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    Bursitis (Holistic)

    Bursitis (Holistic)

    About This Condition

    Shoulder joint soreness and swelling may be caused by bursitis, an arthritis-like condition. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
    • Uncover the cause

      Work with a knowledgeable health professional to find out what is causing your bursitis and to determine effective treatments

    About

    About This Condition

    Bursitis is an inflammation of one or more bursa (fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction around joints).

    The most common bursa to become inflamed is in the shoulder. The cause of bursitis is mostly unknown, but trauma or arthritis may be involved.

    Symptoms

    Acute bursitis causes pain , tenderness over the inflamed bursa, and limited range of motion. Chronic bursitis attacks may follow acute bursitis, unusual exercise, or strain. Attacks may last a few days to several weeks and are characterized by pain, swelling, and tenderness.

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    Supplement Why
    1 Star
    Boswellia
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    While there have been few studies on herbal therapy for bursitis, most practitioners would consider using anti-inflammatory herbs that have proven useful in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis . These would include boswellia , turmeric , willow , and topical cayenne ointment.

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    Cayenne
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    While there have been few studies on herbal therapy for bursitis, most practitioners would consider using anti-inflammatory herbs that have proven useful in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis . These would include boswellia , turmeric , willow , and topical cayenne ointment.

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    Turmeric
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    While there have been few studies on herbal therapy for bursitis, most practitioners would consider using anti-inflammatory herbs that have proven useful in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis . These would include boswellia , turmeric , willow , and topical cayenne ointment.

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    Vitamin B12
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    In a preliminary study, intramuscular injections of vitamin B12 1 , 2 relieved the symptoms of acute subdeltoid (shoulder) bursitis and also decreased the amount of calcification in some cases. This mechanism is not understood. Oral B vitamins are unlikely to have the same effect, since the body's absorption of vitamin B12 is quite limited. A doctor should be consulted regarding B12 or B12 injections.

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    White Willow
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    While there have been few studies on herbal therapy for bursitis, most practitioners would consider using anti-inflammatory herbs that have proven useful in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis . These would include boswellia , turmeric , willow , and topical cayenne ointment.

    References

    1. Klemes IS. Vitamin B12 in acute subdeltoid bursitis. Indust Med Surg 1957;26:290-2.

    2. Kellman M. Bursitis: a new chemotherapeutic approach. J Am Osteopathic Assoc 1962;61:896-903.

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