As many as 10 million Americans struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve disorder marked by numbness of the fingers and a decrease in hand function. Although carpal tunnel syndrome is often treated with medication and surgery, there's some evidence that an alternative therapy known as tuina may be of some benefit to people with carpal tunnel syndrome. Long practiced in traditional Chinese medicine, tuina involves using bodywork (such as massage and acupressure) to stimulate the flow of vital energy throughout the body.
Research on tuina and carpal tunnel syndrome includes a 2012 study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In tests on nearly 100 people, researchers discovered that a combination of tuina and acupuncture was more effective than medication in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.