Peripheral neuropathy results from damage to peripheral nerves in areas such as the hands or feet resulting in weakness, numbness, and pain. Chemotherapy often is the cause. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reviewed the research on alternative therapies, since there are no known solutions approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Results of the investigation showed that vitamin E helped prevent chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, while glutamine and the omega-3 fatty acids show promise. Electroacupuncture was no better than placebo and the benefits of supplementing with alpha-lipoic acid are unknown.
Brami C, Bao T, Deng G: natural products and complementary therapies for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology 2016;98:325-334.