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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of
the forearm and wrist that comes from overuse or stress, causing
nerve compression that leads to weakness, pain, and restricted
movement. Working at a keyboard, typing, carpentry, and other tasks
that require repetitive motions of the wrists and hands are common
causes. Sensations of numbness, tingling, and burning may be felt,
and pain or weakness can affect the arm and neck. Homeopathic
remedies often help to relieve discomfort and limitation.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica: This remedy can be used for
flare-ups of inflammation or new injuries caused by repetitive use
of the fingers and wrists. The area feels bruised and sore, and
cramping may occur. External application of herbal Arnica
lotion or ointment may help to ease the swelling and soreness, while
other remedies are used internally.
Calcarea phosphorica: When this
remedy is indicated, pain is felt in the bones and nerves of the
wrists and arms, and stiffness and discomfort may also involve the
neck. Cold and drafts often aggravate discomfort. The person may
feel irritable and sensitive, or weak from overwork and pain.
Causticum: This remedy is useful
when carpal tunnel syndrome is long-lasting or recurring. The area
feels bruised, with drawing, burning pains. Stiffness and a feeling
of weakness and contraction may be felt in the muscles of the hand
and forearm. The condition is worse from getting cold and improved
by warm applications. People who need this remedy often feel best in
Guaiacum: This remedy is indicated
in carpal tunnel syndrome when the wrists (especially the left) are
stiff with burning pain, and significantly relieved by applying ice
or ice-cold water. Because of so much tightness, the person may feel
a need to stretch the wrist, despite the pain.
Hypericum: This remedy may be
useful if sharp or shooting pains are felt extending from the wrist.
Hypericum is known for its soothing effect when body parts
containing many nerves are injured, as well as in other traumatic
Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is
useful when stiffness and pain are worse on initial motion and
improve as movement continues. Overuse may lead to soreness, pain,
and further stiffening. Discomfort is relieved by warmth and worse
in cold, damp weather.
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is
indicated when overuse of joints and irritation of nerves lead to
tremendous stiffness. A feeling of bruising and lameness may be
present, even when the wrist is allowed to rest. Weakness in the
arms and wrists, especially after repetitive tasks causing wear and
tear on the joints and nerves, often indicates Ruta.
Viola odorata: This remedy is
useful for many conditions that involve the wrist and hand,
especially the right. Pain and numbness may extend from the wrist
through the hand and into the fingers, and the hands and arms may
tremble. Symptoms are worse from getting cold.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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