Chronic inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy refers to an autoimmune disorder which affects the nerves. During embryonic growth, the body’s natural internal immune mechanism learns to distinguish between self and non-self. As a result, the immune system can identify foreign objects including bacteria or viruses that enter the body and destroy them.
In an autoimmune disorder, this ability of the immune system to differentiate between self and non-self is lost, as a result of which, the immune cells start attacking its own cells.
Causes Of CIDP Neuropathy
The nerves conduct electrical impulses from the brain to other organs of the body. These nerves are covered by an insulating sheet referred to as a myelin sheet.
In chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, the body’s immune cells first attack the myelin sheet cells resulting in nerve damage.
The trigger for the onset of this condition is not clearly understood, however in most cases, the onset of the condition is associated with a nerve injury.
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Symptoms
The symptoms associated with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy are progressive in nature and develop first in the lower extremities and gradually ascend upwards to other organs of the body.
- Patient develops weakness in the feet resulting in foot drop. Eventually the patient develops symptoms of tingling and numbness in the toes and the feet.
- As the disorder progresses symptoms like urinary incontinence and difficulty in emptying the urinary bladder may develop.
- Abdominal bloating, nausea and vomiting is the next set of symptoms.
- Drop in blood pressure with dizziness may develop. Some patients may suffer from complete paralysis. The patients may suffer from loss of balance and inability to walk for prolonged period of time.
In general the symptoms vary in severity ranging from mild to severe symptoms.
Natural Remedies For CIDP
Prior to initiating treatment it is important to evaluate the severity of the condition and confirm the diagnosis. Laboratory tests, EMG and nerve conduction studies are performed to evaluate the damage of the nerves and muscles involved. Here are some simple natural home remedies that can complement the contemporary treatment,
- Add a tablespoon of turmeric in a glass of milk and consume it three times a day. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve the symptoms associated with neuropathy.
- Herbs like Alfalfa help strengthen the immune system and improve coordination between different immune cells.
- Vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin B12 helps alleviate some of the symptoms like tingling numbness and reduced nerve conductivity. Consume a diet comprising of sea foods, fish, poultry and dairy products to improve the uptake of this vitamin.
- While increasing the uptake of vitamins, limit the intake of Vitamin B6 to less than 100 mg daily. Though Vitamin B6 is essential for normal nerve functioning, its excess can lead to nerve pain and neuropathy symptoms. Avoid alcohol as it can contribute to abnormal sensations and interfere with the absorption of vitamins.
- Homeopathic drugs like Nux Vomica and Sepia are useful in alleviating most of the symptoms associated with neuropathy. These remedies should be ideally consumed in low potency and should be repeated about three times a day.