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How to naturally rid numbness in the fingers

Updated December 14, 2018

It can be tricky to pinpoint why people have finger numbness. Some common causes are carpal tunnel syndrome or elbow conditions. When people suffer from finger numbness, they experience a feeling of pins and needles or a burning sensation in the fingers. It is wise to consult your doctor if you experience finger numbness because she can help you diagnose what is causing your condition and determine a treatment plan. In the meantime, there are some natural remedies for finger numbness.

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  1. Ice your hand and wrist. Wrap some ice in a towel or use a bag of frozen peas. Use this compress for 20 minutes several times a day. This can increase the blood circulation to your fingers, which helps to reduce numbness.

  2. Soak your fingers. Mix cold water with sea salt, and soak them for 20 minutes. This can also help your blood circulation.

  3. Control your diet. Some foods can worsen the numbness. You should avoid wheat, citrus fruits, potatoes, milk and tomatoes. Foods containing potassium, like bananas and avocados, are good for the condition.

  4. Try certain herbs. Thyme, rosemary and sage help muscles relax and can improve circulation. A soup made from cayenne, garlic and ginger, taken twice a day, can help. Ginkgo biloba also helps with circulation.

  5. Massage your fingers and hands. This promotes blood circulation.

  6. Do hand and finger exercises. With your arms outstretched, rotate your wrists clockwise 10 times, and then counterclockwise 10 times. Hold your fingers and thumbs up and flex or bend them 10 times. Bend your hands up and down at the wrist 10 times. Bend your fingers back by using your left hand; gently extend back the fingers of your right hand, first one at a time and then all at once. Change hands and repeat. You can also try squeezing a small rubber ball.

  7. Quit smoking. Smoking decreases your blood circulation. You may experience an improvement in your numbness once you quit.

  8. Get enough sleep. Being rested will make you healthier in general, which helps with blood circulation.

  9. Stay out of the cold. Extremely cold weather aggravates finger numbness.

  10. Warning

    If you have dizziness or shortness of breath along with the numbness, this may be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Consult your doctor immediately.

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About the Author

Laura Agadoni has been writing professionally since 1983. Her feature stories on area businesses, human interest and health and fitness appear in her local newspaper. She has also written and edited for a grassroots outreach effort and has been published in "Clean Eating" magazine and in "Dimensions" magazine, a CUNA Mutual publication. Agadoni has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University-Fullerton.

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