The bursae are pockets of thick fluid sacks that lubricate and protect the tendons and joints. They are damaged from injury or over use. This causes pain and inflammation (bursitis) and there may also be stiffness, tenderness and burning, all worse from motion.
Most medical treatment for bursitis includes NSAIDS (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) with all their side effects, toxicity, and slowing of the healing process. If these don’t work, then they may use injections that may only help symptoms.
From the natural perspective we help bursitis by changing a person’s lifestyle if it is from over use, and to help reduce inflammation in the body so the body can repair itself.
Diet – reduce the toxic load to the body so it has the strength to repair. Eliminate alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, fast foods and dairy.
Supplements for bursitis symptoms include fish oil at 6,000 mg a day to reduce inflammation and help cardiovascular health. Bromelain at 2500 GDU 1 tablet or capsule three times a day between meals as a pain and inflammation reducer; MSM at 6,000 mg a day to assist the body in repair.
Herbs for Bursitis
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Externally for bursitis use a castor oil pack. Using a cloth soaked in castor oil, cover the inflamed joints or other affected areas and apply a hot pack over it. Do this twice a day for an hour. It may take several days to weeks but relief can be immediate and very effective. Internally the strategy is to use anti-inflammatory, circulatory and pain relieving herbs for bursitis. Use one capsule of each two or three (best) times a day.
Boswellia has been used as a concentrated extract for pain an inflammation.
Turmeric as the raw herb is full of nutrition, and has been used for liver health and anti-inflammatory processes.
Willow bark extract as a concentrated extract for pain and inflammation.
Cell Salts to Help with Bursitis
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc fluor 6X– for connective tissue repair
#4 Ferr phos 6X– to reduce inflammation
#12 Silicea 6X– one of the top remedies as it helps to repair connective tissue
Bursitis Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Apis mellifica (#1 homeopathic for bursitis) – joints swollen, hot and painful; water on the knee; any kind of hot stinging pain; feels better from a cold application.
Bryonia – swelling; sharp sticking pains worse form any movement; better from rest.
Belladonna – hot, red, throbbing pain, more right sided; pains worse 3 – 11 pm; skin hot and dry.
Bellis perennis – from injuries, blows, strains, sprains; bruised aching from stress with swelling; sore, bruised sensation; worse left side; pains worse form motions.
Rhus tox – pains worse from damp cold weather or storms; pains upon movement and after resting, but better from continued motion.
Ruta graveolens – used for tendonitis of joints, tendons and for bruised bones; pains are bruised, aching; restlessness, lameness and weakness of joints and flexor tendons.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes