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How does acupuncture help treat neuropathy?

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Acupuncture may improve nerve conduction in individuals with peripheral neuropathy, according to a study published in the European Journal of Neurology. Acupuncture may also relieve the pain that sufferers of peripheral neuropathy experience, notes Weil Lifestyle.

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How does acupuncture help treat neuropathy?
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Peripheral neuropathy is frequently caused by diabetes, although it can also be triggered by toxic trauma such as that associated with chemotherapy or through mechanical injury such as that caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. The success of acupuncture treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on the cause of the condition, although in all cases, supplementation of B-vitamins may improve nerve function and is recommended by Weils Lifestyle. Acupuncture treatments may speed recovery from peripheral neuropathy, and reflexology may be effective for neuropathy of the toes, feet or legs. Neuropathy caused by toxic exposure often goes away with time, as noted by Weils Lifestyle, since injured nerves begin to recover when exposure to toxic substances ends.

In a 2007 study on the effects of acupuncture on patients with peripheral neuropathy, clinicians found that 76 percent of the individuals in the acupuncture group improved in an objective and symptomatic manner, while only 15 percent of the individuals in the control group did so, according to the study published in the European Journal of Neurology. In the study, subjective improvement fully correlated with objective improvement in both groups.

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