Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been experiencing some tingling and issues in my wrists and hands. From what I know, it is most likely carpal tunnel. It can be quite painful and interrupt my work. Several people I know had surgery to correct the issue and it actually made their symptoms worse. I’d prefer a natural way to address the pain and discomfort. What do you suggest?” – Selena R., Rio Rancho, NM
A. Dear Selena, Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the hand(s) because of pressure on the median nerve in the wrist(s). Research shows that women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. While the causes of carpal tunnel may differ, there are some ingredients I think can be beneficial. I encourage you to consult with your healthcare practitioner to see if there are stretches or exercises that can help.
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 these four ingredients three times daily.
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 glycinate and zinc glycinate. 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 glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Zinc also works synergistically with magnesium and vitamin B6.
I recommend taking vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), magnesium (as magnesium glycinate), and zinc (as zinc glycinate chelate) three times daily.
Please be patient – you should allow at least 3 months with the above nutritional program before evaluating your progress.
Terry . . . Naturally
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