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Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa, a small structure inside every joint that helps to lubricate and cushion it.

Usually bursitis occurs in the larger joints, such as the shoulder, hip, knee, or elbow. It can happen once or can recur over time.

Without seeing your health care provider, you usually can’t easily tell the difference between bursitis and pain caused by a strain or arthritis.

Signs and Symptoms

* Pain in the joint that gets worse when you move the joint (the pain may come all at once or develop gradually over time)
* Swelling
* Redness
* Fever and warm joint area (if an infection is present)

Nutrition

Include in your diet anti-inflammatory oils such as those found in cold-water fish, nuts, and seeds. The following supplements may help.

* Glucosamine sulfate (500 mg two or three times a day), for connective tissue support
* Omega-3 oils (1,000 mg two or three times a day), such as flaxseed oil, as an anti-inflammatory agent
* Vitamin C with flavonoids (250 to 500 mg two times a day), for connective tissue repair
* Proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain (250 mg twice a day), to reduce inflammation
* Flavonoids and oral digestive enzymes for inflammation

Herbs

Herbs are generally a safe way to strengthen and tone the body’s systems. As with any therapy, it is important to work with your provider on getting your problem diagnosed before you start any treatment. Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts).

Unless otherwise indicated, teas should be made with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 to 4 cups per day. Tinctures may be used alone or in combination as noted.

  • * Herbs that reduce swelling include meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), white willow (Salix alba), Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia piscipula), and turmeric (Curcuma longa). A tincture of one, or a combination of these, may be taken at 15 drops every 15 minutes up to four doses for acute pain relief, or 30 drops four times per day for general pain relief. Turmeric increases the effects of bromelain.
  • * For bursitis with muscle spasm, add valerian (Valeriana officinalis) .
  • * For chronic bursitis, add hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna).

Homeopathy

Some of the most common remedies are listed below. Usually, the dose is 3 to 5 pellets of a 12X to 30C remedy every one to four hours.

* Arnica gel applied topically (to the skin) as directed gives excellent short-term pain relief.
* Arnica for bursitis occuring after an injury to the joint
* Ruta graveolons for rheumatic pains in the joint
* Bellis perennis for injury with a great deal of bruising
* Rhus toxicodendron for pain that gets better with movement
* “Traumeel” injections as an alternative to corticosteroids

Joint, muscles & connective tissue support

  • Helps comfort sore joints and muscles
  • Supports healthy cartilage and mobility
  • Promotes healthy inflammation management

Stage 1: Support cartilage function

Cartilage is the soft tissue padding between all joints and bones which acts like a shock absorber. After years of wear and tear – the amount of cartilage between joints can decline – and that can lead to stiff and painful joints. Not Just Joints contains a host of cartilage supporting nutrients including:

  • Glucosamine – to support healthy fluid levels around joints
  • Chondroitin – to help support the immune system in response to cartilage damage

Not Just Joints contains a broad range of synergistic ingredients that work together to support cartilage growth and function.

Stage 2: Supports healthy inflammation management

When cartilage erodes over an extended period of time, the prolonged immune response could lead to chronic inflammation, potentially triggering further conditions.

Cartilage has no blood supply, in fact it depends on a clean supply of synovial fluid for nutrients to travel. Not Just Joints supports the body’s healthy inflammation management process (also called immunomodulation) with a multi-faceted approach.

Stage 3: Manage the cycle of cartilage destruction

Chronic inflammation in the synovial membrane can trigger the production of more inflammatory compounds, which travel into the synovial fluid and then back into cartilage. This may cause further cartilage destruction – and even more chronic inflammation, becoming a vicious painful cycle.

Not Just Joints contains specialized natural agents that are rarely found in other natural joint formulas

Stage 4: Healthy joints and cartilage reduces the risk of “Bone-on-Bone” scraping

As cartilage deteriorates – you lose the protective space between bones – and that bone-on-bone scraping can trigger inflammation, pain and reduced mobility.

Not Just Joints helps to support:

  • The body’s ability to manage cartilage and glutathione depletion
  • Mobility
  • Healthy inflammation management
  • Comfort sore joints
  • Immune function and skin health

Learn more about Not Just Joints now.

Image courtesy of: By Uwe Gille (Self-published work by Uwe Gille) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can.

One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets.
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