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Bursae (bursa -single) are thin, fluid-filled sacs that are extensions of the bone that act as a “cushion” between bones, joints, tendons, and muscles to prevent friction with body movement.  When bursae become inflamed or infected, this condition is known as bursitis that can be caused by an infection, injury, arthritis, gout, or calcium deposits.  

Calcium deposits can be caused by an allergic reaction of the body to certain foods, not getting enough of the good bioavailable calcium in your diet, or getting enough exercise.  The body reacts and sends extra calcium minerals to the inflamed area to assist healing and this could cause a deficient in calcium for regular body functions.

Symptoms the can be present in the shoulders, hips, elbows, ankles, or feet include:

Bursitis in the shoulder, elbows, and knees are the most common types of bursitis caused by repetitive motion or physical stress.  There are different types of bursitis:

Chronic overuse of a body part is a common cause.  Bursitis has called many different names by the certain area that is afflicted: housemaid’s knee, tennis elbow, policeman’s heel, frozen shoulder, or beat knee.  Older people and athletes are most likely to get bursitis, but it can happen to anyone at any age.  A bunion caused by friction in tight shoes is also a form of bursitis.  A bursa sac on the joint of the toe becomes inflamed.

There is a difference between bursitis and tendonitis.  Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that lubricate the joints in places where muscles and tendons meet bone.    Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons - the tough, elastic fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones and can cause a sharp pain during movement.

Natural Treatments
For a quick remedy, apply an ice pack for 30 minutes or as needed.  As the pain decreases, a hot application can be applied.  Heat should be applied for 45-60 minutes at a time.  It should be as hot as you can tolerate without causing injury.  

Hot castor oil packs are useful.  Ten minutes of a hot application, followed by 10 minutes of cold, seems to work best.  Follow this with a range of motion exercises, like the following, at least once a day.  

Nutrition Needed:

A weak or non-functioning immune system, poor diet, an unhealthy environment, and age all contribute to disease.  When the body does not have the proper nutrients, it will not heal properly.

Therapeutic Essential Oils contain hundreds of molecules that work together to kill viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, and microbes.  Some are also highly effective against inflammation and infections.  Some of the therapeutic essential oils that are beneficial for bursitis are Chamomile, Cypress, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Peppermint,  Spruce, and Wintergreen.

Better health starts with a change in lifestyle by eating healthy (vegetables, fruits, greens), taking supplements, drinking water (one ounce for every two pounds of weight per day), and moving, giving the body the proper fuel to boost the immune system naturally.  The body has the power to heal when given the proper building blocks and knowhow.

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