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Trigger finger is a condition in which a finger gets stuck in a bent position and then snaps straight. This occurs when the tendon in the affected finger becomes inflamed.


Usually, for the affected finger to move, it must be manually forced which can produce a snapping sound as well as a sharp pain. Similar to carpal tunnel, trigger finger is a repetitive strain injury and is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.


From a TICM viewpoint, trigger finger can often be traced back to Qi (energy) and Blood stagnation, as well as dampness accumulation. When stagnation occurs, or the smooth flow of Blood and Qi (energy) is disrupted, and pain can easily result.


Stagnation of Qi (energy) is often caused by emotional disturbance and accumulation of any of the following internal cold, heat, phlegm, water and food. Your environment, the weather, factors like air conditioning and the over consumption of cold drinks and food can lead to obstruction in the meridians. This also occurs in trauma and stagnation of Blood. There are many causes of Blood stagnation. Too much or too little of something can cause an internal imbalance. Too little nutrients, too much sugar, too little sleep or movement and too much alcohol and all can damage our cells and impair function, all decreasing essential circulation.


You can help your trigger finger through reducing inflammation and taking care of the Liver. In TICM, our Liver is in charge of our tendons. TICM says that strength comes from the tendons, not muscles. The Liver is also the organ responsible for free flowing Blood and Qi (energy).


Balance the Liver. To help the Liver find balance, ask your physician about Liver formula’s. The Liver formula’s help to smooth the flow of our Blood, Qi (energy) and emotions and can help feelings of stress, emotional imbalance, PMS, and gastrointestinal pain. Often, those with trigger finger may have other related imbalances.


Get acupuncture. Acupuncture will very well help this condition and reduce inflammation.


Not to forget using ginger extract topically on the trigger finger to reduce inflammation. Make Ginger Power tea daily to do the same and promote circulation of Blood and Qi (energy).


Nourish the Spleen to remove damp. Take care of your digestion in order to provide necessary circulation to the joints. Have warming beverages and foods and avoid cold drinks and over consuming raw foods. Do not skip breakfast or lunch and eat a well balanced meal, full of whole foods.


Manage stress. Stress and an imbalance of emotions can create Qi and Blood stagnation as well as inflammation. Make sure to moderately exercise, go for walks in nature and connect to loved ones as well as nature.

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