relieved within an hour.
Other Neuritis Treatment
The patient should be given two or three hot baths with Epsom salts - a tablespoon of salt to a cup of hot water. He should remain in the bath for twenty-five to thirty minutes. The affected parts should also be bathed several times daily in hot water.Light exercise such as walking is also beneficial in the treatment of neuritis.
Aconite is the only remedy applied early in simple neuritis acute stage, caused by exposure to cold. The numbness, coldness, tearing pains, nightly aggravation, with mental anguish, will indicate the remedy. Arnica
This remedy seems to have a selective affinity in relieving terminal nerve pain and the soreness.
It is a remedy for Traumatic neuritis with sharp cutting pain, where nerves have been lacerated and the parts exceedingly sore.
In the traumatic occasionally, but more especially in the rheumatic variety is Rhus curative. It has tearing, drawing and shooting pains. Exposure neuritis or that due to over exertion coupled with exposure finds in it a curative remedy. It also suits the gouty form.
Ferrum phosphoricum and Kali muriaticum the best remedies in rheumatic neuritis.
Cimicifuga- Alcoholic neuritis will frequently indicate this remedy.
Ledum and Plumbum are also remedies for the alcoholic variety, and the latter is especially indicated in cases where atrophy appears, no matter what the variety.
Arsenicum is a powerful remedy in neuritis and its best field seems to be in multiple neuritis of a severe type, with the characteristic symptoms of burning worse at night and relief by heat. It will suit especially the broken down constitutions, anaemic conditions and irritability so often accompaniments of multiple neuritis.
Phosphorus is also frequently indicated and employed in the multiple varieties.
Anantherum muriaticum is a remedy for root neuritis.
Carburetum sulphuris has been used successfully in neuritis, especially in the sciatic variety.
Remedy when pain flares up after exposure to cold. Numbness and tingling, shooting pains. Affected area feels congested. Worse from cold winds, dry weather; evening and night. Better in open air and rest.
Colocynthis – (Bitter Apple)
Acts especially on the long nerves such as tri-facial and sciatic as well as spinal. Pain is violent, cutting. Better from hard pressure and warmth. May be worsened by anger, grief, and cold.
Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort)
Injuries to fingers and toes as well as the tailbone. Pains are burning, tingling; numbness. Aching in sciatic nerve after sitting for long period of time. Worse change of weather; cold and damp; motion; close room. Better lying on face; bending back; bending head back; rubbing.
Magnesia Phosphorica (Magnesium Phosphate)
Facial neuralgia worse from when the body gets cold from washing with cold water; on opening mouth to eat or drink. Sciatic pain with tender feet. Pains shift. Worse from cold air; night; uncovering; water; right side; touch; milk. Better from pressure; heat/warmth.
Ranunculus Bulbosus Remedy for Burning and intense itching. Worse from open air, cold; rain; change of position; standing; breathing; touch; evening and morning.
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