What can I do to improve circulation in my hands and wrists?

Tina BQ Tran
Tina BQ Tran answered 2/2/2020 00:07

Energy Psychology Practitioner

Hello Max, Without knowing the background info why this question is being asked, it's rather hard to provide an answer that would be beneficial to your specific situation. As such, I invite you to read this article (3-minute read) https://www.webmd.com/dvt/ss/slideshow-dvt-improve-circulation. I hope it helps. Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Weiner
Dr. Michael Weiner answered 2/4/2020 18:30


Great question. I agree with Tina as it is hard to know what is causing that - whether it is because of a nutritional deficiency, metabolic disorder, etc. In regards to how I help people with those problems, I find that if the nerves - especially in the neck - are not working properly, this will decrease the ability of them to be able to vasoconstrict/vasodilate. That means that, your body will have a hard time being able to get blood flow to the extremities - such as the arms/hands and legs/feet. In a general sense, I help a lot of patients with that when I identify any misalignments of the spine through a proper exam and X-ray by biomechanical assessment. When the spine is aligned - more specifically it would be the neck and/or upper back to your question - then the nerves are able to allow proper blood flow and improve circulation. I hope this helps.

Tristan Summerfield, MA, CHHP, CFNP, Trained Herbalist
Tristan Summerfield, MA, CHHP, CFNP, Trained Herbalist answered 2/5/2020 21:43

Nature Integration eCoach | 1,200+ members served from around the world!

Hi Max, I struggled with a condition called Raynaud's Phenomenon (where blood doesn't flow optimally to the extremities) until my mid twenties and then had it completely reversed by regular infrared sauna therapy! Do a search for far infrared sauna therapy near you to see if there is a local center that has one you can use. Many studies with infrared sauna therapy have shown improvement in circulation. See here for more details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5941775/ Another idea is to consume high quality cacao (ideally organic and shade grown in it's native environment such as Central and South America). I like the products from TerraSoul.com. Multiple studies have shown that cacao can increase NO (nitric oxide) in the blood which dialates the blood vessels and should help with blood flow to your hands and wrists. See this study for more details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5539137/ Hope that helps!

Dr. Kye Peven, ND, DSOM
Dr. Kye Peven, ND, DSOM answered 2/6/2020 20:58

Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine Doctor

In addition to the excellent answers already given I'll add that circulation to the extremities in general is often restricted by an excessive fight or flight response in the sympathetic nervous system, where a certain amount of stress is constantly present and this constricts the small blood vessels in the extremities. Learning stress reduction techniques and dealing with any underlying trauma is often necessary to fully open up the circulation.

Pamela Wake,  MSTOM, Dipl. Acupuncture, L.Ac.
Pamela Wake, MSTOM, Dipl. Acupuncture, L.Ac. answered 2/7/2020 18:31

Licensed Acupuncturist & Gua Sha Educator

Doing daily massage along the fingers, joints and palms of your hands and wrists with a Gua Sha tool, a spoon or bottle lid will create good micro-circulation in the tissue, muscles and joints of the hand. Specifically, applying pressure in the fleshy pad between the thumb and pointer finger opens up the hand and arm. It is where an Master Acupuncture point is and is always used in a treatment. I hope this helps!