Neuritis/Neuropathy: Overview

Neuritis is the inflammation of a peripheral nerve or nerves often accompanied by degenerative changes in nervous tissue.  A neuropathy involves either a cranial nerve or spinal nerve.  At times, several different groups of nerves in various parts of the body may be involved.  This condition is known as polyneuritis or polyneuropathy.

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Incidence; Causes and Development

Some form of neuropathy affects 1 person in 400.

The causes of nerve pathology include:

  • Mechanical from injury, pressure, overworking a part of the body
  • Vascular (blockage of a vessel or hemorrhage into nerve tissue)
  • Infectious as in shingles, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, or leprosy
  • Toxic from heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and lead; chemical poisoning from organophosphates, drugs or alcohol; vaccination as in Guillain Barré syndrome
  • Metabolic from acidosis, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of neuritis that arise from the involvement of sensory nerves include tingling, burning, pins-and-needles sensations, stabbing or even loss of sensation.  If motor nerves are involved, symptoms may range from a slight loss of muscle tone to paralysis with muscle wasting.  Since neuritis is regarded as a condition that results from a number of disorders, rather than a disease in itself, treatment is directed first at the underlying cause.

Treatment and Prevention

Homeopathic. Specific remedies to be given 4 times daily for up to 2 weeks while constitutional help is being sought:

  • Nerves flare up after exposure to cold, affected part of body feels congested as well as numb: Aconite 30c
  • Attack brought on by dry cold, person feels chilly, exhausted, restless burning or searing pains: Arsenicum 6c
  • Attack brought on by cold or damp, pain violent and lacerating, and better for application of heat especially if person is suffering from facial neuralgia: Colocynth 6c
  • Pain worse after sleep: Lachesis 6c
  • Pain alleviated by heat and pressure: Magnesia phos.  6c
  • Neuralgia affecting rib cage or located above right eye: Ranunculus 6c
  • Pain above left eye, made worse by movement: Spigelia 6c

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Neuritis/Neuropathy:

Symptoms - Muscular

Some/great loss of muscle tone

Loss of muscle tone is a common neuritis symptom: The affected nerve keeps the muscles from staying toned.

Specific/severe muscle weakness

Symptoms of neuritis include a weakness in the muscles and a wasting away of muscle tissue.  Without proper nerve stimulation the muscles are no longer healthy and cannot be effective.

Symptoms - Nervous

Paralysis not due to physical injury

Paralysis is one of the more severe symptoms of neuritis.

(Recent) loss of sense of touch

Nerve damage or swelling can make it impossible for nerve impulses to get through.  This numbness may only affect a small area or may travel along the entire nerve, and it may be temporary or permanent.

Numb/burning/tingling extremities

For some individuals burning may become so bad that they feel like the area is on fire, exacerbated by certain movements and activities.

Conditions that suggest Neuritis/Neuropathy:


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Risk factors for Neuritis/Neuropathy:

Environment / Toxicity

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Arsenic and lead poisoning can cause neuritis.




A contributing cause of neuritis is chronic acidosis, that is, excessive acid condition of the blood and other body fluids.  All the body fluids should be alkaline in their reaction, but when the acidic wastes are continuously formed in the tissues over a long period due to a faulty diet, it can result in an overly acid state.  Stress and over work lower the tone of nervous system and contribute towards acidic neuritis.


Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

Deficiencies of several B-vitamins (B1, B2, pantothenic acid, B6 and B12) can cause or contribute to neuritis.

Organ Health

Neuritis/Neuropathy could instead be:



It is often difficult to diagnose Sarcoidosis as signs may mimic diabetes, hypopituitarism, optic neuritis, meningitis, tumors, or other neurologic disorders.

Recommendations for Neuritis/Neuropathy:


Alkalizing Agents/Diet

An alkaline diet can reverse the effects of an overly acidic diet which may be contributing to nerve irritation and inflammation.

Therapeutic Fasting

In severe cases, a short juice fast for four or five days with carrot, beet, citrus fruits, apple and pineapple may be used to hasten the recovery process prior to an alkalinizing diet.


Vitamin B-Complex

All vitamins of the B group have proven beneficial in the prevention and treatment of neuritis.  The disorder has been helped when vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and pantothenic acid have been given together.

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