Bursitis refers to the medical condition that results in the swelling of a bursa which is a fluid filled sac found in between the tendons and the skin or between the tendons and the bones. The condition may be chronic or acute but is severely painful and can restrict the bodily movement.
It generally effects the larger joints like those found in the shoulders, the elbows, the hips and the knees. Bursitis is treatable and is known to respond favorably to herbal treatments. But before using any of the treatments it is very important to consult your doctor.
Herbal Remedies for Bursitis
Tea prepared from the bark of white willow is commonly available in most of the herbal stores but not many of us are aware that the tea has amazing anti-inflammatory and healing properties. These make the herbal concoction an ideal treatment for bursitis as it reduces the pain along with inflammation.
In 8 ounce water boil ½ teaspoon of white willow bark tea for 5-7 minutes. Strain the water and drink the tea after it cools down slightly. Drink only three cups of the tea every day.
We all know about the healing and antiseptic properties of turmeric and also use it for taking care of any skin injuries including burns, cuts, wounds and infections. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a compound responsible for giving turmeric so many medicinal properties. Buy raw turmeric sticks from an organic store and dry grind the sticks to fine powder form.
In a teaspoon of turmeric add enough warm water to make a smooth paste. Spread the paste over the affected areas and cover with a clean cotton cloth. Also, use turmeric supplements thrice a day for up to 12 weeks.
Ginger is a readily available herb in all houses and is popularly used in the treatment of common cold and sore throat. However, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an excellent choice for treating bursitis.
Boil a teaspoon of grated ginger in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes. Strain the concoction and drink it by adding honey or a dash of lemon for taste. Drink 4-5 cups of ginger tea every day.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is an essential oil that has very good healing properties and is primarily used for getting rid of scars on the skin. But the essential oil also works wonderfully well as anti-inflammatory oil. Dilute 2 ml of evening primrose essential oil with 3 ml of olive oil and rub the oil mix over the painful joints.
Do this three times a day to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. You can also take herbal supplements of the same but consult a doctor and herbalist first.
The herb is commonly known as Indian frankincense and is popularly used in the manufacture of incense sticks. Consumption of the herb in supplement form will help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with bursitis. The herb is also good for increasing blood circulation to all parts of the body. Take 150 mg of the herbal supplement thrice a day.