Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa. Bursa is a saclike structure that cushion between the bones and skin or between muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. These sacs normally contain adequate amount of fluid to facilitate movement during muscle contraction, reducing friction. Bursitis takes place when the synovial lining becomes thickened and produces excessive fluid. Known causes are as a result of repetitive use, trauma, arthritis, infection or systemic inflammatory disease.
There are 2 types of bursitis. It can be either acute that tends to develop of a sudden, or chronic that lasts for more than 3 months.
Humans have around 160 bursae in the body. Common sites affected are the shoulder, elbows, knees, hips and heels. A person with bursitis may manifest swelling, edema, erythema, localized tenderness and/or reduced movement.
Pain becomes worse during movement of the joint, tendon or both. However, it can be relieved with cold application alternate with hot compress, immobilizing the affected area, intrabursal medication and aspiration of the contents. Regular exercise is also advised to prevent further complication.
- Vitamin B12—by intramuscular injection, relieves symptoms, prevents calcification in chronic bursitis.
- Niacin—by intramuscular injection, with vitamin B12, nicotinic acid form.
- Bromelain—250 mg three times a day between meals, from pineapple, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces bruising, pain, and swelling, and promotes healing.
- Curcumin—250 to 500 mg, from turmeric, an anti-inflammatory, as effective as cortisone treatments.
- DMSO—apply on skin, 70% solution two or three times a day for 10 days, promotes healing of affected tissues.
- Bioflavonoids—500 to 100 mg two or three times daily, stabilizes collagen structures, have anti-inflammatory properties, an antioxidant preventing free radical damage.
- Ginger—tea or tincture, has anti-inflammatory properties, grate 1⁄2 tsp fresh, steep in one cup boiling water 15 minutes.
- Willow bark, Meadow sweet, Wintergreen—tea or tincture, have anti-inflammatory properties, contain salicylate, the precursor of aspirin.
- Turmeric—tea or tincture, has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Capsaicin—ointment, apply topically, compound from hot pepper, soothes and reduces pain.
- Lavender—dilute with carrier oil, massage every day, soothes inflamed tissue and relieves pain.
- German chamomile—has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Boswellia—has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Barberry—as tea or compress, alleviates pain and inflammation.
- Calamus oil—improves circulation and facilitates drainage.
- Aloe vera
- Pupleuri root, Licorice, Chinese skullcap—have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Acupuncture—relieves pain, increases mobility, promotes healing.
Take remedy according to symptoms:
- Arnica montana
- Ferrum phosphoricum
- Kalmia latifolia
- Rhus toxicodendron
- Ruta graveolens
- Sanguinaria canadensis