As more and more people are going from working in physical labor jobs to jobs working with computers, carpal tunnel syndrome is starting to become more and more of an issue. Carpal tunnel syndrome originates in the hands from repetitive motion. Any type of repetitive motion can cause it so it may be a job that has nothing to do with computers, but most of the time you’ll find that this condition is prominent in those that do work in an office type setting.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome interferes with hand strength and sensation causing a decrease in function. The symptoms range from mild and occasional numbness (usually in the fingers) to loss of feeling and hand function. It is the most common nerve disorder experienced today, which is not surprising considering most jobs now incorporate computers and/or require a daily amount of repetitive motion. According to the American College of Rheumatology it affects 4 – 10 million Americans.
Now, while most Americans opt for surgery, steroid injections, and medications, I’m going to offer an herbal route that I think is not only better than the alternative, but can provide long-term healing. I believe surgery can be totally avoided with the steps I’m about to provide.
How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Take extra Vitamin C
- Take Magnesium
- Take Vitamin B1 and B6 together three times a day
- Cut out all refined sugar
- Make a Poultice: equal amounts of turmeric, white willow bark, chamomile, mix with 1-2 ounces of grapeseed oil. Apply warm twice daily.
- St. Johns Wort improves function of the median nerve. Take in equal amounts with cayenne, turmeric, and ashwagandha. 1 -2 tsp per 1 cup hot boiling water and drink as a tea. Drink daily.
- Horse Chestnut can help increase vascular circulation by strengthening veins & capillaries. It contains aescin, a phytochemical that has anti-inflammatory properties. Available in nut form and creams. I actually bought some horse chestnuts and am in the processing of making a cream with them. I’ll post the recipe for this soon!
- Ginko Biloba provides relief from numbness by increasing blood flow, improving circulation, and relieving painful muscles and joints. Available in oral supplements.
- Devil’s Claw provides relief from pain and inflammation. Available in oral supplements.
Note: It’s important to also perform exercises to loosen up the wrist, ease pain and inflammation, and increase flexibility. Click Here for 3 Wrist Exercises for Treating Carpal Tunnel.
I know how painful carpal tunnel is as I used to have it as well so I know and understand the frustration most people deal with having it. Let me know how this worked for you or if you have other remedies I haven’t heard of!