Natural treatment for Bursitis
There are a range of excellent natural remedies that can help in reducing the symptoms of bursitis such as pain and restricted joint mobility, as well as prevent the recurrent attacks of bursitis.
Some of the natural home remedies are listed below:
Applying hot and cold compress alternatively helps in alleviating the pain
Using hot and cold packs provides temporary relief from the joint pain and helps the person cope with the pain while the healing process of the bursae takes place.
Intake of citrus fruits helps in the healing process of bursae
Bursitis occurs due to overuse and wear and tear of the joints. Eating fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, lemons, sweet limes and tamarind helps the body to heal the damaged cells, thereby speeding up the recovery. Some naturopaths also advise the intake of papaya in the diet, as papaya has anti inflammatory properties which can help to reduce the symptoms of bursitis.
Avoiding alcohol intake
Bursitis may also occur as an associated symptom of gout and rheumatoid arthritis. These conditions are aggravated by excessive consumption of alcohol and after an episode of binge drinking. Hence it is important to avoid binge drinking to prevent attacks of gout and prevent bursitis. In case a person is suffering from bursitis, the alcohol intake may only worsen the existing pain and swelling of the joints.
Gentle exercises such as Tai Chi and Yoga may help in preventing the attacks of bursitis
There are many alternative therapies like yoga, clinical pilates and tai chi. These therapies include stretching and breathing exercises which help in relaxing the body and reducing the body stiffness. They help to strengthen the muscles and regular practicing of these exercises may play a significant role in coping with the pain of bursitis as well as preventing recurrent attacks. They can also help in relieving the chronic joint pain and muscle weakness. These exercises should be taken up after proper consultation with the doctor and must be practiced under the supervision of a qualified instructor.
Gentle water based exercises are also very helpful in the treatment of bursitis as well as other associated joint problems such as osteoarthritis. Water based exercises are low impact exercises. These exercises include water based aerobics and gentle water based sports. They help in relieving the joint pain and strengthen the surrounding structures such as the ligaments and tendons.
Homeopathic Remedies can be used in the treatment of bursitis
There are some excellent homeopathic remedies such as Rhus Toxicodendron, Calcarea Carbonica and Calcarea Phos that can be used in the treatment for bursitis. But these remedies must be taken after proper consultation with the homeopath as well as your health care professional.