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Natural Trigger Finger Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 20, 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

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

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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Acupuncture   1  0   

Posted by Redstone (Weston, Ma) on 05/16/2010

[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.

Replied by Joyce
Mystic, Ct.

hi, i am receiving acupuncture treatments for my "trigger thumb." however, this is a new thing for my practitioner. do you happen to know the exact points used so i can tell her. thank you!
Replied by Deborah
Scottsdale, Az

Oh boy.... If YOU have to tell your doctor how to do this, I would change doctors!
Replied by Shirley44
Powell River, Bc, Canada

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have had trigger finger in my ring finger of my right hand for a few months. I had an appointment with a doctor for a cortisone shot. I am deathly afraid of cortisone so thought I'd try acupuncture before my appointment. No results the first 2 times but the 3rd time he put the needle into the back of my finger where the hardening was and it is now 90% better. He figures about 6 sessions. I am so pleased.
Replied by Rohini

My mum has trigger thumb on both thumbs for 8 months now. Initially the doctor advised an injection but we did not go for it. The pain went away by keeping the thumb straight for a few months however she has not been able to bend her thumb and straighten it without another hand's support. She was recommended a few physiotherapy sessions which has improved bend movement on her right thumb but thats only when she has exercised. They make her do some mobilisation exercises. Her left thumb which got trigger thumb before is not paining but there is no improvement and she is not able to bend and open. The doctor suggests surgery and by no way we want to go for that. Can someone in this forum help... we are happy to try any natural therapies which may be slower but no surgery..


I cured a middle finger trigger by limiting movement of the digit, icing for 10 - 15 minutes several times a day and doing deep massage of the muscles in the forearm that work the fingers. When I focused on the muscles for the middle finger they were very tight and painful, perhaps from spasm. I broke the spasm with pressure and massaged the muscle further. In a month or two pain, swelling and locking were gone in this instance. I am careful now to use a padded bicycling glove to protect the tendons in the palm when I garden, rake and do repairs at my house. I am careful to not make repetitive grips that tax the fingers.

Posted by battle1320 (Los Angeles, CA) on 07/09/2009


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.

Aloe Vera   0  1   

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

Replied by Tom In Va
Gloucester, Va


I have had trigger finger in my right hand for a few weeks now. Not my thumb, but the index, middle and ring fingers. The index and middle finger have it really bad. It's worse in the morning when I wake up. I've read the natural remedies and decided to take the aloe vera supplement and see how that works.

My decision was the aloe vera supplement provides more minerals than just the bromelain. I should receive my aloe in the next couple of days and will take it for a month. I will post my results at that time. If there is no difference in my trigger finger, then I will try the bromelain.

I feel that I should also report that I am no longer drinking soda as I have been focusing on eating healthier (no more fast food) and am drinking more water. I am trying to drink half my weight in ounces - I weigh 260 so I am trying to drink 130 ounces of water. If I get close I am happy, but I suspect as summer rolls in then it should not be a problem.


Replied by Tom In Va

[NAY]   Well here is the update.

I purchased the Aloe Vera supplements, 500 mg capsules. I have been taking 1000 mg a day and haven't noticed a significant change in the trigger finger. So I am going to move on from this point and order the Bromelain and give you an update on the results.


Replied by Nathan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Regarding the trigger finger treatment - using aloe and when to use it? Thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar   0  0   

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.

Replied by Steve
Raymond, Nebraska

I have trigger finger of the index finger. I am 90 percent better. I used essential oils. Oregano, frankincence twice daily rubbing it on the finger. I used splint to imobilize it the first few weeks. Ice in a plastic cup gets it going in the morning or hot coffee cup. I also take bromilin tablets. Two per day.
Replied by Sharon C.

What is the dosage of the Bromelain you are taking? I see 2xday, but not the amount. Also, 3 months or so have passed. How are you doing? Have the remedies worked to heal? Partially or completely?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice   1  0   

Posted by Di (Rich Square, North Carolina) on 09/04/2008

[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.

Replied by Loy

May I know what kinds of new inflamaratory meds u are using. thanks, loy

Avoid Citrus   1  0   

Posted by Roncheat (Haskell, Oklahoma Usa) on 08/20/2009

[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.

Replied by Judie
Utica, Mi

I have been having a problem this winter from Trigger finger & pain. I wondered one day if it was the orange I was having each evening to try & stay out of junk food. Your post confimred I am not the only one. I never could take Vit.C either until I came across a type that is made from Sago palm. I used to work in a health food store & many people have the same sensitivity as you & I. Thanks again
Replied by Uchiki
Koloa, Hi, Usa

My trigger thumb only occurs at night when I am sleeping. I recently had carpal tunnel release (3 mos. Ago) after 25 years of living with the disease. The surgeon said I had a very narrow sheath. He now says that is most likely the reason for the trigger thumb. Why now? By the way I have been eating lots of oranges, tangerines and grapefruit in the last couple of months. Do I continue to drink lemon water to alkalize?
Replied by Oyakra
Mays Landing, Nj

I also had carpal tunnel release 3 mos. ago and I have developed trigger finger in multiple fingers on both hands. The problem seems to be predominately in my thumbs and varies in severity in my ring and pointer fingers. This is the worst in the morning upon waking, to the point of very limited use of my hands. I had lived with carpal tunnel for 18 years before getting the surgery which helped with the major nerve burning and vascular restriction. It's frustrating to now have a new problem arise. I'm going to try Ted's recommendations and follow up soon. Thanks, it helps to know I'm not alone.

Bromelain   3  1   

Posted by Plantsower (Burson, Ca) on 07/09/2013

[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.

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash

Try magnesium without calcium for awhile and see if it helps.
Replied by Plantsower
Burson, Ca

Magnesium gives me diarrhea. :( I am now going to try B6 and an exercise that I just learned:

"I grabbed the ball with my fingers only (no thumb) I could roll the ball from finger tips to my wrist, bending my hand more and more as I went. Furthermore, if I braced my wrist with the other hand, I could choose where the hand and wrist actually bent and stretched the most. The tangible rewards were straightforward: a clunk in the wrist and relief in the hand. "


This sounds worth a try. This person went on to say it took effect in about three weeks. Unfortunately, they didn't say how many times a day to do it. I'll have to wing it.

Replied by Toourlady89
Ca, Usa

To go back to the Magnesium suggestion: There are many forms of Magnesium.

Magnesium Oil or Mg Chloride Spray would be the better form of Magnesium for trigger finger. Apply it on to both hands as often as you can. Mg oil will have faster results thru the skin and then to the capillaries and relax the finger.

On the other hand, trigger finger could be a symptom of lack of Mg. Most of the population is unaware that most of us - 80% to 90% have Mg deficiency due to the quality of food that is available at the stores. Lack of it causes hundreds of symptoms, trigger finger being one of them.

Chelated Mg Glycinate, is a form that is best absorbed orally and will not have the undesired laxative effect .

Note that the Mg most available at the stores is Mg Oxide avoid this kind as this is a laxative. Mg Glycinate should be at health food stores and or online.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Toourlady89;

Thank you so much for your break down of various magnesiums. You define four of them; the one I take orally is Mag citrate. I have another that is Mag carbonate. Epsom Salts is Mag sulfate. You discuss the last one as a laxative but I use that for Mag/Salts baths too. Is that your understanding? That one is the best to use for baths... Sulfate (Epsom salts) and the Mag Oil (so called) best for topical application is Mag chloride, and you mention chelated Mag Glycinate for oral and say to avoid the one in stores which you say is Mag Oxide.

OK. Now is Mag Oxide Epsom salts? Isn't that Mag Sulfate which is Epsom salts? That's what's in the stores or do you equate Oxide with Sulfate.

And is the kind you orally take .... Glycinate... Is that close to Mag Citrate?

Your break out helped. I do need to get clarified some more... Not your fault... Mine. I need a list; something like:

Mag a .... does x

Mag b .....does y

Mag c .... Does z

Mag d .... What ever you do don't take Mag d, cause it's been known to cause third generation mice to lose their tails!!!!

I've thought that Mag in its various forms are basically the same thing; formulated or compounded differently but with the same chemical effect. And the point is if you take or ingest in any way (baths with Sulfate or swallow in citrate) you're still getting the magnesium.

If someone would disabuse me of the above idea; is that previous paragraph a misconception?

It's just that we see in the discussions of Magnesium particular Mags are mentioned and I'm always wondering if they are actually specialty or are they in essence fungible? (I mean interchangable and really the same for all practical purposes.)

Thanks for helping,


(You know I really should be more careful; inserting bits of humor ... Next thing you know... All over social media and suddenly on the national news: Flash: Magnesium causes tail loss... Take with caution... FDA begins investigation.)

Replied by Mike
Denver, Colorado

Dave: Dead sea salt has 100mg of magnesium per gram and costs 1 cent.

Posted by Hurt (Nicosia, Cyprus) on 05/24/2013

[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.

Posted by Miriam Fitchett (Las Vegas, Nv) on 07/08/2012

[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!

Replied by Troy
Madisonville, Ky

how r your fingers doing now? need an up date please....
Replied by Ascot
Wyandotte, Michigan

Of all the postings, this sounds not only the simplest, but the most positive, so much so that I have ordered bromelain to give it a try with the understanding that what may work for one, might not work for another.
Replied by Violet
Adelaide, Australia

I started with vitamin b6 almost 3 weeks now but no sign of improvement. Getting anxious now and anyone can update after taking bromelain? just want to make sure it works. thanks.
Replied by Diane
Atlanta, Ga

What is the amount of bromelain that one needs to take three times a day to possibly cure trigger finger/thumb?
Replied by Hurt In Space
Nicosia, Cyprus

[YEA]   Bromelain IS THE CURE for trigger finger. I have had considerable pain in my left thumb for over a year, could not bend it at all, and was postponing an opperation, since none of the numerous steroid pills I was given was of any help. I read about Bromelain, and took 3 pills a day, for about one month, almost completely cured my finger, no pain, I can almost bend fully. I will keep taking it.
Replied by Alex
Paphos, Cyprus

Dear Hurt in Space! Can you tell me how yr doing with the trigger finger and the bromelain??? I have trigger finger and de quervains in my left hand. Dr suggests surgery but I'm not into that and prefer to try natural ways to heal. Hope to hear om u soon.
Replied by Coryd
Las Vegas, Nv

Dear Miriam, I too am from Las Vegas, NV and have recently contracted Trigger Thumb and have been suffering for about 5 weeks. Just wanted to find out if you're making progress and still feeling better as a result of the Bromelain.. I have an appt with a hand specialist next week and I want to go in well equipped with as much information and possible solutions at that time. Where do you get Bromelain? I have only heard if it remotely. It would be great to not have to suffer this out for any longer than I have too. It is annoying AND painful!!
Replied by Anng
Houston, Texas

I took bromelain weeks before and weeks after rotator cuff surgery and although very painful, I healed quickly and now have full range of motion unlike most rotator cuff surgery patients I know. I have developed trigger thumb and after reading this, I plan to get back to taking the bromelain.

Colloidal Silver, Horopito   0  0   

Posted by Jan (Louisville, Colorado) on 12/22/2010

[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.

Replied by Artsiecl
Waynesboro, Ga, Burke

I am having trouble with a trigger thumb and have been studying lots of things. I over-use my thumb (right one) sewing thru real thick fabric and many layers..... Also paint kid's faces, (sometimes 70 a day)..... I also had been slack in taking my vitamins and minerals..... I also have thyroid problems. Considering all of this, I am trying to do the nutritional thing to cure this. I just read Dr. Jonathan Wright's newsletter where he said that another Dr. recommended 50 milligrams of B6 3 times a day and give it long enough and it will go away..... Probably. I am going to do this with all of the other B vitamins and iodine and lots of minerals.......

I know nutrition helps everything. Also compression helps and resting the sheaths and ligaments in the thumb......

Hope this helps.

Dietary Changes, B Complex, Cod Liver Oil, Warm Water   1  0   

Posted by Mike (Franklin Square, New York) on 10/25/2009

[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..

Replied by Judie
Utica, Mi

How much cod liver liver oil did you take a day ?
Replied by Shirley
Kerrville, Tx

What milligram of B vitamins did you take for trigger finger? Thanks.

Distilled Water   1  0   

Posted by Lynda (Austin, Texas) on 03/22/2015

[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 and MOM   0  0   

Posted by Fran (North Carolina, US) on 06/29/2014

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.

Replied by Corinne

Where do I get dmso?
Replied by Yani

Please, what is DMSO?

EC: DMSO = Dimethyl sulphoxide, a by-product of the wood industry and used as a solvent.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn.

HI U EC, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

DMSO is a by-product of the paper industry. It does come from trees, but only because sodium sulfite and sodium hydroxide are used to dissolve the lignin holding the cellulose fibers together. That product is called black liquor. It then has to go through another process to obtain the DMSO. Not a big deal, but that is the way the chemistry works.

The first plant to do this was in Bogalusa, La. in the '60's. I knew the DMSO supervisor and he said no employee had ever had the flu while working in that area. DMSO is one of the most powerful solvents known. It was destroyed by Big Pharma because, like Ozone, it is too effective and too cheap.

Most of these bright government folks who put it down have read Dante's Inferno, so they know in what ring in hell they will burn.


Exercise   2  0   

Posted by Lester (Ar) on 08/06/2015

[YEA]  I have a finger that triggers part of the time. To stop it, I place hands with wrist spread apart, finger tip to finger tip and press so that it stretches the tendons of the hands and will go for weeks with out triggering. Hope this helps.

Posted by Chellow (Miami, Fl) on 08/17/2012

[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.

Replied by Caloy
Pearl City, Hawaii

Thank you so much for sharing.... I will definitely try that today and I will update you with the results. Mahalo!!!
Replied by Plantsower
Burson, Ca

Caloy: Have you had good results?

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