Homeopathy treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Homeopathy Treatment

Homeopathy treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Description

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve as it passes through the tendon sheath in the wrist. It may occur in either or both wrists as a result of too much work involving flexing the wrist, or from swelling of the wrists during pregnancy or due to hypothyroidism. It is common in people who spend a lot of time typing at a keyboard.

Symptoms

The symptoms are usually pain and numbness in the outer side of the hand in the three finger nearest the thumb, the wrist, and the forearm. The symptoms are usually chronic with acute flare-ups.

Complications

If carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated, permanent injury to the nerves may result.

Look

Is there any limitation of movement in the wrist or hand?

Is any paralysis present?

Are the joints red or swollen, indicating arthritis?

Are both wrists affected?

Listen

"I have fight wrist pain and the tendons feel very contracted." Causticum

"I have carpal tunnel pain in the same place where I fractured my wrist." Calcarea phosphorica

"The muscles in my forearm feel too short." Guiacum

"When I stretch my hand or wash it in hot water, my wrist feels better." Rhus toxicodendron.

"It feels like my wrist is bruised." Ruta

"I play the violin and have right-sided carpal tunnel syndrome."

Viola odorata

Ask

What type of activity brought on the carpal tunnel syndrome?

How severe is it?

How long has it been present?

Is it an acute flare-up or a chronic condition?

What makes it better or worse?

Do you have any desire for particular foods or drinks?

Are there any mental or emotional symptoms that came along with the carpal tunnel syndrome?

Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine

The most common medicines for carpal tunnel syndrome are Causticum and Ruta.

·         If there is a history of fractures or other bone problems, look at Calcarea phosphorica.

·         If the pain is only on the left side and is better from cold water, give Guiacum.

·         If there is considerable stiffness which is better from moving the hands, Rhus toxicodendron will probably help.

·         If there are no-clear symptoms for another medicine, give Ruta.

·         Viola odorata is useful for the right wrist in sensitive, intellectual, and musical people-often violinists.

Dosage

·         Give three pellets of 30C twice daily until you see improvement.

·         If there is no improvement after three days, give a different medicine.

·         After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.

·         Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).

·         Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally only need to be given once in the case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Repeat only if the symptoms return with intensity or severity.

What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care

Homeopathic medicines can often relieve carpal tunnel syndrome. The acute flare-up can be treated in twelve to twenty-four hours. The chronic condition should be treated by a qualified homeopath and may take several months to improve. If the medicines and self-care suggestions described in this section are not effective, consult a qualified homeopath. If all other options fail, see an orthopedic surgeon.

Other Self-Care Suggestions

Rest the wrist as much as possible, especially avoiding repetitive motions.

·         A removable wrist splint or brace may be useful if the pain is severe from moving the wrist.

·          Take Vitamin B-6, 100 mg per day.

·         Soak the hands and wrists to stimulate circulation and relieve pain. Alternate hot and cold water: five minutes hot, one minute cold, then repeat twice for a total of three hot/cold soaks. Do soaks twice a day.

·         Consult a physical therapist specializing in the upper extremities regarding specific exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome.

·         Get a wrist support for your computer keyboard, and, if necessary an ergonomic keyboard.

 



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