Peripheral neuropathy is due to the inflammation of the peripheral nerves. There are many reasons leading to peripheral neuropathy: diabetes, back pain, sciatica, chemo therapy drug, Lupus, high blood pressure, Raynaud’s disease, alcohol intake, and kidney problems. Why are there more and more people developing neuropathy? Insufficient blood supply is the direct cause of the inflammation of the peripheral nerves. In this electronic society, we simply sit too much. The long time sitting and standing can reduce the blood flow to your hands and feet. The second factor contributing to neuropathy is the lack of vegetables and fruits.
The peripheral nerves always go through degeneration and regeneration. If we do not have sufficient nutrients to support the regeneration, the nerves will gradually lose their function. Initially, you feel abnormal sensation such as tingling, sensitivity to touch or acupuncture, then the nerves started losing function completely. You will feel coldness and numbness, which can influence your balance. This is one of the reasons older people easily fall.
Stress and over thinking can lead to constriction of your blood vessels in your hands and feet, causing the neuropathy. We often hear about a warm heart and cold hands. When you think about other people too much, your energy flows to your heart and brain, your hands and feet do not have sufficient energy to nourish them. My 26 years of clinical experiences in Boston, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Parkland, Pompano Beach taught me that even if you have no disease, simply thinking and sitting too much will make you prone to develop neuropathy.
When I was 6 years old, I started acupuncture treatments for my facial tics. Acupuncture calmed down my nerves, the facial muscle did not jump after a few acupuncture treatments. 40 years later, I noticed that my feet became so sensitive to acupuncture needles. For instance when I needle Kid3 on my feet, I have some shooting sensations down to the heel. When I stay in Boston and Needham for the past 17 years, my feet were always cold; the spasm of the blood vessels caused the early signs of neuropathy. I started wearing very thick socks, did meditation in the morning and in the middle of the day, cutting down salt and processed food, and walking fast on the treadmill in my new home in Boca Raton. Now the early signs of the neuropathy: sensitivity to the touch and acupuncture are gone after two years.
My acupuncture patients come from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Island, Lake Worth, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Parkland, Pompano Beach, Weston and Miami for their neuropathy and pain. They usually have 12 to 24 sections of acupuncture treatments twice a week, then once a week. Their circulation gets better faster; they have less tingling and numbness. Then they change to a treatment every two weeks to help their peripheral nerves regenerate, which can take months. During this time, they started eating more fruit and vegetables to provide the nutrients for the nerves to regenerate. They now have improved balance and can exercise more in the new gym in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Pompano Beach and Boynton Beach area.
Acupuncture can not only improve the blood circulation to your nervous system, but also can help body produce more growth hormones with deeper sleep. Higher level of growth hormones will help us repair the degeneration much faster.