Natural Remedies For Bursitis and Canker Sores
Overuse and misuse of two parts of the joint structures, the bursa and the tendons, can result in long-term inflammation and irritation. Bursitis is likely to occur in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees while tendonitis affects shoulders, wrists, elbows and knees. It causes pain and often inflammation.
_ Turmeric – Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The active ingredient, curcumin, is responsible for these properties and in studies has been shown to be effective as potent anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects. Turmeric can be taken internally as well as used topically.
Take up to 600 milligrams daily. Taken in larger amounts, it can cause stomach irritation
_ Cayenne – Used topically or in capsule form, cayenne helps reduce pain naturally. Taken internally, cayenne acts as an antioxidant. Used topically, it will ease the pain and gently improves circulation to the area, making the area warm. When using topically, be sure to wash your hands before touching your eyes or nose.
_ Licorice – This root helps stop inflammation when taken internally by inhibiting an enzyme in the body. Take a 500-milligram capsule up to three times per day. Licorice is also available as a tissue and tea. Do not take licorice for more than 6 weeks at a time. Do not take if you are pregnant, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease.
_ Devil's Claw – This can reduce pain and swelling and is popular in Europe
The root of this plant is used to make capsules or tincture. Do not take if you have ulcers
_ Ginger – Ginger is known to inhibit inflammation and reduce pain. It also has antioxidant properties. Take as a capsule or tincture. It can also be used fresh; eat 1/3 ounce of fresh ginger each day.
Also known as mouth ulcers, these sores can be painful. They are often associated with food allergies, immune system dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies. If you have them often, talk to your doctor to help determine the cause. Vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiencies can contribute to the cause of canker sores.
_ Chamomile – a study has shown that chamomile mouthwash is an effective treatment for mouth sores. It helps keep inflammation down and helps promote healing. Drink up to 4 cups of tea per day or cool and use as a mouthwash. You can also make a mouthwash using 10 drops of tincture mixed with water.
_ Echinacea – Echinacea tincture produces a numbing effect that is helpful in managing the pain associated with canker sores. If the canker sore is large or deep avoid using tinctures as they may cause stinging. Instead, use less concentrated mixtures such as tea.
_ Gotu Kola – Gotu Kola is used to help promote healing. It has long been known to speed the healing of wounds. It can be taken internally as a hot tea or cold as an oral rinse.
_ Goldenseal – Goldenseal has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can help to fight the infection associated with a canker sore. It also can help lessen the pain. Dissolve several drops of tincture in a glass of water and use as a mouth rinse.
_ Ginkgo – When applied topically, this herb helps promote healing. It is rich in anti-oxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory. Make a tea and use the mixture to swab the sore with a cotton swab.