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"Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursae, or small sacs of synovial fluid, in the body. Bursae rest at the points where internal functionaries, like muscles and tendons, slide across bone. Healthy bursae create a smooth and almost frictionless gliding surface. With hundreds of them throughout the body they provide this surface for all motion, making movement normally painless. When bursitis takes hold, however, movement that relies on the inflamed bursa becomes rough and painful. Movement of tendons and muscles over the inflamed bursa causes it to become more inflamed, perpetuating the problem.
Bursitis is commonly caused by repetition of movement or excessive pressure. Elbows and knees are the most commonly affected because they are rested upon more than many parts of the body with bursae and they also get the most repetitive use. Inflammation of bursae can also be caused by other inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Scoliosis can also be a cause of bursitis of the shoulders although this is rare. Shoulder bursitis is more commonly due to overuse of the shoulder joint and muscles." (Wikipedia)
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Alternating Heat/Ice Therapy
[YEA] 05/11/2010: Javagenie from Central, Vt: "This cure worked for me and I hope I can help someone else. The method is called alternating heat/ice therapy. I suffered for 2 weeks with this awful pain in my right shoulder. I was finally told by a friend what it was. I had never even heard of bursitis before. He said he had it once and the dr gave him a shot of cortisone. After doing some research, I was not going to a Dr. for that. But, on the 3rd week, I could not rotate my shoulder enough to get dressed. I tried heat and cold packs. It hurt so much I was taking 800mg ibuprofen 6 times a day. That's every 4hrs. on the dot. It would wake me up at night when I needed another dose.
Finally i read about this alternating heat and cold therapy. Apparently there are a lot of different ways to do it. Basically, you place ice on the affected area for 10min. and then switch to heat for 5min. You keep alternating back and forth for an hour or even longer if you want. The idea is to create a pump within your joint/muscles. Cold pushes blood out and heat pulls it in. Allowing the infection inflmation to be pumped right out of the joint. This made sense to me. So, I got started.
I honestly didn't keep track of time... when it felt like it was aching from too much cold (5-10min.) I would swap to heat until it felt nice and relaxed. Then switch back to cold. Important thing to remember: always end with cold. You want to remove the inflamation at the end. I used ice packs wrapped in towels and an electric heating pad. I would do this for up to 2hrs a night watching tv or reading before bed. Every morning it felt better... so, I kept doing it. After 4-5days, my shoulder was almost completely healed. I had some minor pain when over extending the range of motion. Like reaching high above my head (eg. reaching for a dish on the top shelf). But, within a few days that was gone. I suffered miserably for 3 weeks... and in only a few days this relieved it. I'm sure it would've only taken 1 or 2 treatements to cure this if I started sooner. Anyway, It's been about a month, and no pain still.
Can you imagine how powerful this technique would be with the right herbal remedies? Combining this with a natural antibiotic/anti-inflamatory would be great. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to take so heat/ice was all i used."
05/27/2010: Rainman from Central, Vt, Usa replies: "I would like to add to my post after thinking back. I must admit that I was also taking some other things that could've possibly helped my speedy recovery. The 2 that stick out are VCO (vigin coconut oil) and I was also taking OoO (oil of oregano). The oil of oregano was for infection I had in my tooth and the VCO was just because I started OP (oil pulling) with it and really loved the taste.
Perhaps I was getting the full benefits once I started to get the blood flowing to the joint? Just thought I should mention in-case someone wants to give those a try as well."
03/08/2012: Samantha from Lexington, Nebraska replies: "I have bursitis in my right hip. I was extremely happy to find easy home remedies for this, although, there were no time lines for using any of these treatments. I would like to know how long to use ACV, MOM, or the potato steeping, do you just do it until you feel better, is there a time line, is it based on the individual??? I hope someone can help with these questions.
11/18/2012: Caroline from Ventura, California replies: "This sounds good and makes sense. Thank you for taking the time to post. I'm doing the ice pack now and then a heating pad. Wondering if I need to add gentle stretches. Taking VCO, MSM, vitamin C, cayenne, fish oil, acidophilus, and drinking lots of water."
12/10/2012: Wideawake from Chicago, Illinois, Us replies: "CURE ALL PAIN with 10% sulfur cream and castor oil. I suufered with bursitus for 4 years, I tried everything under the sun. This stops the pain immediatly"
Apple Cider Vinegar for Bursitis
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Teaspoon
- Filtered Water - 8 to 10 Ounces
Take one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of (raw) honey in a tall glass of water and drink 2-3 times a day. You can eventually increase the amount of ACV up to as much as two tablespoons. Also, try soaking a cloth in ACV then binding it to the afflicted area.
02/01/2013: Amrita from Mississauga, Ontario: "Am in my 20s & had knee pain a few months back & had much trouble folding my knees, especially while taking the stairs or folding the joints.
After an X-ray & Ultrasound my doctor said it was bursitis, might be due to some shock or trauma from falling down or sports, although I couldnot recollect any. Could have been just due wrong position I slept that might have twisted the tissues causing inflammation which was internal but apparently not visible externally but caused much trouble in my daily life & I panicked a lot. Although 2 weeks of medication : VIMOVO seemed to have controlled it still, I felt the pain during walking & other activites. Also standing for sometime like cooking kind of aggravated it.
I didnt want to depend on medicine as I did a bit of research and found that the medicine is quiet strong & not good for intestine as well.
So I came to earthclinic & found people talking about it. Many suggested Apple Cider Vinegar as a cure. So I thought lets try it the natural way. I ordered ACV (Bragg or Filsinger both are equally good) and blackstrap molasses.
From then I mix 2 Tablespoon of ACV & 1 Tspoon of molass in a glass of lukewarm water & drink it first thing in the morning around half an hr before before having any breakfast. I noticed my pain gradually went away which had not completely disappeared even with strong dose of Vimovo.
Also it seems to have given me immunity to cold, coz Canadian Winter is chilly & temp is below -10 many a times, and I came to Canada recently on business for a year, not much used to winter.
Also mix honey with ACV if I run out of blackstrap molass, seems to be good.
So thanks to every one who is discussing their experiences in earth clinic, and I hope mine also helps some one too."Replies
02/04/2013: Joan from Australia replies: "How long did you take the ACV and BSM before noticing an improvement?"
[YEA] 05/18/2010: Stephen from Birzebbugia, Malta: "Bursitis cured with ACV. I am over 50 and had a bad fall, landed on my elbow. It swelled and thought it would go away, it didn't. Three months after I started putting ACV on it, and it remained the same.
Then I soaked a piece of cloth in ACV, kept it on the swell with an elbow support sleeve, almost day & night, and after one day it went down by 15%. I also was careful not to hit it again. On 2nd and 3rd day, down by 75%. That ugly swell has gone and hoping for a complete healing."Replies
06/03/2011: Sassy from Columbia, Tenn replies: "what is ACV?"
EC: Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 01/05/2006: Dinah from PA, CA: "Hi, just needed to write to say I suffered from "bursitis" in the hip for a year and a half. Every doctor said the same thing: vicodin for the pain, advil for the inflammation, and prescription muscle relaxers for the accompanying muscle cramps, and several rounds of physical therapy. I certainly couldn't function on the medications, and only seemed to get temporarily, mildly better. I stumbled suddenly had a craving for sauerkraut, if you can believe it, and borscht and homemade salad dressings-all foods that I usually don't like. I am not exaggerating when I say I slept my first night pain free, and started doing the vinegar and honey concoction and simply can't believe I feel so good, so fast! I did increase my water intact, too, to aid in cleansing my body of whatever it had, too. I just used Heinz and Sue Bee and all that pain from mid-back to knees are gone. I even did yoga today which I love but was told it was irritating the bursas-"try swimming." How can I swim while taking vicodin and muscle relaxers?!?!?"Replies
03/11/2009: Michael from Munster, In replies: "I have what a Doctor described as Bursitis in my right hip. When standing, I can do a shallow knee bend and hear my hip making a clicking sound. I can also lie on my back postrate and bring my right leg up toward my chest by bending at the knee and hear the same clicking sound when extending my leg streight ou again. Oh yes, I also ache in that area all the time.
Here is my queston to anyone who can help me. I like the ideas of home remedies but which one should I use but, even more important than that...what are the doses and amount perscribed? None of the remedies mention list any amount, doses or frequencies of applying the remedy.
Thank you for the help
08/21/2012: Bob from Olney, Md replies: "I had hip bursitis for three years. It only hurt when lying down... It didn't matter if I lay on my right side or left side, or with a pillow between my legs. Twice I had cortisone injections, with limited and shortlived relief. Twice I took steriod packs which gave me no more than a week of relief. After coming to this site I began a regiment of 2T ACV, 1T blackstrap molassses, 1t modified citrus pectic. In four days the pain was gone. I've continued this daily for ten months and the pain has not come back. Before I started this I also had lower back pain. Often! Lots of Aleve or Excedrin. But, now I seldom ever get the back pain and when I do it's because I overexerted myself. Fortunately, this pain and stiffness also goes away in a day or two.
Note! It hasn't gotten rid of my grey hair, but, so what. I'm pain free."
02/04/2013: Luanne from Suffolk, Va replies: "For Bob from Olney MD. The ACV and molasses is no problem for me but how do you take the modified citrus pectin? I've had bursitis in both hips for well over a year now. I've had 3 injections in each side which provide good relief but only for a couple of weeks. I've been taking Naproxen daily just to take the edge off, but it doesn't take the pain away and I'm really sick of not sleeping because the pain wakes me up. I'm willing to try anything and I came upon this website when I was searching for home remedies for bursitis. I've already bought the citrus pectin but the texture is very off putting. I've tried mixing it in orange juice... That was disgusting because there lots of clumps of the pectin. I saw on another website that someone said to mix it into applesauce. That was a little better but it took so long to smash all of the clumps against the side of the bowl that I ended up still having quite a few of them when I ate the applesauce. Today I put the pectin into the blender with my smoothie and that works the best... It had a weird taste but no lumps and that was definitely the best option so far. I don't make smoothies every day though so I'm hoping to find another way to take it without the awful clumps. Any suggestions you might have would be appreciated!"
02/04/2013: Nicola from Cambooya, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi, what about considering using Bill Munro's 'Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method' protocol? If it worked for my Dercum's lipomas (painful lumps) in my hips and elsewhere, it might just work for your bursitis. It is harmless, available to all and incredibly cheap and easy. God luck!"
03/09/2013: Bob From Md from Rockville, Md replies: "Luanne, the clumps are a problem, and smoothie is your best bet. There are various brands of citrus pectin and the most expensive one does dissolve quicker... Just drop a scoop in a couple of ounces of warm water and let it sit for awhile. Then add it to your juice.
The formula is still working for me. Plus, I give it to my 12 1/2 year old dog and it has done wonders for her arthritis and hip dysplasia."
03/28/2013: Debih from Moreno Valley, Ca, Usa replies: "Does anyone know about drinking a lot of water after taking the ACV and BSMolasses? Usually I have 24oz with ginger and lemon when I first get up, then 1/2 hr later take my thyroid meds. Could I have this concoction before or just after the water? Is 1/2 hr enough time till I take meds? Thanks for your time!"
[YEA] Georgiana : "My father had just retired. A very active man all his life, he found himself suffering with bursitis in the shoulder joints. After taking honey and cider vinegar twice am and eve. for approx two weeks he felt relief and better mobility. After 30 days he could do windmills with both arms. He was so grateful. Thanks for the site, love the generosity and sharing."
[YEA] Cathy from North Carolina: "I have been suffering for 2 years with bursitis and osteoarthritis in my hip. I have been on all kinds of medications for this, and it feels better as long as I don't stop my meds. I have been in so much pain that I could not hardly walk. I started taking ACV for 2 days now and my legs are not even hurting. I have so much more energy than I had before. This is so much better than medications."Replies
05/15/2008: Teresa from Tacoma, WA replies: "How much apple cider vinegar per day, how often, how is it taken and do you need the honey?"
[YEA] 01/24/2009: Denise Enright from Laguna Niguel, California /USA replies: "Hi, I too have discovered the health benefits of ACV( Organic's ACV - which you can find at most supermarkets). I take it for joint pain, and if I have an acid stomach- or feel bloated--yes, acid on acid nutrilizes. Also, to get to sleep I drink a cup about a 1/2 before bed and read a good book. I don't think you need to have the honey, unless you want it sweet or for a sore throat,or chest congestion- add lemon juice and honey. I take 2 TBSPS in in 8 to 12 oz of hot water and sip slowly-for best results. God Bless"
09/04/2011: Liz from Beverly Hills, California replies: "just fyi... vinegar is a base. a base plus an acid neutralize. just fyi."
03/25/2012: Fartknockingmachine from Here, Over There replies: "Just an FYI for your FYI... ACV is definitely an acid. It although has Malic acid in it as well, which is a constructive acid. It does though have an alkaline effect on the body.. Check out it's ash content - alkaline."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/16/2012: Kelley from Houston, Texas, Usa replies: "I am new to the page, just wanted to say thank you so much that it exists, I have been in pain with hip bursitis for several years and can't take advil pain pills etc, and besides all it does is mask the pain, doesn't cure anything. It had gotten so bad that it would actually even wake me from sleep - Now on to the good part - I followed the advice on this page, got the apple cider vinegar, took a couple of table spoons before bed, also drank lots of water with the baking soda and lemon. Was in a lot of pain before I went to bed, but amazingly this morning I have very little bursitis pain (usually I wake up in an extreme amount of pain) although I do still have a lot of muscular pain, (this is the 1st day) I can't believe how quickly this has made a difference."
[YEA] 08/10/2007: Frankie from Franklin, Louisiana: "I am new to using BSM...4 weeks ago had an MRI which showed I had a torn meniscus in the right knee, along with arthritis. Orth doctor said at this time, there is no need for surgery. He recommended I take 500mg of calcium a day to help heal the knee and help the bones. This got me very down because I am very active. I was not going to wait around so a friend in Ca. said how BSM was good for tons of things. I found Earth Clinic and I referred to it several times. I LOVE to research and research. Living in Louisiana, we have many sugar cane mills. I found thru friends a gallon of BSM from the mill. And OH YES.....it is nasty. BUT, every morning I take a Tablespoon right down....no time to play with mixing it in anything. I have been taking BSM for 3 weeks now. This I have noticed and right away. Although active, I was tired everyday......everyday. I ate right but was still tired....NOT ANYMORE......trust me on this one.....I saw the surgeron last week and he commented on how the leg was easy to move and how I was coming along so well. He commented on how I was very up beat and was even losing weight....for some reason I am not hungry all the time. I need to lose some weight to help the knees and I feel that the BSM has come to my rescue....We all know that it takes time for many remedies or meds. to help in various health issues. As I have researched on BSM, it can only benefit you and not harm. My husband began to take it daily also. He has been dealing with hip pain for the last 3 years..bursitus...in the last 3 weeks he has seen a difference. He also has more energy. I will keep you informed of our progress"Replies
05/30/2010: Julie from Cockermouth, Cumbria, England replies: "If you don't like the taste of Blackstrap molasses then I really recommend taking it in porridge with milk. My kids, aged 8,6,3,1 all love it and request it. Also, I recommend substituting golden syrup or treacle with BSM if you are doing any baking. I often put a spoonful into whatever I'm baking and it gives a lovely richness to stews and casseroles."
06/25/2007: K.C. from Portland, Oregon: "I had a calcified bursa on my right shoulder that had become so painful that, after six months of physical therapy, it was no better and I was scheduled for cortisone shots. I did not want them because of the immuno-suppressant tendency of cortisone. One night I had the impression to try a castor oil pack on it, just out of the blue. So I did. I wrapped my shoulder and underarm (after washing it) and left the pack on all night. In the morning the problem was 95% better. I did it four more nights and have not had the problem since. About five years now."Replies
11/05/2012: Lance from Redding, Ca replies: "Hello I just wanted to know how you made your castor oil pack?"
11/05/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Lance, Castor oil packs are easy to make. You need to get yourself some wool flannel which can be found at most health food stores. (They give you a substantial amount. ) And get some castor oil. This can be messy so you'll want to use a bowl or a glass container big enough to hold the flannel wool. Cut enough to cover the body part you are using it for and fold it into a square. Then you want to saturate it with the castor oil but it doesn't need to be dripping.
What I do is then put my pack on and cover it with plastic so it doesn't stain my clothes. Castor oil does stain so make sure you wear clothing that would be okay if that does happen. Then, I put a heating pad over it. You should have it on for at least 45 minutes for it to be effective. When you're done you can store it in a plastic bag and keep it in a cool place or in the refrigerator.
Hopefully, I've made these instructions clear enough for you. Wishing you the best, Lisa"
11/27/2012: Kay from Santa Cruz, California replies: "thanks for the directions. I was thinking there was NO way I was getting my BFF to Drink Castor Oil. I may get some ACV down their throat if I sweeten it enough. We are trying anything at this point to avoid Doctors and shots thank you again ~Kay in Cali"
[YEA] 06/23/2008: Richard from Winston Salem, North Carolina: "cayenne pepper rememdies: cayenne pepper foot baths will completely cure bad feet, although if you continue to work on hard floors the cure might need to be repeated every so often. also, cayenne pepper does wonders on hemorrhoids when mixed with an otc ointment (not vaseline). go very light on this one and be ready to wash it off yourself if you cant stand the burning. i've also tried cayenne pepper in a vaseline salve that i made on the cookstove that completely cured the bursitis in my shoulder."Replies
01/01/2012: Bill from Kerrville, Texas replies: "I'm very interested in the Cayenne & Vaseline preperation mentioned that healed Bursitis in the shoulders. My 18 year old daughter has been suffering with it for about 3 or 4 years. She had to give up competative swimming and violin, both of which she loved. Tried many natural things. Nothing made much of a difference. Please send info on this preparation or any other for Shoulder Bursitis."
01/03/2012: Jr from Coloma, Mi replies: "I'm also interested in the bursitis ointment and the foot bath."
01/29/2012: Margaret from Redford, Michigan replies: "Can you give me the information about the cayenne pepper in the vaseline salve that you made on the cookstove that completely cured the bursitis in your shoulder? I have been bursitis in my shoulder."
[YEA] 10/09/2009: Saysouda from Nashville, Tn: "Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for bursitis, joint pain.
I'm 36 yrs old and for 3 yrs I have bursitis on the should area and pain in my wrist. I decided after reading on earthclinic to give VCO a try. In one week I noticed the pain went away and I have more energy. It really really WORKS!
I take a 1 Tablespoon/day. Put in coffee, spread it on toast instead of butter, put some in my soup, add to my pasta sauce. I love the smell. I even use it as a cold cream to clean my face at night. I even give VCO to my dogs and cats and their coats are shiny and soft! I will continue to take this the rest of my life. I love VCO! Thank you earthclinic."
08/04/2009: Alice from Tucson, Az: "I just tried DMSO spray, about 4 hours ago. Other than sting the skin, so far it has done nothing. I'll keep trying it and will post later if there is any change or not."Replies
08/08/2009: Alice from Tucson, Arizona replies: "Update on DMSO use: I continued spraying DMSO once a day on the affected areas and the muscles began more and more to stop bunching up in painful lumps, range of motion began to largely increase..a lot... and pain in general began to disappear. However, it seems there were still areas that would suddenly attack with horrible pain should I move my arm in the wrong position.
BUT those places seemed to be getting less and less, the muscles were returning to a more normal feeling when I move my hand over them, and the range of motion definitely was increasing.
Yesterday I missed spraying the DMSO. I had wondered if perhaps the problem was resolving itself naturally and I only thought the DMSO was helping. This morning the problem has definitely worsened, so apparently the DMSO was helping to resolve it. I am going to resume using DMSO until the problem goes away. I may try other things, like the milk of magnesia, because this problem is not the result of a DMSO deficiency, but for now I will use the DMSO, plus the apple cider vinegar, and lemon soda.
I really appreciate this site. While my experience is probably different than someone else's, it helps to see what results other people get, so I can make intelligent decisions regarding taking care of me. Even though I still go to the doctor, here I am having gone but for results I find I must do my own research along with seeing doctors. It gets me that I am forced to spend a lot oof money monthly for "insurance" and then, after paying that and going to see the doctor, I go here and other places to find out what really works, carefully try it, and so cure myself. I spend zero a month here. Hmmmmm......
This is not to insult my doctor. He actually listens. He also discovered that giving up processed foods helped him lose weight and get off blood pressure medications, and he had wanted me to use the machines for breathing to bring down blood pressure. I had wanted to use them before he suggested it, but never could afford them, so this site then connected me to the place that sells the exercises without the machines, which worked for me and others I got it for.
So this is a great site. As adults we need and have a right to discuss our experiences, so thanks for being here."
[YEA] 07/06/2008: Barbara from Davis, Ca USA: "DMSO: I know, I know, it's a solvent, used to clean aircraft and electrical parts. It has an odor, but what cure doesn't come with a drawback or 2?
This stuff literally can work in an instant, long term...I don't know the effects, but then, we all KNOW that Motrin affects the liver directly too.
So, I woke up this AM with shooting electrical pain in my left shoulder again, just wanted to go right back to sleep, couldn't hold it straight without weakness and shooting pains, feels like something is pinched or going wrong.
Swipe some of this DMSO clear liquid on my shoulder muscles, and poof! the sensations went away until right now and it is almost 18 hours later!
Now, what shall get rid of the pain in my hand and finger joints? I am awake tonight because of the intense pains in them, so I am on the internet here reading more about ACV and honey to relieve this, I had a good friend tell me about it years ago, before I needed to use it. Good skin and no pain in the old guys I worked with who all tried it one month on a dare...me being young, stored the info away in my brain....for the future. And my auntie, she told me her momma had poured it in drinking water of the hired milkers who they had working in their dairy. Problem is that she thought her mother was being mean in fact her mother was helping them to produce more work/milk in their cows."
EC: Read more about DMSO here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Supplements/DMSO.html
01/04/2012: Travelgirl from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "I had bursitis in my shoulder and followed this suggestion from Dr. Weil. It took one week of doing dmso and applying ice just as he said and my bursitis was gone. I bought dmso in an aloe vera gel solution at the health food store.
What natural treatments for bursitis does Dr. Weil recommend? Beyond rest to prevent further irritation and allow healing to begin, apply DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), a chemical made from wood pulp that penetrates the skin and promotes healing of pockets of inflammation. Use a 70 percent solution of DMSO and apply it to the affected area with absorbent cotton. Let it dry. Apply the solution three times a day for three days. If you don't see any improvement, stop using it. If you do notice improvement, cut back to twice a day for three more days, then once a day for a final three days. After that, your body can continue healing on its own.
DMSO can cause a sensation of warmth or stinging and may give you an odd, garlic-like taste in the mouth. There's no cause for concern about either of these reactions. DMSO will also dissolve synthetic fibers, so be careful not to get it on clothing or upholstery. You can buy DMSO at most health food stores. Dilute 100 percent or 90 percent solutions down to 70 percent with distilled water. The mixture will get hot; allow it to cool before using."
[YEA] 11/29/2006: Gary from Scott, Louisiana: "Knox Gelatin cured my bursitis of the shoulders. it works on the joints. i mixed the gelatin in a glass of grapefruit juice. then drink up."Replies
04/06/2009: Paul from Magalia, CA replies: "hi i am curious does gelatin really worked for bursitis?"
02/20/2011: Wendy from Redondo Beach, Ca: "My bursitis of the hip was diagnosed in August 2010 along with mild arthritis, a year after the initial spasm on my left hip after a routine run. My 10 hr/day desk job wasn't helping my condition either. The pain would go away while I was on vacation, so stress also plays into my aches.
I changed my job, so that has helped. Nonetheless, the pain has come back. I'm only 30 and don't want to feel like I'm 90. Stretching certainly aleviates the pain, but it still remains which is why I just gulped some Turkish grape vinegar. Wish me luck. Thanks for recommending alternate medicine. "