Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nervous system. This system of nerves in the skin, muscles, and internal organs of the body transmit information to the central nervous system that includes the spinal cord and brain. Damage to the peripheral nerves can come from trauma, infection, nutrition, toxins, or a disease such as diabetes. The peripheral nervous system includes:
· Sensory nerves that receive feelings such as heat, pain or touch
· Motor nerves that control how your muscles move
· Autonomic nerves that control such automatic functions as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder function
With a wide variety of causes and a number of different nerve types there are a number of different forms of peripheral neuropathy. For instance carpel tunnel syndrome is one type of this disease. Another more common form is peripheral polyneuropathy which usually affects the feet and legs. Common symptoms are numbness or loss of sensation, tingling or burning, pain, o loss of muscle control.
If the autonomic nerves are affected this causes problems with involuntary functions leading to symptoms such as abnormal blood pressure and heart rate, reduced ability to perspire, constipation, bladder dysfunction (e.g., incontinence), and sexual dysfunction.
Note: Some note that oils used with the massage technique for Neuropathy are also effective for swollen ankles from other causes.
Essential oils may be used to help with uncomfortable symptoms as well as help strengthen the body’s own systems to repair or correct damaged nerve tissue. For feet and leg problems Dr. David Hill in a lecture suggested the following as helps:
This process is basically creating “angiogenesis”, which is the stimulation and creation of new vascular tissue. It will take several weeks, and maybe even months, depending on the length and depth of the starving tissues affected. You are basically ‘creating’ the need for blood flow to the area’s affected. It is most effective on patients with diabetic neuropathy, but others can find relief from this process. He said three things are important in this process: Exercise (or stimulation for circulation), heat, and massage.
Using fractionated coconut oil to spread, apply a couple of drops of Massage Blend to calf area .Other oils that were recommended are: Marjoram, Cypress, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Basil, Grapefruit, Lavender. Anything that has circulatory properties can be used. (Each patient may be different) The entire process should only take about 10 minutes each leg.
As you start, you may notice how ‘hard’ the calf muscle is. That is also a sign of neuropathy. Prop the leg up on the edge of your knee. Start at the top of calf, in the ‘hollow’ part of the leg (see diagram).
Massage in small circular motions down the calf towards the foot. Repeat several times on both sides of calf. (you may also use a small hand held massager) You may feel hard crystals, like bumps in area. Try to work those out. It may be painful for patient at First.
Now, flex the foot, and apply oils to bottom of foot. Then massage the areas of the foot show on the diagram below. Follow the arrows on the diagram. You may also feel crystals in these areas as well, massage them out. You will be massaging towards the toes. This routine creates the ‘need’ for blood to flow to these areas.
The top area is at the base of the toes (metatarsal arch). When you flex the foot, you will see a natural “T” in the area that is where the arrows are.
After massaging these areas (about 10 minutes) apply a warm compress to the area (such as a rice or cracked corn bag) and leave it on for about 10 minutes on each leg.
Do same application on opposite leg and foot area. The key to success in this application is CONSISTENCY!
He also recommended they take the Life Long Wellness supplements to stabilize the body, as well as placing Basil on the bottom of the feet in the morning. Coriander could also be taken internally to help with blood sugar levels. Those who have severe blood sugar issues should monitor those levels. As with anything, a proper diet, and at least 20-30 minutes of exercise every day is necessary to help body to heal.
Also attributed to Dr. Hill is this more simplified procedure for “neuropathy of the feet”:
· rub 2-4 drops Grounding Blend into the feet
· rub 2-4 drops each of Basil, Cypress, and Marjoram into one foot
· finish with 2-4 drops Peppermint then cover with hot moist towel and perhaps a dry towel to keep the heat in for the longest time.
· repeat on other foot.
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