Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects hands and arms, and causes tingling and feeling numbness at the first stage. It can lead to pain and weakness, as well as nerve damaging. It can appear on both hands, and it’s more common in women. Advanced stages of CTS need medical attention, but you can reduce the symptoms as well as restore the function of your hand and wrist, in mild cases of this condition.
We present you 10 home remedies for CTS.
- Cold Compress
For quick and temporary inflammation, swelling, and numbness, make cold compress with ice in a plastic bag for 10 minutes, and repeat if needed.
- Massage Therapy
2-3 times a day, massage your hands and wrists with warm olive or coconut oil for 10-15 minutes. This will help you increase the blood supply, improve mobility, relax stuff muscles, as well as reduce pain. But don’t massage if you have painful or tender joints.
- Epsom Salt
Use Epsom salt for relaxing of your tight muscles and reducing pain. Soak your hands and wrists for 15-20 minutes, in a mixture of warm water and ½ cup of Epsom salt. Do this 2-3 times a week until
- Castor Oil
This oil reduces pain, inflammation, and gets the normal function of hands back. Massage your hands, wrists, fingers with this oil for 10-15 minutes, and then wrap them in a flannel for an hour. Do this massage once a day, in a one week period.
Acupuncture and acupressure therapy can help you in the CTS treatment. For a true treatment, consult a professional acupuncturist.
- Stretching Exercises
They are good for increasing of your blood circulation, and reducing of some other symptoms.
One exercise is to make a fist and after releasing your hand shake off your fingers. Do this 5-10 times.
Another one is to shake the hands as when trying to dry them, for 5 minutes.
You can ask a doctor for more similar stretching exercises
- Blackstrap Molasses
It’s good for the muscle relaxation and the blood flow. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses in a cup of warm milk, and drink it once or twice a day.
- Flaxseed Oil
It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-oxidative effects. It’s reduces swelling and inflammation in CTS condition. You can add 1-3 tablespoons of this oil in a milk, juice, and smoothie.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
For inflammation and pain reducing, use apple cider vinegar.
Mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, little organic honey in a glass of warm water, and drink it twice a day.
You can also mix raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with olive oil in equal amounts, use it for massaging 2-3 times a day.
- Vitamin B6
This vitamin has proven to be beneficial in postponing hand surgery in CTS condition. Foods with this vitamin are: raw garlic, brown rice, tuna, bran, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, oatmeal and pistachios. Another option is taking 50-100mg of vitamin B6 supplements, twice a day.