Carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a pain and tingling in your hand because of the median nerve in your wrist, the median nerve runs from your forearm through your hand and then through your wrist called carpal tunnel. The syndrome typically affects the thumb, index and middle fingers.
It affects almost 5% of the population and is mostly common in middle-aged women. Smoking, injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, oral contraceptives, alcoholism, obesity and diabetes can lead to carpal tunnel. Symptoms of carpal tunnel include numbness, pain in fingers, pregnancy, weakness, tingling or pain in hand. Symptoms are usually noticeable in the night and temporarily relieved, by shaking out your hands. Carpal tunnel is a temporary condition that completely resolves or it can progress. Below given are few herbs that will get rid of carpal tunnel.
Natural Herbs for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Gingko biloba is one of the oldest folk herb that helps to provide relief from CST symptom like numbness by improving blood flow and circulation in the fingers and hands of those carpal tunnel syndrome.
Gingko biloba has more than 40 components including flavonoids and terpenoids, these two components are plant based antioxidants and it’s an effective tonic that aids all conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome and can be consumed in a capsule, tablet form or as an extract. The concentrated extracts of this gingko leaves, reduces swelling and also protects the nerves and helps them heal.
Boswelllia is a herb which has powerful properties to ease CST symptom like pain, joint inflammation and numbness. It is a natural pain- killer because it possesses boswellic acid which is a chemical substance that exhibits anti-inflammatory properties.
Boswellia blocks the production of prostaglandin and leukotrienes that are major part of inflammatory process in the body. The daily intake of this herb is 300 mg twice daily.
Turmeric is a mild herb with anti-inflammatory properties that helps in wrist inflammation. Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric suppresses pain through a mechanism similar to drugs.
The recommended dose in cooking is I gm per day and 1500 mg in extract form. You can even stir the powder in water and swallow or make a paste out of it with honey and oatmeal.
Cat’s claw is an effective herbal remedy for treating symptoms associated with carpal tunnel. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and many more types of plant chemicals that help to reduce swelling and inflammation of CST. Cat’s claw is prepared from the bark of cat’s claw vine.
The recommended dose is 10-15 mg twice per day. You can even prepare a tea out of it, just take 10 gm of bark leaves and boil it in 8 oz of water for 15 minutes. Let it cool down, strain and drink it 3 times a day. Pregnant mothers should strictly avoid cat’s claw as it may cause miscarriage.
Ginger is a herb that is best used to reduce swelling and inflammation. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help to ease carpal tunnel symptoms.You can either eat raw ginger, as a supplement or ginger tea. Ginger tea can be prepared by adding 10 mg raw ginger in 8 oz of boiling water, strain it and take it 2-3 times a day.
Apart from following above remedies, few more steps will give you relief from CST symptoms, this includes rotating your wrist and stretching palms, take breaks from regular activities, eliminate dairy foods from your diet and include antioxidant foods like fruits and vegetables. Many more herbs will help you with carpal tunnel such as corn silk, castor oil, parsley, wintergreen oil, gravel root, marshmallow root and skullcap.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.