Inflammation of membrane sheath around certain tendons, notably those attached to bones of fingers and thumb; as membrane heals it may shrink, restricting movement or causing jerky movements known as trigger finger. Often occupational in origin, affecting people who do repetitive work with their hands, but occasionally caused by infection. Affected fingers hurt and make a soft cracking sound on bending or straightening. Orthodox treatment is non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

Specific remedies to be taken every 2 hours for up to 10 doses in acute cases

  • Affected finger hot and swollen, with stinging pains Apis 30c
  • Condition caused by injury Arnica 30c followed by Ruta 30c
  • Slightest movement makes fingers hurt Bryonia 30c
  • Affected finger swollen, movement more painful after rest and in cold damp weather, eased by warmth and gentle movement Rhus tox. 6c

Specific remedy to be taken 4 times daily for up to 14 days if condition is chronic; if no improvement within 14 days, see your medical doctor or homeopath

  • Causticum 6c

Self-help: Use the affected hand as little as possible; hot or cold applications will help to reduce pain.

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