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Homeopathic Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

An effective homeopathic treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can save you from the surgeon’s knife and you may have my word for it. After having treated dozens Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cases with homeopathy I can surely bet on the efficacy of homeopathic medicines for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment. Before I discuss the remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome, let’s understand what carpal tunnel syndrome is all about?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a very common condition affecting hands caused by compression of median nerve in wrist. Carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel (passageway) in the palmar side of the wrist. The top of the tunnel is formed by ligament, and the bottom, and sides by carpal bones. Through this canal, the median nerve and tendons pass. Whenever there is swelling in the tissues of the carpal tunnel it leads to the compression of the median nerve and hence the whole syndrome or symptomatology of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome starts taking place which basically means pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling sensation in the hand or the fingers. It is also known as median nerve compression or median nerve entrapment.

Homeopathy is the best alternative natural treatment option in cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Homeopathic medicines help in managing symptoms of CTS magnificently. It gives long-term relief in symptoms by targeting the root cause behind it.

Homeopathic Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The main medicines for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are Causticum, Ruta, Hypericum, Arnica, Rhus Tox and Bellis Perennis.

A strange case that I recently treated with homeopathy was that of a retired Colonel in the army, who had taken up yoga after retirement, and would do a clapping exercise in the morning (kind of yoga exercise to treat stress). This excessive clapping was going on for the last 2-3 years. This was the only cause that I could identify in his case. Once he started with his remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Causticum and Ruta later on) and stopped clapping exercise, he recovered in no time.

1. Causticum – Top Medicine That Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Causticum is ranked at the top to treat cases of CTS. I have treated many cases (successfully) with Causticum. The main symptoms are weakness in hands, numbness, and pain in the fingers. It is more indicated when the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has increased to a level where there is an excessive weakness in the hands and the muscles of the hand have atrophied. Causticum should be administered in case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if the palmar side of the hand has a flat appearance (reduction in the musculature of hand).

2. Ruta – For CTS From Overuse Of Wrist (Strains), Tendonitis Or Wrist Fracture

Ruta is one of the best medicines which helps treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is used when from the overuse of wrist, tendonitis or after a sudden strain or fracture of the wrist CTS symptoms appear. There is marked pain in the wrist among those who need it.

3. Hypericum – When An Injury (Damaging Median Nerve) Triggers CTS

Hypericum comes in handy when there is a nerve injury related to the onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The injury damages median nerve. This medicine manages very well numbness, tingling and burning pain in the fingers, and hands.

4. Arnica – To Help CTS Cases From Injury Or Overuse Of Wrist

This medicine is very useful to manage cases of CTS from injury or overuse of wrist. It is suitable when there is pain in the hands. Along with this, there is tingling in hands, and arms in some cases. This medicine helps in healing injury, and remove effects of worst over-use with resultant symptom relief.

5. Rhus Tox – For Wrist Joint Inflammation Or Overuse Of Wrist Triggering CTS

Rhus Tox is very effective if one is suffering from CTS that follows overuse of wrist and hands causing strains or wrist joint inflammation (arthritis). Overuse of wrist or hands for example may occur from excessive typing work on computer, sewing, car driving just to name a few. Those who need Rhus Tox have pain and tenderness in the wrist. Any pressure exerted on the wrist is unbearable. There is numbness in fingers especially index and middle finger in morning.

6. Bellis Perennis – For CTS Related to Repetitive Strain Injury 

In addition to the above-mentioned medicines for CTS linked to repetitive strain injury, Bellis Perennis can be used as well. The characteristic symptom indicating its use is a contracted feeling in the wrist. It feels as if there is an elastic band around the wrist contracting it.

Signs & Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

1. Numbness, tingling and pain in thumb, fingers except medial half (medial means towards the body side) of ring finger and little finger and hands. These symptoms may radiate up the arm. The symptoms tend to worsen while holding objects. In the beginning, the symptoms get worst at night waking the sufferer from sleep, and also in the morning upon waking. A person may feel fingers are asleep, and may shake hands to feel better that in early stage even helps. But as the condition progresses, the numbness becomes constant. Besides a burning sensation or a sensation like an electric sock may be felt in these fingers and thumb.

2. Weakness of Hand Muscles & Reduced Grip Strength On Hands. As a result of this, the sufferer may have difficulty forming a fist and also tend to drop objects from hands. Thumb muscles that help in pinching also get weak

3. Wrist pain

4. Muscle atrophy (shrinkage) at base of thumb in severe cases

Cause Of CTS

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when median nerve is compressed or irritated in the wrist when it passes through carpal tunnel. Median nerve is responsible to provide sensation to fingers except little finger, and thumb plus send nerve signals for the movement of muscles at the base of the thumb.

Risk factors

A variety of factors are linked to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome development as follows:

1. Repeated trauma (overuse injury) to the tissues inside the carpal tunnel: It is quite common to find the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in people who perform repetitive movements of hands ++and of the wrist. Carpal tunnel is most common in people who use computers. Typing is one of the most common causes that lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome . Other mechanical jobs repeatedly strain wrist and may lead to the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are driving vehicles, sewing, using hand tools (especially the ones that vibrate – carpenters are at high risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome), writing, piano players and playing other musical instruments.

2. Arthritis (joint inflammation) in wrist joint: for example, rheumatoid arthritis and gout that can reduce carpal tunnel space and compress median nerve

3. Wrist injury/fracture/dislocation

4. Having small carpal tunnel

5. It is common in females as compared to males. Women are at three times more risk of CTS as compared to men. The reason could be small carpal tunnel in women as compared to men.

6. Certain medical conditions also predispose a person towards the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome . They are diabetes, hypothyroidismand high blood pressure

7. Obesity, alcoholism, smoking, excessive salt intake also increases risk of CTS

8. Having a family history

9. Pregnancy and menopause: Here retention of fluid contributes to CTS by raising pressure in carpal tunnel and causing irritation of median nerve.

10. Use of certain medicines for example anastrozole

11. A tumour in carpal tunnel

Diagnosis and Investigations of CTS

The most important tests that diagnose CTS is nerve conduction study. Though there are physical examination tests that can hint towards CTS but to confirm diagnosis, nerve conduction test is best.

Physical examination test

1. Tinel’s sign: As per this test, tapping the median nerve (on palm side of wrist) at wrist trigger a tingling sensation in the fingers in case of CTS.

2. Wrist flexion / Phalen test: Pressing the back of hands against each other that bends wrists causes numbness/tingling within 60 seconds if the median nerve is damaged.

Investigations

1. Nerve conduction study test: It is the main test to diagnose CTS. In this test, electrodes are placed on hands and wrist and a little shock is passed through median nerve that measures conduction speed of nerve impulses. A slower than normal nerve impulses in carpal tunnel suggests presence of CTS.

2. Electromyography: in this test a thin needle is inserted into the muscle to check electrical activity of muscles. It will help reveal damage of those muscles  controlled by median nerve

3. X-ray and ultrasound of wrist: X-ray will help to rule out related conditions like arthritis or fracture though can not diagnose CTS. An ultrasound will help to examine bones and nerves of wrist and check for nerve compression

Lifestyle changes to manage CTS

1. Encourage short breaks at frequent intervals (few minutes every hour) when doing prolonged work involving hands and wrist

2. When working on computer press keys softly, chose comfortable computer mouse, and place keyboard at elbow height. This will reduce strain on wrist

3. Avoid activities that cause over extension of wrist and worsen symptoms

4. When doing any work with hands try to work with wrist straight

5. Keep correct posture to prevent straining wrist and hands

6. Physiotherapy exercise may be done

7. Wearing wrist splint at night may be helpful

8. Try keep hands warm that will relieve pain and stiffness of hands

9. Treat any underlying medical condition if present like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure

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Comments

  1. rabia sikander says:

    Hello sir I’m Rabia from Pakistan… Mjhe 4 months pehle CTS hua Hy to men ap Se medicine kese mangwa sakti Hoon??? Mjhe koi injury Nei hui sirf deliver k bad kafi time tak beth k baby ko feed karwane k bad ye problem hui Hy is k Sath sath cervical pain Se b guzar Rahi Hoon… Plz sir koi achi medicine bta dein men bohat pareshan Hoon…

  2. Tanveer Ahmad says:

    Sir,. How to use causticum

  3. Mary Jane says:

    I have been diagnosed with CTS in my right wrist/hand and also pseudo-gout in both left and right wrists. I am sure the CTS is due to position of my right wrist and hand using the touch pad on my laptop computer which put pressure on the edge of the table and am trying to find a better position. I’ve tried Hypericum but that does not seem to work. Also currently for a few days Hyland’s Flexmore which contains many remedies. Can you recommend what would be best. I can pick up Causticum today but not sure which strength to use. Numbness and tingling started over a year ago then stopped with hand therapy, but returned about 2 weeks ago. The pseudo-gout was diagnosed at that same time and I have tried Colchicum but that has not help. I am in pain and it’s affecting my ability to do normal things like preparing food, writing and driving. Thank you for your advice.

  4. Dr. Muhammad Babar Bilal says:

    Hi, Dr, Sharma,
    This is Bilal from Pakistan, I am 42, I am a pharmacist and working as a freelancer for the last 3 years my work involves lots of typing and hand movements on the mouse. For the last couple of months, I am feeling numbness in my both hands, particularly the first two fingers and thumb. in the morning when I wake up I feel pain and the intensity of the pain is high and not able to make a grip for 10 to 30 minutes. With body and hand-making movements, pain is less in intensity. but it remains in my hands until I used to take any pain killer. I am your subscriber on Youtube for a long time. Please advise which homeopathic medicine is best for me. Thanks and waiting for your kind reply.
    Thanks and best Regards.

  5. Vandana Makker says:

    I m Female/46. I am having CARPEL TUNNEL SYNDROME problem in both hands since last 2 years. From 2 weeks my right shoulder is paining. Can l go through the medicine CAUSTICUM

  6. Thank you so much for writing about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! I’ve had it for about 35 years. In my case, it wasn’t from overuse of my hands, it just happened suddenly. I’ll be taking Causticum. Thank you again!

  7. My husband was bit by a cat 7 weeks ago. Wrist is week & unable to use I see the same symptoms as carpal syndrome. What do you suggest?

  8. ALOK JYOTI BHOWAL says:

    DEAR SIR,
    IN DECEMBER 2021 I OBSERVED PROBLEM ;MY RIGHT HAND FINGERS ARE WEAK & FIND DIFFICULTY IN SPEAKING.
    DOCTOR TESTED BLOOD & NCV.BLODTEST REPORT OK EXCEPT FASTING SUGAR 125.EVERYDAY I TAKE MEDICENE FOR SUGER , COLASTEROL & BLOODTHINER SINCE JUNE 2008
    WHEN I HAD INSERTION OF A STENT IN MY HEART AILMENT AT THE AGE OF 61 YRS NOW I AM NEARING 75YRS. NCV REPORT SHOWS CTS.
    DOCTOR PRESCRIBEED MEDICENE & SPLINT. BUT THERE IS NO IMPROVEMENT: I CANOT WRITE,HOLD A CUP OF TEA,PUT BUTTON IN SHIRT,TIGHTEN ZIPPER IN MY TROUSER , EATING BY HAND , SO ON & voice is getting blurred. kindly ADVISE ME.
    BEST REGARDS,
    ALOK JYOTI BHOWAL
    MOB NO:9830179206

  9. Munawar Khan says:

    Please advise what potency in causticum

  10. Sir I am 22year old and I am in saodia aribia blocks othanay Ka Kam krta hon hand ki 3 ungliyan har Wakt sunpan h every time dard BHI hota h subh kay time capsule lay raha hon methecoba

  11. Deb Iwinski says:

    What are the doses for treating carpel tunnel?

  12. Radhey Mohan says:

    Dear Dr. Sharma,
    I am 76 years old. I was diagnosed having Carpal Tunnel Syndrom in 2016 by a Neutophysician. He treated me for about 8 months. Thereafter, he advised me to go for surgery which I did not go. After that I had homeopathic treatment for about 3 years.
    I still has tingling a d numbness in my thumb & 2 fingers. There is wastage of thenner muscles.
    Now, I want to have treatment from you. Please tell me how do I proceed.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Radhey Mohan (9811909439)
    Sector-62, Noida

  13. Dr Viks, I got CTS perhaps due to Hypothyroid, for about 6-7 yeas now, Kindly suggest medication. I am female, 53 yo. Thanks

    • Saurav Sengupta says:

      My wife is 49 yrs old, have tingling, numbness and pain in 3 fingers from index finger onwards on r.hand. Have difficulty in making a fist, holding things, doing chores, holding a pen or knife in kitchen. Condition increasing on a gradual note for last 6 months. Suggest homeopathy.

  14. Kamni kumar says:

    Hi Dr , I am having burning sensation on my R)Hand four fingers from index finger. This occurs especially at night and it is quite painful.

    I am a dialysis nurse by profession , could you kindly suggest homeopathy treatment option.
    I prefer first line treatment without any surgical intervention.
    I appreciate your treatment plan options
    Thanks
    Kamni

  15. Nikunj kumar says:

    April 2018 se mere dono hand me carpal tunnel syndrome hai
    Ham allopathy homiopathy medicine use kiye hai
    Lekin puri tarah thik nahi hua
    Please medicine ka advise dijiye

    • Nikunj kumar says:

      April 2018 se mere dono hand me carpal tunnel syndrome hai
      Ham allopathy homiopathy medicine use kiye hai
      Lekin puri tarah thik nahi hua
      Please medicine ka advise dijiye

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