Bursitis is a painful medical condition where the bursa, fluid-filled sacs located between bones, muscles, and skin, become inflamed. Bursitis results from minor impact to the area, repetitive use of a particular joint, or from serious or sudden injury. Age may also be a factor.
In terms of treatment, there are various allopathic remedies to treat bursitis. There are also several herbal remedies which are known to help this agonizing condition:
Boswellia is a resin that can be found in the bark of the frankincense tree. It is commonly used in Indian ayurvedic treatments as a medicinal herb that helps to relieve all types of inflammations.
Boswellia acid has a mechanism of action that is similar to non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), but without negative side effects. Some rare reactions that have been documented include nausea, diarrhea, and skin rash.
Devil’s Claw is an extract derived from dried root that is common in South Africa. It is typically used to remedy malaria and fever, and is also used as anti-inflammatory agent in healing cuts and wounds.
This herb is not recommended during pregnancy, while taking blood thinners, or if you have ulcers. Side effects such as diarrhea, appetite loss, and headache are common.
Ginger has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to cure swelling, inflammation, and pain. It is capable of blocking the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes which are responsible for causing inflammation. Ginger acts like NSAIDs which are commonly prescribed as painkillers. Many studies have demonstrated that ginger is more effective in reducing inflammation and pain than NSAIDs. Best of all, there are no side effects of taking ginger. It can be easily incorporated into soup, juice, tea, and curry.
Turmeric or Curcumin
Turmeric is another ingredient that is popular in Indian ayurvedic medicine. Its active ingredient is curcuma longa which blocks inflammation-causing proteins and enzymes, prevents blood clot formation, and relieves pain. Turmeric can be ingested by adding it your curries, soups, or vegetable dishes. It can also be had in capsule form. Side effects are very mild and include nausea.
White Willow Bark
This herb has been used by native Indian tribes for centuries. It is commonly used to relieve inflammation of the joints. The active ingredient is salicin which is also present in aspirin. Although, this herb takes longer to act than aspirin, it has a much longer effect. Unlike aspirin, white willow bark does not harm the stomach. If you have allergies to aspirin, refrain from taking this herb.
Nettle leaves are filled with anti-inflammatory properties. They are filled with minerals such as magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and calcium. Together, they promote strong bones as well as reduce pain in the joints. Nettle also prevents water retention.
This herb contain the chemical glycyrrhizin which acts like the body’s corticosteroids. They relieve and block pain and inflammation. It is available in capsule form or it can be chewed as a root or added to a cup of tea. The tea option is the one that is considered by most people.