Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Homeopathy
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where the median nerve in the wrist is compressed. This causes numbness, tingling and pain. There can also be burning, cramping, stiffness and weakness. Although there are many factors that can contribute to CTS, (fluid retention, arthritis, diabetes etc), it is often caused by repetitive work that causes swelling of the tendons and ligaments which then compresses the nerve.
Below are some of the remedies most frequently prescribed in acute CTS.
If you have chronic CTS, you should see a licensed a homeopath for a constitutional evaluation and treatment.
This remedy is helpful when overuse is a factor. Ruta has a strong affinity for tendons and ligaments. There is stiffness of the wrist, and numbness and tingling after any use. Warmth will ameliorate the symptoms.
This remedy is also typically associated with CTS from overuse. Where Rhus tox is needed, the wrist is most painful on beginning to move, and improves with continued movement. There is stiffness, with a desire to move and stretch the wrist. Cold and damp conditions make the symptoms worse.
This remedy is useful when there are burning pains in the fingers, and stitching and tearing pains in the joints and tendons. There is numbness in the hands and forearms which is aggravated by exertion and by cold weather.