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Homeopathy Hope For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recently a cousin of ours had to go through a surgery for what he called "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

The young man is an industrial engineer and works in a leading food processing industry. I wish I would know earlier to advise him to initially opt for Homeopathy. But then man proposes and God disposes.

Hearing the news I tried to explore more about this “syndrome” there are many others as well like the famous Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

My main approach was to explore the effect of homeopathy and see if surgery can be avoided. Further to explore other alternate therapies useful as an adjunct

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Let us say the scenario is like this, you are working on your computer and in recent days you have been experiencing lingering pain and numbness in your hand and wrist, which has been going on for months.

One day a sharp pain shoots up your arm and your wrist, you consider this a passing phase, but in all probability it is C.T.S or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome a progressive problem caused by compression of a key nerve called the Median Nerve.

C.T.S occurs when the Median nerve which runs from the fore arm into your palm/wrist of your hand gets squeezed at the wrist.

The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of thumb and fingers. It also controls impulses to some small muscles in hand that allow fingers and thumb to move.

This so called “Tunnel” is a narrow passageway of bones and ligaments at the base of your palm, here lies the Median nerve and tendons.

Sometimes swelling narrows this “Tunnel” and causes median nerve to be compressed. This may cause pain, weakness, or numbness in hand and or wrist which may radiate up to your arms

What are symptoms of CTS?

Initially symptoms may be, a mild feeling of burning , tingling, or numbness in palms and fingers.

A CTS Patient may wake up with a feeling to shake his hand and wrist. As symptoms advance the patient may feel tingling in day also. The strength in his grip may also be less, making it difficult to grasp small items.

Causes of C.T.S

The basic cause often is the increase in pressure on the median nerve and tendons passing under the “tunnel”.The discomfort of C.T.S varies from person to person. Other causes are trauma, wrist injury, over sensitivity of pituitary gland, hypothyroidism , diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

There is not much evidence to suggest that repetitive and forceful movements of the hand wrist during work typing,computers,sewing .or game of tennis or volleyball etc are the culprits.

The risk of developing CST is not confirmed to a single profession in industry but is more dominant in people performing assembly work, manufacturing, sewing ,finishing, cleaning,meat and poultry, and their packing. It is as said to be more common in assembly line workers than in data entry personnel.

Treatment

Conventional non surgical treatment consists of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs ,such as aspirin, Advil, and other pain relievers. Some studies also show that Vitamin B6 supplements may ease discomfort of C.TS.

I personally think that stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful under supervision of a physical therapist. In this connection I must add that special yoga “Asanas” in which there is not much pressure exerted on the wrist are extremely beneficial, and should be explored at the earliest sign of C.TS.

I have researched on my browser and found many sites on this subject. I must add that Yoga has exceptional benefits to offer in reducing pain and improve grip strength among patients of C.TS.

Surgery should be the last resort and there are various types of them, depending on condition and diagnosis.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy has a lot to offer ( specially in conjunction with Yoga, and acupuncture) and should be explored at the earliest.

The important medicines and some pertinent symptoms each covers are given here under. A good homeopath is the best judge to select from this list or from his own experience a medicine suiting a particular case. Arnica: This remedy can be used for flare-ups of inflammation or new injuries caused by repetitive use of the fingers and wrists. The area feels bruised and sore, and cramping may occur. External application of herbal Arnica lotion or ointment may help to ease the swelling and soreness, while other remedies are used internally.


Calcarea phosphorica: When this remedy is indicated, pain is felt in the bones and nerves of the wrists and arms, and stiffness and discomfort may also involve the neck. Cold and drafts often aggravate discomfort. The person may feel irritable and sensitive, or weak from overwork and pain.


Causticum: This remedy is useful when carpal tunnel syndrome is long-lasting or recurring. The area feels bruised, with drawing, burning pains. Stiffness and a feeling of weakness and contraction may be felt in the muscles of the hand and forearm. The condition is worse from getting cold and improved by warm applications. People who need this remedy often feel best in rainy weather.


Guaiacum: This remedy is indicated in carpal tunnel syndrome when the wrists (especially the left) are stiff with burning pain, and significantly relieved by applying ice or ice-cold water. Because of so much tightness, the person may feel a need to stretch the wrist, despite the pain.


Hypericum: This remedy may be useful if sharp or shooting pains are felt extending from the wrist. Hypericum is known for its soothing effect when body parts containing many nerves are injured, as well as in other traumatic nerve conditions.


Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is useful when stiffness and pain are worse on initial motion and improve as movement continues. Overuse may lead to soreness, pain, and further stiffening. Discomfort is relieved by warmth and worse in cold, damp weather.


Ruta graveolens: This remedy is indicated when overuse of joints and irritation of nerves lead to tremendous stiffness. A feeling of bruising and lameness may be present, even when the wrist is allowed to rest. Weakness in the arms and wrists, especially after repetitive tasks causing wear and tear on the joints and nerves, often indicates Ruta.


Viola odorata: This remedy is useful for many conditions that involve the wrist and hand, especially the right. Pain and numbness may extend from the wrist through the hand and into the fingers, and the hands and arms may tremble. Symptoms are worse from getting cold.


Calcarea phosphorica: When this remedy is indicated, pain is felt in the bones and nerves of the wrists and arms, and stiffness and discomfort may also involve the neck. Cold and drafts often aggravate discomfort. The person may feel irritable and sensitive, or weak from overwork and pain.


Causticum: This remedy is useful when carpal tunnel syndrome is long-lasting or recurring. The area feels bruised, with drawing, burning pains. Stiffness and a feeling of weakness and contraction may be felt in the muscles of the hand and forearm. The condition is worse from getting cold and improved by warm applications.  

Ref: Wikipedia, NINH, RADAR,

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on November 7, 2013 at 12:22am

Homeopathy can always prevent unnecessary surgeries.

Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on November 7, 2013 at 10:54am

Yes Dr Rafeeque,you are so right. I wish people would give homeopathy a chance, under an able homeopath and can then do what ever treatment they desire.But some time families panic and take decisions for surgeries.

Example, tonsilitis, can be cured yet they go for surgeries. there are many other such situations.

May be you can present a list where homeopathy should be given a chance and then if not helpful in a certain time frame can resort to surgery.

Will be looking forward to it.

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on November 12, 2013 at 12:48am

 

  1. Tennis elbow
  2. All space occupying lesions
  3. IVDP
  4. CT Syndrome
  5. Adhesions
  6. Joint injuries
  7. Simple fractures
  8. Repeated dislocations
  9. Osteomyelitis
  10. Calcaneal spur
  11. Cataract
  12. Tonsillitis
  13. Peptic ulcer without perforation
  14. Appendicitis
  15. Varicose veins
  16. Non healing ulcers
  17. Cysts and lumps
  18. Lymphadenitis
  19. Furuncle
  20. Carbuncle
  21. Cellulitis
  22. Abscess
  23. Foreign body
  24. Renal/Gall/salivary stones
  25. Hpertrophy
  26. Growths 
  27. Fibroma
  28. Lipoma
  29. Hemangioma
  30. Cosmetic problems
  31. Hemorrhoids
  32. Anal fissures
  33. Anal fistula
  34. Warts and skin tags
  35. Corns and callocities
  36. Polyps

The list never ends here…

Dr Muhammed Rafeeqe

Familyhomoeopathy.com

Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on November 12, 2013 at 8:39am

VOW; that is a great list and just think they are treatable with homeopathy.Surgeries are option always open to patients.Thank you.

Comment by Zaklina Dodig-Soklic on November 11, 2016 at 1:27pm

Dr. Khan, thank you for the detailed and informative review!

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