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Pickles Keep Hands from Tingling

Pickle juice was able to reduce the discomfort of tingling or numbness in fingers and hands.

Q. I work on a computer all day and my workspace is far from ergonomic. For months I have been waking up with tingling or “asleep” hands.

I have wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome. They help, but they’re not really comfortable, and I don’t want to wear them all the time.

The past few nights, I’ve had pickles and pickle juice with dinner on the advice of my boyfriend. On those nights, I’ve had no tingling at all!

I love pickles, and hope this keeps working. I have seen pickles recommended for muscle cramps and would like to suggest another kind of relief for those of us who aren’t star athletes.

A. You are the first person to tell us that pickle juice is helpful for tingling or numbness in the hands. On the other hand, we have heard from numerous readers that an ounce or two of pickle juice can ease leg or foot cramps. We would also encourage you to improve the ergonomics of your workstation as much as possible.

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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