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Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrists and hands. People who do a lot of repetitive actions with their hands and wrists are most susceptible, and it affects more women than men. The condition most frequently occurs when a person is between 40 and 60 years of age. It may be associated with other health conditions like rubella, Lyme disease, pregnancy or menopause. By combining natural remedies and gentle exercises however, mild to moderate cases may be alleviated.

Symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness and tingling in the hand or fingers, especially the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. You may feel like you hit your "funny bone" but the feeling is in your hands. You may notice pain or tingling at night that is strong enough to wake you from sleep. The fingers may feel swollen even though it does not look swollen. Some people feel a shooting pain from the hand up the arm, sometimes as far as the shoulder. Loss of sensation and weakness can also occur. It may get worse if actions are not taken to relieve it.

Causes

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repetitive use of the hands and fingers, especially if the hands are held in an improper position. Some repetitive tasks that can cause this problem include typing, repetitive bending of the wrist, playing video games, riding a bike or motorcycle and the improper positioning of the hands at a keyboard. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel, and the syndrome causes inflammation to compress this nerve as it passes through this narrow passage. Other conditions like obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, arthritis and diabetes can also cause it or similar symptoms. Contributing risk factors may include the intake of lots of caffeine, tobacco or alcohol.

Cautions

If home remedies do not give relief, you may need to see your physician for other alternatives like splinting and medication. Severe cases may need surgery to relieve the problem. Surgery is effective in 95% of the time in these cases. Alternative therapies such as Bowen Therapy are associated with positive effects.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

To treat inflammation and pain:

External Applications

Aromatherapy

Nutmeg - add 3 drops of nutmeg essential oil to 50 ml carrier oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil and apply to affected area 2 - 3 times a day. It can also be used in the bath.

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