Treating tendonitis involves reducing the inflammation that is causing the pain. Resting the affected area (wrist, elbow etc.) is important as overuse will not allow proper healing. While home remedies for tendonitis, like turmeric and ginger, can aid the tendon in healing more quickly, it will still take some time for the inflammation to subside and the tendon to return to normal.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendons connect muscle to bone and when this tissue becomes inflamed, it is known as tendonitis. Tendonitis is painful and heals slowly, but natural remedies can help. Tendonitis is usually caused by overuse, especially for those over 40. Although the body possesses hundreds of tendons, a specific few are usually the problem because they are located where the blood supply is poor. Insufficient blood leads to not enough oxygen and nutrients, needed by the tendon for healing.
Home Remedies for Tendonitis
There are many herbal remedies for tendonitis. Alfalfa is well-known as an effective blood remedy and is helpful in increasing blood, needed by the tendon for healing. Turmeric and ginger are useful herbal treatments; other herbs with anti-inflammatory properties are solomon’s seal and arnica. Acupuncture and ice packs give short-term pain relief.
Alfalfa has been known as a ‘superfood’ throughout history by many different cultures. Pain relief is one of the many uses of alfalfa as a common home remedy; it is also an effective blood detoxifier.
Studies show Alfalfa contains many different nutrients and is generally considered safe for adults, children and pregnant or nursing mothers.
However, alfalfa is so effective that it should not be used in conjunction with aspirin or blood thinning medications.
Turmeric and Ginger
Turmeric and ginger are effective alternative remedies for many ailments, including tendonitis. These popular remedies work to increase blood supply to the tendon by increasing circulation, thus reducing inflammation and aiding in faster healing.
Turmeric has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine for inflammatory conditions. as does Ginger. Turmeric and Ginger are also great antioxidants, which also helps tissues heal by removing free radicals.
Transverse Friction Massage
Massage generally increases circulation and speeds healing. A technique called transverse friction massage is believed to reduce tendonitis pain, improve blood flow and prevent scar tissue and adhesions from forming in the connective tissue.
As long as the problem area is reachable, anyone can easily learn the technique to use on themselves, making this a safe, effective and free natural treatment.
Tendonitis can often be treated at home with rest, remedies and massage. However, no matter what treatment is used, if the affected tendon is not rested, it will not heal properly. Increasing blood flow to the tendon is central to reducing the inflammation and pain.
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