9. Treat it with Turmeric
Another good remedy for trigger finger is turmeric. The compound called curcumin in it serves as an anti-inflammatory agent, hence it can effectively reduce pain and swelling.
Curcumin also helps improve blood flow to the affected finger, which is important for the healing process.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder into 1½ cup of milk, bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add a little raw honey and drink this turmeric milk twice daily to promote healing.
- You can opt to take curcumin supplements, but only after consulting your doctor.
10. Get Acupuncture
Another good treatment that you can consider is acupuncture. It helps increase the blood flow to the affected area, which in turn reduces pain and swelling.
In acupuncture, thin needles are inserted in and around the affected area to address the cause of the inflammation and pain.
A 2016 study published in Acupuncture in Medicine reports that acupuncture at the impaired A1 pulley site may be an effective treatment for trigger finger. However, more research is required to confirm the effectiveness and its mechanisms of action.
It is best to have acupuncture done by an expert who specializes in it. It may take a few sessions to reduce the pain and restore the mobility of the affected finger.
- Take over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, to relieve the pain.
- Use over-the-counter arnica or capsaicin creams as needed to alleviate pain and swelling.
- Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea daily to fight the inflammation.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin B6, such as liver, fish, raw garlic, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.