Naturopathic and yogic interventions to improve diabetic neuropathy
Diet and exercise: The best defense against progressive damage from diabetic neuropathy is to manage the disease itself. Keep your blood sugar levels in check by eating healthy. Ensure that your diet includes a lot of fiber rich foods and whole grains, and very little saturated and trans fats. Structured physical interventions also play an important role in keeping blood sugar levels in check. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day. Meditation and deep breathing can help you manage chronic stress.
Supplements: Winter ginseng is very effective at keeping the blood sugar in control and managing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Not only does it help increase the level of serum insulin, it also improves the insulin sensitivity of muscle cells as well as the body’s glucose tolerance, thereby easing the severity of diabetic neuropathy.
Yoga poses for the management of neuropathy
helps improve blood flow to the extremities, improves the body’s glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.
Exercise for feet and hands: Sit down in padmasana and extend your arms fully in front of your chest. This pose will help stretch both fingers and toes. It will help improve blood flow to the periphery and strengthen your nerves. If you can do it for a few minutes every day, you will start to experience relief.
Poses for diabetic neuropathy: If the condition is not severe, then traditional hatha yoga poses like dhanurasana will do. If the neuropathy is more advanced, it needs gentler practice under the guidance of a trained instructor. However, you can still benefit from gentle twist exercises, meditation and closely supervised backbends.