Dupuytren's Contracture Remedies

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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.


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Posted by Mark Hardy (England) on 03/24/2018
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Hi, my name is Mark Hardy and I am 66 years old. A month ago I was diagnosed with Dupuytrens Constricture affecting the middle finger of my left hand. I was unable to straighten the finger. I have had two acupuncture treatments over a two week period and whilst the lumps have not totally gone, I do have full mobility of the finger again. The lumps have definitely reduced in size. The acupuncturist inserted needles both sides of the tendon and past a small electrical current through them The treatment was not painful, just a little strange. I am having one more treatment next week and then every couple of months depending on the condition. I am, needless to say, delighted with the results.

Replied by Oz
(Dartmoor uk)

Hi Mark, Dupuytrens as far as I know does not affect the middle finger. Just the ring and pinky. It maybe why u have a cure because as far as I know there is no known cure for Dupuytrens and in my extensive research the only thing one can do is have invasive interventions which work for a few but not for most, including myself.


My husband has had terrible problem with Dupytrens Contracture. We found the Hand Clinic in Florida. They do an outpatient surgical release with local anesthesia. Procedure was fast and effective. Excellent clinic and result! Recovery time was 1-2 days! Good luck…


I have DC in left middle finger and right little finger. Looking for solutions.


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Posted by Yumiko (Australia) on 02/07/2020
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Dupuytren's Contracture:

If you have pain in other part of joints you are very acidic. You need to alkalize your body by changing your life style. Eat a lot of raw vegetables, stop smoking and drinking which are also very acidic. Drink a lot of water. Taking bicarb soda and very small amount of borax help you to also alkalize your body.Stop anything eating any sweet or drinks, that include honey and fruit juice.


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Posted by Harvey K. (Sarasota, FL) on 02/11/2021
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Occasionally people call or email me because they have read about using Wan Hua Oil for DC in an article I wrote called Beyond Ben Gay on my website. I've since learned from patients that taking 500 mg. of Bromelain twice a day works very, very well.

For the past five years that is what I've recommended to patients with great success, and this has obviated the need for me to treat them with acupuncture, a significant time savings for me and costs savings to them. That said, I do strongly endorse the protocol of using magnesium oil, iodine as Lugol solution, and DMSO. That will speed up the healing process from the outside as the bromelain works from the inside. I also endorse the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective that tendons reflect the health of the liver, so do be kind to your liver, and for God's sake, be careful hammering or doing other percussive activities!

CBD Oil + Massage

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Posted by Twinkytoze (Sw Ontario) on 03/06/2022
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CBD Oil plus Massage for Dupuytren's Contracture

I believe mine is in the early stages and was pointed out to me by my massage therapist who specializes in Chinese medicine and reflexology.

I believe the condition is linked to an autoimmune disorder, in my case Rheumatoid Arthritis. I thought the pain and stiffness were just the beginning of the formation of arthritic nodes, but my therapist said no, if I let it go on, my fingers would bend inwards and would not be able to be released. I thought "Oh nuts. Dupuytrens" and got right on it.

I began with applying a drop of CBD oil to the nodes and working it in by massage. At first it hurt a lot, and the nodes were quite pronounced and hard. But the morning after I could see they were quite reduced in size and seemed to be softening. Also the pain was quite noticeably reduced.

I am continuing with the CBD and massage. I use a small rounded pebble to work between my palms. I'm on day four of this course of therapy and the nodes are about 80% reduced in size and pain level.

80% hence 4 stars not 5. Will continue.

Replied by Twinkytoze
(Sw Ontario)

Update 03/14/2022: Homeopathics and Stretching added

So I added to the CBD oil the homeopathic frequencies of Rhus tox and Cholocynthis, plus the frequency of the Dupuytrens nosode. I have a frequency converter, so I was able to do this myself. I take 1ml orally twice a day and rub 4 drops into the palms 3-4x daily massaging the nodes and cords.

The node on my left palm under the second finger has softened and flattened almost completely and the 1/4" "cord" extending below it has also softened and almost disappeared. A tiny node that was forming at the base of the cord has almost disappeared.

On the right hand the node under the ring finger is still pronounced but probably because it's on the dominant hand it doesn't get as much massage.

I began gentle stretching two or three times a day a week ago. Interlacing fingers and then extending palms outwards at arms length. When I began, the "fire" in the palms of the hands was quite intense. Tingling and itching persisted for hours afterwards.

After a week of stretching, the "fire" is much less and the extension of fingers and palms is much improved. An hour after stretching there is no further sensation.

Pain when massaging is also greatly reduced.

Will update as progress goes on.

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(Sw Ontario)

Update 04/04/2022

I make my own CBD oil from the hemp flower. Five days ago I bought a strain called AK47 that has in the neighborhood of 42.

Replied by Twinkytoze
(Sw Ontario)
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So here's my current regimen and status.


5ml CBD oil (strain AK47 7grams decarbed & infused in 250ml organic extra virgin olive oil) morning and night orally to counter arthritic inflammation that might be contributing to the condition.

3-4 drops CBD oil with homeopathic frequencies rhus tox, cholecynthis and nosode rubbed into palms 2-3x daily and 1ml orally morning and night.

Gentle stretching - holding stretch for 30-60 seconds 3-4x daily.

Massage - as often as possible.


Left Hand Middle Finger Palm Node: now flat and spongy. Cord in palm is soft almost gone. 90% improvement from beginning state.

Right Hand Ring Finger Palm Node: 50% smaller, softer. Cord in palm is completely imperceptible.

I may not be able to get rid of these entirely, and may have to continue treatment indefinitely, but if I can prevent the condition from advancing and retain the mobility in my hands I will consider this a win.

Cleavers Tea

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Posted by Sammy V (Lawrence Kansas) on 11/21/2022
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Fifteen years ago it seemed my hands were turning into wood starting with my little finger on both hands. It was painful and distressing and I had no idea what was happening and started searching the internet describing the problem just that way “My hands are turning into wood” and the Dupuytren disease popped up I began looking for a remedy and the least invasive was from a herbal website recommending Cleavers tea, 2 cups a day. A month later all signs of stiffness were gone although I can still see some of the ligaments in the little finger of my right hand, in the center of both palms and the pointing finger in my left hand where the disease started. These ligaments are soft now and cause no problem. I am a firm believer in Cleavers tea and still drink a cup now and then just incase.

Replied by M n M

What herbal site were you referring to….love herbs.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Peter (Northern California) on 03/09/2017
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I am Eastern European who lives in California. I was diagnosed with Dupuytren's Contracture on my left hand palm about 5 years ago at age 48. It was progressing rapidly with growing knot on my palm and ring finger. Over two years ago I started low carb diet and about 16 months ago I got even stricter and begin Ketogenic diet. Amazingly within couple of months knots on my hand went down as well as contracture and pain. Looks like knots continue getting smaller and there is absolutely no pain or contracture. I can freely move my fingers and my hand looks normal except for small area on the palm where there is still small visible knot. Truly amazing considering that my doctor told that contractures will get worse and worse and eventually will have to operate on it. I truly believe that keto diet is the cause for improvement as I experienced other benefits in my health as well.

Replied by Victoria

I am 49 yo female of Eastern European heritage. I just was told I have Duyputreyns in my left hand. I have a very painful lump in my palm, which popped up couple of months ago and it continues to be painful. A small mass appeared about 2.5 years ago and is not painful. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Diet, especially. I am ordering SSKI. Thank you, Victoria

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Victoria, you can try Clay poultices.

Replied by Dee

what kind of clay?

Replied by David

On keto do you have dairy?

Replied by Anna
(Derry Nh)

I am interested in the dietary changes you made for this specific issue with your hand. I just found out about this diagnosis and am looking for anything that will help.
Thank you.

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Posted by Sac (Denver, Co, Usa) on 05/17/2013
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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.

Replied by Leah

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

Replied by Pete

I would like to know where I can find the diet for dupuytrens.

Replied by Ronald

Is there already some more positive news on improvement treatment DC by using epiginetic diet? Ronald

Replied by Annie
(London U K)

Hi there, I have at 55 years of age just been diagnosed with Duputryens disease in my left hand. Although in its very early stages, I am interested in how Epigenetics and dietary changes can help. Can you please advise? Grateful from the UK

Replied by Cheryl

From what I saw all he really says it that you should eat only fruits and veggies that are in season for the time of the year. If it is spring only eat them according to the time of year you are in.

I really do not see that making much sense. More important stay away from refined sugar, and not a lot of fowl.

Fowl like chicken and turkey does make it worse.

Replied by Emma
(Centralia, Illinois)
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When I was first diagnosed with Dupuytren's Contracture in my left hand, I had about four tumors in the palm of my hand. My doctor said there was nothing he could do. I knew better. Natural is the way to go. Since I knew iodine with iodide combination shrinks tumors, I simply bought some and took 1 in the morning, 12.5 mg., and I no longer have that problem. My fingers never turned in and the tumors are gone. I must take every day anyway, due to hypothyroidism.

Replied by Cj
(Philadelphia Pa)

I just got back from the doctor's office, having been told I have Dupuytren's Contracture and that nothing can be done. Of course, the doctors have told me that before, several times, and they were always wrong before, so I have no doubt they are wrong now. HOWEVER, I'd like to figure out what is best for me to do. I am interested, Emma, is your experience. However, I've been told to stay away from iodine because I have the exact opposite problem from you: I have Graves disease, or hyperthyroidism. It's been in remission for many years. (Doctor told me nothing could be done, I ignored him and followed the advice of a woman who wrote a book on getting rid of Graves Disease, it worked, Doctor said "It's a miracle". Dumb Doctor.)

Anyway - I'm a bit afraid to simply start taking iodine. Do you have any resources you followed to identify the interaction of the collagen conversion and iodine? Andy other advice for me?


Can you tell me the brand of iodine that you took?

Replied by Ct
(Cape Town, South Africa)

Hi I got duputreyns only in my hands last year. I had radiation therapy for 5 days, break of 8 weeks, then another 5 days. The first 5 days seemed to improve the contraction of the fingers, but the second dose didn`t help at all. My hands are now swollen, painful at times, and my knuckles have become larger (I can`t put on my wedding ring) especially in the morning. I can`t straighten my fingers completely and 2 of the fingers in my right hand are at about 75 degrees off normal.I see some reviews on epigenetic/paleo diets. How many days does it take to notice whether there will be a difference?

Replied by Emma
(Mt. Vernon, Illinois)
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I'm sorry, I sure don't, I'm sorry.

DMSO, Wan Hua Oil

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Posted by German N. (Barcelona, Espa) on 01/21/2022
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Tengo 70 años y hace 2 me aparecieron unos bultos en la mano derecha, mi dedo anular se me iba doblando y me dolía si lo trataba de estirar. Busqué en Internet y vi que se llama Contractura de Dupuytren.

Busqué en su WEB y encontré un escrito en el que se usaba el aceite chino Wan Hua Oil. Lo probé durante un mes o tal vez dos y no vi resultados. Luego se me ocurrió probarlo con DMSO al 70% y en 2 meses si bien los bultitos de la mano siguen ahí, ya no me duele al estirar el dedo. Supongo que el tendón ya no está retenido por la fasia palmar.

Lo hice de la siguiente manera: Al acostarme dos gotas de DMSO al 70% en la zona de los bultitos de la mano seguidas de unas gotas del aceite Hual oil, tapar con una gasa, que quedará empapada. Sujetad con espaladrapo para que no se mueva, ojo de no manchar la sábana.

Tanto el DMSO al 70% como el Aceite WAN HUA OIL lo compre por Amazón.

Espero que les sirva como me sirvió a mí.

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I am 70 years old and 2 years ago some lumps appeared on my right hand, my ring finger was bending and it hurt if I tried to stretch it. I looked on the internet and saw that it is called Dupuytren's Contracture.

I searched your WEB and found a writing in which the Chinese oil Wan Hua Oil was used. I tried it for a month or maybe two and saw no results. Then it occurred to me to try it with 70% DMSO and in 2 months, although the little bumps on my hand are still there, it no longer hurts when I stretch my finger. My guess is that the tendon is no longer held by the palmar fascia.

I did it in the following way: When I lay down, two drops of 70% DMSO in the area of ​​the little bumps on the hand followed by a few drops of Hual oil, cover with a gauze, which will be soaked. Fasten with espaladrapo so that it does not move, be careful not to stain the sheet.

Both the DMSO at 70% and the WAN HUA OIL Oil I bought from Amazon.

I hope it works for you as it worked for me.

Dupuytren's Contracture Remedies

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.


Replied by Gary
(Egremont, Ma)

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.

Replied by Brrr1106
(Grand Forks, Nd)

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.

Replied by Kcsing1
(Nashville, Tn)

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.
Best,Kathy C

Replied by Willis
(Mid, Florida)

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.

Replied by Lou

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

Replied by Olof
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

Who can I contact/see in South Africa for treatment?

Replied by Dillis
(Meyerton, South Africa)

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.

Replied by Kay
(Destin, Fl)

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!

Replied by Toni
(Capitola, Ca)

i have DC on the palm & pointer finger of my left hand. In researching I found an old article that someone healed their DC with marijuana. The person made it into a poutine and wore latex gloves to bed. I've been to the doctor and took before pictures. I am using CBD with aloe, cocoa, cupuacu butter & magnesium nightly (a friend mixed it up for me). I rub it into my hand before bed and contracture has not gone away, but has not gotten worse & I have no pain.

Replied by Kerry
(Prairie, Idaho)

Asking for any natural help for dupuytren or viking's disease. It is lumps in the palm of my hand. Sure don't want surgery.

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Take a look at Earth Clinic's, Dupuytren's Contracture page, for multiple remedies here :



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Hi Kerry

All lumps, wherever they appear, will be gone by rubbing Frankinsence Oil 2-3 times a day. It worked for me..

Keep healthy


Fatty Liver Cause

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Posted by Mr P (Duluth Man.) on 09/19/2018
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Dupuytren's Contracture

Fatty liver could be a cause. I started getting a contracture on my ringer finger 7 years ago. Just found out I have a non alcohol fatty liver. Low and behold I found out that a fatty liver can cause Dupuytren's contracture.

Gluten-Free Diet

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Posted by Bill (Cape Charles, VA) on 04/14/2021
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Several nodules on both hands began to appear last summer and progressed quickly until surgery was recommended.

I went gluten-free in mid-January, and not only has the progression stopped, but it has been reversed. The nodules have become softer and have diminished in size. Flexibility in my fingers has also increased significantly. I have also been using red-light therapy during this time. I'm continuing the diet and red-light therapy and I have started soaking my hands in Epsom salt.

Anyone else seen improvement in symptoms by starting a gluten-free diet?

Hand Gripping Exercises

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Posted by Gary (Canada) on 05/12/2017
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I place it in the jacuzzi daily and do 50 hand grips under high pressure nozzle and a hundred and three temperature. It works sometimes hours sometimes a week depends on how much I use it thereafter, but I never slow down.

Iodine, Magnesium and DMSO

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Posted by Cameron (Brisbane) on 02/11/2023
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I've been using 1 or 2 drops each of Lugols Iodine, DMSO and Magnesium Oil on my Dupuytren's Contracture off and on for about 3 weeks now and it's just about gone. I don't think twice a day is necessary but you would get faster results than me applying it maybe a couple of times a week.

Absolutely works.

Replied by Carol
(Roanoke, VA)

What % Lugols are you using??? "Lugol's Originals" site sells numerous strengths from 2% to 20%.

Replied by James
(Chamois mo.)

Do you have the quantities of each ingredient?

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(The Netherlands)

I am really curious how bad your contracture was and if your hand became very dry when applying this. I would like to give these drop a try too. Are your positive result staying?

Iodine, Magnesium and DMSO
Posted by Beth (MI) on 04/08/2021
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Dupuytrens Contracture:

I started using Jean's mixture (Lugol's iodine, DMSO, magnesium oil - see her post below) three days ago. Already the lump is reduced, and the cord (tail coming from the lump) has shrunk from about an inch long to about 1/2 inch. This is working!

Replied by Martiele

How is your hand progressing? Do you still have the cords and notes or where are you at? I would love to hear where you're at because I have the disease I need to figure out what to do.

Replied by Joshua

Beth, or anybody:

Can you detail how to apply it? I recently got Lugol's iodine solution and Heiltropfen DMSO & Magnesium oil solution (60% DMSO, 40% magnesium chloride). Apparently I have a very extreme case of Depuytren's, and at an uncommonly young age. I've already had 2 surgeries on my left hand, and my right hand is in terrible shape. It's getting noticeably worse every day essentially and I won't be able to use it for much longer. I'm so frustrated. I need surgery asap, but in between the 2 hand surgeries I had major open heart surgery and I'm nervous because my anesthesiologist told me she had severe complications with my heart in the last surgery, which I interpret to mean that I almost died. I'll be really embarrassed if I survive open heart surgery only to die in hand surgery. If there's a chance at something else helping this condition I desperately need it.


Hi Joshua,

I am sorry to hear about your struggles with this condition. You might look into Ted's borax protocol, which is 1/4 teaspoon of borax (20 Mule Team) in 1 liter of water and sipped throughout the day. Thousands of people have had good results on Ted's protocol since he wrote about it on Earth Clinic starting in 2004 for many different conditions.

I had a bad case of trigger thumb starting in 2020. Surgery was my next option after 2 cortisone shots and I tried a lot of various supplements and topical remedies (including topcial DMSO and magnesium) in the past two years. However, after 3 weeks on the above regimen starting in June of this year, I could bend and straighten my thumb with no issues. My thumb had frozen into a straight position after the second cortisone shot wore off in April and was getting increasingly worse/painful.

Quite remarkable as there is no supposed "cure" for trigger finger. But it appears that trigger finger is a boron deficiency. It might be the same for DC. If I skip a day, the stiffness returns, so I'll probably be doing this for the foreseeable future, but better than surgery.

Important Note: If you try the borax protocol, keep it up for a few weeks (or more) if nothing is improving. I had no progress until the 3rd week on the borax protocol when I could suddenly bend my thumb again. Good luck and please let us know how it goes.

Here is the detailed protocol:


Iodine, Magnesium and DMSO
Posted by Mzbebol (Sydney) on 01/20/2021
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I had surgery on my contracture on my pinkie but had the beginnings of another contracture on my middle finger, it was quite aggressive and the chord was tight. I have been using Magnesium oil spray, then a cotton tip dipped into Lugol's iodine rubbed on, then dropping DMSO and massaging into my hand twice a day and in only 3 weeks the chord on my hand has softened and the pulling is almost gone. I honestly wouldn't have believed it would be as effective in such a short time. My surgeon can't believe it either as he said it would eventually need to be operated on.

Replied by Tony
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I have also been using Magnesium oil on hand when I go to bed. Definitely helps.

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