Herbal Remedies for Meralgia Paresthetica (Bernhardt-Roth Syndrome)


The nervous system is the commanding system of the body. It is responsible for the appropriate functioning of the various bodily mechanisms. The nervous system constitutes a network of numerous nerves in the body. The nerves are responsible for carrying or transmitting signals between the brain and other parts of the body. This mechanism is responsible for touch sensation, reflexes, various voluntary and involuntary functions, etc. What happens if there is an abnormality in this mechanism? Or if the nerves of some region are not functioning properly or are damaged? There can be various conditions in which there is abnormality or damage in the nerves, hindering the normal physiology of the body. One such related condition is the Meralgia Paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome), which will be described in detail along with its description of symptoms, causes, ayurvedic aspect and management in the following article.

Symptoms of Meralgia Paresthetica (Bernhardt-Roth Syndrome)


Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) is a condition that is a result of either excessive pressure or damage to one of the essential nerves of the leg namely lateral femoral subcutaneous nerve. It usually affects the upper outer thigh region and is characterized by severe and often painful paresthesia in the area of the upper outer thigh. Paresthesia can be explained as a type of pain, prickling in nature. Meralgia paresthetica affects approximately 1-4% of the general population. The actual condition is less common than the term meralgia paresthetica since it implies a specific diagnosis. However, there are many other causes of lateral thigh pain besides meralgia paresthetica. The causes resulting in the condition of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) will be discussed as follows.


The causes of the condition of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) can be various; some of the most common are being explained ahead. Excessive pressure on the lateral femoral nerve from excessive muscle activity which causes mechanical injury to this nerve can cause meralgia paresthetica. In such a case it can be caused by association with traction of the nerve as it passes under the hip joint. This causes mechanical injury to this nerve that leads to a cutaneous innervation of the skin. As fibrous tissue forms on this affected area,the superficial vessels become occluded and the superficial nerves are irritated causing numbness and pain in the form of meralgia paresthetica. It is more common in females than males after age 30 years as well as in diabetics. It may be associated with anemia, femoral neuropathy, spine fractures and arthritis.


Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) is basically characterized by pain in the thigh region, more specifically the outer thigh region. This pain can be accompanied with various other features also. There can be a tingling sensation along with the pain. The patient may complain of a burning sensation on the outside of the thigh. There can be high sensitivity to heat and light touch. The pain can be observed to rise after walking or standing for a long time. The patient may feel mild degree pain in the initial stages but as the condition progresses, he/ she might experience increasing intensity. The pain may get sharper and more of shooting nature.


The diagnosis of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) will include various types of examinations. The tests advised will include imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scan, etc. Electromyography, nerve conduction test and blood tests may also be required. After the diagnosis is done, the next step should be management of the condition. The management will include lifestyle changes such as weight loss, wear loose fit clothes, etc. and physical therapy may include ultrasound therapy through skin, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, etc.


Ayurveda is an ancient old science which has not lost its relevance even in these modern times. Modern science explains Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) as an abnormality related to the nerves, Ayurvedic view point varies. Ayurveda presents a very unique perspective on the various health related issues. It supports the body to get rid of the disease by establishing the equilibrium between the three dosha (vata, pitta, kapha). These three dosha are considered to be the fundamentals of a healthy body. And an imbalance between the levels of these dosha will result in the diseased state. The condition of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) is also a result of the imbalance between the equilibrium of these dosha.

In every disease, all the three dosha are vitiated but one or two of them are more prominently hindered, and constitute the major presenting features. In the case of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome), the major dushti or vitiation is believed to be of the vata dosha. The patient experiences prickling pain which is similar to the characteristic Suchibhedan vata peeda (i.e. pain similar to that of being pricked by a needle) presented by the vitiation of vata dosha. There is numbness also in some cases which can be related to suptata in ayurveda which is also a result of vata vitiation. Then, apart from vata, mild vitiation of pitta can also be considered as the patient experiences burning sensation also. The daha or burning sensation experienced in the body is a result of the vitiated pitta dosha in the body. So, the main line of ayurvedic management of the condition of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) will require balancing the levels of vata and pitta dosha. This can be accomplished by the administration of various ayurvedic formulations such as ashwagandha capsules, boswellia curcumin, hakam churna, etc. These ayurvedic preparations will help to manage the diseased condition and enhance the health of the body. These ayurvedic products will be described as follows.


Planet Ayurveda is providing various preparations of natural herbs such as ashwagandha capsules, boswellia curcumin capsules, etc. which are prepared using authentic ways and provide great results in improving the condition of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome). All the herbal products manufactured here are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, colors and fillers. These products are hundred percent natural and are formulated by MD Ayurvedic doctors with deep knowledge of Ayurveda and many years of experience. The ayurvedic formulations beneficial for the condition of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) are described as follows.

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha capsules are being prepared by planet Ayurveda. It contains natural extracts of a very beneficial ayurvedic ingredient ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It is snigdha (oily nature) and hot in potency. Ashwagandha is known to be a very effective vata pacifying agent. It will help to improve the various pain sensations and thus improve the condition of ashwagandha capsules.

Dosage – One capsule two times a day. .

2. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

Planet ayurveda is preparing boswellia curcumin capsules using the extracts of two beneficial ayurvedic herbs which are shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and turmeric or haldi (Curcuma longa), etc. This combination of herbs is very beneficial for improving the various types of pain sensation in the body. The patients of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) experiencing severe pains will be benefitted by the use of boswellia curcumin capsules.

Dosage – Two capsules two times a day.

3. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras is a very beneficial classical ayurvedic formulation. It contains a combination of effective ayurvedic components such as rajata bhasma (calyx of silver), praval bhasma (calyx of coral), loha bhasma (calyx of iron), etc. This combination is very effective in balancing the vitiated vata dosha from the body. Balancing the vata dosha will help to improve the condition of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) up to a great extent.

Dosage – One tablet two times a day, to be chewed with warm ghee. .

4. Hakam Churna

Hakam churna is prepared by planet Ayurveda. It contains natural extracts of various health benefiting components such as kalonji (Nigella sativa), ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), methi (fenugreek) (Trigonella foenum), etc. These help to improve digestion which will help to eliminate the accumulated toxins in the form of undigested food and improve the vitiation of the bodily dosha.

Dosage – 1 tsp two times a day with warm water.

5. Triphala Ghrit

Triphala ghrit is a very beneficial ayurvedic formulation which possesses a variety of medicinal properties. It contains herbal medicinal ingredients such as pippali (Piper longum), ginger (Zinziber officinale), draksha (Vitis vinifera), haridra (Curcuma longa), etc. prepared in cow ghee (go ghrita), etc. It helps to pacify the vata and pitta dosha of the body. Triphala ghrit helps to improve the strength of the body. As it helps to pacify the excessive vata levels, the patient feels relief in pain in the cases of Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome).

Dosage – 1 tsp two times a day with warm water.

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So, in a nutshell it can be concluded that Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) is a very severe condition which hinders the health of the body. It requires appropriate medical attention and should be dealt with responsibly as it can hinder the life of the one suffering from it. Ayurveda provides principles for maintaining the healthy state of the body and managing the diseased condition effectively. Hence, ayurvedic formulations can be used wisely along with practice of healthy diet and lifestyle to get relief from the diseased state. Ayurvedic formulations described above such as ashwagandha capsules, boswellia curcumin capsules, hakam churna,vrihat vatchintamani ras etc. are useful in managing the Meralgia paresthetica (bernhardt-roth syndrome) effectively and should be taken under the guidance of an ayurvedic doctor to get better results. Along with the herbal formulations, one should always try to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. These measures will be very helpful to keep the diseases at bay.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of Planet Ayurveda Private Limited, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com