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Early Treatment of Dupuytren’s Contracture with Natural Homeopathic Medicines

Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that develops over the course of many years and affects the hands and fingers. It begins with the thickening of the connective tissue within the palmar fascia, beneath the surface of palms. With time, lumps or knots develop beneath the palmar surface of the hand. Homeopathic medicines for Dupuytren’s Contracture can help arrest the progress of the disease in the early stages (before the permanent bending of the fingers). Silicea, Causticum, and Ruta are the top homeopathic medicines used to treat Dupuytren’s Contracture.

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Homeopathic medicines for Dupuytren’s Contracture.

The knots that develop as a result of the contracture mostly form at the base of the ring finger or the little finger. Eventually, hard cords develop from these knots that extend to the fingers. These cords contract with time, causing the bending or pulling of the affected fingers towards the palmar surface of the hand. With time, the fingers become deformed and the person is unable to extend the fingers in the long run. This leads to difficulty in performing everyday tasks like writing, holding objects, shaking hands, etc. The course of the condition varies from person to person. The disease may progress from initial stage to severe deformity in many cases while in others may not show progression up to the deformity stage. In many cases, Dupuytren’s contracture tends to self limit itself or even regresses in the initial stages itself.

Homeopathic Treatment of Dupuytren’s Contracture

Homeopathic medicines carry a good scope to help slow down the progression of the condition in most cases, especially if the condition is detected early. Homeopathy can go a long way if the treatment is started in the very beginning of the condition.
However, once the permanent deformity sets in, reversing the condition only with homeopathy is not possible. There are many medicines for treating Dupuytren’s contracture in the homeopathic system of medicine. The most prominent homeopathic medicines among them include Silicea, Causticum, Ruta, Colocynthis, and Rhus Tox. The homeopathic medicines that will suit a given case of Dupuytren’s contracture vary from case to case as per individual presentation. These homeopathic medicines are very effective and safe to use.

Homeopathic Medicines for Dupuytren’s Contracture

Silicea – Homeopathic Medicine for Dupuytren’s Contracture with Pain on Finger Movement

Silicea is a natural medicine for Dupuytren’s contracture with pain in the contracted tissue cords upon moving the fingers. The affected finger flexes onto the palm. Opening the finger causes intense pain. Excessive sweating on hand is a feature that may be present in most cases.

Causticum – Homeopathic Remedy for Late Stages of Dupuytren’s Contracture

Causticum is indicated for the later stages of Dupuytren’s contracture. The cases needing Causticum have severe contractures in hand. This leads to bending or fingers towards the palm. The person is unable to move the affected fingers without the help of the other hand. In some cases, complete deformity of the finger is present. A drawing and tearing pain is felt in hands. The hands and fingers my feel icy cold.

Ruta – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Dupuytren’s Contracture with Nodes on the Palm of Hand

Ruta is prepared from a fresh plant named Ruta Graveolens. It belongs to the natural order Rutaceae. Ruta is indicated for Dupuytren’s contracture with nodes on the palms of the hand. The fingers are contracted. Pain and stiffness in the hands may be present.

Colocynthis – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Dupuytren’s Contracture with Pain in Palms

Colocynthis is a natural remedy prepared from the pulp of the fruit of a plant called Citrullus Colocynthis or Bitter Apple. It belongs to the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Use of Colocynthis is considered in Dupuytren’s contracture when a pain in the palms is present. There appears contraction in the hands and fingers. It is difficult to open the finger, and the pain gets worse at rest.

Rhus Tox – Natural Medicine for Dupuytren’s Contracture with a History of Injury to the Hand

Rhus Tox offers help in cases of Dupuytren’s contracture that have a history of a hand injury. People needing Rhus Tox can move the fingers with great difficulty. An aching or drawing pain and a heated sensation in the palm of the hand may be present.

Reason for Dupuytren’s Contracture

The reason for Dupuytren’s contracture is not clearly understood. Some factors that put a person at high risk of developing Dupuytren’s contracture. These factors include a positive family history of Dupuytren’s contracture, age above 50 years, and diabetes mellitus. Other risk factors include hyperlipidemia, alcohol use in excess and smoking. Any hand injury in the past is also linked with the development of Dupuytren’s contracture. Men are at a greater risk to develop Dupuytren’s contracture than women. The male to female ratio for development of this condition is around 4:1. Individuals of all the races and ethnicity can be affected but the northern European population is at a higher risk to develop this condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture

The first feature appearing in Dupuytren’s contracture is thickening of the skin of the palms or formation of nodes on the palms of the hands. These nodes may or may not be painful or tender to touch. As the condition progresses, the range of mobility of the affected fingers starts to decrease. In the later stage, deformity of the hand develops, where the affected finger gets bent unto the palmar surface of the hand permanently. This leads to an inability to straighten the affected finger. The deformity is due to the formation of cords of tissue that contracts with time. In a majority of cases, the little finger is affected, followed by the ring finger. In some cases, the middle finger may also get involved. The involvement of the index finger and the thumb in this condition is rare.

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  1. Ptanhakar says:

    Hello Doc
    This is Pranhakar from Chennai experiencing stiffness of ring finger little finger and middle finger due to post surgery effect in the ring finger. Symptoms are similar to Dupuytren’s contracture like one node in the sutures stitching line
    Looking for suitable medicines.

  2. Hello Dr. Sharma. I have early stage Dupuytren’s Contracture with no pain or deformity of the fingers yet. Based on what I read, it looks as though Ruta might be the most appropriate for me, since the other remedies listed are to address pain, injury, or deformity. Does this make sense to you? If so, what strength should I use, how much, and how often?

    Thank you very much.


  3. Carol boyce says:

    Hi Dr. Sharma,
    I’ve had Dupuytrens contracture for over 10 years. The lower half of the little finger on my right hand is thick. I can bend and straighten it without any pain. Just today I attempted to do an exercise that I have been doing normally for years. But today I experience intense nerve pain when I tried walking in a primoral position. Is this pain associated with Dupuytrens? I would appreciate any of your thoughts.
    Thank you!

  4. Thank you for this great article. I have developed dupuytren nodules on the palm of my left hand 6 months after breaking my left wrist. I don’t have much pain but do notice some stiffness in my 4th finger on that hand. Would Ruta be the best choice of homeopathics fo me?
    thank you

    • Hello Dr. Sharma. I have early stage Dupuytren’s Contracture with no pain or deformity of the fingers yet. Based on what I read, it looks as though Ruta might be the most appropriate for me, since the other remedies listed are to address pain, injury, or deformity. Does this make sense to you? If so, what strength should I use, how much, and how often?

      Thank you very much.


  5. Dr. Sardar Azhar Mehmood says:

    Hi Dr. Sharms
    I m univesity teacher and my age is 44 year
    Im my right palm affected by contrature
    In this regards kindly suggest for Homeopathic medicine
    Your sincerly
    Dr. Sardar Azhar Mehmood

  6. John Sellens says:

    Dear Dr Sharma,
    I have had Dupuytren’s contracture for at least 15 years and the ring finger is slightly bent towards the palm on both hands but it is slightly more severe on my left hand. For quite a number of years, it has not worsened and does not prevent me from doing any jobs which involve the hands. The homoeopathic remedies describe pain but I have no pain in my hands. With this in mind what remedy would help my contracture.

  7. Satish Kumar Srivastava says:

    Dr.Sharma, I am 75 years old and had a nodule since last 25 years. From last last it started developing. Doctord diagnosed it as dupuytren’s contracture. Swelling developing fast. Of all the recommended natural medicines listed here which would you personally start with. Also my massage therapist recommended stretching and massage of the hand with kalaiji oil which I do. The flexibility of right ring finger is affected.

  8. I am 79 yo female with no precondition HAD L yme is under control from liver flushes and detox .
    developed 1th Dupuytren on left 5th finger13 yrs in Now srarted rt hand 3th and 4th fingernwith pain and
    bending numbness for 3yrs Use castor oil massage daily.
    I use classical Homeopathy 1 m like Rhus tox Silicea 1 m
    Any suggetion Regina

  9. Devki Nandan Mishra says:

    Dr Sharma Namskar,
    I am DEV 37 years old suffering from dupuytrens contructure (Not diagnosed in blood test but as per symptom I have read about it) feeling difficulty in Index, Middle and ring finger since 20 Feb 2020. Earlier it prevails but somehow able to manage. What medicine and doses you will suggest ?
    I can Visit your clinic tooin Delhi NCR to explain all my history related to the problem.


  10. Lynne Sadusky says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma,
    A hand specialist, Doc of osteopathy, recently diagnosed me w Dupuytrens Disease. I can send pics. I am 58 yrs old. I have no pain yet. I noticed the condition about 3 yrs ago. There is one cord on my left hand and 2 nodules on the joint if my right hand on ring finger and middle finger. The palm itself has a couple bubbles and small lump that seems to be getting bigger. I cut out dairy from my diet (mostly) about 20 yrs ago when diagnosed w MS. MS is no longer present. I am wondering if there is anything you could recommend to slow or stop the progress of the disease? I feel it has something to do w my diet. I am thinking of having the magnesium level tested in my body to see if I lack magnesium, since I read that Magnesium supplementation has helped some people.
    What are your thoughts please? Is there anything you think homeopathic wise that may help?

  11. Jean Geron says:

    Dr Sharma
    I Am 71 and have nodules in both palms of my hands.
    Both thumbs have like a clicking when trying to straighten them. I have been wearing a strap on both hands which seemed to relieve pain.
    I do exercises and massaging of hands every day.
    What would you recommend I take to help or get rid of this condition.
    Thank you for your advice.

  12. Peggy Alvarez says:

    Dr.Sharma, I am 60 years old and am in the very beginning stage of dupuytren’s contracture. Two of my older sisters have it quite severely. I am just starting with nodules and it seems to be developing fast. Of all the recommended natural medicines listed here which would you personally start with. Also my massage therapist recommended stretching and massage of the hand which I do. I am a 15 year yoga practitioner and would hate for this to interfere with my practice.

    Thank you,
    Peggy Alvarez

  13. Monica Kennie says:


    I have duorpretyens contracture in my left hand.

    It feels like 4-5 nodes are present

    I can still move my fingers and open my hand.

    What remedy would you recommend and what dosage and length of time to take it?

    Thank you


  14. Jennifer Freedman says:

    My fingers have not contracted yet, but one finger on each hand feels tight when I bend it backwards. There are nodules/nodes on both palms. What remedy, if any, may be suggested for more beginning stages of this condition? Most of the descriptions above appear to be for fingers already contracting and pain. I have neither.

  15. What would be the dosage of causticum 1000 for dupuytrens contracture?

  16. saifullah says:

    Dear sir
    A nodes is apear on my left hand palm.what is its treetment

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