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1. "What is a peripheral neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy is disorder of nerve(s) apart from the brain and spinal cord. Patients with peripheral neuropathy may have tingling, numbness, unusual sensations, weakness, or burning pain. What causes a peripheral neuropathy? ...Diabetes Mellitus, Shingles (post herpetic neuralgia), Vitamin deficiency, particularly B12 and folate, Alcohol, Autoimmune diseases, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or Guillain-Barre syndrome, AIDS, whether from the disease or its treatment, syphilis, and kidney failure, Inherited disorders, such as amyloid polyneuropathy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Exposure to toxins, such as heavy metals, gold compounds, lead, arsenic, mercury, and organophosphate pesticides, Cancer therapy drugs such as vincristine (Oncovin, Vincasar), and other medications [for example antibiotics such as metronidazole (Flagyl), and isoniazid (Nydrazid, Laniazid)]

While diabetes and post herpetic neuralgia are the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy, often times no cause is found. In these situations, it is referred to as idiopathic peripheral neuropathy.

Sometimes, peripheral nerve entrapments, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, are considered peripheral neuropathies. In these cases, pressure on the nerve rather than a disease state leads to nerve malfunction." (1)

2. "Herbal Remedies for Peripheral Neuropathy: Antioxidants, D vitamins, B vitamins, B6, B12, Vitamin C, Skullcap, Cramp bark, Oat seed, St. John's Wort, fish oil, diet high in fruits, vegtables and fish. Avoid caffeen, artivicial sweeteners such as aspartame NutraSweet and Equal. Moderate intake fo meat and sugar."(2)

3. "Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the best neuropathy natural remedies available. It may take about three weeks for a noticeable reduction in symptoms." (3)

4. "March 7, 2003 — Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) rapidly and significantly reduces sensory symptoms and pain of diabetic neuropathy, ..." (4)

5. "Berkeley -- A relatively unknown antioxidant is actually more potent than its better-known cousins, such as vitamins C and E, and could prove useful in treating disease and protecting the body against the daily assaults that lead to disease and aging, according to a UC Berkeley scientist.

The antioxidant is alpha-lipoic acid, currently used in Europe to treat peripheral nerve degeneration (neuropathy) resulting from diabetes... "Alpha-lipoic acid could have far-reaching consequences in the search for prevention and therapy of chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease," says Lester Packer, one of the leading researchers in the area of antioxidants -- vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid in particular -- and a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkeley.

"And because it's the only antioxidant that can easily get into the brain, it could be useful in preventing damage from a stroke," he says." (5)



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