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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In order to study carpal tunnel syndrome we must first learn about general neuritis because carpal tunnel is localized neuritis.
Supplements should include large quantities of B-complex or Nutri Calm with extra B6 plus calcium and magnesium (Skeletal Strength), silica (HSN-W) and less acidic forms of protein. Add PDA to be sure to increase absorption of minerals and nutrients.
Neuritis is considered to be a symptom rather than a disease and is defined as inflammation and/or deterioration of a nerve or bunch of nerves. The symptoms of neuritis include pain, tingling, numbness, tenderness, redness, swelling and in severe cases, convulsions. Louise Tenney reports that Gotu Kola is helpful for neuritis.
Dr. Bernard Jensen says neuritis always happens when the nerve fibers and the space around the nerves become over acid. The acidity causes pain, swelling, interference of nerve impulse transmission and sometimes loss of feeling.
Acid can build up in tissues as a result of many things. Trauma to the area, a broken bone, diabetes, gout, leukemia, mercury poisoning, lead poisoning and methyl alcohol poisoning, deficiency of B-complex vitamins and strenuous repetitive use of a joint can lead to the acid build up that can cause neuritis.
Dr. Paavo Airola provides more ideas as to possible causes of neuritis citing nutritional deficiencies, such as B-complex deficiency but especially thiamine and B-6 metabolic disturbances, faulty calcium metabolism, chronic acidosis and faulty phospholipid metabolism. Other less cryptic causes include poor posture, sleeping in strange positions or sleeping on too soft of a mattress.
Dr. Jensen states specifically that organic sodium (Aloe Vera Juice) must be included in the diet in large quantities to destroy the hyperacid level of the tissue. The most highly recommended food for this purpose is raw celery. Most salad vegetables (excluding iceberg lettuce) contain a fair amount of organic sodium.
Dr. Airola recommends a diet of whole wheat, buckwheat, brown rice, raw seeds and nuts, especially almonds. Raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, artichokes, raw milk, especially in soured form and 1 cup of homemade cottage cheese a day, as being beneficial. Other dietary considerations include using fresh juices of carrot, beet, apple and pineapple. Things to avoid include coffee, carbonated beverages, caffeine, sugar, white flour, salt and cigarettes as these are acid-forming.
Recommended therapies include dry skin brushing, hot and cold Kneipp baths and mild exercise.
Carpal tunnel is the official term for the wrist. (The metacarpals are the bones of the hand.) Carpal tunnel syndrome is the inflammation of the nerve that sits between the tendons of the forearm muscles that flex the hand and the transverse superficial carpal ligament. If this nerve becomes inflamed, it creates pressure between the muscles and ligaments and causes pain in the wrist and palm, which can radiate pain up the forearm. It is common to have decreased sensation in the palm side of the little, ring and middle fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is seen in acromegaly which is a condition wherein the feet, hands and face grow due to an excessive amount of growth hormone from the pituitary gland. Myxedema is often found in extreme cases of hypothyroidism which can cause this condition. Pregnancy with the changes it can produce in body fluids can lead to this problem. Women are about four times as likely as men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
The common medical treatment is surgery in which the ligaments in the wrist are cut to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
This still leaves the neuritis and chemical imbalance that created the problem in the first place. Dr. Lendon Smith specifically states that vitamin B-6, up to 300 mg per day be taken for 3 to 4 weeks should help to reduce the inflammation and possibly eliminate the need for surgery. Massage may be helpful but tends to work only on the symptom and not the cause. If surgery has already been performed, taking B-6 for two or three weeks will help to reduce the remaining neuritis.
Since this is a nerve and inflammation problem to use herbs like Yucca, Nerve Eight, Joint Support, Joint Health, Nature's Noni and/or Una de Gato which are helpful in alleviating the pain. Gotu Kola may be helpful in building the nerves. Nutri Calm is high B vitamins supplement necessary to initiate healing. It makes sense to add extra B-6 as Dr. Smith recommends. Yucca stimulates the natural production of anti-inflammatories. This is helpful in reducing the pain by taking the inflammation down.
A healthful diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds, with lots of good, clean water to drink would help to reduce the acids that cause inflammation. Liquid Chlorophyll, Red clover and Safflower and All Cell Detox all help to remove acids from the body. Heavy Metal Detox removes heavy metals and can be used if heavy metal poisoning is thought to be the cause of the problem.
Collatrim helps to rebuild the tissue and Thai Go for its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Topically Tei Fu Oil or Tei fu Massage Lotion or EverFlex Cream can provide relief of symptoms.
Every physical problem has mental/emotional causes and reactions. Louise Hay says that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by "Anger and frustration at life's seeming injustices." An affirmation she has written that may be helpful is "I now choose to create a life that is joyous and abundant. I am at ease."
Carpal tunnel syndrome and neuritis in general need not cripple or disable anyone. Dietary changes and the proper supplements can have a tremendous impact on this problem.