Complementary Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

In some cases, creams and pain medications do not provide enough help. As a result, several complementary treatment options are generally recommended to help manage the early stages of diabetic neuropathy pain. Some of the treatments that have received the most support as effective treatments are acupuncture and transcutaneous (through the skin) electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).


Acupuncture can help to lower pain in your body. When acupuncture is performed, needles are inserted into the body along the body’s energy flow points, also known as qi. These practitioners perform these actions in order to clear the energy flow which can relieve pain.


TENS is a procedure in which electrode patches are attached the skin from a TENS unit. The TENS unit is a portable device which can be worn around the waist. The patches provide an electrical current that can make the nerves fatigued so that they stop processing pain signals. This procedure is commonly used for cases of mild pain.


If you are considering the best options for treating the pain of your diabetic neuropathy, talk with your doctor. He or she may recommend that you use these treatments in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications.

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