Monday, July 30, 2012

Natural Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Excercises and Home Remedies

The carpal tunnel syndrome is considered a disorder of the modern times, however it has been recognized since 1880s. Carpel tunnel syndrome signs and symptoms include pain in the wrist and tingling numbness. Carpel tunnel relief at home comprises of vitamin supplements and simple carpal tunnel exercises. This article provides information about carpel tunnel syndrome and its home treatment.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The bones and ligaments in the wrist (carpus) form a passageway which is called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve that governs the movements and sensations of the hand, and tendons connecting the arm muscles pass through this tunnel. 
The tunnel may narrow due to swelling of the tendons or ligaments, fluid retention or dislocation of a bone. This narrowing may constrict the median nerve, and cause pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel ?

Here are some of the common causes that are associated with the development of symptoms associated with carpel tunnel,
  • This condition develops due to stress injury caused by long-drawn-out repetitive movements of the fingers and hands, such as, typing, playing musical instruments, knitting, etc. These tend to inflame the tendons and ligaments, making them swell and thereby compressing the median nerve.
  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause , taking contraceptive pills or Hormone replacement therapy can trigger or aggravate the condition.
  • Trauma or injury to the wrist is another important causative factor.
  • Diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and Raynaud’s disease may produce carpal tunnel syndrome as well.

The condition is characterized by:
  1. Shooting pain on the wrist and forearm; pain may radiate to the and shoulder and neck
  2. Tingling numbness in the thumb and first 3 fingers
  3. Weakness of the hand; difficulty in lifting objects
How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Naturally?  

The symptoms come on gradually or suddenly. Furthermore, the symptoms may last for a few days and disappear without any treatment or may persist for months needing medication. Consulting a doctor is essential in case you have an underlying disorder such as diabetes or hypothyroidism; there is excessive pain and stiffness; or you cannot day to day activities.

Here are some simple tips on how to treat the condition naturally,
  • You must take regular breaks if you are performing repetitive activity using the hands. Shake your hands frequently and flex your fingers.
  • When the pain comes on, apply ice for 15 minutes. Ice will alleviate the pain and diminish the swelling and inflammation.
  • When you lie down, elevate the wrist with a pillow.
  • Restrict your intake of salt. Salt causes water retention, which can set off swelling and worsen the condition to a great extent.

Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Treatment

There are certain home remedies and natural treatments that can help in the management of this condition at home,
Turmeric Reduces
  1. Vitamin B complex: vitamin B helps manage the tingling numbness effectively; it is important in marinating a healthy nerve tissue, decreasing inflammation and enhancing circulation. A supplement thrice daily till the symptoms subside is advised.
  2. Turmeric: Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties and relives the pain significantly. Add 1 spoon of turmeric powder to a glass of milk and have daily, until you see improvement.
  3. Ginger: is another powerful anti-inflammatory agent. The herb is packed with gingerols; gingerols reduce swelling and inflammation and thus help manage the pain. Add 1 spoon of dried ginger powder or an inch of grated fresh ginger to a glass of water and boil for 10 minutes. Have this decoction twice every day.

Stretching Exercise for
Carpal Tunnel
Hand Exercises and Simple Stretches

Certain exercises will help alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel . They stretch and strengthen the muscles of the forearm, lessen the tension on the tendons that pass through the tunnel, ease the pressure on the median nerve, stretch the ligaments, and help blood flow out of the  tunnel, thus decreasing fluid pressure.

Confer with your physical therapist about the various exercises that will provide relief from the symptoms of carpal tunnel.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Treat Rosacea Naturally with Home Remedies and Supplements

A ruddy complexion of many fair skinned people may not be a healthy glow; it could be a sign of rosacea. Although there isn’t any cure, rosacea symptoms can be effectively controlled by following a rosacea diet and certain specific home remedies. Treatment for rosacea predominantly comprises of vitamin and mineral supplementation and good skin care.

What is Rosacea? 
Red Blotches of Rosacea
A skin condition that is relatively common and affects fair skinned people. It is typically characterized by redness of the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. The disorder is commoner in women than in men; however, the symptoms tend to be more severe in men. 

Rosacea Symptoms and Causes

Some of the commonly observed symptoms associated with this condition include the following, 
  • Recurrent patches of redness on the cheeks, chin, forehead and nose
  • Tiny blood vessels may be seen under the skin
  • You may feel as if the skin is pulled tight across the face.
  • Bumpiness and swelling
  • Eyes become red, blood shot and itchy
  • In severe cases, the nose may develop extra tissue
The condition occurs when the blood vessels in the skin lose their elasticity and dilate easily; sometimes permanently. This may occur due to genetic reasons or environmental factors. An abnormality in the blood is a possible cause as well. Hot and spicy foods and beverages, alcohol, stress, caffeine, nicotine, vigorous exercises and hormonal changes and certain medications are significant triggers.

Home Remedies and Supplements or Rosacea

Vitamin and mineral supplements are known to be of immense help in the effective management of the condition. Given that, it is a chronic condition, treatment needs to be continued indefinitely. Also, it can take up to a month before initial improvement is seen.
  • Vitamin A: vitamin A is very essential for a healthy skin. An insufficiency of the vitamin makes the skin cells hard and the protective effect of the mucus declines. 25000 I.U. per day is recommended for 2 months; thereafter reduce the dosage after conferring with your physician.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin damage. It also strengthens the membranes that line the blood vessels and the connective tissue between skin cells. Vitamin C also reduces the release of histamine, which widens blood vessels in response to an allergen or an allergic reaction.1000mg thrice daily is advocated.
  • Vitamin B: vitamin B complex deficiency is very common in people having rosacea; thus supplementation is necessary.
  • Zinc: Zinc helps heal the top layer of the skin and regulates levels of vitamin A in the blood. 30 mg per day is advocated.
  • Flax seeds:  Flax seeds are packed with essential fatty acids that help decrease inflammation, and regulate prostaglandins, which stimulate contraction of blood vessels. Have 3 spoons of flax seeds daily.
Chamomile Tea Wash
Rosacea Natural Cures and Treatment

There are certain useful tips that can help prevent and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the condition,
  • You must wear sunscreen when you leave the house. It helps protect the skin from sun damage and wards off inflammation.
  • Use grease-less and fragrance free make up and skin products. Do not use astringents on the face. Never rub your face after washing.
  • Chamomile and calendula tea is an effective home remedy .Make a strong tea using herbs chamomile and calendula and a cup of hot water. Let this tea sit for 20 minutes; then strain and cool. Use this as a face wash everyday.
  • Local application of tree tea oil is also vital in the management of the condition. While tree tea oil is more potent in management of acne vulgaris ( a relatively lesser severe version), it can provide short term relief.