Neuropathy

Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute

Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinics located in Irvine, CA & Fullerton, CA

Nerve damage can cause tingling or numbness in your hands and feet that affect your ability to perform simple tasks, like cooking, cleaning, exercising, or even working. Brian Lee, PhD, at Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute in Fullerton and Irvine, California, understands that nerve damage, or neuropathy, feels frustrating — even debilitating in many cases — which is why they offer natural treatments to keep you active and healthy. For more information, call Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute or book an appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that is typically caused by injury or certain medical conditions, like diabetes. It is usually characterized by a tingling or numbness in the hands or feet.

While many patients experience sudden, acute neuropathy, others notice the condition develops over time.

Are there different types of neuropathy?

There are four main types of neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the nerves around the spinal cord and brain become damaged. This can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands, feet, arms, or legs.

Autonomic neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy refers to nerve damage that affects the involuntary nervous system, which controls digestion, bladder function, sexual function, perspiration, the heart, and circulation.

Cranial neuropathy

When any of the 12 cranial nerves are damaged, cranial neuropathy can affect your eyes, inner ears, or both.

Focal neuropathy

Focal neuropathy affects one area of the body or group of nerves.

What causes neuropathy?

There are many causes of neuropathy to consider when meeting with the Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute team. Some causes are genetic, while others develop over time. You may be at risk of neuropathy if you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Trauma from an accident or sports injury
  • Alcoholism
  • HIV
  • Herpes virus
  • Lyme disease
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Kidney disorders

Diabetes accounts for at least 30% of all neuropathy causes. If you think you may be suffering from diabetic neuropathy, contact the team at Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute.

How is neuropathy treated?

Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute provides a number of alternative therapies to treat neuropathy:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture, or the act of inserting hair-thin needles into predetermined points around the body, stimulates blood flow to certain nerves. This can help alleviate some of the most uncomfortable neuropathy symptoms, such as tingling in the hands and feet, pain, and overall discomfort.

Herbal medicine and nutrition

Certain vitamins and supplements can help relieve your uncomfortable neuropathy symptoms.

If you suffer from a vitamin B deficiency, the team may recommend vitamin B supplements or diet changes to increase your intake. Likewise, alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant known to lower blood sugar levels and repair nerve function.

After assessing your unique case, the team can recommend a number of supplements and diet changes to improve your nerve function.

Reflexology

Massaging certain points in your hands, feet, and ears to balance the flow of energy in your body is called reflexology. These targeted messages can stimulate blood flow to your nerves and help you recover without prescription medications.

The Cornerstone Acupuncture Institute team offers a number of neuropathy treatments to help alleviate your symptoms. To learn more, call to schedule a consultation today.