Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, sac-like cavities
filled with lubricating (synovial) fluid, at areas where
friction is likely to occur, such as where muscles or
tendons pass over bony places. The inflammation may
be acute or chronic.
Symptoms of bursitis include localized pain and tenderness.
Sometimes swelling and redness may occur, usually in
association with a loss of normal range of motion of
the affected joint.
Trauma, misalignment of specific joint or joints above
and below the affected area, chronic overuse, acute
or chronic infection, calcium deposits secondary to
calcium malabsorption, magnesium deficiency, localized
trauma, allergies (especially airborne or food), vitamin
B12 malabsorption, inflammatory arthritis, gout, rheumatoid
arthritis, infective organisms (especially Staphylococcus
aureus), and, in rare cases, tuberculosis organisms
can all contribute to bursitis.
What To Consider
The most commonly affected joints are the shoulders,
elbows, and hips, which are often referred to as "frozen"
due to the loss of normal range of motion.
Improvement of bursitis once treatment begins usually
begins within two weeks and should not take longer than
two months. Splinting and rest are helpful for acute
symptoms but much less so for chronic bursitis.
One often undetected cause of bursitis is geopathic
stress (unhealthy environmental energy), which should
and avoid all food allergies, which can exacerbate bursitis
symptoms. Eat foods high in magnesium, such as dark,
leafy green and yellow vegetables. Drink filtered water,
apple cider vinegar, and honey upon arising, before
bed, and throughout the day. Avoid foods from the nightshade
family, especially tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant.
Also take one tablespoon of cod liver oil one to two
hours before each meal.
Vitamin B12 (administered intra-muscularly by injection),
vitamin C and bioflavonoids, calcium, and magnesium
can all help quicken healing time. Proteolytic enzymes
taken between meals can also help provide relief from
The essential oils juniper, chamomile, and cypress can also provide relief
when applied over the affected area.
Rescue Remedy Cream can be applied over
the areas of pain a minimum four times a day.
the tinctures of meadow-sweet, horsetail, and willow
bark in equal parts and take one teaspoonful three times
a day. Also gently rub a mixture of equal parts tincture
of lobelia and cramp bark into the affected area. Drink
strong chamomile tea, particularly at bedtime, to help
relieve pain. Aloe vera gel can also be helpful.
Belladonna, Arnica, Ruta grav., and Silicea
are the most useful homeopathic remedies for bursitis.
Contrast application (hot and cold water) one to three times daily can
help relieve pain. For acute symptoms, use an ice pack
applied 20 minutes out of each hour for the first 24-36
hours. Any hot water treatment or bath should be followed
by the affected area being chilled by a cold compress
or cold spray or shower. Epsom salt baths are also helpful.
Use a pound or more of Epsom salts per bath, and soak
for 25-30 minutes. After the bath, rinse and rub down
the affected area with hot olive oil. Do this once a
week. Also, try rosemary soaks for hands and feet
or a bath for the whole body. Soak for 10-15 minutes,
two to three times a day.
Another helpful option is the use of ice packs. Place
one above and one below the joint for 20 minutes three
times a day for one month (six ice cubes to a quart
of cold water, or mix two-thirds water and one-third
alcohol and freeze until slushy).
Drink equal parts carrot, celery, cucumber, and beet juice to help speed
At the onset of bursitis, rest the affected area for
a few days to ensure that symptoms don't worsen or take
longer than necessary to heal.
Place mullein hot packs over the affected area. To make mullein packs,
boil three to four fresh mullein leaves in water for
three minutes, then place over the affected joint. Wrap
with a hot moist towel, then a dry towel and leave in
place for 20 minutes. Do this three times a day.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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