Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By Cathy Wong, ND.  Alternative Medicine Expert

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers or hands, particularly the thumb, index, middle, or ring fingers. Loss of sensation in the fingers and weakness in the hands can also occur.

The median nerve, which is connected to the hand, is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel, the narrow passageway of bones and ligaments on the underside of the wrist.

A combination of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome such as repetitive finger and hand use, various health conditions (e.g. obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, arthritis, and diabetes), and direct injury or trauma to the wrist. 

Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

So far, scientific support for the claim that any remedy can treat carpal tunnel syndrome is scant.

1) Acupuncture

Acupuncturists insert thin needles into specifics point on the body. Traditional theory holds blockages along energy pathways in the body, called meridians, can cause pain. Acupuncture releases these blockages and improves the flow of energy along meridians.

A scientific explanation is that acupuncture may release natural pain-relieving chemicals into the body, promote circulation in body, and balance the nervous system.

What is a treatment like? For carpal tunnel syndrome, acupuncture points are generally on the wrist, arm, thumb, and hands, as well as other parts of the body such as the upper back, neck, and leg.

The number of acupuncture sessions depends on various factors such as how long you've had the symptoms, symptom intensity, how much you use your arms and hands, and your overall health.

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