Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) : The carpal tunnel is a very small opening just below the base of the wrist, between the arm and allows the median nerve to pass from bones and the muscles of the forearm to the palm, the thumb, and the fingers.


  • Symptoms can occur in one or both hands, Numbness, tingling, or pain in the thumb and the first three fingers
  • Pain is worse at night and/or in the morning
  • Weakness of the thumb and the first three fingers inability to make a first pain may radiate to the forearm or the shoulder

Root Causes

  • Continuous use of the fingers and the hand
  • Constant vibration of the fingers and the hand (as in holding a jackhammer for long periods of time)
  • Pregnant or other hormonal changes that cause fluid retention
  • Inflammatory arthritis in the wrist
  • Bone spurs in the wrist
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency

Food to avoid

Fluid retention puts pressure on the carpal tunnel, so eliminate sources of sodium from your diet. Avoid saturated fat, which slows circulation.


IF you're overweight, there's a good chance you will find relief from the pain of CTS by following a wholesome diet based on whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and lean protein (especially beans and soy).