Dupuytren's contracture natural treatment by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
The progressive condition, caused by a growth of collagen nodules in the palm and fingers, afflicts as many as 6 percent of whites, most of them older, male and often from northern Europe. As the collagen thickens, it can pull a finger into a bent position.
I have received one email from someone who thought serrapeptase enzyme supplements were helping with their Dupuytren's contracture.
Enzyme injection may be of
Injections of an enzyme that breaks up collagen may unlock permanently curled fingers for people with Dupuytren's contracture, The Auxilium Pharmaceuticals treatment, which is awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as of 2009, avoids the need for hand surgery and the long rehabilitation that follows. Dr. Lawrence Hurst of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who did the study, has financial ties to the company. He said the success rate of the enzyme, which has a brand name of Xiaflex, is comparable to surgery. The treatment will be evaluated by an FDA advisory panel. The company is also studying Xiaflex as a treatment for breaking apart collagen deposits that cause penises to bend, a condition known as Peyronie's disease, and for frozen shoulder syndrome.
Q. I am taking 2g of Acetyl-l-Carnitine a day to help my Dupuytrens condition. it has worked for a few years and now it is not helping halt the progression as much. Would taking 500mg of n acetyl cysteine be a problem with 1 or 2g of acetyl-l carnitine? I didn't see any interaction comments on these two supplements but I think they are similar so I wouldn't want to overdose. I am also taking colchicine for the condition.
A. We have not seen any research with this combination. It is often a good idea when adding a second supplement to see how low dosages affect you. Initially taking half a capsule may be a good idea to see what kind of interaction they have before proceeding with higher amounts. Some people tolerate high dosages while others are very sensitive. I, personally, cannot take more than 300 mg of acetylcarnitine a day since I get overstimulated.
Has any of your research demonstrated a relaxation
of Dupuytren's contractures? Should you look into it, some literature
speaks of SSKI, PABA, Vitamin E, And DMSO as a treatment and possible cure.
I have not studied the role of natural supplements as a treatment for Dupuytren's contractures.