Carpus is a word that is derived from the Greek word "karpos" meaning the "wrist." The wrist is bounded by a band of fibrous tissue that normally functions as a support for the joint. The tight and tunnel shaped space between the fibrous band and the wrist bone is known as the carpal tunnel. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel that receives sensations from the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the hand and supplies to the brain.

Any condition that will cause swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel can alter and irritate the median nerve. Irritation of this median nerve will cause tingling and numbness of the thumb, index, and the middle fingers or in a simple word, the entire palm. This condition is known as "carpal tunnel syndrome."

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and troublesome condition of the wrist and the hand. This is because here, the tissues in the carpal tunnel, such as ligaments and tendons, get swollen or inflamed, they press against the median nerve. These pressures make part of the hand hurt or feel numb.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Acromegaly
  • Myxedema
  • Pregnancy
  • Idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Amyloidosis
  • Chronic kidney failure - may cause amyloidosis
  • Fluid retention
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Repetitive motions of the wrist and forearm.
  • Work-related repetition
  • Certain occupations - e.g. small hand tools, sewing, computers (working over with mouse), cutting, checkouts, assembly lines, typing, accountants, writers, etc.
  • Wrist inflammations
  • Wrist injuries
  • Wrist fractures
  • Wrist traumas
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis

Home remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Enzyme supplements like bromelain or combination enzyme products can help to reduce tissue swelling present in carpal tunnel syndrome. However, it may take several weeks to see results. The main food source rich in bromelain is pineapple. This is good diet for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Massage will be very helpful and one of the great home remedy for carpal tunnel syndrome. Massage with any herbal oil regularly to the arm, forearm and wrist. This would be helpful treating the condition.

There was a research on Arnica. A double blind randomized study by the Department of Plastic Surgery, Queen Victoria Hospital in West Sussex; England noticed whether arnica can enhance the recovery of hand surgery as compared to placebo or not. People given with homeopathic arnica tablets and arnica ointment had a substantial reduction in pain after 2 week. This is one of good treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Home remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome is Vitamin B12 - A study was conducted knowing the effectiveness of vitamin B12 for people with carpal tunnel syndrome because of overuse of the non-paralyzed arm after the brain stroke. After a couple of years, there was great improvement in the group taking vitamin B12 as compared to the untreated group.

Acupressure has also showed great results in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. It stimulates the nerves and reduces the swelling.

Yoga is effective natural remedy for carpel tunnel syndrome.

Stop over using the wrist or else put a support while typing or using the mouse for computers.

Avoid direct contact of cold onto your hands, forearms and wrists. While riding bike, avoid the vibration due to speed on the handles and accelerator. Wear gloves. This is one of the useful carpel tunnel syndrome cure.

One of the best home remedy for treating carpal tunnel syndrome is taking vitamin C in any form.

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My mum suffers terrible pain in her hands and wrists. I think it's called fibro-myalgia The doctors can't do anything to help her. We've tried injections, painkilling tablets, physiotherapy, splints, heat. Even the operations didn't help her. I just wish there was some way I could find something to help her take away the worst of the pain. =o(
#1 - Rachel - 01/22/2009 - 13:56
Having so much problem with my carpel tunnel that its difficult for me to sleep or work etctruclewo
#2 - Vidya Singh - 01/28/2009 - 16:57
i just found out that i to have ctd and it's the most frightening thing i have always worked since i was 15yrs old and i dont know what to do if the sugery dont work 1 hour after my shot i felt the pain again i now have to contact my doctoer on monday and tell him the pain is still there and now worse than before because i now have more trouble bending my fingers more in my right hand my left hand is a mild case my right is more severe and so i am very scared im thinking of tellingmy doctorthat it worked and just take the pain pls tell me what to do ? signed upset and depressed already
#3 - angerla - 05/01/2009 - 22:52
The worst pain in my wrist I had when I was pregnant, and my doctor said it was carpal syndrome. When I started looking on Internet what it was exactly, I found that actually pain starts when a tissue around median nerve gets swollen because of excess of water. For some severe cases only operation helps, to remove extra flesh around nerve, but for mild cases people should take diuretic tea or diuretic pills. When I have a pain during a night, I know that it is because I had to much salty food before (salt keeps water in your body), I drink diuretic tea couples times a day and I sleep well. And rule number one 2 litters of water per day, the more you drink, the more goes away, and watch what you eat (no salt)
#4 - oxana_canada - 06/08/2009 - 14:09
Try getting a 'powerball'. It is a kind of an exercise toy and is brilliant for carpel tunnel rehabilitation. You need to try one for yourself, they are really good.
#5 - Gaz - 06/30/2009 - 18:33
I had carpel tunnel a few months back. It was so bad I couldn't sleep at night. I didn't want to have an operation. Anyway, I went to my gp who gave me some wrist and hand exercises to do a few times a day. I also lost a few pounds of excess weight, and drank 2 litres of water a day to flush any excess salt. This seems to have worked and all symptoms have disappeared.
#6 - Sameena - 05/10/2010 - 10:07
I am 8 months pregnant and a few days ago my left had started swelling like a little toad. It feels like when I used to work two jobs that required a lot of wrist work. It kind of hurts but I think the swelling is worse there is no numbness or tingling. I supposed its carpel tunnel and am looking for looking for a good home remedy.
#7 - Joy - 09/30/2011 - 14:10
I too am a sufferer of this horrible thing, pregnant with twins is when it started scary for the first time of experiencing such a thing, every night became a chore, woken to the numbness of the right hand, I remember even crying some nights as the numbness would last for ever. Kids are now 3 1/2 yrs old and still suffer, would love any advice I need a break and a good night sleep.
#8 - Ace1 - 03/05/2012 - 21:10
I suffered from carpal Tunnel Syndrome for a very long time. I finally had the surgery about 1 year ago, and it was the best decision I ever made. I had the surgery on a Friday and Tuesday I was back to work (I run a horse farm) with weight restrictions. By the next friday, the only reminder I had of all the pain I suffered with was the 5 stitches!!! However if you can't get the surgery go to a qualified chiropractor and have him adjust your wrists and while touching your thumb to pinky and all other fingers as straight as possible wrap the wrist in medical tape with moderate pressure. this really helped me
#9 - Heather - 11/25/2012 - 21:56
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