Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy - how we can help!
Can Pure Pro products help your clients with chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy?
Absolutely YES is the answer to this question!
Arnica is helpful for all types of peripheral neuropathy because it works with the body’s own healing mechanisms to stimulate circulation to the affected areas, be that hands or feet. It will, of course, also help flush out lactic acid, improve lymphatic drainage and ease oedema.
I have had very good success with topical applications for chemotherapy induced Peripheral Neuropathy because the arnica, combined with the action of actively massaging the area while applying the oil or lotion, really boosts blood flow and oxygenation to the tissue. This, in turn, helps to remove waste products such as lactic acid and de-oxygenated blood that can pool in the legs and feet (the end of the line so to speak). It will also improve lymphatic drainage and ease oedema.
Here’s what I recommend for clients with chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy. Start with Pedango Foot Cream which has a moderate amount of arnica extract, organic Lemongrass and antiseptic organic Tea Tree oil. Essential oil of Peppermint helps to soothe the tissue. Massage a little gently into hands, ankles and feet twice daily. Our 113ml size Pedango comes with a pump attachment and so is ideal for clients to massage themselves or have a family member apply morning and evening.
If you get good results with this, but want something stronger I would then try Arnica Relief Lotion. Again massaging it in at least twice a day, preferably in the morning after showering and then again at night before bed. This ensures that the arnica stays on the tissue and continues to work while sleeping.
One caution however, people undergoing chemotherapy can be particularly sensitive to scented products. If the Pedango Foot Cream and Arnica Relief Lotion are too strong for them, I recommend using our Arnica Therapeutic Concentrate (ATC) and diluting it into unscented lotion e.g. Hypoallergenic Massage Lotion, or Ultra Massage Oil, then applying to the affected areas.
The ratio I suggest is 10 drops of ATC to 30ml of lotion or oil, shake well before each application. This mix will have virtually no scent and should bring about an element of relief. However, do not exceed more than 20 drops per 30ml of carrier oil or lotion because people undergoing chemotherapy have very sensitive skin and the goal is to gently stimulate the body, not overwhelm the client’s system.
A note of caution: Arnica is contraindicated for use when pregnant, nursing baby, or if taking high doses of blood-thinning medication. The arnica in our products is a hand-pressed extract making it very effective but even more potent than commercial brands.
If you have any questions I am more than happy to try and answer them for you.