A swelling of the bursa, the connective tissue structure surrounding a joint.


This causes a rheumatic or arthritic tendency that affects different parts of the body, often the shoulders. [SNH p.7]


The cause of bursitis is the same as arthritis and rheumatism: malnutrition and poor circulation. Generally, the problem of most bursitis in the shoulder and neck areas comes from a congested condition in the transverse colon. A toxic acid condition irritates a specific area causing the specific inflammation. [SNH p.7]

Herbal Aids:

Fomentations and Liniments: These will help give very quick relief (but this is just giving relief and not healing). A fomentation, poultice or tea of burdock leaves (three parts) and lobelia (one part) is good. Wormwood oil in combination with other oils is one of the fastest and most effective pain relievers. Cleanse the inflamed tissue of the toxic accumulations with the cleansing program, and change to a mucusless diet. [SNH p.7]

Meat: If all the blood were out of the meat, it would be gray, and not red at all--as tissue, muscle, the flesh without blood is colorless, with a grayish tinge. It was said by one analyst (and is accepted by many) that the higher the uremia acid in beef, the richer the flavor, and these toxins and poisons in meat are a main contributor to gout, rheumatism, bursitis, and many other mucoid ailments. The fat of the animal is the hardest part for the body to eliminate, and Moses in particular condemns the use of fat. Notice that very few animals will eat fat at all. Again, the only value in meat is what the particular animal has received from eating green herbs (and this is why the range animal is so much better than the stockyard-fattened beef). [SNH p.536]

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey: It was noted that Vermont folk medicine, although they did not distinguish between arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, gout, osteoarthritis, etc., they were successful in treating all these diseases with two teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water three times a day. They felt that arthritis treatment began in the stomach where the acid balance prevented putrefaction of food. (Bacteria will not grow in an acid medium.) These bacteria guard the door to proper assimilation of nutriments in the stomach and intestine. One of the body's chief necessities is calcium. If the calcium balance is off, the results will be seen in many ways. There will be frayed nerves, inferior fingernails and hair, and other disorders including susceptibility to infectious diseases and arthritis resulting from altered body chemistry. [NL 3-11]

See Also:

Dr. John R. Christopher's "Three Day Cleansing Program" for Cleansing the Bowel

"Natural Healing with Herbs for a Healthier You"