We have been getting consistent results with people suffering from RSI. Using a fairly strict dietary regime, inappropriate diet seems to be the primary cause, equally for tennis elbow and carpal tunnel etc, rather than the activity. Using a change in diet together with some simple compresses and a few herbs and nutrients, we often see positive results in days.
Protocol for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/RSI etc:
1. Ginger compress
BSH (British Standard Handful) of fresh root ginger. Grate it finely, retaining the juice. Put into muslin bag/handkerchief/stocking to make a large teabag and tie. Squeeze the juice into a 2 – 3 litre non-metallic pan, add 1½ – 2 litres water, put the bag in and heat gently to as hot as can be tolerated by immersed wrist. Don’t heat over 70deg C or you kill its active bits. Immerse wrist for as long as it takes for the area to develop a uniform bright salmon pink colour. Then stop.
Repeat morning and night for 3 – 4 days only. If it doesn’t help by now it’s not going to. The ginger juice will last just 24h so you can use it three times. Then start a fresh batch. If immersion is not practicable, raise temp slightly and take a tea towel folded into three to form a strip. Immerse this in the hot juice, wring out (best use rubber gloves for this) and quickly wrap around the affected area, covering with a dry towel to retain the heat. Take this as hot as tolerable, otherwise it doesn’t work. Repeat until the uniform salmon pink colour is achieved over the affected area.
(Ginger compresses are also a useful in treating RSI, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder and many kidney problems especially stones. For kidneys you apply the compress to the kidney area around the small of the back.)
2. Vitamin B6
Take 250 -500mg per day with food. ( Warning, if this produces or increases a tingling or numbness in the extremities, reduce the dose) Also take a medium dose B-Complex (about 50mg) per day.
3. Knotgrass complex (Bioforce)
This is a herbal tincture to be taken in water. Follow the instructions on the bottle.
Sometimes Glucosamine/chondroitin can help, but try the sequence above first.
Diet is crucial to this approach; One premise of the protocol is that it is inappropriate diet that allows the deterioration in the first place. Therefore any treatment, however successful would not produce a permanent cure unless the diet was changed too.
- Whole grains (Brown rice, wheat berries, pot barley, oats, rye, maize, millet, buckwheat etc.)
- Fresh, local, seasonal vegetables and fruit
- Wild cold-water oily fish such as herring, mackerel, salmon
- Vegetable source proteins such as peas, beans, lentils, tempeh and tofu
- Fresh nuts and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, hemp, flax (linseed))
- Natural condiments such as Sauerkraut and other pickles made by natural fermentation.
- Sugar, coffee, tea
- All dairy products including cheese and yoghurt
- All meat except specific fish as described above and organic chicken, keep protein intake below 15% of total consumption
- All artificial soft drinks
- White flour, white rice and any other refined foods, including all packaged convenience foods
- Nightshades (Tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, potatoes, tobacco)
- Citrus fruits and other acid fruits
- Spinach, sorrel
- Hydrogenated and partly hydrogenated fats, animal fats, fried foods and other trans fats
Finally: Check for food intolerances/allergies.
Vega testing or kinesiology are very good provided the operator is well experienced and attuned. Go for someone with a good track record.