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Vitamin B6 for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often treated by surgical means. We researched numerous studies to determine whether there was an alternative treatment. The following one seems to sum up one non-surgical approach.

"PURPOSE: To present the current state of 'medical knowledge,] assessment and treatment...including the use of pyridoxine 'vitamin] B6. DATA SOURCES: Selected research articles, texts, Websites, personal communication with experts, and the authors' own clinical experience.

"CONCLUSIONS:...While the basic treatment of NSAIDs 'aspirin and its spin-offs, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.,] and nighttime splints seems universally accepted, much controversy remains. The use of vitamin B6 as a treatment is one such controversy requiring further investigation.

'IMPLICATIONS FOR 'MEDICAL] PRACTICE: Current treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome should include NSAIDs, nighttime splinting, ergonomic workstation review 'proper hand-use activities] and vitamin B6 200 'milligrams] per day."

By Holm and Moody, U. of S. Florida, USA. In Journal of Amer. Acad. Nursing Practice, vol. 15, 2003.

Other reports pointed to hand use stress as a causative factor. One study implicated oxygen radical activity and therefore one might assume that the intake of anti-oxidants could be helpful. These may include the intake of green tea, vitamins E and C, dark grapes and soy beans or tofu. Among the sources researched were; Cochrane Database, J.R. Soc. Med., Microsurgery, Occupational Med., Disabil. Rehab., J. Hand Surgery, Acta. Neurol. Scand., and others.

DETAILS: The reports on certain surgical procedures such as "single-portal endoscopic carpal tunnel syndrome release (Agee technique)" showed that it indicated successful outcomes. For those using vitamin B6 (unproven efficacy) realize that B vitamins act synergistically, that is, taking a large dose of one B vitamin may lead to a deficiency of others. This effect may be lessened by the patient taking it along with a multiple vitamin capsule rich in Bs or a B vitamin formula. 

NOTE: As with all our reports, they are gleaned from recognized medical journals and are not endorsed by Health Bulletin, which does not diagnose or treat any condition.

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