Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is characterised by the persisting numbness or burning sensation in pain or wrist due to the compression of the median nerve which travels through the carpal tunnel. It is more prevalent in night due to the various sleeping positions. The tingling sensation caused in carpal tunnel syndrome may extend even to shoulder and neck area.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The main symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:

  • Pain in the hands or wrists
  • Loss of gripping strength.
  • Warm forearms and cold hands.
  • Weakness
  • Poor Circulation, Hands falling asleep.
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the thumb and fingers

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The major causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:

•         Overuse of hand and forearm

•         Alcoholism

•         Rheumatoid arthritis

•         Pregnancy

•         Diabetes

•         Autoimmune Diseases

Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The most effective home remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:

  • Applying ice-pack is helpful in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.Ice-packs can be kept in cloth and put over the affected area.
  • Feverfew - anti-inflammatory actions, take as presecribed.
  • Hot water treatment is also helpful. You can hold a warm compress or a heating pad against your wrists as the heat will help to increase circulation and decrease inflammation.
  • Green tea – take an extract in a dose of 250 to 500 mg a day to help with inflammation and to stimulate the immune system. Green tea also provides antioxidants. Drinking the tea is also effective.
  • Calcarea phosphorica: When this remedy is indicated, pain is felt in the bones and nerves of the wrists and arms, and stiffness and discomfort may also involve the neck.
  • Milk thistle – take 80 to 160 mg 2 or 3 times per day to support the body while it tries to heal.
  • External application of herbal Arnica lotion or ointment may help to ease the swelling and soreness, while other remedies are used internally.
  • Devil's claw – take 1-2g 3 times per day to treat the inflammation of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Massage the hurt spot with mint oil or lavender oil
  • You can apply a piece of red meat over the area of pain.Wrap a plastic covering on the meat so as to prevent the flow of juice.Meat should be placed there for about 24 hours.
  • Willow bark – this natural form of aspirin will relieve pain and inflammation when taken as a tea or supplement.
  • Turmeric with honey prove to very effective in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment and Advice

•         Use of night splints is very helpful in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

•         The wrist brace helps to stabilize the carpal tunnel in its neutral position.

•         To aid in the prevention of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, stretching exercises of the wrist, hand, and fingers have been used to combat against the pain and numbness caused by repetitive actions.

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