Last Modified on Jul 21, 2015
Treating tendonitis involves reducing the inflammation that is causing the pain. Resting the affected area (wrist, elbow etc.) is important as overuse will not allow proper healing. While natural remedies like turmeric and ginger can aid the tendon in healing more quickly, it will still take some time for the inflammation to subside and the tendon to return to normal.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendons connect muscle to bone and when this tissue becomes inflamed, it is known as tendonitis. Tendonitis is painful and heals slowly, but natural remedies can help. Tendonitis is usually caused by overuse, especially for those over 40. Although the body possesses hundreds of tendons, a specific few are usually the problem because they are located where the blood supply is poor. Insufficient blood leads to not enough oxygen and nutrients, needed by the tendon for healing.
Natural Remedies for Tendonitis
There are many herbal remedies and alternative cures for tendonitis. Alfalfa is well-known as an effective blood remedy and is helpful in increasing blood, needed by the tendon for healing. Turmeric and ginger are useful herbal treatments; other herbs with anti-inflammatory properties are solomon’s seal and arnica. Acupuncture and ice packs give short-term pain relief.
Alfalfa has been known as a ‘superfood’ throughout history by many different cultures. Pain relief is one of the many uses of alfalfa as a common home remedy; it is also an effective blood detoxifier. Alfalfa contains many different nutrients and is generally considered safe for adults, children and pregnant or nursing mothers. However, alfalfa is so effective that it should not be used in conjunction with aspirin or blood thinning medications.
Turmeric and Ginger
Turmeric and ginger are effective alternative remedies for many ailments, including tendonitis. These home cures work to increase blood supply to the tendon by increasing circulation, thus reducing inflammation and aiding in faster healing. These two home cures are also great antioxidants, which also helps tissues heal by removing free radicals.
Transverse Friction Massage
Massage generally increases circulation and speeds healing. A technique called transverse friction massage is believed to reduce tendonitis pain, improve blood flow and prevent scar tissue and adhesions from forming in the connective tissue. As long as the problem area is reachable, anyone can easily learn the technique to use on themselves, making this a safe, effective and free home cure.
Tendonitis can be effectively treated at home with herbal cures and massage. No matter what treatment is used, if the affected tendon is not rested, it will not heal properly. Increasing blood flow to the tendon is central to reducing the inflammation and pain.
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I'm an athlete with mild but chronic tendentious in both of my achilles tendons. I've been self-treating them for about a year after dumping thousands of dollars into doctor prescribed physical therapy and prescription topical anti-inflammatory medications. So far my results have been just as good or better that the doctor prescribed therapy.
After seeing these posts on using alfalfa supplements I decided to try it myself. Amazingly the pain and soreness was significantly reduced by taking 18 supplements a day (9 supplements, 3 times a day). With that success I started to consider other, fresh sources of alfalfa that might work even better. Since I already sprout seeds on a semi-regular basis I decided to try sprouting alfalfa. Turns out that fresh sprouts are even more effective than the dried supplements! I've been eating a large hand-full of sprouts 3 times a day on top of stretching and rolling and have been virtually pain-free! Thank you so much for the advice on this website!
Alfalfa cured my tendonitis: I took 24 tablets a day, 8 at each meal for 2 weeks then tapered off to about 10 or so a day. I took the heavy dose for 2 weeks to saturate my body then I took 10 a day for about a year. It's been 10 years and I usually have no pain or swelling. If I type alot or write alot I do have some discomfort but nothing like before!
As a side note I had some testing done and was told that I now have carpal tunnel in both arms but I had no idea because I have no pain!
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Posted by Nancy (Bradford, Pa) on 08/21/2013
I've been trying to self-diagnose since we don't have health insurance and, as always, came to earthclinic. I'm assuming that I have either tendonitis or bursitis in my shoulders. I had injured my right shoulder several years ago and it took a while to heal on its own, but wasn't painful after that. I broke my right wrist the beginning of this year and was in a cast for about 5 weeks. I believe that was the turning point. Between immobilizing the right arm and overusing the left, I've been in pretty much constant pain in both shoulders... Neither one of them move very freely, so it could also be frozen shoulders. The ache and burning have been very difficult to bare. I started taking the 2 T. ACV and 1 T. honey (raw... very important... and local if you can) twice daily as was recommended by James... What a difference! I've only been taking it for 3 days, but I noticed the difference after the first dose. Just wanted to wait to write about it for fear that it was all in my head! Mind you, I'm nowhere near cured yet, but its been like taking a pain reliever and the burning is completely gone!! I need to search to find some exercises that will help me strengthen both arms without injuring them further, but I feel like that's possible now!! I will continue to take this morning and night! Since I store my ACV in the fridge I warm it slightly in the microwave (hope that doesn't alter it! ) and then put the honey in it to dissolve it, then I add ice water. I tried drinking it as a warm tea-like drink, but just didn't like it as much. The cool drink goes down very easy for me. Thank you earthclinic and everyone who takes the time to let us know what we can do to help ourselves naturally!
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Posted by James (Pemberton, New Jersey) on 11/06/2006
Apple Cider Vinegar has cured: varicose veins, weight lose, tendonitis, wrinkles. In April of 2005, I came across a booklet for ACV, at the time I was 50 years old I played sports in high school, a construction worker for 20 years and a mover for the last 15, so I have done a number on my body over the years. My daughter convinced me to start taking ACV... I have taken it everyday since! The health benefits have been many. The first thing I noticed was my hair and nail growth, doesn't seem like much but my hair was white and had no color, but was growing back in blonde! I thought that was amazing! Over all the years of abuse on my feet and ankles I had purple feet from the varicose veins, it really was a severe case, after two months of use my feet started to look clearer to me, but I wasn't sure so I started taking pictures....I now have NO varicose veins on my feet, legs or anything. In April of 2005 I was a size 38 pants, today I am a 32 pants. I have not done any extra exercise to achieve this, It simply melted the pounds away (I also have a six pack again). The ACV has given me a facelift, I do NOT look like I am 51! My wrinkles around my eyes have literally disappeared. My skin is tighter, firmer every where. I feel like a new man. Over the years while abusing my body in my everyday life (working) I developed new and painful body movements, aches where I never had before and eventually the Doc diagnosed me with tendonitis (really painful) in both of my shoulders, being a mover this isn't good for business, it really started hurting my paycheck (then I started the ACV). I really had not realized I stopped taking the naproxen the Dr. had prescribed until I went to see him for my physical. He asked me if I needed a new script, that's when I realized I used to live on those pills everyday and hadn't needed them once since I started taking the ACV, so I told the Dr. about the ACV he was awed, seeing the results for himself he decided to start taking it, in fact my Barber, Boss, Coworkers, Kids, Brothers and sister all now take it with health benefits of there own. I tell you I LOVE ACV it has changed my life and made me a new healthier man. I actually believe I have a long healthy life ahead. The recipe I use everyday is: 2 table spoons of ACV and 1 Tablespoon of honey. Add water to taste. I do this two times a day, everyday. Good luck to all in your journey to a healthier you!
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Posted by Jerome (Brooklyn, New York) on 07/10/2012
As a lifelong bodybuilder and construction worker, I suffered with tendonitis all over my body for most of my adult life--specifically in both of my elbows. I tried everything you could imagine--acupuncture, active-release technique, etc. Eventually however I found the cure to come from a combination of two supplements: bromelain and cissus.
Here is a quick explanation of the anatomy behind tendonitis. Think of your tendons as ropes or cables that operate to pull your muscles and joints like a machine. When these ropes or cables are put under strain, or are weakened for some reason, they tend to fray under the tension. When your tendons fray, tiny fibers poke out from them, just like a frayed old rope.
Now, all tendons are contained within a "tendon sheath, " and the tendon moves back and forth within that sheath as you move your various body parts. When a tendon is healthy and smooth, it moves back and forth within the sheath smoothly. When a tendon is frayed, however, it creates friction as it moves back and forth in the sheath. The inflammation that results from the tendon's frayed fibers constantly rubbing against the tendon sheath is--you guessed it--tendonitis. In theory, the body should eventually be able to digest up the frayed fibers and heal the tendon, but anyone who's had tendonitis knows that this process can easily take years.
Now here's why the remedy works: bromelain is a very potent protein-digesting enzyme derived from pineapple cores. When you ingest this enzyme, it basically enhances your body's ability to digest up any sort of scar tissue, etc. , built up in your body. The frayed tendon fibers causing your tendonitis are precisely the sort of dead fiber that bromelain helps to digest.
Although bromelain by itself works very well, I have found that adding cissus (an herb known for healing joints) together with the bromelain brought me back pretty much good as new. Just remember to take the bromelain on an empty stomach, otherwise it will simply digest whatever protein happens to be in your stomach and you will have wasted your money.
Finally, while topically-applied DMSO and drinking apple cider vinegar also have a good reputation for helping tendonitis and inflammation, I don't think they're necessary, although they are both excellent remedies and adding them certainly won't hurt you.
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Posted by Dallas (Amesbury, Ma) on 04/02/2011
For anyone out there with tendon problems ie: tendinitis (tendonitis) please beware and search this out on the web. If you ever take the antibiotic Cipro, or anything in the same family, take note that Cipro, or members of the same family, can cause tendon inflammation and even tendon rupture! This is along with a long list of other side effects including death. I have just been on Cipro, having started taking it for a severe kidney infection. When I started to get back some old tendon pain issues, I looked Cipro up on the web and sure enough, it can be a killer for tendons - even long after you take the medication. I finished my Cipro a couple of weeks ago, and the tendon pain is increasing rather than decreasing. I also had many other painful symptoms (back pain, neck pain, headache etc... ) while on Cipro. And the darned infection has returned! I refused Cipro this time around and am on Bactrim. I am almost afraid to look up the side effects of this drug. If it wasn't for the sake of my kidneys............
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Posted by Jennifer (Mayerthorpe, Ab Canada) on 12/08/2010
A few years ago, I started to suffer from both tendonitis and tennis elbow. At the same time, I was working in my profession of accounting clerk/data entry and thought that this combined with getting into a regular exercise routine had caused the pain. Boy was I ever wrong. I tried anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy, acupuncture, whatever I thought might help. Improvement was noted, but the pain was still there.
Last December (2009), I couldn't sleep because my arms ached so badly. I got up in the middle of the night and started searching on the internet. I found some anecdotal experiences with cutting out aspartame helping with many health issues. In my attempts to lose/maintain my weight, I had switched from drinking regular "brown pop" to diet. Some days, especially while I was enjoying the holiday foods, I would drink two or more cans of diet pop or beverages a day. That night, I decided to cut out foods and drinks with aspartame as much as I could. Within THREE DAYS, I felt no pain in my arms at all. I have tried to return to drinking the odd aspartame infused beverage, but by the next day, I am nearly in tears and can hardly work on any of my projects, whether at work or home doing my crafty stuff. Why the FDA and Canada's counterpart still allow this nasty chemical to be put into the food supply, I'll never know, but at least I know that I can live a nearly pain free existence thanks to my own little experiment.
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Posted by Healingrocks (London, Uk) on 12/07/2013
Am a professional masseur. Had had tendonitis of especially the right thumb a few years back, but somehow it went again. Have not had any problems for the last few years. Recently the problem came back. Thinking about it I realized that for about 2 months prior, I have been usuing different massage oils. Finished those and am now usuing grapeseed oil again -> thumb much better. Read that grapeseed oil has anti-inflamatory properties, so the two might well be related...
Posted by Eljer777 (Collegeville, Pennsylvania Usa) on 03/26/2012
About 3 yrs ago I sprained my left thumb I worked 365 days a year in my janitorial business and though it hurt I kept using my thumb thinking it would take a little longer to heal but so what. I don't know when the tendonitis set in but I remember I couldn't use the thumb. I did research and no one had a cure. I am no novice with vitamins and supplements as I was taking quite a few at the time.
I did some research and the following are what I attribute to curing the tendonitis. Oh, I ran into some financial problems and stopped taking them it took about 9 months(I guess) for it to come back. Rescue 1250 10 pills a day, GLC 2000 per instructions, hyaluronic acid 50mg 2x a day, MSM 6,000mg a day(start slow), MSM cream 3x or more a day, serrapeptast 80,000IU's, calcium/magnesium 3,000mg a day. ACV 1teaspoon with meals and Ultra Source of Life liquid per instructions. I was already taking some of this anyway I simply added a few and increased dosages. I think the GLC 2000 was the key but its just a guess. I don't know how long it took to go away I just noticed one day it was gone. My guess is 3-4 months. U can experiment after the pain is gone and cut back on a lot of this it is pricey. I cut back on everything by easily 1/2. Good luck!
Posted by Tim (Greer, Sc / Usa) on 03/09/2012
-BCAA (branch chain amino acids, use as directed) -muscle milk (protein drink, use as directed) I mixed BCAA into the protein drink.
-work out (exercise w/ dumbells, etc. ) 5 times a week
-stretch the tendon many times in the day, massaging the tendon (bring it to the surface) -after work out, ice tendon for 15 minutes, no more than that.
-Take Glucosamine Chondroitin W/ Msm triple strength 2 times a day
-the Glucosomin, stretching, exercise, and ice do it, don't leave anything out. After two weeks, take a day or two off doing absolutly nothing with that tendon.. then start back... You should feel it healing in about 5 days.. will be able to tell a huge difference in about 3 weeks.
Posted by Guest Mother (Toronto, Ontario,canada) on 09/09/2010
My dad has been suffering from sever pain in the shoulder for the last 2 months. We went to the doctor, she says it looks like tendonitis and will take 3 months at least. She gave some anti-inflamatory tablets and ointment, which did help a bit but even now he cannot lift his arm. Movement of the arm is very restricted. It is swollen a bit and feels very warm at night and also he gets severe cramps at night. He has been taking MSM and Vitamin C tablets for the last one week but we are yet to see any dramatic difference in his condition. AS it is his right hand, so day to day activties are really painful for him. Please advise what we should do. If Ted can suggest something that will be terrific. He is also taking 1-2 table spoons of ACV in 8 glasses of water and sips through out the day..
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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 03/09/2012
Tim, I am not particularly religious but God Bless You!
I am going into the hospital for my arm operation coming Wednesday as I didn't find any other alternative to cure my ruptured tendon. It will surely be a clinical Swiss clinic. I just wish I had someone like you around there.... Not speaking good German it will be a very lonely time. I can't imagine staying a week in that place....... Anyway, see you all when I am back and if I can't answer any of your questions for a while at least I will keep reading all your suggestions! God Bless You All!
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Posted by Shawn (Cambridge, Minnesota, USA) on 01/21/2009
I woke up with tendonitis in my elbow. When I have had tendonitis, it normally has lasted 1-2 weeks minimum. With this treatment I came up with, it was almost gone in 24 hours (almost had full range of motion in arm with minimal pain), and completely gone in 36 hours.
In the first 24 hours, I took these items in the morning and evening: 3 T (instead of called for 2 T) of my daily multivitamin, 1000 mg Vitamin C with rose hips, Turmeric 400 mg/95% curcumin (that's how the label shows it). The Turmeric and Vitamin C are taken for their anti-inflammatory properties. The last ingredient, which I believe might be the most important is MSM lotion (contains 15% MSM). I applied this lotion on the area around every 2 hours. MSM is a good natural painkiller and also works well against different muscular problems and inflammation. I noticed a remarkable decrease in pain a couple hours after applying the MSM lotion the first time, and believe that is the main cause of the decrease. I was unable to do this treatment for the first 5 hours of the tendonitis because of work, otherwise it might have been gone in 24 hours.
Feel free to contact me. The email address is a remailer that will forward messages to my email address.
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