After my left arm was paralysed from nerve damage caused by the mastectomy, I went into over-drive on the research front on treatments and supplements that could help. Here are some I tried.
My nerve surgeon didn’t quite sneer, but he raised eloquent eyebrows and told me in his beautiful Italian accent that in his experience, the only thing that would restore nerve function in my case was surgery. I thought it was a pity that he wasn’t more open to supplements that could improve the rate of healing in his patients, but there you go.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom. Image credit: “Igelstachelbart Nov 06” by Lebrac – eigene arbeit von Lebrac. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – from Wikipaedia
1. Hericium Erinaceus or Lion’s Mane Mushroom
I’ve already covered this in my post MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS #3 – LION’S MANE (HERICIUM ERINACEUS) FOR NERVE REPAIR but I thought I’d briefly mention this again. This mushroom has been scientifically-tested and in laboratory tests, shown to help stimulate nerve regeneration, including nerves in brains.
Hericium erinaceus (also called Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Hedgehog Mushroom, Satyr’s Beard, Bearded Hedgehog Mushroom, pom pom mushroom, monkey-head mushroom, Yamabushitake or Bearded Tooth Fungus)
I stumbled across Lion’s Mane mushroom when I was researching supplements that would repair the nerve injury I sustained after my mastectomy.
[For those readers who have not been following my blog: I woke up from my mastectomy only to discover that my left arm was paralysed and numb. I had a brachial plexus C5/C6/C7 nerve injury. Yep, bummer.]
Amongst the nerve repair and peripheral neuropathy supplements I researched were: earthworm extract (lumbricus), Acetyl-L-Carnitine, St. John’s Wort, Benfotiamine, Vitamin B12, and Lion’s Mane mushroom.