The median nerve controls the movement and sensation in the index finger, the middle finger, the ring finger and the thumb. It passes from the forearm into the hand through a narrow and rigid tunnel, located at the base of the hand, called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is mostly composed of bones and ligaments. When the median nerve gets pinched due to pressure, it causes pain and numbness. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
It is mostly caused by forceful and continuous use of the hands in tasks such as using hand tools, strumming musical instruments, typing or clicking the mouse. Certain diseases like rheumatism, arthritis and hyperthyroidism can also contribute to this condition.
Initially there is a tingling sensation in the fingers and the thumb and as the condition advances, the inflamed nerve causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the wrists as well as the thumb and fingers. The power to grip or hold objects decreases drastically and one is unable to perform even simple tasks such as eating or drinking.
Home Remedies For Carpal Tunnel
Castor oil is extolled for its multiple medicinal values which are very beneficial in healing and curing a wide number of diseases and disorders. It is particularly very valuable in bones and joint related problems because of its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Massage your whole hand with warm castor oil for fifteen minutes. Take a warm woolen cloth and bind your hand with it. Keep for as long as possible. Use this massage twice, daily. The pain and stiffness will abate in a day or two and continuous use will restore the flexibility of your fingers and wrists.
Turmeric is widely known for its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. It is very useful for carpal tunnel since it is very safe, effective and can be continued for long periods or interminably. The longer you use it, the better your overall health will stay.
Heat half a teaspoon of ghee and mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with it. Swallow this mixture with a glass of hot milk every night before going to bed. You will be able to use your hands in a few days’ time.
Ginger is another very effective remedy for carpal tunnel. Ginger is very good for the muscles, bones and the joints and keeps the ligaments and tissues too free from inflammation. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties ease the pressure on the nerve, reduce the swelling and pain and remove the stiffness from the wrists, thumb and fingers.
Ginger also steps up the blood circulation and calms the irritated nerve. Swallow a teaspoon of ginger powder with a glass milk, every night.
Mustard oil has been used since time immemorial for keeping the muscles, bones, joints, tissues and tendons in good shape and in good health. This oil is full of nourishing values which strengthen the bones and the tissues and keep the muscles well toned.
Its anti-inflammatory properties provide quick relief in the pain and swelling. Massage your hands with warm mustard oil three times daily.
Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts in some hot water and pour the mixture into a basin. Soak your hands in this solution until the water becomes tepid. Epsom salts will relieve the pain and swelling and reduce the inflammation of the median nerve.
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