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Acupuncture Today – August, 2021 (Vol. 22, Issue 08)

Peripheral Neuropathy: Improving Outcomes

Bill Reddy, LAc, Dipl. Ac.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy (PN), with diabetes being the most common cause. Other etiologies include physical injury, systemic autoimmune diseases, vascular and blood issues, exposure to heavy metals, Lyme disease, hormonal imbalances, infections, chemotherapy, HIV, kidney and liver disorders, and nutritional or vitamin imbalances (primarily vitamin B12 deficiency or excess vitamin B6). One third of all PN cases do not have an identified cause and may be lumped into the diagnosis of "idiopathic peripheral neuropathy." 

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