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What is neuropathy?

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Neuropathy refers to a group of nerve disorders characterized by damage or dysfunction of the peripheral nerves, with no identifiable cause. It is a chronic condition that can result in various symptoms, depending on the specific nerves affected. Neuropathy can lead to impaired sensory, motor, or autonomic function, causing discomfort and disruptions in daily life.

SYMPTOMS of neuropathy

If you have neuropathy, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or other affected areas
  • Burning or shooting pain
  • Muscle weakness or difficulty with coordination
  • Loss of balance or unsteady gait
  • Sensitivity to touch or temperature changes
  • Digestive problems, such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Bladder or urinary issues
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Impaired sweating or intolerance to heat


Acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment for managing neuropathy and promoting nerve health. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to alleviate symptoms, improve nerve function, and enhance overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for neuropathy include:

Acupuncture has been shown to effectively reduce pain and discomfort associated with neuropathy, providing a non-pharmacological approach to pain management.

Acupuncture can stimulate nerve regeneration and repair, potentially improving sensation and reducing numbness in affected areas.

Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the peripheral nerves, supporting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients for optimal nerve health.

Acupuncture sessions may help enhance balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and improving overall mobility.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety commonly associated with idiopathic neuropathy.