Dupuytren’s contracture is a fixed flexion contracture of the hand where the fingers bend towards the palm and cannot be fully straightened. This disease particularly affects men who are over 40 years old and diabetics. Some genetic factors may be responsible for Dupuytren’s contracture. Furthermore, phenobarbital-based and isoniazid-based drug treatments based, along with alcohol consumption, promote the development of this disease.
Most of the time, signs of Dupuytren’s contracture appear on the hands. People who suffer from this disease have flexed fingers through no fault of their own. This flexion gradually appears and may be irreducible. When Dupuytren’s disease is in the primary stage, the patient may notice the presence of small painless nodules in the palm of his or her hand. The nodules may develop and cause an irreversible flexion of the fingers. Without treatment, the disease may evolve and lead to skin umbilication or dermal nodular invasion.
Patients who suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture can be treated with homoeopathy. If the disease manifests itself by the fingers’ deformation, the patient must take 3 granules of Calcarea Fluorica 4 CH twice a day. The homoeopathic remedy Baryta Carbonica is indicated for heavyset individuals. However, if the affected person is thin, it is preferable to administer him or her Strontium Carbonicum.
The most suitable remedies that can be taken to make the fingers flexible are Causticum, Ruta Graveolens and Calacarea Fluorica. In case the disease is linked to stiffness affecting the fingers or the palm of the hand, the recommended homoeopathic remedy is Radium Brimatum 7 CH. The dose consists of 3 granules, to be taken 3 times a day during the course of treatment. Pain in the fingers, especially when it occurs at night, can be relieved with Formica Rufa 4 CH or 5 CH.
Dupuytren’s contracture is a disease that may inconvenience the patient. Although its evolution is progressive, it is best to seek medical attention as soon as symptoms appear. The first tell-tale sign is the retraction of the fingers over a shorter or longer period of time. Moreover, it is recommended to seek medical advice before starting treatment.
• Baryta Carbonica
• Calcarea Fluorica
• Tuberculinum Residuum
Good to know: Resorting to microsurgery may be necessary to straighten the finger’s articulations in patients suffering from Dupuytren’s contracture. However, when taken over the long-term, homoeopathic remedies can help prevent the recurrence of symptoms.