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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Ayurvedic Treatment for Paresthesia with Herbal Remedies

Abnormal feeling of pins and needles in the skin, crawling, itching without any reason, numbness is termed as Paresthesia. This sensation can be felt in various parts of the body like fingers, toes, hands or feet. This is article is all about Paresthesia, it causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and herbal treatment. Knowing disease might help you catch it early and prevent further damage to the body.



Paresthesia has been experienced by everyone at some point of time and there’s nothing wrong if it is short term and do not occur too often. Most commonly this feeling of pins and needles is felt by the people when their hands or foot fall asleep. This particular part may fall asleep due to sitting crossed legs for long time or sleeping with arm folded under the head which result in exertion of pressure on that particular nerve for long time unknowingly. However it gets back to normal after changing position and when nerve is free of pressure. This is temporary and non-pathological paresthesia and gets resolved without any treatment. However the pathological paresthesia is the one when this sensation persists for longer duration and do reoccur frequently and is due to certain underlying disorder.

Acute paresthesia is without any medical disorder while the chronic paresthesia is caused due to certain medical reason lying behind. Usually the cause is damage of the nerve due to certain trauma or presence of neurological disorder. Diseases affecting the central nervous system like transient ischemic attack, stroke, transverse myelitis, multiple sclerosis or encephalitis can be the reason for paresthesia.


Paresthesia in itself is a symptoms of particular disease conditions. However paresthesia usually affects certain parts of the body like hands, arms, legs and feet and it can be of two types acute or chronic. However the symptoms of paresthesia are:

  • Tingling
  • Itching
  • Something crawling under or on the skin
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Cold
  • Burning
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Foot drop
  • Frequent falling asleep of foot or hand
  • Stabbing pain
  • Difficulty in walking (when occur in legs and feet)


Short term or acute paresthesia is usually a result of small period of bad blood circulation or too much pressure on certain nerve. However the long term or chronic paresthesia is caused due to the damage to the particular nerve of that area. Nerve damage is of two types, i.e. Radiculopathy and neuropathy.

  1. Radiculopathy is defined as the condition in which roots of the nerves are irritated, compressed or inflamed due to herniation of the disc that presses on nerve, narrow canal of spinal cord through which nerve is passed to extremities or formation of an abnormal mass compressing the nerve.
  2. Neuropathy is caused due to damage to the nerve chronically, usually due to high blood sugar. It can occur due to several other causes like kidney disease, liver disease, trauma or injury, stroke, certain autoimmune diseases, tumor of brain or around the nerves, certain medications etc.


Usually the paresthesia is diagnosed based on the clinical history of the patient, physical examination and lab tests. Presence of any of the underlying causes mentioned directs the doctor to go for further examination and tests which eventually leads to confirmation of the disorder. Your doctor can recommend tests like MRI, X ray and CT scans.


Treatment of paresthesia depends upon the underlying cause. It confirmation and treatment may ease the paresthesia as well. If paresthesia is occurring due to certain lifestyle problem like repetitive movement injury than avoiding it or physical therapy for it can help out. Treatment is completely based on the underlying cause and even some sort of nerve damage are considered to be irreversible.


Chronic and complex conditions like Paresthesia can be very well treated and managed by the Ayurvedic medicines as nature has given us many herbs that have rejuvenating effects on nerves. In Ayurveda herbal medicines are prepared by herbs that help in treating the underlying cause naturally and eventually rooting out the Paresthesia as well.

Planet Ayurveda is awell known herbal company that offers herbal medicines for various chronic ailments and have proved to be a helping hand to numerous people suffering from medical condition that have been marked as untreatable by modern medicine system. Here the medicines are prepared from pure and finest quality of herbs as per the basic and authentic methods of preparation of medicines mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic literature. For Paresthesia as well, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbs that help in treating and managing the condition successfully.

Herbal Remedies For Paresthesia

Meralgia Paresthetica

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

This capsule contains pure and standardized extract of a very potent natural herb called ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It possesses ‘brahmaniya’ (bulk promoting property) that helps in increasing the body weight. It also has great antioxidant properties that will boost up the immune system and helps to develop strong immunity power to combat ailments like meralgia paresthetica.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily.

2. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This wonderful Ayurvedic formulation help in balancing the Vata dosha in the body and prevent and treat any disease which is caused due to imbalance of this dosha. It is prepared from combination of various bhasmas like Swarna bhasma, Rajata bhasma, Loh bhasma etc. These tablets help in treating neurological disorders which are caused to imbalance of Vata in the body

Dosage- 1 twice daily (chew it with warm ghee).

3. Boswellia Curcumin

It possesses great anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties so helps in relieving pain and inflammation associated in meralgia paresthetica. It is also very good for your skin functioning which keeps the nervous system healthy & helps you to fight with ailment like meralgia paresthetica.It is an effective herbal combination of shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and haridra (Curcuma longa).

Dosage- 2 capsules twice daily.

4. Hakam Churna

This powdered herbal formulation helps in regulating healthy body metabolism that helps in digestion of food we intake. As the patient of meralgia paresthetica generally suffers from constipation this herbal powder works really well for them. It contains natural herbs such as kalonji (Nigella sativa), methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum), chandrashoor (Lepidium Sativum) etc.

Dosage- 1 tsp twice daily with warm water.

5. Mahatriphala Ghrit

This is a classical herbal formulation consisting of Triphala {Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), amalaki (Emblica officinalis)}, Pippali (Piper longum), and many more. Our Acharyas have mentioned Triphala in Rasayana therapy because it helps in rejuvenation and helps to slowing down the degeneration processes. This herbal formulation helps to pacify all the three doshas and beneficial in eradicating the numbness, itching, weakness, burning sensation, or any type of pain. This has various anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that supports healthy blood circulation, maintain healthy metabolism and healthy brain functioning.

Dosage- 1 tsp twice daily with warm water.

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Paresthesia can be treated naturally and safely through herbal medicine even if it is chronic. Herbal medicines help in treating the complaint from root level and have long term therapeutic effect on human body. To root out the Paresthesia it is necessary to treat the cause behind it so early diagnosis and herbal treatment is the key to eradication of the disorder.

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