Carpal tunnel syndrome of CTS is a medical condition seen along the fingers and forearms. The wrist consists of several nerves, one of them being the ‘median’ nerve. Any form of excessive or prolonged force or pressure on the median nerve causes CTS. This is characterized by numbness, pain, weakness and even tingling especially at night. The forearm contains several bones and muscles that are connected by tendons, covered by the lubricant-synovium.
Synovium has the tendency to swell up. The swelling brings about a drop in the width of the tunnel carrying the median nerve, which results in the pain and weakness. It can be caused by genetic, physical or environmental factors such as excessive bending and twisting of wrists or fingers while playing video games or typing, thyroid glands, obesity, hormonal imbalances, diabetes and so on.CTS as such is a medical condition deserving proper medical care. In minor cases some natural remedies such as consuming garlic, turmeric and capsicum can be tried out. There are also some noted herbal remedies that can cure carpal tunnel.
Herbal Remedies For Carpal Tunnel
Arnica, in the form of capsules or ointment has anti-inflammatory properties and is considered to be able to work magic by relieving one of the intense pain and swelling caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. As an ointment it can be used twice a day, once in the morning and then at night.Take a small portion of arnica ointment (measuring roughly 1/4 of a standard tablespoon) and using the thumb and index finger gently rub it on the insides of the wrist. Since CTS is known to cause numbness in these two fingers, this procedure ensures that there is regular movement in these fingers. Additionally Arnica also has antibiotics properties.
The use of the willow bark for medicinal purposes goes back to several centuries, particularly for its anti-inflammatory properties that ease pain. This qualifies it to be used for curing CTS. It also has chemical salicylates (salicin) which gives rise to acetylsalicylic acid which is popularly known as aspirin.For the purpose of internal consumption, 2-3 tablespoons of the substance in a dried form needs to be finely grounded. As willow bark tastes bitter it is recommended that it be consumed with a sweetener, preferably natural honey, for three times daily. For best results it can be had along with a mixture of meadowsweet leaves. It can also be had it the form of capsules.
Widely known for its’ ability to improve blood circulation, ginkgo biloba can be consumed in the form of herbal tea or capsules to cure carpal tunnel syndrome. Used in Chinese traditional medicines as a memory booster, it improves the functioning of nerves and muscles, hence reducing numbness and ceasing pain.As tea it can be consumed twice daily, but before consuming as a capsule, a medical practitioner should be consulted. For best results, it should be mixed with chamomile and then consumed as tea. Chamomile is known to have anti-inflammatory and nerve soothing properties.
Often debated as the most effective herbal remedy for carpal tunnel syndrome, the flowers and leaves of St.John’s work is often used externally as a cream. It successfully reduces inflammation, and assists in connecting muscles and tissues. As an oil, it is not suggested that it be applied directly to skin.For the purpose of CTS, it is often added with solomon’s seal and then applied or added to any other carrier oil. St. John’s wort also has sedative qualities which help in reducing pain and increases blood circulation and enhances nervous impulses. In the form of an ointment it should be applied thrice a day at least for a period of 15 consecutive days for results to show.
Made from steaming the leaves of the wintergreen herb, this herbal remedy was used traditionally by native Americans to reduce pain and ache caused by arthritis.The leaves from which the oil is prepared is known to contain chemicals, similar to that of aspirin and helps in lessening pain and swelling, hence being popularly used for CTS. A diluted version of the oil can be used externally, 2-3 times a day for best results.