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Homeopathic Treatment for Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger, medically known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a disease of the tendons of the hand. It is a painful condition in which the fingers or thumb get locked in bending position. There is difficulty in straightening the affected finger; and there is a clicking or popping sound on straightening the finger. Trigger finger can appear in one finger or may involve many fingers at one time. Though a common condition in the right hand, it can appear in both hands as well. Trigger finger makes a person anxious and frustrated since it interferes with daily life and work. It affects the efficiency of a person adversely, especially while performing tasks related to the hands. Homeopathic treatment for trigger finger is very effective. With the use of homeopathic medicines, the intensity of symptoms like pain, stiffness, and frequency of episodes gradually declines. A complete recovery in trigger finger follows.

Every case of trigger finger requires a detailed case taking that will help in finding the underlying cause and also the characteristic symptoms of the person. These symptoms are important for the selection of the most suitable medicine for the patient. Homeopathic medicines treat trigger finger by correcting the underlying cause. Homeopathic treatment for trigger finger is natural, safe, and has no side effects.

What are the Causes of Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is caused by irritation, inflammation, and thickening of tendons of the fingers and thumb. Tendons are the strong tissue bands that link muscles to the bones. There is a covering on the tendon called the sheath. In normal conditions, there is the smooth movement of the tendon within the sheath while bending and straightening the thumb and fingers. In cases of trigger finger, the space between the tendons and its sheaths becomes narrow due to inflammation or thickening of tendons or sheath of the affected fingers or thumb. This narrowing leads to pain and restricts the movement of fingers.

What are the Risk Factors for Trigger Finger?

Overuse of hands with frequent and repetitive movements of hands and fingers put a person at risk of getting trigger finger. Individuals who carry out regular or continuous straining movements, like gripping or grasping of hands and fingers for a prolonged time, are prone to getting trigger finger. Persons in certain occupations or activities in which there is a constant straining of the fingers and hands tend to get trigger finger. Musicians, farmers, and laborers are at high risk of developing trigger finger. Apart from overuse, medical conditions like diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout also make a person prone to trigger finger. Trigger finger usually affects middle aged people. Females are more likely to suffer from trigger finger than males.

What are the Symptoms of Trigger Finger?

Initially, the patient complains of mild stiffness or tenderness at the base of the thumb or affected fingers. The stiffness is more in the morning or when the person initiates movement. In some cases, the patient may get relief by continuous movement of the fingers. As the disease progresses, affected fingers get locked on bending, and the person finds it difficult to straighten locked fingers. There may be a popping or clicking sound on straightening the affected finger. In advanced cases, the person may have to release the lock with the other hand. There may also be a formation of nodosities at the base of the affected fingers.

Homeopathic Treatment for Trigger Finger

There are many homeopathic medicines for trigger finger. Some of them are Arnica Montana, Ruta Graveolans, Rhus Tox, Causticum, Lycopodium, Mercurius Sol, and Sulphur. Arnica Montana is an excellent homeopathic medicine for trigger finger where the condition develops due to straining or overexertion of the hands. The patient may have soreness and pain in the fingers that get worse with a slight touch. Ruta Graveolans is a beneficial homeopathic medicine for trigger finger caused by straining or overuse of the tendons of the hands. A particular symptom for patients needing Ruta Graveolens is the aggravation of the problem in the cold. The fingers may also be stiff and sore. Rhus tox is helpful in cases of trigger finger where there are noticeable rigidity and stiffness in the fingers during initial movement in the morning. Patients needing this homeopathic medicine get relief by moving their fingers and hands continuously. The problem may aggravate by resting the hand. Causticum is a valuable homeopathic medicine for trigger finger in cases where there are pain and stiffness in the fingers along with difficulty in straightening the fingers. Lycopodium is a suitable homeopathic medicine in cases of trigger finger where nodes on fingers develop. The other symptoms are stiffening of fingers along with a burning pain in the palms. Mercurius Sol is a beneficial homeopathic medicine for trigger finger where there is locking of fingers and stiffness in the hand while working. On moving the hands, there may also be a cracking sensation. Sulphur is useful in cases where the fingers lock when the person tries to grasp something. There may also be nodules on the fingers and cracking of finger joints in such cases.

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  1. Harish Chandra Dash says:

    Dear Doctor Sir;
    My wife, Basanti Dash , aged 61 years has developed trigger finger . She had this disease earlier some years back & by surgery tendon is released. Again, after 4/5 years , another finger was effected. Surgery was done. Few months back, another finger got effected. The same is also operated. She does not have Arthritis , nor diabetes. Today, it is found that another finger has shown the symptom of trigger finger finger. Some of my friends suggested for homeopathic treatment. Just now, through Google search, I find some medicines , like Arnica Montana, Rhus Tox, RutaGraveolans etc are suitable for this disease. Would you please guide me which one is suitable & required doses for this disease.
    Thanks & Regards.
    Harish Chandra Dash

  2. Naeem Ahmad says:


    My little finger in left hand lock up on two joints. I am 58 years old and this is first time happened and about a month when started.
    There are two many medicine mentioned and hard to pick what I can use. Appreciate any suggestion.

  3. VINOD M GANDHI says:

    dr.sharma, sir !!

    i am vinod gandhi,age 51 staying mumbai,virar,suffering last 1 year trigger finger problem.right hand second finger and last one. so much paining, cant sleep properly,cant bend fingers properly 2 fingers, sir kindly suggest me homiopathic medicine. will be greatful to u.

  4. Aniruddha Ghosh says:

    There is a swollen nodes at the bottom of my left thumb. It stucks in straight or bent position.It is very painful while straightening by right hand.
    Age 36/male
    Normal uric acid.
    Kindly suggest the right medicine

  5. Ashok Kumar says:

    I am suffering from trigger finger. I am diabetic since last 25 years . Taking insulin. Recently CABG was done. Please suggest me.

  6. Hi. I have a trigger finger on a middle finger left hand. It locks during a night sleep. In the morning I have to unlock it using another hand. During a day I don’t have it. Looks like Rhus tox is the one. Let me know your thoughts please. I’m a homeopathic pharmacist and I think it’s right selection of a remedy

  7. Meghraj Solanki says:

    my middle and ring fingers in both the hands pain, I am able to bend the fingers fully but the pain is more while doing so. There is no sound in the process of bending the fingers. I am eighty one.
    In the winters the pain increases. Kindly suggest remedy. Thank you

  8. swapan kumar dutta says:

    I was suffering from trigger finger long back and tendon lock was operated at Silchar Medical College by Orthopaedic Surgeon and I was relieved some extent. Now I face movement problem of my left ring finger. I am advised by doctor to take pain killer and locally use oxalgin nano gel. pain relieved but movement still stiff. Kindly advise for homeopathic treatment, if any.


  9. MARK HAYES says:

    Thank you for your help. My left ring finger initially locked in the folded position due to an injury to the base of the finger. Now I cannot fold it at all but only if i push into a folded position and then it springs out straight. There is no pain unless I try to close it without pushing it. It will still lock in the folded position and must be forced open. The pain is between the knuckles between the end of my finger and the middle. This has been going on for over 8 months.
    Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.


    The problem is when the finger is folded , it does not open easily. It gets locked and opens with pain.
    The base of the finger seems to have swelled and a hard point can be felt on the palm which is not there in case of other fingers except the middle one of thr right hand.
    Right now taking acidum benjoicum-200.
    Please guide.

  11. PRASUN MALLIK says:

    Sir, my left hand thumb gets locked and and there i severe pain at the root of the thuumb and at the wrist. I cannot move my finger, cannot play tabla. Please inform me the solution and proper homeopathic medicine so that I can gain my normal life. Please inform me if this disease is completely curable or not.

  12. Thank you for this article, Dr. Sharma. I have trigger finger in my left hand, middle finger. I just had a cortisone shot, but have yet to feel any relief. I have ruta grav, rhus tox, arnica, etc. Ruta and rhus are in both 6c and 30c. That is all that is available to me. I have been taking arnica, but stopped. I tried ruta and rhus, but am unsure of the dosage schedule. I understand that lower potencies are called for, but just do not know how often to take. I have used ruta with great success in the past. I am hoping to find the same with this current issue, which has been going on for about 2-3 months. Thank you for your help.

  13. Amalendu shaw,Bangalore says:

    my small finger on the left hand becomes locked. Particularly much more in night and morning.two middle finger on the right hand is stiff.right palm also paining. Can you pl suggest me what homeopathic medicine I should use for speed recovery.Thanks sir.if I get one line reply on that I will be great ful to you.thanks again sir.

    I play harmonium daily for short periods as a hobby. I often type on the computer.
    The pain in the Middle finger of my left hand and the middle and ring finger of the right hand comes up intermittently and is slightly aggravated during winters.
    The problem is at least 4 years old. I am 80 years of age.
    Kindly suggest a remedy. Thank you.

  15. Respected sir
    Am ullas kc from kerala kannur
    I have an trigger finger disease in my thumb finger and have pain and cant flexible
    Is there any possibility of reduce trigger finger in homeopathic
    Kindly reply this message and suggest best medicine and doctor

  16. Sudeep Chowdhury says:

    Dear Dr. Sharma,

    I am at present suffering from some paint on my fingers and seek your valuable suggestion for overcoming the issue. The main symptoms are like –
    01. It is occurring on middle finger of both the hands.
    02. Left hand is more painful than right.
    03. Right hand middle finger making squeaking noise on folding and unfolding.
    04. Left hand middle finger locked in the morning.
    05. Left hand pain remains whole day but less as compared to morning.

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