Natural Trigger Finger Remedies

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

Posted by Toourlady89 (Ca, Usa) on 10/03/2013
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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.

Flex Ball
Posted by Kim (Harrisburg, Pa) on 02/19/2008
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Trigger Thumb/ Trigger Finger. First of all let me tell you I love this site. After suffering from trigger thumb (both hands) and Trigger finger,for 6 months I believe I found something that helps. After seeing my Doctor and having several injections, my last hope was surgery. This I didn't want. I tried everything. I came across a product called LivRite Flex-Ball. Its a small ball filled with a squishy material. I purchased it at Wal-Mart for $3.00 I have been using this ball for a week now and my symptoms are easing up. I can bend my thumbs again, and the pain is also easing. I'm not going to lie, when you first start to squeeze this ball, it hurts, but the pain does decrease with use. I set it by my T.V. everytime I sit down I do a few squeezes. Hope this helps some of you like it helped me.

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn. ) on 07/02/2015

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.


Soursop Tea
Posted by Linda Davies (Nigeria ) on 11/10/2017

Used the dried leaves of the sour sop tree. 15 leaves boiled in three cups of water till it reduces to one. Twice a day for a month.

Hang From a Monkey Bar
Posted by Chellow (Miami, Fl) on 08/17/2012
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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.

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.

Comfrey Ointment
Posted by SJHersh (Fleischmanns, NY) on 02/03/2021
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I had experienced severe TF locking in both hands when waking in the morning and frequent 'locks' during the day. I had been trying natural treatments but none ever worked as decisively and definitely as a comfrey poultice. My TF became significantly reduced overnight, both in frequency and intensity. I began making comfrey ointments for the direct purpose of treating TF symptoms.

I went to an orthopedic surgeon several years ago who told me to come back when it got worse. I've never been back and continue to apply a comfrey-based ointment regularly (3-4x weekly) to manage my symptoms. Pulling a cork from a wine bottle will cause one finger on my left hand to fire/lock.

Using a comfrey-based topical ointment often offers fast response as there is little body mass in the hand to fully diffuse the benefit of, methinks, the mucilage that comfrey carries with it. Comfrey is also a natural source of allantoin which encourages cell-growth. Although a direct poultice seems to offer the most benefit, this fresh type of treatment is not possible for most folks.

A comfrey-based topical ointment is an excellent substitute.

MSM, Collagen, and PABA
Posted by Hound (California) on 04/03/2018
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1 teaspoon MSM crystals, mixed in 2 or 3 ounces of water, 1 UC-II (standardized chicken cartilage - providing undenatured type II collagen - 10 mg). (take on an empty stomach), and 6-500 mg capsules of PABA. My thumb was frozen and useless.

Posted by Vicky (Texas) on 09/02/2015
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I took the suggestion to try bromelain for my trigger finger. It has been 2 months. I am very pleased and the healing continues. I ran out about 10 days ago and my finger locked for the first time in weeks....only once. The flexibility and stiffness and inflammation are much improved. It takes a little time...but it works.

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 09/21/2017

Yes, surgery does work each time for the current problem . My spouse has had multiple fingers operated on and had the ulnar nerve from the elbow moved over. Now many years later those same fingers are starting to trigger again. He won't try any natural cures to get to the root of the problem, so now he will need more surgery. As his wife, I hate to see him keep getting cut instead of looking for the cause of the problem. I call this the tip of the iceberg and it is stressful that the medical community is scratching the surface and not finding any permanent solutions. I guess it makes a lot of jobs for the medical community.

Finger Stretch
Posted by Lester (Ar) on 08/06/2015
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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 Hurt (Nicosia, Cyprus) on 05/24/2013
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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.

Foods to Avoid
Posted by William (Colorado Springs, Colorado Usa) on 05/28/2013

Margaret, with regard to the ACV I have two sharings: first, in spite of the efficacy of ACV, Blood Type A people do not do well on Vinegar, including ACV [see Eat Right for Your Type by D'Adamo].

However, w/ regard to acidity please remember that its not the acidity of what goes into the body but what happens when the body processes it [burns, oxidizes, or whatever you wish to call it] and the sah it deposits. Many acidic things like Lemons create strong alkalinity, thus negating acidity.

Finally, many parasites [Candida for example] generate acid systems.

Best, Nutricon Wm, Colorado

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 Tricia (New York) on 09/16/2018 8 posts
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I went to a chiropractor in Astoria NY. The ganglion cyst was on my right hand between the wrist and the hand. All he did was massage the wrist part and said he was going to make my body parts talking to each other. In one day the cyst diminished by 50 percent. In one week it was gone. He said there is a disconnect due to overuse of the wrist and hand. Now I am developing trigger finger in my pinky on right hand and finger in left hand next to ring finger. I am taping them and ill start taking magnesium malate and vitamin c. Hopefully I'll see results.

Avoid Citrus
Posted by Judie (Utica, Mi) on 02/22/2010
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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

Quit Coffee
Posted by David Barnes (Villa Rica Ga.) on 08/28/2021
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I had trigger finger for about a year, some days it worse than others. And then, it magically went away on its own. Then after a few days, it magically came back. Then it magically disappeared again!!

What did I do differently in the days when it went away? I simply stopped drinking keurig Coffee for about a week. I thought, maybe it's the BPA in the plastic, so using a french press, I made some coffee which came from a Keurig pod. Next morning the Trigger Finger was back. It's definitely the coffee!! Why, I don't know, but coffee has small traces of mold in it and I believe that's the cause.

Avoid Citrus
Posted by Cathy (Elmhurst) on 01/17/2021
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Hi, I'm so glad I saw your note. I have trigger finger on and off lately, I'm 53 and it started a couple years ago. I haven't had trigger finger in a long time but it came back today and I had 2 small oranges yesterday, for the first time in weeks. Thanks so much, I would have never made the connection myself.

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.

Gayle's Bandaid Method
Posted by Judy (Western Cape) on 10/01/2015
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Gayle You are so clever. I have trigger thumb as well and all in splints and driving me crazy. Did the band aid method and it feel so much better now. Thank you Gayle.

People with trigger thumbs try it, it works.

Sesame Oil
Posted by Joyce (Easley, Sc) on 07/21/2014
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I started getting the pain and 'clicking' in my thumb 2 years ago. Doctor recommended surgery.

My thumb was to the point that I could no longer move it without excruciating pain.

I started taking a couple of teaspoons of sesame oil each day orally for another issue I was battling and started noticing the pain going away on my thumb and getting mobility back. It felt 100% cured. A few weeks ago, it started to stiffen again, I took the sesame oil again, and it stopped again. Never read about this, it just happened.


I was taking some oral oregano also at the time, but not for as long as the sesame, but wanted to mention in case it had helped a little also.

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