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Is Neuropathy Reversible? Here Are 6 Natural Remedies to Try

Once you’ve felt the pain of neuropathy, you’ll never forget it. The weakness, pain, and numbness caused by this condition are like no other.

Neuropathy happens when one or more of your nerves are diseased or not functioning properly. Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of neuropathy, impacts the nerves in your hands, feet, arms, and legs.

Animated graphic showing the difference between a healthy nerve cell and unhealthy nerve cell to describe neuropathy.

Typically, your peripheral nerves send messages from your brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body. But when those nerves are damaged by neuropathy, the messages get intercepted. This alters how your body reacts to pain, temperature changes, and other factors. If you have chronic neuropathic pain, these symptoms can flare at any time without an apparent reason.

A common cause of neuropathy is disease, especially diabetes, which causes 30% of cases of neuropathy. Other causes include treatment for cancer, infections, limb loss, injuries, and long-term excessive drinking (1).

This condition is astoundingly common. Around 1 in 3 Americans live with chronic pain, and of those Americans, 20% have neuropathic pain (2). One 2014 study estimated that as many as 10% of all Americans have some form of neuropathic pain (3). It’s a tough condition, but there are natural ways to treat it…

Symptoms of Neuropathy

Before we dive into natural treatment options, let’s take a look at the symptoms of neuropathy. Every person’s experience of the condition is different, but some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Tingling, numbness, and “pins and needles”
  • Burning, stabbing, or shooting pain
  • Sudden pain that occurs with no obvious trigger
  • Experiencing pain from situations that don’t usually hurt (like being outside in the cold or brushing your hair)
  • An unpleasant sensation that’s difficult to describe
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Emotional fallout from living with pain, lack of sleep, and struggles with describing your symptoms

Note: If you have peripheral neuropathy specifically, you may also experience a gradual onset of numbness, which starts in your hands and spreads to your arms and legs.

Note: If you have peripheral neuropathy specifically, you may also experience a gradual onset of numbness, which starts in your hands and spreads to your arms and legs.

The Different Types of Neuropathy

Depending on which nerves are damaged, there are several types of neuropathy. Here are seven of the most common ones…


  • Peripheral Neuropathy

This is the most common type of neuropathy, which arises from damage to the peripheral nervous system. Most neuropathy advice is focused on peripheral neuropathy. It impacts the nerves in your hands, feet, arms, and legs.

Graphic animation of peripheral neuropathy. Unhealthy nerve cell vs. healthy nerve cell.
  • Charcot's Joint

Also known as neuropathic arthropathy, Charcot’s Joint happens when a joint breaks down due to problems with the nerves. This usually happens in the foot. People with Charcot’s Joint tend to lose most feeling in their feet. On top of that, their muscles aren’t able to properly support the joint, so walking may become difficult. People who already have neuropathy are at risk for this condition.


  • Cranial Neuropathy

Cranial neuropathy impacts the 12 sets of nerves that connect with the brain and influence sight, hearing, eye movement, and taste. This condition can paralyze the eye muscle and cause double vision. The different types of cranial neuropathies include Bell’s palsy, microvascular cranial nerve palsy, third nerve palsy, fourth nerve palsy, sixth nerve palsy, and multiple cranial neuropathies (MCN).


  • Compression Mononeuropathy

This relatively common type of neuropathy is caused by a single nerve being damaged. It causes numbness and swelling. Carpal tunnel is the most well-known example of compression mononeuropathy.

Animated graphic of hands with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Focal Neuropathy

This condition causes sudden weakness or pain, and can affect just one nerve or a group of nerves. It can cause double vision, pain in the thigh or other targeted body parts, or a type of partial facial paralysis called Bell’s palsy.


  • Femoral Neuropathy

Most cases of femoral neuropathy occur in people who have type 2 diabetes. It affects the legs, causing pain and muscle weakness in the thighs.


  • Unilateral Foot Drop

Unilateral foot drop is caused by damage to the peroneal nerve in the leg. People who have this condition cannot lift the affected foot.

6 Helpful Home Remedies for Neuropathy

If you’re looking to reverse neuropathy, here are some home remedies to try…

1. Socks for Neuropathy

Asian daughter helping elderly dad put on socks for neuropathy.

If you have peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes, your symptoms may put your feet at risk for unexpected everyday damage. Because you may not always have much feeling in your foot, you might not feel pain. If a small object gets stuck in your shoe or if you step on something sharp, your foot could get hurt or develop an ulcer without you noticing.

Diabetic socks are designed to address this risk while also keeping your feet dry, cozy, and well-circulated. They are usually designed without seams to keep your feet free of damaging friction, with breathable moisture-wicking fabric to prevent infection, and with padding to keep your feet extra safe.

Diabetic socks can make life with neuropathy easier, but if you have poor circulation in your feet, make sure that you choose a sock fit that is both snug enough to prevent rubbing against the skin, but breathable enough to prevent cutting off your circulation. Pair your diabetic socks with comfortable shoes that don’t squeeze too tightly on your feet.

2. Supplements for Neuropathy

Anti-inflammatory supplements like krill oil can help manage neuropathy and its symptoms (4, 5). Krill oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which can manage neuropathic pain while promoting neuron growth. Not only that, it has a mind-boggling range of other benefits, including reducing risks of chronic disease and improving cholesterol (6, 7, 8).

In cases of neuropathy that are caused by an autoimmune disease, krill oil’s anti-inflammatory effects can also help manage the root symptoms of the disease itself (9).

You can reap the benefits of krill oil and its powerful omega-3s by taking a dose of the supplement each day. NativePath Krill Oil is loaded with 85 milligrams of omega-3s and 200 micrograms of antioxidants and is sourced from the deep waters of the Antarctic to ensure the purest, most potent formula for you and your health.

3. Essential Oils for Neuropathy

Tincture of peppermint essential oil surrounded by fresh peppermint leaves.

Some research has suggested that certain essential oils can help manage nerve pain. Peppermint oil can help soothe muscles and relieve pain, and a study indicated that patients may feel immediate pain when applying the oil topically (10). Roman chamomile may also be able to soothe muscles and potentially ease inflammatory disorders, while lavender has been found to relax the muscles as well (11).

Certain blends of multiple essential oils may also help manage neuropathy. In one 2010 study, some participants found relief from a mix of geranium, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils (12).

Important Note: If you plan to try essential oils at home, be sure to dilute them with a carrier oil (like coconut oil or olive oil) before applying to your skin.

In addition to direct topical pain relief, diffusing relaxing oils in the air may offer some relief from the anxiety and exhaustion of living with chronic pain. (Just take note, many essential oils aren’t safe to diffuse around pets!)

4. Herbs for Neuropathy

Curcumin, a powerful compound found in turmeric, has been linked to neuropathy relief in studies. This potent ingredient is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It may help soothe numbness and tingling in your feet or hands.

A 2013 study found that when taken in the early stages of neuropathy, curcumin may be able to prevent chronic neuropathic pain (13).

In 2014, an animal study found that curcumin may ease symptoms of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, though additional human studies are needed in order to know more (14).

If you choose to take curcumin in supplement form, look for one that’s combined with black seed oil, like NativePath Turmeric. This increases curcumin’s bioavailability, which means it’s easier for your body to absorb it and reap its maximum benefits.

5. Acupuncture for Neuropathy

Woman getting acupuncture for neuropathy.

Acupuncture is a fantastic component of traditional Chinese medicine that involves placing very thin needles in your skin at specific points throughout the body. Acupuncture is known for a wide range of benefits, including managing neuropathic pain. Acupuncture releases endorphins, which create a positive, pain-relieving feeling throughout the body (15).

Studies have found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for neuropathic pain, and it offers soothing results without the side effects that would come along with medication (16, 17, 18). The treatment can also help protect your nerves from potential future damage (19).

6. Exercise for Neuropathy

Exercise, especially aerobics and stretching, can help lower the intensity of neuropathic pain (20). Regular physical activity can help slow nerve damage and improve circulation (21). It can also be a helpful outlet for managing the stress that can come with experiencing a chronic condition (22).

The Bottom Line

Neuropathy can be painful and debilitating, but your symptoms don’t have to feel this way forever. There are plenty of natural options for managing neuropathic pain, including acupuncture, curcumin supplements, essential oils, herbs, socks, and regular exercise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can diabetic neuropathy be reversed?

Nerve damage caused by diabetes can’t be reversed. However, you can manage the nerve pain from diabetic neuropathy through acupuncture and other treatments, and you can protect your feet from neuropathy-related injuries with diabetic socks. On top of that, you can manage diabetes by taking steps to regulate your blood sugar. Researchers are currently exploring potential methods to treat diabetic nerve damage, so there may be ways to reverse diabetic neuropathy in the future.

Can acupuncture help with neuropathy?

Many studies have indicated that acupuncture is an effective way to manage pain from neuropathy. It also has a neuroprotective effect (23, 24).

As a writer, editor, and wellness seeker, Claire has written for Self, Health, Prevention, CNN, Mic, Livestrong, and Greatist, just to name a few. When she's not writing, she specializes in traveling, getting lost in health-related research rabbit holes, and finding new ways to spoil her cat.

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