Numbness in the hands means loss of sensation in the fingers, hands and even arms. All people suffer from numbness in the arms or legs from time to time, for example, when a person has been sitting or standing in the same position for a long period of time which disrupts the blood flow to that particular portion for a short while.
Some people, especially the aged, feel numbness in the hands quite frequently and this could be due to some underlying health problems like injury to a nerve in the hands, pressure on the nerves in the spine, shingles, pressure on the peripheral nerves due to enlarged blood vessels or tumors or scar tissue, infections, diabetes, seizures and stroke and under active thyroid. Sometimes, lack of vitamin B12 and abnormal levels of calcium, potassium or sodium can also cause numbness in the hands. People who are in the habit of chain smoking and consuming a lot of alcohol are more likely to have damaged nerves and can feel numbness in the hands pretty often.
In order to treat numbness and to restore the sensation in the hands, it is important to increase the blood circulation and heal the damaged nerves. Mustard oil has been used since centuries for keeping the body in a healthy state.
It has heat producing and rubefacient properties which not only stimulate the blood circulation but also improve the health of the nerves due to its rich content of magnesium. Warm some mustard oil and have someone massage your arms, hands and fingers with it for ten to twenty minutes two or three times daily.
Fill a basin with some hot water and add one tablespoon of Epsom salt to it. Soak your hands in this water for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Epsom salts are rich in magnesium sulphate which relax the nerves and muscles and remove their stiffness by encouraging the blood flow to that area. The moist heat will also make the fingers more flexible thus restoring movement.
Exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of the numbness and restore sensation and movement in the hands. Stand straight and stretch your arms in front of you. Fold your hands into a fist and start rotating your wrists first in a clockwise movement then in an anti-clockwise movement.
Do this exercise for five minutes, three to four times daily. Your blood circulation will improve considerably and the nerves, cells and tissues will receive a greater supply of oxygen.
Heat some water and dip a soft cotton towel into it. Wring out the excess water and then wrap it around your hand and keep it there until it loses heat.
Then dip again and repeat the process for ten minutes, twice daily. The hot compress will not only stimulate blood circulation, but it will also relax the nerves and muscles.
Swallow one teaspoon of amla powder with a glass of water every morning in order to prevent oxidative stress and to keep the blood vessels in excellent health.