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Dupuytren’s Contracture (Holistic)

About This Condition

This mysterious malady often starts with a small, tender lump in the palm of your hand and can lead to finger deformity. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Try vitamin E

    Take 200 to 1,000 IU of vitamin E a day for several months to help treat Dupuytren's contracture

  • Discover DMSO

    Under a healthcare provider’s supervision, apply this solvent to the skin several times daily to help control pain and soften connective tissues

About

About This Condition

In Dupuytren’s contracture, a fibrous tissue formation occurs in the palm of the hand that can cause the last two fingers to curl up.

The origin of this condition is not well understood.

Symptoms

Dupuytren’s contracture is initially noticed as a tender, small, hardened nodule on the palm of the hand. As it progresses, a cordlike band develops along the palm and finger, which causes the affected finger to stay in a semi-closed position.

Supplements

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Supplement Why
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DMSO
Refer to label instructions
Supplemental dimethyl sulfoxide applied to the affected area may reduce pain by inhibiting transmission of pain messages, and may also soften the connective tissue.

DMSO applied to the affected area may reduce pain by inhibiting transmission of pain messages, and may also soften the abnormal connective tissue associated with disorders such as Dupuytren’s contracture, keloids, Peyronie’s disease, and scleroderma. Research on the use of topical DMSO to treat Dupuytren’s contracture remains preliminary and unproven.1

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Vitamin E
Refer to label instructions
Supplementing with vitamin E may improve Dupuytren’s contracture, although research on the topic has been conflicting.

Many decades ago, researchers investigated the effects of taking vitamin E to treat Dupuytren’s contracture. Several studies reported that taking 200–2,000 IU of vitamin E per day for several months was helpful.2 Other studies, however, did not find it useful.3 Overall, there are more positive trials than negative ones,4 although none of the published research is recent. Nonetheless, some doctors believe that a three-month trial using very high amounts of vitamin E (2,000 IU per day) is helpful in some cases.

References

1. Jacob SW, Wood DC. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Toxicology, pharmacology, and clinical experience. Am J Surg 1967;114:414–26.

2. Thomson GR. Treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture with vitamin E. BMJ 1949;Dec 17:1382–3.

3. Richards HJ. Dupuytren’s contracture treated with vitamin E. BMJ 1952;June 21:1328.

4. Kirk JE, Chieffi M. Tocopherol administration to patients with Dupuytren’s contracture: effect on plasma tocopherol levels and degree of contracture. Pro Soc Exp Biol Med 1952;80:565 [review].

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