Natural Trigger Finger Remedies

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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.

Bromelain

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.


Acupuncture

Posted by Vincent (Vancouver, Bc) on 12/09/2015
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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.

Replied by Donald
California
12/15/2016

I never had any results with acupuncture,, Had it once for sinus problems and was super painful....Has anyone tried B6 ...has to be activated form ....I am going to try today,,, I have one index finger I cant bend and one ring finger that has painful trigger locking symptoms early in am when wake up


Posted by Shirley44 (Powell River, Bc, Canada) on 02/01/2012
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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.


Posted by Redstone (Weston, Ma) on 05/16/2010
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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.
06/21/2010

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
08/14/2011

Oh boy.... If YOU have to tell your doctor how to do this, I would change doctors!

Replied by Rohini
London
05/29/2012

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..

Replied by Susan
Greenfield, Ma, Usa
06/12/2012

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
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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.


Aloe Vera

Posted by Dora (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 10/13/2011
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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
04/20/2014

Hello,

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.

Tom

Replied by Tom In Va
Virginia
05/09/2014
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Tom

Replied by Nathan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10/12/2014

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


Aloe Vera and MSM

Posted by Helen (Sanitago De Compostela) on 09/16/2015
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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.

Replied by Johnyyyy
Scotland
09/20/2015
11 posts

Hi there,

Why not try the dmso with aloe vera gel, which you can buy as a supplement 4oz jar. This should help you through the pain enough to exercise it.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn
09/20/2015

HI U HELLEN, , , , , , , , , , , , first get your bod alkaline by eating green and drinking baking soda. Check your urine pH and get it above 7 on the second tinkle in the mornings.

MSM is a joint supplement made by the combination of DMSO and Hydrogen Peroxide. Who ever told you to orally take that was right on the money. Increase your MSM until your pain goes away. DMSO is a solvent that will take a liniment in far better than MSM. You are probably low on electrolytes so drink a Gatorade daily.

Address what causes Trigger Finger and not the symptoms. Your MD will do that because he needs the money for his European vacation.

Wish you well. =======ORH=========


Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Holly (Nova Scotia) on 01/11/2015
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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.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Posted by Di (Rich Square, North Carolina) on 09/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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
Singapore
08/10/2012

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


Avoid Citrus

Posted by Andy (Uk) on 07/24/2017
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I've noticed that eating oranges gives me trigger finger. Always eaten oranges and drank orange juice. Started to get trigger finger in my 50's stopped eating oranges, no more trigger finger. This may not be the case for everyone but it's definitely cured mine. I did actually try oranges again, after eating two oranges in 1 day, trigger finger started to come back. Stopped again, trigger fingers gone away, too much of a coincidence. Even if this helps a few of you it's worth posting.


Posted by Roncheat (Haskell, Oklahoma Usa) on 08/20/2009
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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
02/22/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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
01/27/2011

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
01/14/2012

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

Posted by Vkelerful (Texas) on 10/19/2018
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I have had much success with bromalein for my trigger finger which I took for a year...Trying now to supplement with pineapple juice now to sustain. Haven't done that enough yet....but a trigger maybe once a week isn't bad. Trying to boost the juice. How much does one need? What exercises?


Posted by Mary (Phoenix, Az) on 04/05/2017
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For trigger finger, try taking the bromelain on an empty stomach with water. If you take it with meals, it will digest your food rather than working on healing your trigger finger.


Posted by Moillyinfl (Florida) on 08/15/2016
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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.

Replied by Andrea
Isle Of Man
09/08/2016

Hi! How is your finger? Do you still take Bromelain? What dosage do you take per day?

Replied by Linda
California
05/31/2017

How many mg did you take of the bromelain for the trigger finger?


Posted by Peg (Ny) on 03/27/2016
4 out of 5 stars

I just got some bromelain supplements in the mail. I have severe trigger finger in my right thumb and the ring and pinky fingers of both hands. I took two tablets an hour ago and already feel a difference! I drove a lot today and my hands were sore. I can bend my right thumb without pain, and it has been a long time since I could do that...looking forward to seeing how much more improvement I can get from these supplements. Also planning to get acupuncture if needed...


Posted by Gladys (Florida) on 03/10/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My doctor gave me a steroid injection 6 months ago for trigger finger. When the 6 months were up the pain was excruciating. I swear I was going to have to call the doctor and have him to an emergency surgery. I got online and I read about Bromelian. I went to the store immediately since it was saturday and the surgeon was not available and started taking them. I also purchased topical analgesic ointment anad (for joint and muscles pain) rub that on my hand and fingers, put a glove on and went to bed and the following day it was like a miracle. Thank God!! I'm hoping that Bromelian will work forever and I won't have to go for surgery.



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