Remember that comfrey can be toxic, so we will only apply it externally. It helps to regenerate tissues, favors the healing of fractures and relieves bruises. Many people suffer tendinitis in different places of the body, such as the elbow, heel, shoulder or wrist, among others. However, many people affected by tendinitis only identify pain and do not know its cause or treatment.
Tendinitis can be caused by injury, as it usually happens to athletes, or by overloading tendons that are not very elastic in themselves. If you think you can suffer it, do not hesitate to go to your doctor.
Along with their advice, we present some remedies to complement their treatment.
How to identify tendinitis?
The main symptom of tendinitis is pain, which is located along the tendon, usually near a joint. That pain usually gets worse when exercising.
If we have localized pain in a tendon that repeats daily we should go to the doctor. He will examine you and perform the relevant tests.
Since the disease generally does not improve easily, we present some natural remedies with anti-inflammatory effects and without side effects.
There are some essential nutrients to naturally treat tendinitis. We can consume them through the food and/or through natural supplements.
Vitamin C: we can consume foods rich in vitamin C (citrus, kiwis, raspberries, strawberries, papaya) or take it as a supplement.
Magnesium: Helps create collagen, essential for the skeleton, tendons, and cartilage. We will take it with food (cocoa, green leafy vegetables, bananas, nuts, and seeds) or as a supplement, in the form of magnesium citrate or magnesium chloride.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects body tissue from damage caused by substances called free radicals. It is found in green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach), seeds, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast and in egg yolk.
Bioflavonoids: Bioflavonoids or vitamin P act as antioxidants since they help vitamin C to keep our collagen levels balanced. We find them in citrus, but especially on their skin, so we recommend using the skin of organic lemons and oranges to add to salads, desserts or smoothies.
We can prepare homemade plasters with medicinal herbs to relieve the symptoms of tendinitis. We will use the following plants:
Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale): It has important beneficial effects on all types of bruises and fractures, since it is a great regenerator of tissues, but always applied externally since its internal use is toxic.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): has important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects. We can also consume it with meals.
Arnica (Arnica Montana): one of the best known and most beneficial natural anti-inflammatories, as claimed by various studies.
How to use these plants
- These fresh plants should preferably be used.
- We will crush them in a mortar and apply them directly to the area to be treated.
- They should be covered with gauze loosely.
- If we get them dry, we will cook them with very little water,
- We will also apply them on the skin, covering them with a cloth so that it does not drip.
Of these plants, we especially highlight the Arnica, possibly the best known among athletes and people who suffer from inflammatory problems due to its wide use in natural medicine and homeopathy for its anti-inflammatory power.
We will find this plant in the form of cream, tincture, homeopathy, etc. If we decide to take it we must look for it as Arnica Montana 9 CH:
- We will take three pellets under the tongue three times a day separate from meals, drinks and strong and minty flavors (chewing gum, toothpaste, etc.)
Clay poultices are a very useful ancient remedy for pain relief from inflammation. They are also supported by multiple reports. We can use green or red clay, which we will mix with warm water until we get a thick fine paste.
We could also use, instead of water, the infusion of some of the medicinal plants that we have discussed above.
We will apply the poultice for at least 20 minutes. Then we will wash well with warm water.
We will make these clay poultices once or twice a week.