Last Modified on Apr 25, 2016
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.
Remedies for Dupuytren's Contracture
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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.
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Posted by Sarah (Galway, Ireland) on 08/09/2009
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.
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Posted by Tony (Pittsburgh) on 07/03/2015
Hi, I have been suffering from a somewhat mild case of Dupuytrins Contracture in my left hand. I was told by a Health food store owner to try Magnesium. I started with the pills but then tried Magnesium Oil and started rubbing it in my hands once a day. Just a small amount. Well now I do not have any symptoms of the tightness and ripping feeling and pain in the morning I use to have every morning when I woke up. I stopped using it for a while and the symptoms came back. Started again and the symptoms went away again. Hey it's worth a shot for anyone. Magnesium oil is cheap. Lots of ways to get Magnesium. Pills, Oil and Epson Salts(Epson Salts are also fantastic in your Gardens).. all super cheap.
Posted by Gunter (Johannesburg, South Africa ) on 10/31/2012
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!
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Posted by Fieldinski (New York, Ny) on 07/27/2012
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 inheritedé 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?
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Posted by Dillis (Meyerton, Gauteng, South Africa) on 08/25/2010
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.
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Posted by Michael (Frankfurt, He) on 01/12/2013
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:
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Posted by Sarah (Galway) on 10/26/2015
Hi, my mother had the surgery for Dupuytren's Contracture and it didn't cure it but helped. It was however very painful with a long recovery time. I just today saw a cure though called Wan Hua Oil (a bit late for her then, but maybe for others).
A therapist called Dr. Harvey Kaltsas describes how to use it on page 8 of his piece on natural oils of chinese medicine.
It apparently works in a few weeks when used nightly. It removes hardened masses too and he says "works to moisten the tendon sheathes so they move smoothly and allows the fingers to open and close without catching".
Anyway you can read more if you google the oil. Hope that helps!
Posted by Suebee100 (Lady Barron, Tasmania, Australia) on 01/12/2011
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.
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