Peripheral Neuropathy: Pathogenic Mechanisms and Alternative Therapies
 
   

Peripheral Neuropathy:
Pathogenic Mechanisms and
Alternative Therapies

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM:   Alternative Medicine Review 2006 (Dec);   11 (4):   294-329 ~ FULL TEXT

Kathleen A. Head, ND

Thorne Research, Inc.,
PO Box 25, Dover, ID 83825, USA.
kathih@thorne.com


Peripheral neuropathy (PN), associated with diabetes, neurotoxic chemotherapy, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/antiretroviral drugs, alcoholism, nutrient deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, and other etiologies, results in significant morbidity. Conventional pain medications primarily mask symptoms and have significant side effects and addiction profiles. However, a widening body of research indicates alternative medicine may offer significant benefit to this patient population. Alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, benfotiamine, methylcobalamin, and topical capsaicin are among the most well-researched alternative options for the treatment of PN. Other potential nutrient or botanical therapies include vitamin E, glutathione, folate, pyridoxine, biotin, myo-inositol, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, L-arginine, L-glutamine, taurine, N-acetylcysteine, zinc, magnesium, chromium, and St. John's wort. In the realm of physical medicine, acupuncture, magnetic therapy, and yoga have been found to provide benefit. New cutting-edge conventional therapies, including dual-action peptides, may also hold promise.


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