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Natural Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Natural Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disease causing pain, tingle and numbness in the hands or fingers. The patient can also experience weakness and sensitivity loss in the hands and fingers. These symptoms are caused by the median nerve compressed when passing through the carpal tunnel.

Many factors can lead to progression of the disease, for instance, constant manual work, wrist injuries and such health conditions, as pregnancy, arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism and obesity.

Natural Remedies for the Disease

There is still not enough scientific evidence that any remedy can treat the disease. But these 8 integrative treatments can relieve symptoms, at least.

1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture implies the insertion of thin needles into particular points on the body. This releases blockages in the body causing pain and improves the energy flow along energy pathways called meridians.

Scientifically, acupuncture releases natural anesthetic chemicals into the human body, promotes circulation and normalizes the nervous system.

As for the carpal syndrome, needles are inserted into points on the hands, arms, wrists and fingers, as well as on the neck and upper back. The number of acupuncture therapies depends on the intensity of your symptoms, pain duration, general health condition and your work implying the constant use of hands and fingers.

To treat the carpal syndrome, laser acupuncture with handheld laser instead of needles is also used.

2. Acupressure

Acupressure is a reflexotherapy treatment similar to acupuncture but instead of inserted needles the pressure is implied. It promotes blood flow to the hand and wrist and soothes swelling and numbness.

As for the disease, the pressure is implied to points on the wrist, elbow and hand.

3. Alpha-lipoic acid

ALA is an antioxidant that is naturally produced in the human body and marketed as a supplement. If ALA is taken together with gamma-linolenic acid, it can ease the symptoms of the carpal tunnel syndrome.

4. Vitamin B6

Some people believe that low consumption of B6 may provoke the carpal tunnel syndrome and that B6 may relieve pain due to its antinociceptive properties. The results of studies on this vitamin’s effect are ambiguous but, at least, two studies have shown that vitamin B6 considerably improves the condition.

The following products are especially rich in vitamin B6:

• fish;
• specialty meats;
• potatoes;
• poultry;
• beef;
• fortified cereals;
• bananas.

It is necessary to consult the doctor before consuming too much vitamin B6 as the nerves of some patients having such supplements for a long period were damaged.

5. Yoga

According to the results of the experiment involving 42 people who suffered from the disease, did special yoga postures and wore wrist splints for 8 weeks, they experienced considerable improvement in the strength of grip and pain in the hands and fingers.

6. Chiropractic

The experiment involving 91 individuals suffering from the carpal tunnel syndrome was based on comparison of chiropractic treatment and conservative treatment. This is an alternative treatment including manipulation of the body joints and soft tissues of the arms and spine, wrist supports at nights and ultrasound over the carpal tunnel.

7. Enzyme supplements

Such enzyme supplements, as bromelain and serrapeptase may ease tissue swelling caused by the carpal syndrome.

8. Feldenkrais

It is a kind of movement re-education. Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome try to learn how to move more effectively, develop coordination, ease muscle strain and improve flexibility.

Not all alternative treatments have been checked for safety. So, before taking any supplements or using natural remedies, it is necessary to consult your physician.