Last Modified on Jul 11, 2015
A condition that involves the locking and trigger-like release of one of the fingers, trigger finger can be uncomfortable and even painful. The condition can be treated using a variety of methods including acupuncture, stretches and exercises as well as dietary changes. Likewise, nutritional supplements support the effective functioning of the muscles and ligaments of the body and effectively treat the condition.
What is Trigger Finger?
Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger occurs as one of the fingers or thumbs gets stuck in a bent position and straightens with a sudden snap – like a trigger. The cause of the condition is the narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger and is often accompanied by inflammation, scarring and thickening of the tissue in the area.
Natural Remedies for Stenosing Tenosynovitis or Trigger Finger
A variety of treatments are effective for managing trigger finger. Common treatments include acupuncture, physical therapy, daily exercises and others. Nutritional supplements including bromelain, fish oil, aloe vera and others also treat the condition by lubricating the joints and relieving inflammation.
An enzyme found in pineapple juice, bromelain has a variety of medicinal purposes. The chemicals in bromelain stimulate the body to produce natural substances that relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Additionally, the compound aids in the removal of dead and damaged tissue, which may help treat the underlying cause of trigger finger.
Fish oil is a natural source of omega- 3 fats. These fats function to lubricate the joints and restore damaged nerve tissue. This fat chain also reduces inflammation that is often associated with the condition.
Aloe vera functions primarily in relieving inflammation associated with trigger finger. Applied to the affected area or taken as a supplement, aloe vera delivers over 12 substances, including B-sisterole, which inhibit inflammation and reduce the stiffness and soreness in painful joints. The compound also contains a variety of other vitamins and minerals that promote overall wellness.
More common in women and in individuals with diabetes, trigger finger varies depending on the severity of the specific case. Nonetheless, the condition is often painful but can be effectively treated using a combination of nutritional supplements and exercises.
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[YEA] I had trigger thumb three times, with severe pain; and was unable to grip anything with the hand. I had it in my right and left hands, about a year apart. Both times I wound up begging the doctor for a cortisone shot. The cortisone worked and I got relief with one shot.
When I got it again last year, I decided to try acupuncture. It took about 6-8 sessions but it healed and it hasn't come back. I am now in grad school for a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Try it.
There may be a Community Acupuncture practice in your area - and the cost is very reasonable - usually a sliding scale. Give it some time. It's not a magic bullet, and you may need a number of sessions to get relief. Avoid surgery - almost NEVER the answer in my opinion. Good luck.
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Powell River, Bc, Canada
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] TRIGGER FINGER - PINKY
I just came across this website and I am glad to read that there are people out there exploring other options than injections and surgery. I just got TF about a week ago from playing golf. My doctor thinks that playing golf (strong grip/hand position) might have triggered the TF but I believe it was years of typing on the laptop's keyboard.
It is definitely annoying feeling the clicking in my pinky everytime i grab something with any pressure. Nonetheless, I completed one session of acupuncture and the pain has subsided quite a bit. The clicking is still there but with less pain.
So far, its been about a week w/o any golf and looking forward to another acupuncture treatment. I will keep you all posted.
I want to thank Ted for the advice on how to cure Trigger finger. Also liked to share that I put Aloe vera on my finger and it is helping with inflammation of the finger.
Thank you very much to you all who shared such of important information. God bless you. Dora
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Four of my fingers are locking now from trigger finger and my hands are aching all the time. I have been taking 1 tbsp. of ACV in a glass of water 3-4 times a day, but no results so far. It was suggested that I soak my hands in ACV for 15 minutes a day using 1 part ACV and 3 of water. If this is an alternative, then for soaking can I use the regular grocery store brand as the organic is expensive for that purpose.
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[YEA] I am diabetic 44 yrs on insulin and I have triggers fingers the pain was unbearable recently but I have tried the vinegar and baking soda and lemon juice along with my new inflamaratory meds I feel 100% better
..but the baking soda bothers my stomach ...
EC: For more information about Ted's alkalizing formulas, click here.
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[YEA] I have a trigger finger on my right hand that comes and goes. I have found that it is affected by citrus juices, or something along that line. If I drink orange juice or lemonade, or take a vitamin c supplement, it will cause my finger to lock up. The more I drink, the worse it gets. My doctor tells me i'm crazy. I can lay off juces for a week and the problem will go away completely.
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Mays Landing, Nj
[NAY] Bromelain for trigger finger... I was so hoping this would help me. I took two bottles of this with no results. I'm off to try other things.
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Fountain Inn, Sc
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[YEA] Bromelain cured my trigger finger, it bends almost as it used to, and I take one tablet daily, just to make sure it doesnt become a problem again. Do it! I get it from Holland and Barett, they are huge pills, difficult to swallow, but Sogars have them too. I saw three doctors, they all wanted to operate, because I had trigger finger for a year, so they didnt want to try the other only option for them, ie steroids. Well, all is well now.
[YEA] I had trigger finger in both thumbs for a year. Agony!! I started taking bromelain, an enzyme extracted from pineapples, (to prevent swelling) for an upcoming surgery last November. The dose was 3 times a day between meals for 3 weeks. After taking bromelian for 3 weeks my trigger fingers were cured completely! I take bromelain once a day now (preventative). To date, trigger finger(s) has not reoccured. Hope this helps!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I have had my second bout with trigger thumb. The first time I had a cortisone shot which after two weeks resolved the problem. My doctor didn't seem to think it would work and thought that I would probably have to have surgery to resolve it, but I was also taking MSM which I think helped tremendously. However, this second time around, the MSM has not worked. I really didn't want another cortisone treatment and have tried both exercises and other herbal treatments without success. Two weeks ago, I got an intestinal virus which I took colloidal silver for and noticed that my thumb was doing better, but I thought that it was finally starting to go away on it's own until yesterday morning. I woke up in a lot of pain, my thumb was swollen and red and hot to the touch. That's when I realized that it was an infection of some sort. Since I hadn't cut my thumb I was pretty sure that the infection was not bacterial, and had a strong suspicion that it was a yeast infection. Which explains why it had reoccured and why some people are having success with garlic as it has antifungul properties.
So I started taking colloidal silver, a tablespoon every few hours, letting it sit under my tongue as long as possible for quicker absorption. I also rubbed horipito extract on the swollen area before going to bed and kept a hotpack on it through the night. This morning, the swelling and redness, and most of the pain had subsided. Through the last two days, I have also rubbed in an arnica cream. By this evening, I was able to bend my thumb without a lot of pain or snapping, and I haven't been able to do this for the last six weeks. I plan on continuing the same treatment using the horipito and silver in the same amounts for at least the next two to three days. Then I will reduce the amount of colloidal silver to a tablespoon in the morning and one in the evening until I am absolutely sure that the infection is gone. In all honesty, I am absolutely amazed how quickly this is working for me.
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Waynesboro, Ga, Burke
[YEA] I had suffered with carpal tunnel for 3 years in both hands and got progressively worst to the point that I was only getting 45mins to 2hrs sleep per night. I had tried every cream, every natural vitamin and supplements. Nothing worked, so I decide to have surgery on my left hand first (since I am righty)and presto problem solved, 2 months later I had my right hand operated on and was cured for carpal tunnel. My joy lasted for 3 days after my second surgery, because I developed severe Fibromyalgia throughout my entire body that lasted 7 months. I was actually crippled, if not for my desire to overcome this ailment, I probably would have been hospitalized and I thought I was going to DIE. I got up every morning and took Vicadin and Cymbalta plus a steroid to get through my day. (I pomise I will get to the Trigger Finger Cure). I beat my Fibromyalgia by my persistance and crawling to the gym to strenghten my muscles. After I was cured for the Fibro, I developed Trigger Fingers on the left index and thumb and right hand thumb and pinky, I could not pick up anything because the pain and locking effect was so painful. However, I cured my trigger fingers by not eating fried foods and taking B complex vitamins. Also a chinese acupunturist told me that warm or hot beverages must be drank with all meals. After 1 week of 4 eight ounces of warm water, B complex vitamins, No fried foods, Cod liver oil and hot tea with food---Presto no more Trigger Finger and better health and complexion. I hope it works for you..
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[YEA] I had trigger thumb for almost a year. I could not bend my thumb joint on its own and when it did get bent it was excruciating. I did not want to see a doctor because I knew from other people I knew who had experienced trigger finger/thumb that all the doctor would do is give an injection of cortisone, which I did not want! My sister-in-law suggested that I try drinking distilled water, because she had been using this method for 2 years to relieve the pain and immobility that she used to have in her hands; prior to this she could not make a fist. Every time she would stop drinking the water her pain would return. So with an open mind, I tried it and after 3 or 4 days I was able to bend my thumb on its own!! It was still a little stiff and very slight pain. I used distilled water in coffee, tea and cooking if it was to be consumed, i.e. soup , etc. It is absolutely amazing and really works. It has been a month now and I have full mobility again and no pain! As a bonus all of my joints feel better. So try it before anything else.
DMSO mixed with Milk of Magnesia put on tendons of fingers works fast. Mix about 15 drops of dmso and 5 drops MOM in a glass cup. The use cotton ball to apply to area (s), include wrist and back of hand. In less than 5 minutes, the pain was gone. I also drank 2 tbsp of MOM to get magnesium internally. I hope it helps someone else.
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Ten Mile , Tn.
[YEA] My trigger finger has been Cured, thank be to God. I was three weeks from my scheduled operation when I started a routine of hanging from a monkey bars, if I recall right I instantly had a result the first day. One week in the rooting I cancelled the operation and two months later more or less I'm cured.
This is what the therapy that I recommend:
Hang from a monkey bar or any alternative structure that you can roll your finger around a bar that lifts you from the floor. Hang from the bar for 10 seconds and release repeat this 10 times, do this exercise daily.
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[YEA] Months ago had Trigger Finger problem in my right thumb. I followed Ted's remedies from Earth Clinic and other remedies from the same website. I really improved when I started taking Fish oil and sometimes Cod liver oil, as well as eating more salmon, fish, fruits, and vegetables, and tried not to do much work with that hand with the injured thumb. Also, the exercises with a small ball that I got at the Academy store did help me. The ball is similar to the ones used to release stress. My thumb is a 90% better since the problem started. Now can move it very well..
I do not recommend surgery, found out that surgery is not the best option. I encourage you to be patient.
I thank God for you all who shared the information on the Trigger finger at Earth Clinic.