Peripheral neuropathy is a symptom of an underlying disease, which involves damage to one nerve, two or more nerves, or a group of nerves.
Eastern Medicine: In Eastern Medicine were not just treating the symptoms of the disease, we’re treating the root of the problem. The goal is NOT to suppress the symptoms like the Western drug model does, but rather to stop and reverse the disease process.
From an Eastern medicine point of view, the root cause of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is deficiency of Qi (energy), Yin (body fluids), and Yang (metabolic activity); with complications of excess caused by blood stasis and phlegm accumulation. The primary organs involved are the Kidneys, with secondary involvement of the Spleen and Liver.
In Western patients, the most common causes leading to peripheral neuropathy are improper diet, lack of physical activity, and stress. These poor lifestyle habits affect the organs mentioned above, prompting dysfunctional states, which causes a pathological cascade from one organ to the next with the end result being a system – wide breakdown. When these organs stop functioning properly, it can cause metabolic imbalances, microvascular stasis, systemic and local inflammation, fatigue, and other related pathologies that lead to the condition of peripheral neuropathy.
Eastern medicine, which has thousands of years of clinical experience, returns the body and the organ systems back to a state of homeostasis. It does this by unblocking the flow of energy in the body, which moves the blood and fluids, and therefore, improves circulation, alleviates pain, increases the amount of oxygen & nutrients to the peripheral nerves, and improves organ function.
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