Effective Home Remedies and Natural treatments for Bursitis

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Bursitis is a health condition that is caused by inflammation. When the bursa becomes inflamed and irritated, then you have this condition. Bursa is a fluid-filled pouches or sacs which are surrounding your major joints. This condition can get worse if it is not treated well.

In some cases, you think that your pain may have stopped, but when you are moving, you are feeling pain. There are many medical treatments and natural cures for this condition, but you should visit your doctor to know the best treatment for you. People suffering from bursitis feel this disease in many different ways, but there are symptoms that are common in most cases.

In most cases, the major cause of bursitis is caused by repetitive positions or motions. In most cases, this condition can happen in your knee, elbow, heel, shoulder, the base of your big toe, and hip. If you are having big pain, then you must visit your doctor. In those cases, medical help is needed to cure the inflammation and pain caused by bursitis.

10 Natural Remedies for Bursitis

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most used natural cures for many kinds of diseases. When Vitamin C is combined with flavonoids, then you can use this combination as a natural treatment for cartilage (it is connective tissue) [1].

Before you start using this remedy, you should know if there can be some side effects. You should tell your doctor if you are using some natural treatment for other kinds of diseases or if you are using some medicine for it.

Ginger root

Ginger is a worldwide used natural remedy for bursitis. This natural remedy is used as a treatment because it relieves the pain caused by this disease.

Ginger is known for its specific compounds, which relieve pain and also is reducing inflammation. The most recommended daily intake is two capsules of powdered ginger (from 500mg) once or twice per day. But to be sure of the real intake amount, you should consult your doctor.

This is a very effective natural remedy for treating bursitis because this vegetable acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that can help you get better. [2]


Many studies show that this herb is a very effective natural cure for treating bursitis because curcumin (the yellow pigment in this remedy) has incredible anti-inflammatory properties.

When you are suffering from bursitis, you should slow down your activities and rest for your condition. When turmeric has been used as a natural treatment for bursitis, it has not shown any side effects. [3]


Bromelain, which is an enzyme contained in pineapples, is effective in reducing the inflammation which is caused by bursitis and also is very helpful for reducing swelling [4].

Omega-3 fatty acids

Fish oil and flaxseed oil are used as a natural treatment for bursitis because is reducing inflammation [5]. But this remedy can cause some side effects, such as bleeding. Do not use omega-3 fatty acids without talking with your doctor.

Castor oil

anosmia, bursitis, CastorOne of the most used natural remedies for treating bursitis is castor oil. It is not cheap treatment. Every single person who suffers from bursitis can heal with it. Also, it is a quality and effective natural remedy for treating bursitis. This is an incredible natural treatment for bursitis because it relieves healing components of the body tissues. It is effective in relieving pain.
Also, this natural remedy has the ability to reduce the inflammation caused by bursitis. One way to use this natural remedy is to put 5ml to 10ml on a washcloth. You should put the cloth on the affected area. Before you apply the cotton, you should heat the towel or heat the pad. Apply this heat to the infected areas. [6]


When you are in the early stage of bursitis, or it is your first time having this condition, you can use ice as a natural treatment for it. If it is your first time, then you should apply ice to the affected area. Let the ice stay there for 15 minutes. Then, you should get off the ice for 15 minutes. You should do this step one hour twice per day.

If it is your first time having bursitis, then you should know that you should apply ice on the affected area in the first 24 or 48 hours because, in that case, you will get relief from the pain.


When you have bursitis for years, you have calcium deposits. In those cases, calcium is removed slowly and naturally from the body’s pH level. When this is happening, you are becoming more acidic. Put calcium products in a glass of water.

In most cases is recommended to use acid-calcium products. Also, you can make a similar mixture from apple cider vinegar mixed in one glass of water. For the recommended daily intake, you should consult with your doctor.

In some cases, increasing the intake amount of acid-forming foods is recommended, which can help you reduce the pain caused by bursitis. As we said before, you must talk with your doctor for your best natural treatment. But there is general confusion about the use of calcium as a natural treatment for bursitis.

In most cases, people suffering from this condition believe that their calcium intake is the reason for their calcium deposits. But when you suffer from bursitis, your calcium supplement intake will not worsen your condition.

When you have insufficient amounts of calcium in your body, you have calcium deposits. In your blood, the calcium levels are dropping. When this happens, the body is taking the calcium from the bones that make calcium deposits. This is a reason to have a bursa in the joints which have overworked and is a reason to have bursitis. [7]


When you suffer from bursitis, you can use DMSO as your natural treatment. DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a slightly colorless and clear oily liquid with a faint sulfur or smell. If you are applying this remedy topically, then DMSO passes through the oily membranes and reduces the pain, swelling, and inflammation.

You can find this natural remedy in the stores in gel or liquid form. 99.9% of the use of liquid form is recommended because the gels and creams can worsen your symptoms. These forms can increase your inflammation and irritation.

In some cases, there can be people who can feel itching from the first time when they have applied DMSO (in liquid form). But they should not be worried. This is normal for the first time using liquid DMSO. This is just temporary itching, and there is no reason to worry. Make a mixture from this natural remedy.

You should mix two parts of DMSO in one part of water. Store this mixture in a glass container. You can apply this mixture with your hands or applied on cotton on your affected skin. When you rub this mixture on the affected areas, then you have a 50% better chance of getting good results.

In some cases, people are recommended to use this mixture by dabbing it on the affected areas. But there are more cases that have shown that rubbing the DMSO on the affected areas is a better solution than dabbing the DMSO. If you use this natural remedy orally, you can feel a strange taste in your mouth. You will feel it like garlic. But as we mentioned above, you should not be worried about using the DMSO orally. In every case, it is better to consult with your doctor or other medical people who will tell you the right intake amount of DMSO and in what form you should use it. 

DMSO is available for buying in all health stores. You can use 70% of DMSO applied to the cotton. Then you should apply this remedy in the affected areas. Put to dry the cotton. You should repeat this step three times per day. It is useful for you to know that you should stop using this remedy if you do not see that your condition is improving. But if you have seen good results, then you should decrease the applied time from 3 to 2 times per day. Repeat this treatment for three days more.

Also, if your bursitis is getting better after you have applied DMSO two times per day, then you should also decrease the amount from two to one time per day. Like in the previous case, you should repeat this step three days more. [8]

White willow bark

White willow bark is one of the most used natural remedies as a natural treatment for bursitis. White willow bark contains salicin. Salicin has many similarities to the vital ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid. This natural remedy is good for relieving pain and also reduces inflammation.

In most cases, the recommended daily intake amount is 500 milligrams of white willow bark extract (in most cases, this is the recommended daily intake amount) once or twice per day. You should consult with your doctor for the recommended daily intake amount in your situation. [5]


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[3] Daily JW, Yang M, Park S. Efficacy of turmeric extracts and curcumin for alleviating the symptoms of joint arthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Journal of Medicinal Food. 2016;19(8):717-29.

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