Seven Remedies that Relieve Carpal Tunnel Pain

November 5, 2019
To prevent carpal tunnel, we need to do a few things. The most important thing is having a good posture. If carpal tunnel does strike, here are some recipes to help you fight it.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the “diseases of the 21st century.” It’s a condition where part of the wrist becomes inflamed due to repetitive movements.

Some examples of these movements are typing on the computer, playing the piano, yard work, knitting, sewing, and playing certain sports. Carpal tunnel is very painful and some cases even require surgery.

In this article, we will list a few home remedies and exercises you can do to relieve the pain. Both practices can help to reduce the symptoms and prevent inflammation.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel 

Man with carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is considered an occupational injury. It also appears more in women, especially women who are over 40 years old.

There is a good way to figure out if you have carpal tunnel syndrome. First, put your elbow on a table or desk. Make sure your arm and hand are in a straight line. Then flex your wrist and move it in all directions for a minute.

If you notice any of the following symptoms in your wrist or hand, then you should talk to your doctor:

  • Tingling

  • Pain

  • Numbness

  • Sleepiness

  • Weakness (the inability to pick things up)

  • Stiffness in your fingers (especially in the thumb, index, and middle fingers)

  • A feeling of heat in your fingers

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Home remedies for carpal tunnel

Woman with carpal tunnel

As mentioned earlier, carpal tunnel may be caused by the kind of work you do. If you have started to notice some of the symptoms of this syndrome, we have a few pieces of advice.

First, regulate your phone and computer use. Use pillows or other supports to rest your wrists on. You should also try to change your manual work to better control the symptoms. Also, look at these natural remedies that can help calm the pain and numbness in your hands.

1. Anti-inflammatory smoothie

Pineapple slices

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple (peeled)

  • 1 thin ginger root

  • ½ an apple (green or red, seeded)

Instructions

  • Chop the ingredients, place them in a blender, and blend everything until smooth.

  • Drink for breakfast every morning.

  • Also, we recommend that you eat pineapple multiple times a week because it has good anti-inflammatory properties.

2. Fenugreek paste

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (30g) of fenugreek flour

  • A little bit of water

Instructions

  • Mix the fenugreek flour with the water. Heat it over the stove for 15 minutes. Remove to make a paste. This will be applied topically.

  • Wait until it cools down, then rub the paste on the affected area.

3. Green apple and kale smoothie

Green apples

Ingredients

  • 2 green apples

  • 1 large leaf of kale

Instructions

  • Peel the apples, chop them into quarters, and take out the seeds. Put the apples and kale into the blender.

  • Blend until smooth. Then pour into a glass and drink.

  • You can drink this smoothie whenever you want.

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4. Meadowsweet

With this plant, scientifically known as filipendula ulmaria, we can either make a tea or a poultice out of it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (20g) of meadowsweet flowers.

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of water.

Instructions

  • Heat the water. Before it starts to boil, add the meadowsweet flowers.

  • Let the tea steep for a few minutes. Strain and drink immediately. This tea can be sweetened with honey.

The other option is making a compress with the leaves and flowers. Crush the leaves and flowers with a little alcohol or water. Then, apply this poultice to your wrist.

5. Ginger

Like with the meadowsweet, ginger works both internally and topically.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (20g) of ginger powder or grated ginger

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of water

Instructions

  • Heat the water. When it starts boiling, add the ginger.

  • Cover and let it steep for a few minutes. Drink before it cools down.

  • You can drink up to 2 cups per day. This lets you enjoy most of the ginger’s anti-inflammatory benefits.

To use it topically, mix the ginger with a little water to make a paste. Rub the paste on the affected area and cover it with a cloth. Let the paste sit for several minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

6. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit smoothie

Grapefruit

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple

  • An orange, juiced

  • 1 grapefruit, juiced

Instructions

  • Peel the pineapple and blend it with the orange and grapefruit juices. Strain before drinking.

  • Drink for three days or every day if you work with your hands.

7. St. John’s Wart tea

Ingredients

  • 3 leaves of St. John’s Wart

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of water

Instructions

  • Heat the water and St. John’s Wart. Let it boil for 10 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat, cover it, and let it cool.

  • Strain and drink daily. This can help reduce the pain and tingling sensation in your hands.

Other remedies

  • Apply cold compresses or ice in the affected area. This helps reduce the inflammation. Don’t take hot baths, because they can make the carpal tunnel worse.

  • Use turmeric in your meals because it has anti-inflammatory effects. These effects are very powerful due to the curcumin it has.

You can add it to potatoes, brown rice, or chicken breast to get an even stronger result. This is because all of these foods have vitamin B6.

  • Take a spoonful of linseed oil every day. You can do it in the morning or at night. Do this for 2 to 4 weeks. This helps to stop the pinching of the nerves in your wrists.

Exercises and advice for carpal tunnel

Man with carpal tunnel pain

There are some pieces of advice we get from doctors. For instance, in advanced and painful cases, they may advise putting a splint on the affected hand during the night.

Splints stop unintended bending of the wrist. We may unconsciously bend our wrists under our bodies or pillows at night. They may also recommend wearing a splint during the day. This is especially true of cases where it hurts to move the hand.

It is important that you let your wrist rest most of the time. This is, of course, as long as your job alllows you to. Avoid overworking yourself. Your wrists can be overworked by repetitive motions and lifting heavy objects, among other things. If possible, take short breaks during the day.

Here is some advice for those who work in front of a computer all day. First, make sure your arms are at a 90-degree angle to your forearms. Also, make sure your wrists are parallel to the floor. And, don’t forget to sit up straight.

When using your mouse, don’t lift your wrists. Use a cushion to rest your arm on. When you type, do it slowly. Also, try using an ergonomic keyboard. Also, stretch your wrists every hour at work. This is also a good thing to do when you get home at night.

Make clockwise and counter-clockwise circular motions with your hands. The last exercise we will recommend is to stretch your arms upward with your fingers pointed to the ceiling.

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