Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

What Are The Home Remedies For Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor?

There are no specific home remedies for peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNST), but few home remedies can be helpful to reduce the symptoms associated with peripheral nerve sheath tumors.

Healthy Diet And Regular Exercises

You should have a healthy diet which should include more vegetables and fruits, moderate amounts of carbohydrates and proteins and less amount of fat. You should always have a healthy, balanced diet when you have peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Avoid processed food, artificial food, snacks and junk food. Whenever you are hungry in between main meals try to have something healthy e.g. an apple or a banana or a non-fat yoghurt or a whole-grain cracker. There are no specific aggravating factors which can increase the growth of the tumors or any food items that can reduce the growth of the tumors. It is said that the tumors tend to grow more during puberty and pregnancy period which may be attributed to the hormonal changes in the body. Probably the hormones affect the growth of the tumors, more research data is needed to confirm this and to find out if any food items have an effect on the tumors.

Regular exercises is also a part of healthy living, so you need to do regular exercise at least the brisk walking for 30 minutes per day. Exercises release endorphins which are natural pain killers in the body. After surgery exercises can increase the blood supply to that area which can promote healthy nerve growth.

Having a healthy, balanced diet and doing regular exercises makes you fit and healthy. This is one life style change which is given to all patients with benign or malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors and it can be applied to the normal population as well.

Chronic Pain

There are several home remedies that you can follow if you have chronic pain. Usually chronic back pain is a common symptom of patients with neurofibromas in the spine. Sometimes it is difficult to remove these tumors according to the location of the tumor and sometimes even after the removal of the peripheral nerve sheath tumors the pain is still present.

Exercises can help to reduce the pain and promote nerve growth after surgery. Have warm baths can reduce the pain, the temperature of the water should be 92-100°F /33-38°C. During the warm bath gently do some stretching exercise and massage the back. This will reduce the pain.

Low Alcohol Intake

Alcohol can be very toxic to nerves; many studies have showed that excessive alcohol intake can cause peripheral nerve damage. The mechanism how alcohol affect the nerves might be due to reduction in thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate and vitamin E which are essential vitamin in the nerve function. In peripheral nerve sheath tumors there is already a nerve tumor and excess alcohol can damage the nerve function further.

Summary

There are no specific home remedies for peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNST), but certain home remedies can be helpful to reduce the symptoms associated with peripheral nerve sheath tumors. You should have a healthy, balanced diet which should include more vegetables and fruits, moderate amounts of carbohydrates and proteins and less amount of fat.

Regular exercises is also a part of healthy living, exercises release endorphins which are natural pain killers in the body. After surgery exercises can increase the blood supply to that area which can promote healthy nerve growth. Alcohol can be very toxic to nerves due to reduction in thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate and vitamin E which are essential vitamin in the nerve function. In peripheral nerve sheath tumors there is already a nerve tumor and excess alcohol can damage the nerve function further. So, reduce the alcohol intake. Chronic back pain can also be relieved by taking warm baths and gently doing stretching exercises and massaging the back while in the water.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: November 28, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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