Bursitis is an inflammation of bursa, which is a tiny fluid filled sac that acts as a gliding surface between tissues of the body. The word ‘bursa’ comes from the Latin word bursa meaning a purse. There are in total 160 bursae in our body.
According to medilexicon’s, bursitis is “inflammation of the bursa” The major bursae are located near large joints such as elbows, ankle, thigh, shoulders, hips and knees.Bursitis are caused by infection, inflammation from injury or pre-existing condition in bursa. Poor stretching and incorrect posture at home or work can also lead to bursitis.
A person with bursitis has more than one symptom like swelling, loss of movement, tenderness and pain. Bursitis caused by infection, is called “septic bursitis” and patients with septic bursitis may have additional symptoms like fever or affected area is either red or hot when touched. Following are the herbs that help to deal with bursitis.
Natural Herbs To Treat Bursitis
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the ‘mother’ of vinegar, it is a folk remedy used to treat numerous health conditions including bursitis. Apple cider vinegar is acidic that makes your body more alkaline, reducing inflammation and helps to heal bursitis.
Minerals present in apple cider vinegar helps to promote fluid circulation between your cells, reducing pain and swelling. Mix 2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and have it before every meal.
Cayenne helps to stimulate circulation, you can use cayenne lotion topically on the affected areas to provide pain relief. There is another way to make use of cayenne pepper externally, just add I tablespoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and bring to boil. Dip the cloth when it is warm and apply on the bursitis region. This is a good natural cure for bursitis.
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that has been used for medicinal purposes including bursitis.
Castor oil helps to heal bursitis symptoms, place the castor oil compression over the affected area and cover it with cotton, and then apply heating compression that is with a heating pad.
Dandelion is a natural herb that has been proven to be very effective in treating bursitis. It not only exhibits strong anti-inflammatory properties, but is also rich in vitamins, silicon, magnesium, manganese and zinc that helps in reducing pain and inflammation associated with bursitis. Dandelion can be taken internally, add dandelion leaves in 8 oz of boiling water, strain the leaves and drink the water 2-3 times a day.
Bromelain is an enzyme derived from the stem of pineapple it reduces inflammation by production of inflammatory chemicals like thromboxane A2 and prostaglandin E2 that helps to reduce the pain, bruises and swelling in the joints.
It is recommended, to take 400-500 mg of bromelain per day for best results. Bromelain is supposed to be taken in between the meals. Bromelain when take together with turmeric works wonders, because turmeric can enhance the effects of bromelain. Do not use bromelain if you are pregnant or if you have bleeding disorder.There are many other herbs such as white willow bark, lavender oil, flaxseed oil, wintergreen oil, milk of magnesia, meadowsweet, glucosamine and devil’s claw that help to treat bursitis.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.