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Numbness and Homoeopathy

© Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma M.D. (Homoeopathy)

Dr. Swati Vishnoi B.H.M.S.

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Definition. 1

Pathophysiology. 2

Causes 2

Evaluation. 2

Warning signs 2

Diagnosis 2

Some Causes and Features of Numbness 3

Treatment 4

Homoeopathic treatment 4

Common remedies for numbness 4

Bibliography. 5

Repertory of Numbness 7


Numbness is simply the partial or complete loss of sensation. (Psora/ Syphilis)

Numbness is frequently accompanied by several alterations in sensation, like feeling of pins/needles, burning or tingling. Numbness can occur along a single nerve, or may be bilateral and symmetrically. (Psora/ Syphilis)

Numbness renders a person unable to feel light touch, pain, temperature, or vibration as well as loss of position sense, balance, coordination, and difficulty in walking.

The term numbness is quite different from abnormal sensations like tingling, prickling, pins-and-needles sensation, paralyzed feeling or weakness of a limb. The presence of other symptoms depends on cause of numbness.

If numbness is chronic, mainly in the feet, it can lead to other problems. It may cause difficulty in walking and driving and may lead to fall easily. Infections, foot sores and injuries may remain unnoticed because loss of pain sense, delaying treatment.


Sensory receptors send a signal along the following pathway-

  • Sensory nerves to the spinal cord
  • Spinal cord to the brain stem
  • Brain stem to the cerebral region where the information is processed
  • and for some parts of the body, the numbness pathway includes plexus or cauda equina
  • Reduced or blocked blood supply to nerves in the body as in vasculitis and brain stroke
  • Damaged part of the pathway for sensation, as a result of injuries or hereditary disorders like neuropathies or Friedreich's ataxia
  • Compression of or a part of the numbness pathway
  • Infection of nerve, as in leprosy, HIV, Lyme disease etc.
  • Neuritis or demyelination as in multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Metabolic abnormalities, as in diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, arsenic poisoning or chemotherapy
  • Repetition of specific movements over and over on nerves, causing swelling, as in carpal tunnel syndrome or remaining in one position too long, as when people sit with their legs crossed for a long time
  • Rupture or herniation of a disk in the spine, osteoarthritis, or spinal stenosis
  • Tumor, injury, hematoma or abscess in or near the spinal cord



A thorough systemic examination is needed.

Warning signs

  • Numbness with sudden onset
  • Suddenly or rapid onset of weakness
  • Numbness or weakness that rapidly spreads up or down the body, extending to other parts of the body
  • Dyspnea
  • Numbness in the thighs, buttocks, genitals, and saddle area with incontinence of urine and stool
  • Numbness on both sides below a specific level of the body
  • Numbness of an entire limb
  • Loss of sensation in the face and torso


Area involved

Probable diagnosis

Part of a limb

Peripheral nerve or sometimes spinal nerve root malfunction

Arm and leg on the same side of the body

Brain malfunction

Both sides of the body below a specific level of the body

Spinal cord malfunction

Both sides, mainly in the hands and feet

Simultaneous malfunction of many peripheral nerves throughout the body (polyneuropathy)

Some Causes and Features of Numbness


Common Features


Numbness in both limbs on one side of the body

Lesions above the brain stem such as-

  • Stroke
  • Tumor
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Degenerative brain disorders

Loss of sensation on the same side of the face and body and loss of the ability to recognize items by touch.

Usually weakness, loss of coordination, and other symptoms indicating malfunction of the nervous system.

MRI or CT of the brain

Lesions affecting the upper part of the brain stem, such as

  • Stroke
  • Tumors

Loss of sensation on the same side of the face and body

Often double vision

MRI or CT of the brain

Lesions of the lower part of the brain stem, such as

  • Stroke
  • Tumors
  • Degenerative brain disorders

Loss of sensation on one side of the face and on the opposite side of the body

Often vision problems and difficulty chewing, swallowing, and speaking

MRI of the brain

Numbness in the limbs or torso on both sides

Lesions along the width of the spinal cord, such as

  • Compression of the spinal cord by injuries, tumors, ruptured or herniated disk, hematomas, or abscesses
  •  Acute transverse myelitis (sudden inflammation of the spinal cord )

Loss of sensation and usually weakness below a certain level of the body

No loss of sensation in the face

Usually retention of urine, incontinence bowel and bladder and/or reduced sexual response, including erectile dysfunction in men

MRI of the spinal cord

Cauda equina syndrome, caused by pressure, by-

  • A ruptured or herniated disk
  • Spread of cancer to the spine

Numbness mainly in the thighs, buttocks, bladder, genitals, and the saddle area

Usually pain in the lower back

Often retention of urine, loss of bowel and bladder control, and/or reduced sexual response, including erectile dysfunction in men

MRI of the spinal cord

Polyneuropathies (simultaneous malfunction of many peripheral nerves throughout the body), as may result from

  • Use of certain drugs
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, uremia, and vitamin B 12 deficiency
  • Infections, such as HIV infection or Lyme disease

Numbness and abnormal sensations in about the same areas on both sides of the body, mainly in the feet and hands

Sometimes weakness and loss of reflexes

Nerve conduction studies and electromyography

Other tests depending on the disorder suspected

Lesions causing nerves inflammation and loss of myelin sheath, such as

  • Multiple sclerosis

Often weakness and clumsiness

Sometimes changes in vision or speech

MRI of the brain and spinal cord

Spinal tap to examine cerebrospinal fluid

Numbness in part of one limb

Lesions  of spinal nerve roots such as

  • A ruptured or herniated disk
  • Collapsed vertebrae due to arthritis or osteoporosis

Pain that

  • Sometimes shoots down an arm or a leg
  • May feel like an electric shock
  • May be worsened by moving the spine, coughing, or doing a Valsalva maneuver (forcefully trying to exhale without letting air escape through the nose or mouth)

Often weakness and/or reduced or absent reflexes in the area supplied by the nerve root

Clinical examination

MRI or CT of the spinal cord

Nerve conduction studies and electromyography

Lesions  affecting nerve plexus

  • Thoracic outlet compression syndrome
  • An injury such as a stabbing
  • Cancer spreading to organs near a plexus
  • Brachial neuritis

Numbness, pain, and/or weakness in a relatively large area of a limb

Nerve conduction studies and electromyography

MRI unless the cause is an injury or brachial neuritis is suspected

Mononeuropathy (malfunction of one peripheral nerve), as occurs in

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Peroneal nerve palsy

Numbness with or without pain

Often weakness and reduced or absent reflexes in an area supplied by one nerve

Clinical examination

Nerve conduction studies and electromyography


It is based on the removal of causa occasionalis and correction of the condition causing numbness. Prevention of injuries and physiotherapy add to fasten the recovery.

Homoeopathic treatment

Common remedies for numbness

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