I’ve had a pinched nerve for several weeks now that is very painful.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve had a pinched nerve for several weeks now that is very painful. I had to start taking sleeping pills just to get a few hours of sleep at night. Is there anything natural that can help?” — Billy R., Portland, ME
A. Dear Billy, When it comes to addressing pain, I would recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking these ingredients three times daily.
I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a combination of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc, helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for nutrients, choose B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate 30% - 50% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking these ingredients three times daily.
To assist with a restful night’s sleep, you could also consider a combination of mandarin zest extract, lemon balm leaf, ravintsara leaf oil, and lavender flower oil. I would take these ingredients thirty minutes to an hour before bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally