Question on Nerve Pain
Is it best to take ruta or arnica for pinched nerves? I have a pinched nerve in my neck and shoulder area. I need something to help reduce inflammation and take the pain away. I was told that ruta is better than arnica, and that I could use kava as a muscle relaxer too. Any input would be helpful, and any other suggestions for this pain in my neck!
The homeopathic remedy Arnica might be appropriate for your nerve pain. It is indicated after any traumatic injury, and when the pain is worse by touch and better when lying down. The homeopathic remedy Ruta is also indicated for nerve pain and is especially good after sprains and when the problem involves the cartilage and tendons of joints. The pain will generally be worse lying down.
Another homeopathic remedy which might be indicated is Hypericum. It is especially good when there is an injury to the nerve and the nerve pain is tingling and burning and accompanied by numbness. Other homeopathic remedies for nerve pain include Arsenicum album, Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia, Kalmia, Nux vomica, Rhus tox, Sulphur and Veratrum album. I suggest you look at a homeopathic materia medica or other homeopathic guide to help you pick the best remedy for your symptoms. Another choice is to use a combination homeopathic remedy for neck or nerve pain or consult with a homeopathic prescriber.
Kava is a good choice for muscle relaxation and pain, other herbs that you could choose from include Valerian and Hops. Calcium and magnesium supplementation will help with muscle spasms as well. Natural anti-inflammatory supplements include Bromelain, Ginger and Curcumin.
I would also recommend manipulative therapy by a chiropractor or osteopathic physician, massage therapy or acupuncture. All of these can help address the underlying problem as well as help with pain relief.