Tingling In Hands And Feet – Causes, 16 Remedies + Prevention Tips

Medically reviewed by Randall Holmes, D.C
by Pooja Karkala

Do you wake up to find one of your arms or feet tingling all over? Has sitting or standing for long durations become a difficult task? Tingling in the hands and feet is not a serious complication, but it can disrupt your day to day life by interfering with your movements.

The tingling sensation is more commonly referred to as ’pins and needles’ sensation. The condition is medically known as paresthesia. As the name suggests, you feel a burning or tingling sensation in your skin, especially in your hands and feet. Paresthesia is usually temporary and might need medical attention only if it persists for a long duration and if it is a result of an underlying condition. If you have been looking for natural cures for this problem, check out the remedies below.

Home Remedies To Treat Tingling Sensations In The Hands And Feet

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Massage
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. Warm Compress
  5. Ginkgo Biloba Herbal Tea
  6. Epsom Salt
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Yogurt

1. Essential Oils

Note: Although most of these essential oils possess anti-inflammatory and anti-analgesic properties, some of them do not have scientific evidence to prove their effectiveness in treating paresthesia.

a. Cypress Oil

Cypress oil helps treat inflammation. Regular massage with this oil helps repair damaged nerves and restores their functioning (1).

You Will Need

  • 12 drops of cypress oil
  • 30 mL of any carrier oil (coconut or olive oil)

What You Have To Do

  1. Add 12 drops of cypress oil to 30 mL of any carrier oil.
  2. Apply the mixture directly to the affected areas.
  3. Massage gently for a few minutes and leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily.

b. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is one of the best essential oils for neurological problems like the tingling of the hands and feet. It possesses strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can relieve nerve pain and repair damaged nerves (2), (3).

You Will Need

  • 12 drops of lavender oil
  • 30 mL of any carrier oil (coconut or olive oil)

What You Have To Do

  1. Add 12 drops of lavender oil to 30 mL of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and massage this mixture into your hands and feet.
  3. Leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily.

2. Massage

Massage therapy is a great option to reduce the constant tingling in your body. It stimulates the nerves and restores their normal functioning. Massaging also improves blood circulation and maintains your nervous health (4), (5).

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and exhibits strong anti-inflammatory properties (6). Hence, it may help repair your nerves. It is also a rich source of nutrients that can boost your energy and accelerate your recovery.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water.
  2. Mix well and add some honey to the mixture.
  3. Drink this solution on a daily basis.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this once daily. 

4. Warm Compress

Warm compresses are a great way to increase blood circulation in the affected hand and leg (7). Improved circulation enhances the functioning of the nerves and helps in combating the tingling sensation.

You Will Need

A warm compress

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a warm compress and place it over the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Repeat thrice.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times daily. 

5. Ginkgo Biloba Herbal Tea

Ginkgo biloba is another potent remedy to treat numbness and tingling sensations in your body. It is anti-inflammatory and is also known to improve blood circulation (8). Both properties can help in the repair of damaged nerves.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 teaspoons of ginkgo biloba tea
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of ginkgo biloba tea to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  4. Allow the tea to cool a little before adding honey.
  5. Drink it up.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this tea 2-3 times daily.

6. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt contains magnesium, which is known to reduce inflammation in the body (9). It also helps repair damaged and inflamed nerves that might be causing the tingling sensation.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a cup of Epsom salt to a tub filled with water.
  2. Soak in the bath for 20 to 30 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily. 

7. Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains nutrients like manganese and potassium, both of which help improve blood circulation in the body. It also has anti-inflammatory properties (10). These properties make it the perfect remedy for fighting numbness and tingling in your hands and legs.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of warm water and mix well.
  2. Consume the mixture immediately.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this mixture 1-2 times daily. 

8. Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the easiest and best remedies to treat the tingling sensation in your hands and feet. It is a rich source of nutrients and also contains manganese (11). These can help in enhancing the blood circulation in your body, which, in turn, helps in restoring the lost function of your nerves.

You Will Need

A bowl of plain yogurt

What You Have To Do

Consume a bowl of plain yogurt.

How Often You Should Do This

Consume yogurt at least once daily.

If these remedies take a lot of time to show results or are simply not working, consult a chiropractor who studies alternative medicine. They practice hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments that will help your body heal on its own without having to resort to surgery or medication.

Apart from following these remedies, you need to take additional care for faster and complete recovery. Here are a few helpful tips.

Prevention Tips

  • Avoid repetitive movements.
  • Get ample amounts of rest.
  • Get up and move around every 30 to 60 minutes if you have been sitting for a long period.
  • Use wrist splints at night to alleviate nerve compression.
  • Avoid caffeine intake as it might aggravate your condition.
  • Practice exercises like stretching, shoulder rotations, neck raises, bends, and swimming to increase blood circulation.
  • Practice yoga poses like neck stretches, chin tucks, pelvic tilts, and back stretches to restore your blood supply and prevent tingling sensation.

Your diet also plays an important role in aiding your recovery. The following are some of the best foods you can consume to combat the tingling and numbness in your hands and feet.

Best Foods For Reducing Numbness And Tingling Sensation

Deficiency in vitamins is one of the many causes of the numbness and tingling you feel in your body. Hence, it is important to follow a diet rich in all the nutrients required for the proper functioning of your body.

Foods that can fight tingling sensations in your body are:

  • Broccoli – It contains phytonutrients that balance the hormones in your body. This, in turn, enhances the absorption of vitamins by your body.
  • Vitamin B-rich foods, like whole-grain cereals, meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, legumes, and nuts.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, like berries, spinach, kale, tomatoes, onions, and kale.
  • Lean protein, like yogurt, fish, and tofu, can help in building and repairing tissues and nerves.

The following are some of the common causes that trigger a tingling sensation in your hands and legs.

What Causes Numbness And Tingling All Over The Body?

Temporary paresthesia or a tingling sensation in your body is often a result of pressure on a particular nerve or brief periods of poor circulation.

Chronic paresthesia may be caused by:

  • Nerve damage
  • Estrogen imbalance
  • A herniated disk that presses on the nerve
  • Trauma
  • Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive movement traumas or injuries
  • Neurological diseases
  • Kidney diseases
  • Liver diseases
  • Stroke
  • Tumors
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deficiencies in vitamins B1, B6, B12, B3, or E
  • Medications like chemotherapy drugs
  • Exposure to toxic substances like certain heavy metals or chemicals

Other than the tingling and prickly sensations, paresthesia can also give rise to the symptoms listed below.

Symptoms Of Tingling Sensation

The most common signs and symptoms of the condition are:

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Burning
  • Cold
  • Clumsiness

The tingling sensations that you feel in your hands and feet should not be ignored for too long as they might lead to severe consequences – like paralysis of the entire body. Hence, the next time you are constantly feeling prickly all over, use any of these remedies. However, if they do not provide any relief, consult your doctor immediately.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Which doctor should I consult for numbness and tingling?

If you experience tingling sensations in your hands and feet, it is best to see a neurologist. If you can’t get hold of a neurologist, you may first consult a general physician, who will then refer you to a neurologist.

What vitamin deficiencies cause tingling in the hands and feet?

Deficiencies in vitamins B1, B3, B6, B12, and E are known to cause numbness or a tingling sensation in your hands and feet.

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Pooja Karkala

Pooja is a Mass Communications and Psychology graduate. Her education has helped her develop the perfect balance between what the reader wants to know and what the reader has to know. As a classical dancer, she has long, black hair, and she knows the struggle that goes into maintaining it. She believes in home remedies and grandma’s secrets for achieving beautiful, luscious hair. When she is not writing, she learns Kuchipudi, practices yoga, and creates doodles.
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