As of 2015, there is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage; however, the pain caused by nerve damage can be managed with physical therapy and conditioning exercises, according to Spine-health. Patients may also benefit from seeing a psychologist to manage emotional responses to pain, including depression.
People suffering from peripheral neuropathy should follow a healthy eating plan, get regular exercise and avoid excessive alcohol consumption or smoking, according to Mayo Clinic. Neuropathy is common among diabetics, but monitoring blood sugar levels, maintaining proper foot hygiene, and checking for sores and wounds daily can help manage neuropathic pain.
Alternative methods of treatment, which are not medically proven, include acupuncture, herbs and a variety of supplements, states Mayo Clinic. Acupuncture performed by a certified practitioner is generally a safe practice that consists of inserting a number of thin needles into various points on the body. Alpha-lipoic acid and amino acids such as acetyl-L-carnitine may improve symptoms of neuropathy; however, side effects can include rash, nausea and upset stomach.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are known for reducing inflammation and improving blood flow, and herbs such as evening primrose oil can help with pain management as well, notes Mayo Clinic. A patient should consult a doctor before taking any herbs or supplements, as they may interact with other medications.