Causes of Trigger Finger
Trigger fingers are usually caused due to abnormal functioning of the nerve supplying the hand. Common cause of trigger finger is Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a gradual degeneration of the central nervous system. The nerve cells in the basal ganglion of the brain are gradually damaged due to this disease.
Trigger Finger Symptoms
Principle signs are tremor at rest, muscle rigidity and slow or retarded movement. Initially there is mild to moderate tremor of the hands and fingers while at rest. A feeling of being slow or heavy, tendency to tire more easily and loss of skill in the fingers and thumb (writing, buttoning, playing piano etc) is common.
Although the underlying cause is not known, symptoms appear when there is lack of dopamine in the brain cells. In Parkinson’s disease the problem generally is destruction of the cells which produce dopamine.
Trigger Finger Prevention
- Chronic poor diet is one of the causes which should be checked. Excess of chemicals, drugs and meat should be avoided. Weight should be kept in normal range.
- Keep yourself active and exercise is must. Typing, writing, working on the clay etc. helps the movements of fingers and stay active.
- Every exercise keeps the muscles more useful. Use a wide variety of simple exercises which helps the muscles stay active. Any act which is difficult to perform should be performed at least once a day.
- Refer a book on weight lifting but use smaller weights for exercise then recommended in book.
- Nutritious diet is must. Sunlight helps slow down the effects of Parkinson’s disease.
Trigger Finger Natural Remedie
- Fava beans or broad beans contain more natural L-dopa than any other plant food. Recently in research it has been found that fava beans sprouts have ten times more L-dopa than the normal beans. Eat fava beans sprouts in the earliest stage of the disease for better results.
- St. John’s wort inhibits an enzyme which interferes with the release of dopamine in the brain cells. Take 20 to 30 drops of St. John’s wort tincture every day.
- Passion flower contains reportedly two effective anti-parkinsonism compounds. Take 10 to 30 drops three times daily of the standardized tincture.
- Evening primrose oil (EPO) improved Parkinson’s induced tremors of fingers in 55% of those who took two teaspoon a day for several months.