Neuralgia: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables such as cranberries, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, kale and spinach as vitamin C, a water-soluble antioxidant that strengthens your immune system, eases nerve pain.
  • Omega 3 fatty acid rich foods like cold water fish, flaxseeds, walnuts, soybeans, canola oil and pumpkin seeds. As omega 3 fatty acids decrease inflammation in the body and prevent nerve damage.
  • Drink plenty of water and other foods that contain water like oranges, broths, lettuce, herbal teas, peaches and grapes.
  • Consuming limited amounts of lean meats can relieve nerve pain. Lean meats such as lean beef, fish, poultry, lamb and turkey are rich in vitamin B12, a water-soluble vitamin that improves immune system function.
  • Foods that contain high levels of antioxidants include blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, broccoli, red grapes, garlic, spinach, carrots, pomegranates, dark chocolate and green tea.
Foods to be avoided
  • Limit sugary foods
  • Avoid caffeine and caffeinated drinks
  • Fatty and junk foods

Yoga and Exercise

Some of the neuralgia exercises that might be recommended include:
  • Walking
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Aerobics
  • Stretching classes
  • Other low-impact exercises
Yoga asanas which help relieve neuralgia pain include:
  • Ardhakati Cakrasana( Half waist rotation pose)
  • Ardha Cakrasana( half wheel pose)
  • Bhujangasana( cobra pose)
  • Kapalabhati( forceful exhalation)

Music and Meditation

  • Meditate- Sit in padmasana posture and concentrate on your breathing
  • Relaxation music which calms down your nerves

Home Remedies

  • Try heat or ice to keep your neck muscles relaxed
  • Roll a hand towel up and use this under your neck instead of a pillow
  • Keep your head and face covered during sleep
  • Try not to sleep on the affected side as that will worsen pain in the morning
  • Hot tubs/baths can be wonderful for pain management

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