If you’ve ever had a compressed or pinched nerve, or dealt with any nerve pain at all, like a funny bone hit, you know just how tough it can be to put on a smile and face the day. But heavy medication isn’t always the only option for dealing with nerve pain.
Within these 16 natural approaches, you may find just the right one for your body. Most involve addressing the inflammation that may be causing the pain.
1. Drink water
H20 is a must for addressing the underlying causes of inflammation. Hydration keeps you healthy, period.
Whether you drink a ginger tonic of sorts, bathe in it or eat it, ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory found in nature.
Perhaps it is a bit more frightening for some of us than the other paths on this list, but acupuncture is widely praised for its effects on nerve pain.
Relaxation can help ease nerve pain, and meditation promotes relaxation, as well as assists you in learning about your body’s needs.
5. Omega 3 Oils
Get plenty of omegas in your diet through certain oils or meats containing oils. If you’re looking for extra support, try omega supplements.
Stretching is known to help ease acute and chronic nerve pain, and making it part of your daily or weekly routine with yoga can help immensely.
Turmeric supports a healthy inflammatory response.
8. B vitamins
Though not all people with nerve concerns need supplemental support, a deficiency in B vitamins can have effects on the nervous system. See a doctor to determine if supplementation is a good addition to your regimen.
9. Warm baths
Warm water can increase blood flow and help ease your stress. A soak may be a perfect at-home remedy.
10. Avoid alcohol
Avoiding alcoholic beverages is always a good bet when dealing with inflammation – and alcohol use can exacerbate nerve pain. Just skip it.
11. Capsaicin cream or Arnica
A topical treatment can ease nerve pain, but use capsaicin with caution, as some people cannot tolerate its level of burn.
12. Opt for oils
Lavender oil relaxes, while peppermint oil can help fight pain with a similar burn to capsaicin.
13. Take a walk
Walking can be a welcome distraction from pain, and it also helps release endorphins and stimulate blood flow, helping your body cope.
14. Rest up
Getting enough rest is important to managing nerve pain, as it can often grow even less tolerable at night and disrupt sleep. Find a schedule that works for you and stick to it. Also try limiting your caffeine intake and sticking to an exercise regimen.
15. Green juicing
Not only will the nutrients in green juice blends (like an apple, spinach, celery, cucumber mix) help with inflammation, they'll also address detoxification and provide antioxidants.
16. Ice and Heat
Use ice for acute, recent pain, and heat to heal after the pain has slightly subsided.
Do you have any at-home solutions we didn't mention? Share them in a comment!