Dupuytren’s Contracture Self-Help

How to do Dupuytren’s contracture home treatment  

Dupuytren’s contracture self-help: 5 easy steps  

This website is all about Dupuytren’s contracture self-help.  Meaning, DCI helps people use do-it-yourself natural treatment strategies specifically for Dupuytren’s contracture.  However, the difference with DCI self-care is that you are not alone.  You will not have to guess about your Dupuytren’s contracture self-help.  Everything you need – all therapy products and information about them – is together, all in one place.  You will know what to do, when to do it, and how much to use.  That being the case, let DCI be your source for home treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture.

Since 2004, DCI has worked with 1000s of people doing Dupuytren’s contracture self-care.  We average 8-10 reports of moderate to marked success with Dupuytren’s contracture natural treatment, for every one report of failure – when doing Dupuytren’s contracture self-help as we suggest.

Using natural remedies for Dupuytren’s contracture self-directed treatment appeals to people.  Very often, however, they do not know how or where to begin.  They are not sure which, or how many, vitamins, mineral and enzymes to use.  DCI has all this figured out for you.  There is no guessing with the DCI method.  Best of all, each treatment plan comes with complete detailed information for the best results possible.

DCI Dupuytren’s self-care in a nutshell

Dupuytren's contracture self-help treatment in a nutshell is easy. Basically, the central idea of the DCI method is to “gang up” on the fibrous palm lump. Attack the problem from several different directions – with different kinds of therapies – at the same time.  This combines nutrients (coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, l-arginine etc.) for soft tissue healing, fibrin-eating enzymes, plus stretching, ultrasound, DMSO, etc.  Whatever medical science says helps heal Dupuytren’s contracture, we include in the mix.   No one else does Dupuytren’s contracture self-help like DCI.

There are no short cuts

The key to DCI home treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture is simple.  If you want the best results possible for your DC, do all five steps.

Remember, natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes are not forceful and dangerous drugs.  By comparison, these therapies are gentle.  They cannot make your body do anything.  Instead, they allow your body to work better by supplying those nutrients needed for thousands of healthful chemical reactions in the body.  This generous supply of various nutrients supports and encourages a stalled or slow DC healing process to work better.

Small, occasional or brief Dupuytren’s contracture self-help treatment will not get the job done.  Natural treatment works best when done as aggressively as possible.  Do not limit Dupuytren’s contracture home care to only what is convenient, easy or appeals to you.  Do all five steps, and do them faithfully and well.

5-steps for Dupuytren’s contracture self-help

  1. Get started – Select a plan                                                                                                       

HOW TO SELECT YOUR BEST SELF HELP TREATMENT PLAN

First, decide how you want to treat your problem.  This often comes down to deciding how much time, money and effort to devote to your recovery.  In addition, you should listen to your doctor’s opinion how to do home treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture.

Most people use one of the three DCI treatment plans – small, medium or large.  By far, the large treatment plan is the most popular.   A small percent of customers design their own unique plans.  Of these, they often add to or subtract from an existing plan to suit their needs.

Dupuytren’s contracture is a tough problem to treat.  Even small and early DC problems can be very stubborn and slow to respond.  In these cases, the large plan offers a great advantage based on the diversity of therapies, and earns faster results.  This can save time, money and effort in the long run.

Of course, there are reasons a person would want to use as few therapies as possible – cost being the most obvious.  A good strategy to reduce cost is to shorten treatment time and avoid hand surgery, by getting better results.  Repeatedly, we see good treatment results come to those who work hand and use a diverse and balanced mix of internal and external therapies.

See what you can accomplish first with conservative self-help treatment.  Do as much as you can, and be as aggressive as possible, for at least 3-4 months to give your hand enough time to respond.

For a great starting point to a select treatment plan.    HOW TO SELECT A SELF HELP TREATMENT PLAN

  1. Internal therapies

Taking MSM, nattokinase, PABA, acetyl-L-carnitine, etc., is a guarantee of taking everything the hand needs to eliminate the Dupuytren’s contracture lump and cord.   The broader and more diverse the internal therapies that are used, the better the results tend to be.

Science says these particular supplements found on the DCI website are involved in the Dupuytren’s contracture healing process.  They supply a wide variety of nutrients for the large and complex biological process of healing the DC palm lump and finger cord.  Give your tissue all the nutrients it needs.  Prepare your body to heal DC to the best of its ability.

Link – All Internal Therapies used in a Dupuytren’s contracture home treatment plan.

  1. External therapies

This refers to another layer of DC treatment applied directly to the palm, from the outside.  External therapies focus an entirely different kind of treatment directly to fibrous DC tissue.

DCI suggests using one or more external therapies:

  1. DMSO trio – Each is applied on top of the palm lump and finger cord to soften the thick fibrous tissue. Consists of:
  • DMSO – from the laboratory of Stanley Jacobs, MD, pioneer of DCSO research
  • Super CP Serum – Copper peptide
  • Vitamin E oil – high A. C. Grace quality as found in capsules
  1. Ultrasound – the non-drug treatment of choice for many soft tissue problems. Detailed instructions, easy to understand, come with each unit.

DCI offers a lightweight, portable, affordable 3 MHz ultrasound instrument.  It is popular for several reasons:

  • Good reports of effectiveness from users
  • No pain; comfortable to apply
  • Safe, no side effects
  • Do at home, anytime and day
  • Applied directly to the problem tissue
  • Easy to apply
  • Economical
  1. Moist heat – to increase circulation and soft fibrous tissue. Saturate a large towel with hot water and wring it out, or a moisture-proof heating pad applied to the hand.

Link – All External Therapies used in a Dupuytren’s contracture self-help plan

  1. Diet

This has nothing to do with losing weight. Keep it simple.  Avoid those foods that give you digestive trouble.  Keep your digestive tract happy. This will improve absorption of necessary nutrients for better health and healing.

  1. Avoid specific foods that bother you.  Examples:
  • Onions
  • Hot, spicy foods
  • Pizza
  • Alcohol
  • Sea food
  • Pickles
  • Nuts, etc.
  1. Avoid general or broad food categories that bother you.  Examples:
  • Gluten
  • MSG
  • Dairy
  • Caffeine
  • Sulfites
  • Lactose
  • Amines, etc.
  1. Stretching

Gently and frequently, stretch the tight palm tissues.  Think of it as gently coaxing the lump and cord to relax and lengthen.   Sneak up on it.

Link – Detailed information about gentle palm stretching for Dupuytren’s contracture.

Understanding Dupuytren’s contracture home treatment    

Dupuytren's contracture self-help strategies must be done faithfully and aggressively. What the medical profession says about using nutrition for Dupuytren’s contracture self-help comes from their drug research.

All standard medical research for nutrients is the same.  They test a single nutrient (MSM, PABA or vitamin E, etc.) as a solo or stand-alone therapy.  This is the same way they test powerful drugs.  Naturally, any nutrient tested this way fails, or does poorly.  Yet, they report it is a failure of the nutrient, when it is really their failure to understand the difference between how vitamins and drugs work.

For example, to evaluate the effectiveness of vitamin E against Dupuytren’s contracture, they test two large groups of people with DC.  One group receives vitamin E, or more likely a synthetic vitamin E.  The other group receives a sugar pill – a placebo.  Neither group knows if they are taking the vitamin E or the placebo.  At the end of the research, the hands of both groups are evaluated for changes. The purpose of doing it this way is to see what effect vitamin E – and only vitamin E – has on Dupuytren’s contracture.

Such research is faulty because nutrients exist and work in combinations with other nutrients.  No nutrient exists or operates alone anywhere in nature.   You cannot find a drop of pure vitamin E by itself in nature.  It does not happen that way.  All nutrients exist in large combinations because they work together in combinations.  Yet, medical research tests vitamins in isolation, each by itself.  One type or category of vitamin does not heal Dupuytren’s contracture.  A large group of vitamins, minerals and enzymes do.  Yet, all vitamins testing is done like this.  It does not make sense.

Medical opinion about Dupuytren’s contracture self-help   

A person cannot get information about natural Dupuytren’s contracture self-help in the average medical office.

MDs are experts who specialize in drugs and surgery.  However, they do not study nutrition.  Instead, they study chemistry as it relates to drugs. Thus, only a rare MD knows much about nutrition or natural healing.  If you ask your local MD about nutrition for Dupy, most likely you will be told, “Well, I guess you could try some vitamin E,” and not much more than that.  The average MD uses vitamin E like it is a drug.  Meaning, they use vitamin E all by itself.  As a solo therapy.it is expected to make a magical difference for a complex and difficult problem.  They use all nutrients this way.  That is why they get poor results with them, guaranteed.

For this reason, the average MD firmly believes that only drugs and surgery could possibly help Dupuytren’s contracture.   They believe that Dupuytren’s contracture home treatment is a waste of time.  Still, they deny the shortcomings of Dupuytren’s contracture drug treatment and hand surgery.

Currently, the only way to do natural Dupuytren’s contracture treatment is to do it yourself.  Many things in life are like this.  If you want something, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.   Good luck with your Dupuytren’s contracture self-help treatment.

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Since I am allergic to sulfur can I treat my Dupuytrens contracture with sulfur containing supplements?

Hello Dr. Herazy,

I have been looking at your various treatment plans for Dupuytren contracture.  Each plan contains Fundamental Sulfur, or more technically methyl sulfonyl methane.  I am allergic to sulfur drugs.  Since I cannot take sulfur, will the treatment plans still be effective in treating the lump on the palm from my Dupuytrens?

 

Greetings,

As you know, sulfur sensitivity and allergies are not uncommon.  Over the years I have worked with many people who have allergy to sulfur drugs, a few very severe, and they have used all the DCI sulfur mineral supplement (Fundamental Sulfur) without any reported problem.  While I cannot predict how you might respond I can only tell you that others have no problem while using it like anyone else .   

I assume the difference that a person with a sulfur allergy can use this particular sulfur product comes down to fundamental chemistry.  The sulfur in these supplements is recognized by the body as a nutritional substance or food, and not as a foreign sulfur configuration of a drug that the body has never seen or metabolized previously; since this kind of sulfur is natural and organic, with the micronutrients and enzymes that are present with foods that contain sulfur, the supplement is more likely to be handled differently and appropriately by the body.  It is different with a sulfur containing drug, whether oral or topical.  In these situations the sulfur is not combined with chemicals in a way that is typical in nature. 

If I can help you in any way with your Dupuytren’s treatment, please let me know.   TRH

 

Could statin drugs to control my cholesterol have caused my Dupuytren’s contracture?

I have Dupuytren contracture; 59 years old white female. I have been on 80 mg of a statin for several years. I understand statin drugs can be very harmful to the liver, especially at this dose?  Since, I have decided to stop taking it for that reason. Do you think this could have caused the Dupuytren contracture, since your above reply implies liver disease? I do not drink alcohol but could this high dose of the statin have caused liver damage leading to the Dupuytrens?

Thank you,

Jennifer

 

Greetings Jennifer,

You are correct that high dosage statin intake has been implicated in Dupuytren’s contracture.  The exact mechanism that statin drugs might cause Dupuytrens as a side effect are not completely understood at this time, although liver damage is often mentioned as a possibility. Please see Dupuytren Cause Could Be Related to Drugs

You should speak to the doctor who prescribed your statin drug for you, who did not explain the possibility that Dupuytren’s contracture might occur as a result, and ask these same questions and listen closely to the answer.   TRH

My 25 year-old son has Dupuytren’s contracture. What treatment would you recommend?

Hi Dr. Herazy,
I came across your website while searching for more information on Dupuytren Contracture. My son had intricate surgery on his finger in June and recently noticed a small lump on the palm of his hand. It’s not painful, but the doctor said it looked like Dupuytren Disease. He is only 25 years old and I am very concerned about the future. Have you seen this before in someone his age and can he stop the progression of this disease with your products? What treatment would you recommend for someone his age? There also may be a predisposition to this as I have a painful lump on the bottom of my foot that I will be checking out with a doctor. Thank you very much.
PG

 

Greetings PG,

You are a good parent.  Once a parent, always a parent.  My youngest one of three is soon to be 38, so I know how this goes.

My guess is that you have a genetic predisposition to this excessive fibrous tissue response that your son has inherited from you.  This is made even more so if both you and your husband/wife are also genetically predisposed with families coming from Northern Europe or Scandinavia.  If this is true it would explain why some one who is so young has developed this problem.  Perhaps your son has unknowingly made himself susceptible with other factors that increase the odds for Dupuytrens:  diabetes, cigarette smoking, alcoholism, and prolonged hand stress  like with manual labor.  I also notice that many serious musicians who play piano or guitar seem to develop DC more than the average population.  Any of these might explain this problem developing so early in his life. 

I have seen this before in people in their mid-20s and it is usually accompanied by factors as I have explored above.

I would recommend the largest and most aggressive treatment he can sustain for at least 3-4 months of faithful and diligent work.   If this problem is to respond at all to Alternative Medicine methods the treatment approach must be significant to make an impact on his condition.  Please read Can I treat Dupuytren’s contracture naturally without surgery or drugs?       Dupuytrens is a tough problem.  Half efforts are usually a waste of time.  Allow me to explain why I think someone such as your son should be extremely interested – far more than most all other people – in avoiding surgery and getting natural conservative treatment to increase his ability to eliminate his hand nodule.  

Hand surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture is not a cure; any good surgeon will tell you that needle aponeurotomy, palmar fasciectomy or Xiaflex injection are just a temporary measure; the Dupuytren’s contracture problem will always recur – it is a matter of when the recurrence will develop, not if.  When someone in his 60s or 70s develops DC and has surgery, the Dupuytren recurrence factor is not as important because frankly at that age this person might not live long enough to develop the recurrence and have it evolve over a few years to the point that a second surgery is important to them.  Many elderly people get their first DC surgery and just ride out the effects of the recurrence as they try to ignore a growing hand problem.  But with a 25 year old person all of this strategy is changed.

A young person has a lifetime to not only develop one recurrence of Dupuytren contracture, but several or many.   Some people can have a recurrence in just just 2-3-4 years and a few have recurrence in a year or less.  With each surgery recurrence usually is made to come more quickly; with each hand surgery the rate of recurrence increases.  It is as though the irritation and instability created by the surgery speeds up the recurrence phenomenon.    Many times after a few surgeries are done it does happen that eventually amputation is the only viable option that remains. 

With someone in his mid-20s this can be a great problem, since there are so many wonderful years that lay ahead.   For this reason it is my opinion your son should do absolutely everything possible to avoid entering upon this slippery slope.  I suggest that your son start as soon as possible to see if he can increase his natural ability to remove this foreign fibrous palm lump.  As with anything in healthcare (like Dupuytren’s hand surgery) there are no guarantees this will work, but when you consider the fact that his approach is without side effects, that in almost 11 years we have not had one report of recurrence after successful treatment, and that surgery can also be used at a later time if  necessary.

I suggest he does some reading on the DCI site to learn how this approach is done.  Let me know if you have any questions.  TRH

Is a trigger finger and swans neck deformity part of Dupuytren’s contracture?

Dear  Dr. Herazy,

I have Dupuytrens and swans neck and trigger thumb.  Yes, I am Norwegian. 

My question is trigger thumb and swans neck a part of Dupuytren’s contracture?

Thank you

Kristina

 

Greetings Kristina,

There are many degrees of involvement of the fingers when a person has Dupuytren’s contracture; some are worse and more involved than others. 

A “trigger finger” occurs when a finger tendon stick or is caught in the tendon sheath due to sheath swelling or dryness.  Depending on the number of fingers affected, location and degree of involvement it is possible to have a trigger phenomenon of one or more fingers.  This is fairly common to happen in many cases of DC. See Trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contracture.

A “swan neck” deformity is a less common occurrence in Dupuytrens. This kind of finger deformity occurs when the cord pulls the involved finger in a state of hyperextension of the PIP joint, flexion of the DIP joint, and even sometimes an additional flexion of the metacarpophalangeal joint.  Sorry to get technical with you in this explanation but I know of no other way to explain it.   TRH