Bursitis is a condition of pain, at the site where a bursa (the fluid-filled pouches between bones, tendons, muscles, and joints) gets inflamed because of overuse. Shoulder, elbow, ankle, hips, thigh, knee may get affected by bursitis.
This is not a serious condition, but can give you a lot paining experience if not treated before getting worse. You may find many medicines available for the problem of bursitis, but before you buy them, you must try some of the home remedies, which are 100% secure and can save your money.
Best Natural Cures For Bursitis
The affected site must be given a rest for a few days to heal bursitis, but do not completely stop the movement (especially in the case of shoulder) as this might lead to immobilization. Just try to avoid doing activities, which can cause pain.
You know which activities are causing you pain, so just start doing those activities in a different way. For example if laying flooring has caused your bursitis of the knee, get a low stool and sit on it or get yourself knee pads. If while reading you lean on your elbows and this has caused you the bursitis at elbows, get a book holder.
Ice massage is a perfect practice to reduce swelling. Ice slows down the blood-flow to the part of the body where it is being applied. This helps in reducing the swelling. Put an ice pack on the swelling for about 20 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day.
It is not suggested to put an ice pack on bare skin, put a cloth or towel between the skin and the ice pack.
Once the initial swelling has reduced, gently apply a heat pack or heat pad which will increase the blood flow, and thus you will feel good as this would get rid of the excess fluid.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids help in decreasing inflammation, stiffness and pain, thus they can help in healing bursitis. They are found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, fish-oil supplements, flax seeds and walnuts.
However, omega-3 fatty acids have a disadvantage; it may increase the risk of excessive bleeding, so consult your doctor before taking them.
Natural herbs are always a good choice for healing the bursitis. Some among them are Meadowsweet, Woodruff, balm of Gilead and Willow Bark. Other good herbs include Sassafras, Burdock Root, Yucca Devil’s Claw, Manjistha, Comfrey Root, Safflower, turmeric and Guaiac.
These herbs contain a natural pain reliever called salicylate and can be consumed in the form of herbal tea. For preparing this tea mix one teaspoon of dried herbs in one cup of hot water. Boil the mixture for about 15 minutes, strain and drink the tea. Drink three cups daily for better results.
There are also some essential oils that can be used in healing Bursitis. Some of the best examples of these oils are Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Wintergreen.
First, apply some botanical oil for example olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, etc. Next, pour a few drops of an essential oil and then massage the bursitis affected area.
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