Paresthesia is a tingling sensation (often described as ‘pins and needles’) in the appendages. It may also be characterized by itching or burning of the skin along with neurological symptoms. There are many reasons why one might experience such altered sensation in the skin such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension etc. In some cases, disruption in the peripheral nerves is the main cause of Paresthesia. Even dental extraction or teeth-related problems can alter sensation in the facial skin. Today we will consider some home remedies for paresthesia:
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As far as supplements for paresthesia are concerned, Magnesium is an important one. Magnesium deficiency is often the root cause behind tingling and numbness of the hands and feet. You can take a high quality magnesium supplement to overcome symptoms or use magnesium sprays on affected areas.Alternatively, add Magnesium oil to a glass of warm water and drink it daily. This is a proven cure for Paresthesia.
2. Other supplements for paresthesia
Take vitamin B12 and Zinc. You can also eat a ‘paresthesia diet’ including foods like eggs, lean meat, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.
3. Rule out underlying causes
For prolonged, unexplained paresthesia, your physician may prescribe some blood tests such as low levels of serum potassium in people taking diuretics, higher than normal levels of serum bicarbonate, higher levels of urinary aldosterone and increased plasma volume. All these issues could cause numbness .
4. Avoid alcohol
Patients suffering from this condition should limit or avoid alcohol intake as it can exacerbate the condition.
5. Epsom salt baths
For itchy, tingling skin and numbness in appendages, soaking in warm water mixed with a cup of Epsom salts can help relieve symptoms of altered skin sensation.
Using essential oils for paresthesia massage the areas with numbness and tingling. Lavender oil is an effective essential oil for this purpose and can help relax the body and mind by restoring blood flow to affected areas.
7. Use topical teartment with Capsaicin
Capsaicin is the substance that makes peppers hot. You can buy creams or oils containing Capsaicin to massage the areas with numbness.
8. Paresthesia treatment after tooth extraction
Warm salt water gargles can help with paresthesia following dental extraction.
Seek help of an acupuncturist to relieve symptoms of numbness and tingling in arms and legs.
10. Yoga for paresthesia
Many people experience a tingling sensation or numbness in their fingers and hands, especially at nighttime. This might be due to working prolonged hours at the computer during the daytime or due to poor sleeping posture. The following Yoga poses can help. You can do these just before bedtime or even in the middle of the night if you happen to wake up with numbness in fingers:
- Lie on your back. Close your fists then open them and stretch all your fingers outwards. Now fold the thumb inward so its tip is just below the base of the little finger. Now close all of the other fingers over the thumb. Releasing the pose, open all fingers and stretch them outwards.
- For paresthesia of feet, do sarvangasana by lying on the back. Raise your body waist up so it is resting on your shoulders. Support the back with bent elbows as shown in image below.
If these natural home remedies for paresthesia do not help, your doctor can prescribe strong pain medicines such as codeine (which is an opium derivative) to help you manage symptoms.