What is CTS and How to Manage It With Ayurveda!

Carpal tunnel syndrome is commonly termed as CTS. It is a painful condition in your hand caused due to compression of your nerve in the wrist.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fracture of your wrist.
  • Certain diseases high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, thyroid issues and kidney diseases, etc.
  • In females, during menopause and pregnancy.
  • Overuse of wrist joint while working on the computer, playing piano, etc.
  • Smoking.

Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Burning sensation, tingling, numbness and other abnormal sensation.
  • Muscular weakness.
  • Wrist pain.

Dos and Don’ts
  • Avoid overusing your wrist joint.
  • Use both wrists or alternate wrists while working to avoid stress on the affected joint.
  • Keep your wrist in proper position while working on laptop or computer.
  • Take a break in between your work schedule and do some stretching exercise.
  • Immobilise your wrist joint by using a splint.
  • If you have oedema of your wrist, minimise the intake of salt.
  • Regularly do wrist exercises.

Ayurvedic Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Internally, you can take
  • Rasnasaptakam kashayam, Prasaranyadi kashayam, Guggulutiktaka kashayam, Gandharvahastadi Kashayam.
  • Ashwagandha churna, Kapikacchu churna, Bala churna and Dashamoola churna.
  • Trayodashanga guggulu, Yogaraja guggulu, Maha Yogaraja guggulu, Brihat vata chintamani rasa, etc.
  • Ksheerabala taila, Mahanarayana taila, Maha Masha taila are beneficial.

Ayurvedic treatment procedures like abhyanga, swedana (patra pinda sweda, Nadi sweda and shashtika shali pinda sweda) nasya, upanaha, lepa and agnikarma are effective in treating CTS.

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