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13 Home Remedies for Bursitis


Natural Home Remedies for Bursitis
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. An enzyme in pineapple can reduce the inflammation  and swelling associated with bursitis.

The best treatment for bursitis may be prevention. The natural home remedies below can help you avoid this painful condition.

Home Remedies From the Refrigerator

Orange juice. Vitamin C is a wonder nutrient. Its antioxidant properties make it an ideal addition to the diet, especially when you are recovering from an injury. Vitamin C is vital for preventing and repairing injuries. Not getting enough vitamin C has been found to hinder proper formation and maintenance of bursa. Men and women older than 15 years of age need at least 60 milligrams a day. Drink just 3/4 cup orange juice a day, and you'll meet your daily quota.

Pineapple. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that studies have shown reduces inflammation in sports injuries, such as bursitis, and reduces swelling.

Home Remedies From the Spice Rack

Turmeric. Studies have found that turmeric, specifically the yellow pigment in turmeric called curcumin, is a very effective anti-inflammatory. In animal studies turmeric was as effective as cortisone, and it didn't have any side effects.

Bursitis may be a sign to take it easy and rest your body. But, using the home remedies from this article, you can ease the pain and swelling while you're waiting for your joints to heal.

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David J. Hufford, Ph.D., is university professor and chair of the Medical Humanities Department at Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine. He also is a professor in the departments of Neural and Behavioral Sciences and Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Hufford serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine and Explore.

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