Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

This health issue is associated with tingling and/or burning pain plus numbness in the first three fingers of the hand, particularly at night. It is caused by a swelling or thickening of the ligaments in the wrist. It is commonly associated with repetitive motion problems, injury, or bad office ergonomics. Carpal tunnel is most common in women (particularly those who are pregnant, on birth control pills or menopausal). This might be due to a higher need for Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) during these times.

Recommended Action

The most important supplement is Vitamin B6. We usually use the Trauma Ointment, rubbed onto the area three to four times daily. It often is necessary to reduce Vitamin B6 antagonists in the diet, such as yellow dye #5, hydralazine-treated food (such as potato chips), or excessive protein intake. After the initial stages of lowering inflammation we often get clients to use Chinese Bao-ding Balls for hand and wrist exercise.

Single Herbs: Turmeric, Kava Kava.

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin B6 (50-250 mg, two to three times daily), Magnesium (250 mg), Vitamin C (1,000 mg, twice daily), Bromelain (if CTS is from an injury, 250-500 mg between meals), Trauma Ointment.