I am a practicing homeopath and lifestyle expert, and lay great emphasis on alternative medicine and healthy living.
Tingling and numbness, or "pins and needles," is a rather common condition, but can be exceedingly annoying. The sensation is associated with hypersensitivity and burning in the arms and/or legs.
Tingling and numbness may be linked to a number of disorders and ailments, such as diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, sciatica, cervical spondylosis, slipped discs, and migraines. Understanding the exact cause and managing it effectively is crucial.
What Causes Tingling and Numbness?
- Tingling and numbness, abnormal sensations, pins and needles, or paresthesia, often occurs due to defective neurotransmission through the nerves. One may also experience a burning and heaviness sensation.
- The most common cause of these sensations is staying in the same position for a prolonged period of time. Moving around can allay the symptoms effectively; on the other hand, if moving around does not help, then the cause of the disorder may be different.
- A deficiency of vitamin B complex is known to cause tingling and numbness.
- Pressure on the nerves is another significant cause; as seen in carpal tunnel syndrome. Impingement of the nerve due to spondylosis, sciatica, etc., can cause these sensations.
- Medical supervision is vital in certain cases of tingling and numbness, since it could be a sign of serious conditions, such as a stroke or diabetes.
- Critical conditions like peripheral vascular disease, also referred to as Raynaud's Disease, can also result in tingling and numbness in the fingers.
- If the tingling and numbness is a manifestation of a grave disease, numbness can be easily managed if you follow these guidelines.
Relieve Tingling Numbness Naturally
Here are some useful home-based treatment options for the management of tingling and numbness and "pins and needles:"
- If the tingling numbness is due to staying in one position for a long time, you must exercise and perk up the circulation.
- On the other hand, if the "pins and needle" sensation is due to undue activity, resting is very essential.
- Do not remain in the same position for long periods of time, particularly when watching the television or working at the computer.
- Yoga and physiotherapy are recommended. This will allay the sensation of "pins and needles" and will also enhance blood circulation significantly.
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Consume Magnesium Rich Foods
Here are some simple home remedies that can be beneficial in the treatment and management of tingling numbness:
- Supplementation provides great relief. Vitamin B complex supplements and vitamin E supplements are advocated by most health care providers. However, do consult your doctor before starting any regimen.
- Primrose oil is another very effective home remedy for tingling numbness. Apply the oil to the affected area and gently massage, 2 to 3 times every day. Check with your healthcare provider if you have skin sensitivities or underlying health conditions before using.
- Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol; they reduce the flow of blood to the extremities and aggravate the condition.
- Magnesium is an essential mineral which is necessary for an optimally working cardiovascular and nervous system. Supplement your diet with magnesium; it enhances blood circulation. Rich food sources containing magnesium include dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, dried fruits, bananas, and avocados. You should check with your doctor before starting a new supplement.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
GracieLake from Arizona on May 27, 2011:
Thanks for the great information. I've been seeing a lot of benefits from upping my veggies, especially kale, since it's packed with vitamin K which helps build stronger capillaries. I use a juicer to put celery, carrots, kale, and whatever else is in the fridge (or at the market) and drink this daily. It makes for a happy digestive system and reduces my joint inflammation too!
Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on May 27, 2011:
This is a useful information. I'm suffering those "pins and needles" due to my diabetic peripheral neuropathy. I'm on a maintenance of Vitamin B-complex, polynerve and yes, Vitamin E. I also apply some liniment when the sensation becomes very disturbing. I like to try the prim rose oil.
Continue to shine with your good sharing to the HP community. Gob bless you.