NeuritisWhat is Neuritis?

Neuritis is a nervous system disorder characterized by inflamed nerves. This condition would often involve a single nerve or several nerves.


There are also cases wherein several groups of nerves in the body are involved.


When this happens, the condition is called polyneuritis or polyneuropathy in its strictest meaning, since the condition is where the nerves changes in their state, eventually resulting to weakness, changes in sensation and losing good reflexes.

What Causes Neuritis?

Neuritis has several causes. Among them are:

  • Chronic acidosis. This is the condition by which the blood and other body fluids have an excessive acid condition. The body fluids must be alkaline. However, when waste matter coming from acids form in the tissues because of an unhealthy diet, acidosis would result.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle. Overworking oneself and other bad habits affects and lowers the healthy tone of the nervous system, which eventually contributes to the development of neuritis.
  • Nutritional deficiency. Neuritis could also develop when the body lacks sufficient nutrients like the B-vitamins namely Vitamin B6, B1, B12, B2, and also pantothenic acid.
  • Metabolic disturbances. These could also lead to neuritis. One good example is having a faulty calcium metabolism.
  • Diseases. There are certain diseases that could lead to neuritis too. Some of these are tetanus, tuberculosis, diabetes mellitus, diphtheria, leprosy, as well as getting poisoned from various elements like mercury, lead and arsenic.
  • Other causes. Some other possible causes of neuritis are bad bruise, fractures or heavy pressure on the area where nerve trunks are found. Violent muscular activity could also cause neuritis, as well as over-extending the joints.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Neuritis

The following are the symptoms of neuritis:

  • Burning, tingling, or stabbing pain in the areas where the affected nerves are found.
  • Loss of sensation, numbness and paralysis of muscles in surrounding area. These symptoms would often appear in severe cases only, which is why one could suffer from temporary paralysis in the facial area as a result of changes in the affected facial nerves.
  • Inability to close one’s eyes. This usually happens during the acute stages where the affected area loses strength and tone.
  • Difficulty walking in the dark. This is the result when the cause of neuritis is pernicious anaemia.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Neuritis

Treating neuritis could be done by giving temporary relief to the patient or by solving the root cause of the problem. Temporary relief of neuritis could be done by giving the patient painkilling drugs. But then again, this is only temporary and after the drug wanes, the symptoms would just keep coming back. However, if you treat the main cause of the problem through a healthy diet and lifestyle, then you would see and feel the benefits.

Diet for Neuritis

  • Eat whole grains. These would constitute brown rice, whole wheat, sprouted and raw seeds and home-made cottage cheese.
  • Fresh fruits must be made part of the diet.
  • Raw nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are good too.
  • Steamed vegetables need to be included in the diet.
  • Butter-milk can be included for lunch, along with chappatis and whole wheat.
  • One recipe for dinner that you could follow is to have a bowl of fresh greens, home-made cottage cheese, vegetable salad and a glass of butter milk.
  • Dink fresh juices. If you are suffering severe symptoms, fasting on fresh juice could be the best remedy. Some of the fruits that are best included for juices are apple, citrus fruits, pineapple, carrot and beet.
  • Avoid refined foods like cereals and white bread.
  • Canned foods must be avoided too.
  • Caffeine must be eliminated from the daily diet. Therefore, avoid tea, coffee and sodas.
  • Condiments are a no-no too. These continue to flood the tissues with impurities.
  • Take more soyabean milk. This could be taken each night, mixed with a teaspoon of honey.
  • Eat raw carrots and don’t forget your spinach. These veggies can fortify your body with elements that have been deficient, which led to the development of neuritis. You could also make fresh carrot and spinach juice so that the body would be able to absorb the nutrients faster.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Neuritis

  • B Vitamins. All vitamins that belong to the B-group vitamins have been proven to help the prevention and treatment of the disorder.
  • Pantothenic acid. For best results, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, along with pantothenic acid must be given together. In some cases, various symptoms like weakness, extreme pain and numbness were relieved in just an hour.



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