What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Along with many muscles, tendons, and other forms of tissue, a person’s hands are made up of over two-dozen bones, 8 of which are called carpals and form the base of the hand. In order for the hand to perform its many movements, there are many tendons that connect the carpals to the arm, and they go through a tunnel along with a large nerve. If the tendons become inflamed from excessive and vigorous movements such as computer keyboard and mouse use, the nerve may become pinched and cause what is known as carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition manifests itself as numbness and tingling in the fingers and pain from the wrist to the shoulder. Women are more prone to developing carpal tunnel syndrome than men and people are typically afflicted with the condition between the age of 40 and 60 years old.
How can I treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers carpal tunnel syndrome to be a result of poor blood flow, and treatments usually work to reduce inflammation of the tendons by increasing circulation and blood flow. It is recommended to eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, whole grains, and fresh vegetables, as well as foods that reduce dampness such as mung beans and cornsilk tea. It is also important to regularly stretch and relax the arms and fingers, alternate repetitive tasks, and give the hands a day off every week.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
It is important to avoid cold foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, alcohol, smoking, coffee, and other stimulants. Other activities that are best avoided include harsh and strenuous activities with the wrists as well as general stress and tension.
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