Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
The surgery you refer to involves cutting the ligaments surrounding the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure on the median nerve. Several natural treatments may also help (by reducing inflammation) but avoid potential complications of surgery, which include nerve damage and stiffness in the wrist.
Start with a 2-week break from activities that irritate the condition, like typing. During this time, immobilize your wrist in a splint and apply cold packs to reduce swelling as needed.
To ease pain, try a Zyflamend supplement (available at natural-health stores), a blend of ginger, turmeric, and other herbs with anti-inflammatory properties. It's safe to take indefinitely; follow package directions. I also suggest taking 100 mg of vitamin B6 twice a day. Although research is mixed, there's some evidence that B6 may help ease the pain of carpal tunnel. (High doses of the vitamin may cause nerve damage, so don't exceed 200 mg a day.)
Some of my patients have had good results from chiropractic treatments and acupuncture. Some swear by the benefits of a homeopathic cream called Topricin, which works as an anti-inflammatory. All of these treatments reduce swelling around the nerve.
Source:Andrew Weil, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona and director of its Program in Integrative Medicine.
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