Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What Is Dupuytren's Contracture?
A deformity of the hand, Dupuytren's contracture typically develops slowly and progresses over several years. The condition affects the underlying tissue in the skin in the palm, causing knots of tissue to develop. Over time, the knots form into a thick cord that pulls one or more of the fingers into a folded or bent position.
The development of Dupuytren contracture and its symptoms generally takes place over several years; however, it can vary. Some cases develop over a few months or even weeks, and in some affected individuals development of the condition begins and ends intermittently. The condition often presents as a thickening of the skin in the palm at onset. In addition, the skin may appear puckered or dimpled. As the condition progresses, a firm lump of tissue often forms in the palm of the hand that may become sensitive to the touch. Over time and with further progression of the condition, cords of tissue form beneath the skin and extend toward the fingers. As the cords begin to tighten, the fingers pull in toward the palm.
The exact cause of Dupuytren's contracture is unknown; however, some researchers suggest the condition may be caused by an autoimmune issue. In an autoimmune disorder or reaction, the immune system attacks its own body tissues, which may be the case with Dupuytren's contracture.
Natural Remedies for Dupuytren's Contracture
As the progression of Dupuytren's contracture is generally slow, many steps can be taken to treat the symptoms and cure the condition altogether. Making dietary changes such as following the Epigenetic or Paleo Diet helps heal the body and reduce pain. Likewise, supplementing the diet with zinc and vitamin E softens nodules and support overall cell health, preventing further development of the condition.
[YEA] 05/17/2013: Sac from Denver, Co, Usa: "My 79 year old mother totally reversed her dupetryn's contractures and fibromyalgia by following the Epigenetic diet formulated by Dr. Jack Kruse. She started the diet almost one year ago and her symptoms started to get better after just one week of following the diet. Now, only if she strays from the diet does sometimes the pain and other symptoms return on the same or next day. She just has to go back for to eating that way and in a day the symptoms go away again.
My mother had fibro for almost 20 years and DT for the last 4 or 5 years. For me it has gotten rid of knee joint pain and swelling. I can always tell when I am not eating right because the joint pain comes back. As soon as I eat right it goes away again.
The more stricter you can adhere to eating this way the quicker your results. This is a way of eating that you can do for a lifetime without problems. It works for most people. If it doesn't that means it is time to see a professional because there might be something else going on."Replies
10/30/2013: Leah from Australia replies: "Hi there, my mother has just been diagnosed with DC, and I would be very interested in this epiginetic diet you talk about. Is there part of a book which talks about DC in particular? What is the name of the book which got you into the diet? Thanks for your help"
08/09/2009: Sarah from Galway, Ireland: "Hi
My mother's fingers are bent over (dupreyens sp? contracture) and she's been told she has to have surgery to reverse it. This has a 1 in a 100 risk of nerve damage, (which the doc. only mentioned when I asked about risks :)
Do you know of any remedies herbs or supplements that could help her. (She is taking baby aspirin and is in her 70's but is quite healthy otherwise.)
Any help at all would be much appreciated, she's a lovely lady and I think she's just going to go for the surgery in January if she doesn't come across anything.
09/30/2009: Gary from Egremont, Ma replies: "Sorry, I don't know any remedies other than surgery. I had Dupytrens removed from my right hand in 2002 and will need the left hand done some time int the future. I did not have any nerve damage and the recouperation was not that bad. It is a bit sore sometimes when I use the hand a lot, eg. when I tried Kayaking."
12/17/2009: Brrr1106 from Grand Forks, Nd replies: "My husband has had surgery on both hands due to Dupuytren's Contrature. He had no serious problems due to the surgery. He was, however, one of the youngest his Dr. had performed the surgery on and because he was young at the time, his hands are contracting again. We try to keep up with the latest in regard to this condition and there is now a newer treatment using injections which has been quite successful and does not require surgery. If you check websites on Dupuytren's, you should be able to do some homework before your mother decides to have surgery. This new treatment might be an alternative for her to explore. Good luck to her."
04/03/2010: Kcsing1 from Nashville, Tn replies: "Whatever you do, don't do the surgery. Go see Dr. Charles Eaton in Jupiter, Fl for the needle procedure. He's great and it's very easy and successful. Also, I have softened my nodules with a raw food and green smoothie diet.
05/12/2010: Willis from Mid, Florida replies: "My husband is age 41 and has the worst case of DC his doctor has ever seen. According to his Dr. surgery is the only fix and there is no cure. I did hear about the Dr in Florida as well. He has it in both feet and both hands. His first surgery was when he was in his mid 30's (usually DC affects people much older). The surgery had to be repeated within a year. The second time they had to remove so much tissue he had to have a skin graph and lost some mobility in his pinky finger. He had both feet operated on twice with no nerve damage. It has returned and will need surgery again when he gets to the point he can't walk. DC is hereditary and reoccurring. One Dr. mentioned that there seems to be a connection to skin graphs and less reoccurrence."
09/14/2010: Lou from Nj replies: "I have had 2 NA procedures done in Fl by the Dr. on the same finger done within 5 years. After the second I had cortisone injected to soften the nodules only to backfire. My contracture returned within 4 weeks of the injection which was only intended to soften the nodules. I could not believe what I was seeing... I was told I will have to have another NA procedure to fix this.. Lesson learned: don't mess around with anything after NA procedure"
10/14/2010: Olof from Johannesburg, South Africa replies: "Who can I contact/see in South Africa for treatment?"
10/15/2010: Dillis from Meyerton, South Africa replies: "To Olof. I dont know anyone in South Africa besides the medical fraternity who only want to operate. How bad is your Dupuytrens? There is a website which deals with the problem naturally. It worked for me. I will surf for the website and post it to this thread when I find it again."
09/02/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "Notice: some people are finally having notable success treating DP via Cryotherapy. There is a great, very active and responsive group of patients reporting thier findings, results, progress, post-op issues, etc at Yahoo Groups for DP, so you folks may want to check them out!"
[YEA] 10/31/2012: Gunter from Johannesburg, South Africa : "I also had a Needle Aponeurotomy with Dr. Badois in Paris, very successful. The cost is a fraction of an operation, the expense of the flight, stay in the hotel and treatment included. Was playing golf 3 weeks after the treatment! "Replies
11/12/2013: Bill Arendse from Durban replies: "Do you know of anyone now in South Africa who does this or can you let us have the contact details for your doctor in Paris? Thanks"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 07/27/2012: Fieldinski from New York, Ny: "I've had needle aponeurotomy on my right hand three times. The best practicioner was in Paris, Dr. Badois, who was one of the original team that developed this treatment. But it keeps coming back, and now my left hand is affected. I can't stop thinking there must be a cause (besides inherited and a cure, and I keep experimenting with movements, like brushing off the hands, wiggling the fingers, that seem to relax the tensions somewhat. working with tools seems to be bad for it, and making fists, say for shadow boxing. I do exercises ever day, kind of yoga, and like the ones where you place the hands flat on the floor, which the contracture makes difficult. Very gentle tickling massage of the cords in the palms also seems good. I feel that if I could reach a core understanding of what's going on that produces this disease, I might be able to work on it and solve it. nowhere do I read anything about the inner causes -- why we are doing this to ourselves. Comments?"
[YEA] 09/09/2010: Anthony from Port Elizabeth, South Africa : "I have recently under gone NA (needle aponeurotomy) procedure to remedy DC on both hands. Very succesful! So pleased that I did not have the surgery recommended by medical experts."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/25/2010: Dillis from Meyerton, Gauteng, South Africa: "I have Dupuytrens in both hands, and was told by my doctor that there is no cure, and that it would get worse and only an operation would cure it. I went on a paleolithic diet, and my Dupuytrens subsided remarkably. When I break the rules, it grows again, but subsides when I go back to the correct eating. Also, massaging cold pressed Apricot oil, or any vitamin e oil into the Dupuytrens helps."
01/12/2013: Michael from Frankfurt, He: "EARLY STAGE DUPUYTREN - EFFECTIVE TREATMENT
Local Radiotherapy for Early Stage Dupuytren or Ledderhose is the treatment of choice to avoid surgery; the International Dupuytren Society (IDS) is collecting data on many other treatment options to foster potential sufferers with the best information available:
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/12/2011: Suebee100 from Lady Barron, Tasmania, Australia: "I started to get dupuytrens in both hand several years ago when I had some severe health problems. The alternative health practioner suggested I had a deficiency of zinc. When I started taking zinc supplements (25mg per day) the nodules and the contractures started to significantly subside. (I can open my hands fully.... But sometimes still have some weakness. ) I occassonally get flareups where the hands get more painful and I start to get a nodule in each foot. (Often when I've forgotten my zinc. ) But it has always subsided again."Replies
10/31/2011: Jose Roa from Caracas, Venezuela replies: "SUFRO DE ESTA ENFERMEDAD DUPUYTREN YA FUI OPERADO EN LA MANO DERECHA Y YA ME EMPESO A SALIR EN LA MANO ISQUIERDA Y POR SUPUESTO QUE ME PREOCUPA DONDE MAS ME VA A SALIR ENTONCES Y COMO ES POSIBLE QUE ESTA ENFERMEDAD MILENARIA TODAVIA NO TENGA CURA NO LO PODIA CREER NADIE DE MI FAMILIA, A RESULTADO CON ESTA ENFERMEDAD RESULTE YO CON ESTA MISTRIOSA ENFERMEDAD TENGO 43 ANOS Y PESO 98 KILOS NO TENGO NINGUN VICIO Y PERDI MI TRABAJO POR CULPA DE ESTA ENFERM."
EC: From Google's Translate (sorry, not a very good translation!)
Suffering from this disease DUPUYTREN AND OPERATED IN THE HAND I WAS RIGHT AND NOW TO LEAVE ME get started ISQUIERDA ON HAND AND OF COURSE ME MORE WORRIES ME WHERE WILL THEN LEAVE AS THIS DISEASE MAY HAVE NOT YET ANCIENT PRIEST COULD NOT BELIEVE ONE OF MY FAMILY, TO INCOME WITH THIS DISEASE WITH THIS RESULT MISTRIOSA DISEASE AND WEIGHT I HAVE 43 YEARS I HAVE 98 KILOS no vice and lost my work because of this disease.
11/01/2011: P from Middle, Fl replies: "Here is a better translation than what google provided:
"I suffer from this illness called "DUPUYTREN" I have already been operated in the right hand and it's already started to come out in my left hand and of course I'm worried where else it might come out, how is it possible that this age old sickness still has no cure, I can't believe it; no one in my family, as a result; the result of this mysterious illness am 43yrs of age an 98 kilos, I have no habits and lost my job because of this illness!"
Hope this helps!"