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Tingling, numbness, pain and burning sensations
Nerve damage or neuropathy is the destruction or degeneration of the myelin sheath which insulates the axon of a nerve cell. When the myelin sheath is destroyed, the axon loses its ability to effectively conduct electrical impulses resulting in numbness, tingling, pain, weakness and burning sensations.
Repairing Nerve Damage
Peripheral nerves, which are nerves that exist outside of the brain and spinal cord, possess the ability to regenerate and heal themselves. Below are some commonly used herbs for helping the body heal its damaged peripheral nerves from Lyme Disease and co-infections.
- St. John's Wort - St John's Wort is an extract made from the stem and leaves of the perennial herb Hypericum Perforatum which is native to Europe. It's more commonly know for its use to treat depression. St. John's Wort is well known for its ability to repair nerve damage and reduce pain and inflammation.
- Blue Vervain - Blue Vervain is an extract produced from the stems and leaves of the herb Verbena Hastata which is native to North America. Blue Vervain is great for liver and gallbladder health. It is said that Blue Vervain is an excellent herb for the nervous system and builds damaged nerves.
- Avena Sativa (Oats) - Avena Sativa is an extract made from wild oats which are annuals. One can reap the benefits of Avena Sativa simply by eating old fashioned oats that have been unprocessed. Avena Sativa is a tonic to the nervous system and is commonly used for anxiety. It is also used to help repair nerve damage.
- B Complex Vitamins - B vitamins play an essential role in providing the body with the proper nutrients needed for repairing tissue.
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Disclaimer: The information on this page is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any illness. You should always seek the professional advice of a doctor before starting any supplements.