Horseradish can help improve circulationMany of the patients in my Houston podiatry practice experience the pain, tingling and numbness associated with peripheral neuropathy, a term that describes damage to the nerves of the legs and feet. While this condition is often associated with diabetes, other illnesses can lead to this kind of nerve damage as well.

Since I love exploring food and the way it impacts our overall health, I thought I’d take a moment to explore a rumor that's been going around for a while: whether the spicy herb of horseradish can help patients experience relief from this painful condition.

Did you know that you can make horseradish tea? Well, according to, you can, and it apparently can help improve circulation to reduce cold and numbness in the extremities, particularly in older individuals who commonly experience these uncomfortable side effects. You can visit the website’ s horseradish page for instructions on how to make the tea if you’re so inclined.

Of course, once nerve damage has occurred, it can be difficult to reverse, but improving circulation is one important way to stave off the painful side effects of peripheral neuropathy. Drinking horseradish tea offers no guarantee of improved circulation, of course. There can be treatment available for your neuropathy symptoms.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today to learn more about treatment options for peripheral neuropathy and, in the meantime, feel free to brew a cup of horseradish tea—it can’t hurt, and it just might help!

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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.