Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with carpal tunnel for over four years. Sometimes I have to stop what I’m doing because my hands get all tingly. I’ve tried braces and working with a physical therapist, but they only helped a little bit. Any other natural options? I’d prefer not to have surgery.”– Michaela R., Yonkers, NY
A. Dear Michaela, Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the hand(s) because of pressure on the median nerve in the wrist(s). While the causes of carpal tunnel may differ, there are some ingredients I think can be beneficial.
To assist with your pain, I recommend these four ingredients: curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help you become comfortable as quickly as possible. I would take 2,181 mg of these ingredients per day.
You may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 to your daily regimen. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium bisglycinate and zinc bisglycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 50% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the bisglycinate form helps with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Zinc also works synergistically with magnesium and vitamin B6.
I recommend taking 10 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), 100 mg of magnesium (as magnesium bisglycinate chelate), and 5 mg of zinc (as zinc bisglycinate chelate) three or four times daily.
Please be patient – you should allow at least three months with these nutrients before evaluating your progress.
Terry . . . Naturally
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