Last Modified on May 16, 2015
Bursitis is a condition that often only becomes progressively worse. You may think you can “work out” the pain; however, this continued movement typically only irritates the condition further. Even so, you can use a number of natural cures to relieve bursitis pain, including castor oil, ginger, and white willow bark.
What Is Bursitis?
Bursitis can be defined as a painful condition that results from inflammation. Your body contains a number of fluid-filled sacs or pouches, known as bursa, surrounding your major joints. These sacs are designed to compensate for friction between your muscles, tendons, and bones where your joints come together; however, if you overuse a certain set of muscles or joints, the bursa becomes irritated and inflamed.
Different individuals experience bursitis differently, but the condition is characterized by a number of common symptoms. If you have bursitis, the affected joint will likely feel achy or stiff, hurt more when you use it or apply pressure to it, and look swollen or red.
Generally speaking, bursitis is caused by repetitive motions or positions. Common causes of bursitis include throwing a baseball, heavy lifting, leaning on your elbows for long periods, extensive kneeling, and prolonged sitting. The most common locations for the condition are in the shoulder, elbow, and hip, but you may also experience the condition in your knee, heel, or the base of your big toe.
What Natural Remedies Relieve Bursitis?
In most cases, bursitis goes away on its own; however, you may need medical attention if you experience the disabling of your affected joint, pain for more than one to two weeks, excessive swelling or bruising, sharp pain, or a fever. Even in more severe cases, though, natural remedies help relieve pain and treat the condition. Three of the most common natural treatment suggestions include castor oil, ginger, and white willow bark, but there are a number of other options as well.
1. Castor Oil
Dr. David Williams suggests using castor oil as one of the first lines of defense for bursitis. According to research, this treatment is one of the most economical and efficient methods for treating bursitis as it delivers healing components directly to the body tissues. This treatment helps relieve pain as well as the inflammation that causes the issue. To use this treatment, apply 5 t0 10 mL of castor oil to a washcloth and apply the cloth to the affected area. Then use a heating pad or heated towels to apply external heat directly to the area.
Dr. Weil suggests utilizing ginger as a natural pain reliever. This nutrient contains specific compounds that help reduce inflammation and, in turn, relieve pain. You should take two 500mg capsules of powdered ginger one to two times a day for natural relief.
3. White Willow Bark
The experts at LiveStrong.com also suggest using white willow bark to relieve bursitis. This treatment contains salicin, which is actually similar to the main ingredient in aspirin salicylic acid. As such, the bark helps reduce inflammation and treat pain. Try taking 500mg of the extract one to two times a day.
DMSO is another effective remedy for bursitis. This compound is a chemical made from wood pulp that helps treat inflammation. Begin using this treatment by applying a 70 percent solution of the compound to the area with a cotton ball or cloth. Apply the solution three times a day in the beginning, slowly working your way back to two and then one application per day.
Keep reading for many more tips for treating bursitis naturally from our readers!
Bursitis - http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00325/Bursitis.html
Bursitis - http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/arthritis-bursitis
Diseases and Conditions: Bursitis - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bursitis/basics/definition/con-20015102
Natural Home Remedies for Bursitis - http://www.livestrong.com/article/100681-natural-home-remedies-bursitis/
Therapies for Treating Bursitis Naturally - http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/natural-therapies-bursitis/?promocode=WEB14#castor_oil_pack
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[YEA] 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.
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