Bursitis happens when the bursa or bursae become inflamed. The bursa are the little fluid sacks that cushion the joints and minimize friction.
Bursitis can be a very painful and unfriendly condition to have. It is most common in the shoulders, knees, and elbows-- but it can be everywhere- even the big toe!
Conventional treatment (when you see a MD) usually includes physical therapy and pain killers & anti inflammatory prescription drugs which are hard on the stomach. Sometimes your doctor may even want to do a series of steroid injections- which can lead to many problems. Obviously before starting any treatment at home- please consult a health care professional.
Naturopathic Treatments you can do yourself:
--Apply DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) <--- recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil. DMSO is a chemical that is made from wood pulp that you put on your skin. It penetrates the skin and promotes healing to the areas. You would use 70% solution and apply it with a cotton ball 3 times daily for about 3 or 4 days. If the pain begins to subside, then only apply it 2 times daily.
A natural anti inflammatory and pain reliever
--Apple Cider Vinegar
You can do tons of things with Apple Cider Vinegar. For this treatment you would soak a cloth in apple cider vinegar, then you would wrap your knee or elbow with it and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
--Apple Cider Vinegar & Molasses Drink
I know it sounds gross, but it is a powerful anti inflammatory & pain reliever. People have reported feeling better the same day they drank it. What you do is combine 2 TBSP of ACV, 1 TBSP Black Strap Molasses, and 1 Cup of Luke Warm Water.
--Peppermint Oil Massage
You can massage the area with peppermint oil--- or have someone else rub it and get yourself a little TLC
--Silica Tablets under the tongue
Silica 6X is a cell salt that you can buy at a health food store or online. You take 5 tablets under the tongue 4-5 times a day. Silica is the internal surgeon and it helps heal ailments all over the body. It is even really good for treating acne & boils.
--Ice (for the first time you feel the pain)
--Alternating Ice & Moist Heat
--Eat lots of acid forming foods to cure Calcium Deposits that can form from this condition
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