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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This condition can arise if the median nerve, a nerve that runs from the hand to the forearm, becomes pinched at the wrist area. The median nerve is the controller for sensation and pain to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, as well as the controller of impulses to multiple little muscles in the hand which are responsible for movement.

  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • A second opinion is always recommended prior to getting surgery for CTS. Should the second opinion verify the need for surgery, it is suggested that the patient not wait too long as the longer the wait, the greater chance for nerve damage.
  • Another alternative method for treatment which has been tried successfully is called cold laser treatment. The strong benefit for this treatment is that there is no cell damage. The infrared of the cold laser enters the cells of the skin, tendons, and surrounding tissues. The laser puts photons into the cells which allows for instant nerve stimulation. Within just a few minutes, the patient will have increased circulation, as well as oxygen flow. Cold laser can also reduce the enzymes that increase pain, as well as acts as an anti-inflammatory. Swelling can be alleviated within just a few hours in less severe cases. In more chronic cases, treatment two to three times a week may be indicated. Another benefit of cold laser is its potential to increase the speed of nerve regeneration and growth of connective tissues and tendons.
  • It is not unusual for CTS to go away on its own if it showed up as a consequence of the edema of pregnancy and once the baby appears on the scene and the excess fluid goes away.
  • Many people incorrectly assume that the pain, tingling, and numbness always goes away after surgery in a very short time. This may not be the case. It could take as long as two years for these symptoms to disappear totally. The longer timeframe can be attributed to median nerve damage. Nerve regeneration needs a long time to occur. If surgery is required and is delayed for an extended period of time, the individual may permanently lose strength in the thumb area.
  • Once weakness occurs in the thumb, it is usually an indication that the median nerve has sustained considerable damage. In this case, surgery might be recommended. During the surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is cut. This is the thick, fibrous band that overlays the carpal tunnel. Some physicians opt for a small incision, while others opt for a larger incision. While a small incision cuts down on scarring, it doesn't give the surgeon a lot of room within which to work. While it would seem that the larger incision would be better, this also has its disadvantages. Since there is more scarring, the scarring itself could cause pain and limit movement. After surgery, the patient will need to wear a splint or cast for two to four weeks. Another possibility for surgery is the less invasive endoscopic technique. This only takes ten minutes. A tiny incision is made in the palm. Many individuals can get back to work within a few days.
  • The most common treatment methods that physicians prescribe are treatment with medication such as anti-inflammatory medications, splints, and the recommendation to lessen the use of the affected limb to lessen pain and overuse. Some physicians might recommend corticosteroid injections in the affected wrist; however, this treatment can be questionable because the injections can cause great discomfort themselves.
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health can provide information on repetitive strain injuries.

  • Chicken, Atlantic Salmon, tuna, potatoes, bananas, avocados, whole grains and sweet potatoes are a good source for vitamin B6.
  • Control your weight over weight people can put extra pressure on the carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Lessen the stress on hands and wrists from the same movements.
  • Minimize foods that contain oxalic acid. Such as beet greens, eggs, fish, rhubarb, sorrel, asparagus, parsley, spinach and vegetables in the cabbage category.
  • Splints are to help control flare-ups.
  • Stay away from iron supplements because it can swell the joints.
  • Stay away from sodium and salt for it will cause water retention.
  • The space you work in should be dry and warm.
  • To reduce swelling eat half of a fresh pineapple a day for 1-3 weeks. Or your can take a Bromelain supplement.
  • Try not to use your fingers for several day and arrange for less time doing carpal tunnel syndrome activities.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Coenzyme Q10
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances flow of oxygen to tissues.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Provides necessary choline and inositol to promote healthy nerves. Emulsifies fat.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Provides necessary choline and inositol to promote healthy nerves. Emulsifies fat.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healthy nerve function.

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances absorption of vitamin B6. Promotes tissue oxygenation.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Powerful diuretic.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healing. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Aloe Vera, Devils Claw, Yarrow, and Yucca
Type: Internal
Purposes: This herbs may be able to provide relief for stiffness and improve flexibility, as well as take down inflammation.

Bromelain & Boswellia
Type: Internal
Purposes: Bromelain & Boswellia both have been used as inflammation and swelling reducers.

Butcher's Broom
Type: Internal
Purposes: Butcher's Broom is quite common to the Mediterranean area. Because of the herb's anti-inflammatory properties, this herb is used frequently to treat people with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Corn Silk & Parsley
Type: Internal
Purposes: Both of these herbs may take down swelling as they both have some natural diuretic properties.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Capsicum is widely used as spices, vegetables, & medicines. The fruit of the Capsicum can be called a variety of pepper names, including chili pepper, bell pepper (mild form), Cayenne Pepper, etc. The active ingredient in cayenne (capsaicin) can block the pain impulses to the body. Capsicum, along with other herbs, is also used as an agent to accelerate the rate at which other herbs react.

CT Cream
Type: External
Purposes: Biomax Laboratories has a cream that can be applied externally that is a combination of herbal and pharmacological agents. A few of the agents included are arnica extract, camphor, vitamin B6 and choline. CT Cream is not a pain killer; it should actually be used to reduce discomfort and aid in the healing process.

Ginkgo biloba
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Ginkgo Biloba is an herb of choice and chosen to make circulation better and helps the nerves function more efficiently.

Gravel Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Gravel Root has a variety of nomenclatures including Grave Root, Hempweed, Queen of the Meadow, and others. Native American healers have used this herb for centuries to treat stiff and sore muscles and joints. In treatment of other ailments, it may act as an antiseptic.

Marshmallow Root
Type: External
Purposes: Marshmallow can be effective as a poultice to treat bruises, muscle aches, sprains, burns, and inflammations.

Rhus Toxicodendron
Type: Internal
Purposes: Also known as Rhus Tox. This is a homeopathic remedy that can be used for ailments where stiffness in the joints is evident. Rhus Tox can also help calm restlessness during the night and where injuries have occurred due to overuse of the joints.

St. John's Wort
Type: Internal
Purposes: St. John's Wort has sedative properties that helps to reduce pain, increase circulation, and promote the transmission of local nerve impulses.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Skullcap is very prevalent to the U.S. and likes sunny locations. This herb is used as an alternative medicine to reduce inflammation and slow down muscle spasms and pain.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Multiple herbal stores carry the product Venaforce (manufacturer Bioforce). Made from standardized horse chestnut extract, this product can strengthen the walls of the veins and capillaries which can provide increased circulation.

Wintergreen Oil
Type: Internal
Purposes: Wintergreen can be an excellent alternative for relieving pain. The native Americans used this herb to relieve aches and pains of arthritis, sore joints, and rheumatism. It acts similarly to aspirin in that it reduces inflammation and pain.

Zhen Gu Shi
Type: External
Purposes: The Chinese have used this product as a rub for joints and ligaments that become inflamed. Sold in many Asian Markets.