Aug 17, 2016
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.
Remedies for Trigger Finger
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|Rescue Remedy Cream and Essential Oils||1||2008-05-26|
|Sea Salt and Rice Wine Poultice||1||2015-10-08|
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I came down with trigger finger two months ago. It came and went. Massaging the swollen node did not help. I had shock wave treatment which did not work either. Then I read about acupuncture. I went to see my accupunturist. Immediately after he withdrew the needles, I felt I got 90% of my strength of my fingers back but the knuckles were still sore. I bang aided the knuckles that night to restrict movement. I woke to find my fingers were 90% better over all. I shall go for another session in a week.
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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Posted by battle1320 (Los Angeles, CA) on 07/09/2009
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.
Posted by Dora (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 10/13/2011
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
Posted by Helen (Sanitago De Compostela) on 09/16/2015
I have had trigger finger in the fourth finger on left hand for well over a year now. I have had one injection for it which worked for about 4 months and now it has come back.
I am now drinking aloe vera and also massaging aloe vera with MSM gel into my hands. This is definitely helping my thumb joint which has recently become very painful, and I think it is having a positive effect on the trigger finger.
I shall continue with these for 3 months as I think it takes that long for things in the body to really change.
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Posted by Holly (Nova Scotia) on 01/11/2015
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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Posted by Di (Rich Square, North Carolina) on 09/04/2008
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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Posted by Roncheat (Haskell, Oklahoma Usa) on 08/20/2009
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
Posted by Moillyinfl (Florida) on 08/15/2016
I've had trigger finger in my thumb for several months. It was stiff and very painful. I was not able to bend it at all. Then I ran across the suggestion here to try bromelian. I ordered it the same day. In about two days, I could wiggle my thumb a little. It's been two weeks now and I have full range of motion in my thumb and no pain. It still clicks some, but at this rate, I'm sure it will be fully healed soon. I have tried so many things that didn't help at all. It was very demoralizing to have so much thumb pain because it is hard to do anything at all without using your thumb! Bromelian was like a miracle cure for me.
Posted by Jeanette T. (San Antonio, Texas) on 02/18/2016
Bromelain....worked miracles for me.I had been suffering for a month with both thumbs trigger finger. First time I took 2 tables 500 mg of bromelain an hours or 2 I felt the result. Today is my second day and I woke up a little stiff but I am taking 2 500 ms 3 times a day and I feel 99% better. Thank God I read about bromelain. I really was considering acupunture in the next few days but after taking this I have cancelled my acupuncture appointment!
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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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Posted by Hurt (Nicosia, Cyprus) on 05/24/2013
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.
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Posted by Miriam Fitchett (Las Vegas, Nv) on 07/08/2012
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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Posted by Jan (Louisville, Colorado) on 12/22/2010
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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Posted by Mike (Franklin Square, New York) on 10/25/2009
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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