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Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a painful physical condition in the elbow joints. It is caused by the presence of an inflammation in the muscles surrounding the joints of the elbow. Such injuries are often brought about when the muscles are strained and the muscles and the tendons around the elbow and lower arm are affected during this condition. The development of this condition occurs in those partaking in all kinds of racquet sports, those involved in gardening, and those who have home decorating jobs which involve activities like painting the walls and the ceilings. These are the common activities which bring on this disorder. While the development of the full blown symptom is gradual, the first signs of the disorder are the presence of a persistent pain felt along the outer edge of the elbow joint and also in the muscles at the back of the lower part of the arm. The condition once established is often worsened by repeatedly bending the arm or by lifting heavy loads.

Supplements and herbs

The use of these herbal remedies is traditionally suggested by the experts on Chinese medicine. Patients with tennis elbow can benefit from drinking an herbal tea made from the twigs of the cinnamon plant, the twigs of the mulberry tree, along with some ginger.

Other herbal medications that are useful in treating this condition include St. John's wort, fenugreek and curcumin - an ingredient of turmeric.

While the herb St John's wort alleviates the pain in tennis elbow, applying a paste prepared with fenugreek seeds and milk to the affected area is useful since fenugreek possesses anti-inflammatory properties. On the other hand, a major element of turmeric, curcumin is an analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory and facilitates the healing of tennis elbow.

In addition to the herbs mentioned above, taking sufficient nutrition may also prove to be useful in preventing as well as alleviating the consequences of tennis elbow. For instance, vitamin C is crucial for healing the wounds, since it accelerates cellular growth as well as restoration. On the other hand, the beta-carotene form of vitamin A is also vital since it is essential for synthesis of collagen. Then again, vitamin E possesses antioxidant properties and helps to eliminate the harmful free radicals discharged owing to inflammation within the body. Generally, vitamin E is taken in conjugation with the trace mineral selenium and helps to restrict inflammation as well as accelerate the healing process. In addition to these vitamins, minerals like zinc are also required since it works with vitamin A to restore the damaged tissues as well as lessen inflammation. You may also include cumin to your meals since it is known to produce anti-inflammatory results. It is important to note that bromelain present in pineapples also helps to alleviate pain as well as swelling in tennis elbow.

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If you are using glucosamine supplements in combination with a healthy diet, it will help to reconstruct injured cartilage. Glucosamine supplements possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and are useful for enduring treatment of persistent tennis elbow. In addition, you also ought to consume plenty of celery in your diet with a view to lessen inflammation and joint pain owing to tennis elbow. Drinking celery juice is also helpful in treating tennis elbow. Alternately, you may also add 10 drops of celery extract in a glass of warm water and drink it for this mixture is effective in lessening pain and inflammation caused by tennis elbow.

There may be several occasions when you have heard that omega-3 fatty acid is useful in lessening tenderness and swelling of the joints and also effectual in alleviating pain. It may be noted here that mackerel fish and salmon contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acid and, hence, including them in your diet will facilitate in healing tennis elbow quickly. In addition, flax seeds too are very useful in healing tennis elbow.

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Ginger tea is also an effective remedy for tennis elbow. For best results, you should drink a cup of ginger tea thrice every day to get relief from the symptoms of tennis elbow. Alternately, you may also prepare a poultice with smashed ginger and apply it topically to the aching parts of the body.

Another way of alleviating the pain caused by tennis elbow is gently massaging the affected area with calendula oil. This will also help you to relax and provide you with comfort. It is advisable that you massage the affected area with calendula oil twice every day. In addition, if you apply avocado oil on the affected area, it will also help you to get relief from the pain and inflammation caused by tennis elbow.

If you are enduring a tennis elbow and wish to recuperate rapidly, it is essential that your diet contains lots of blue berries, nuts, spinach, celery, whole grains, broccoli, cabbage, green tea and omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming pineapples and drinking lots of fresh pineapple juice would also help you to get relief from the symptoms of tennis elbow. In addition, eggs, milk and cheese are excellent source of vitamins and minerals that are deficient in the body when you have a tennis elbow. Therefore, it is vital to include these substances in your everyday diet.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is an effective way to cure tennis elbow. A combination of several essential oils, such as ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, sunflower, rosemary, cypress, basil, German chamomile, Roman chamomile, geranium and juniper are said to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of tennis elbow.

Homeopathy

A number of homeopathic remedies are also known to be effective for healing the condition known as tennis elbow. In case you are seeking a homeopathic treatment to cure your tennis elbow, you may try any of the remedies mentioned below. These medications may be taken internally or also applied topically on the affected areas.

Arnica and Rhus. Toxicodendron
Prior to using any homeopathic remedy, it is important for you to talk to a doctor or professional homeopathic practitioner. The remedies mentioned here are available in the form of gels or creams from your neighbourhood pharmacy.
Generally, people who endure sports injuries use Arnica, which is also often referred to as mountain daisy or leopard's bane, to cure the trauma or shock owing to their injury on account of the medication's usefulness in absorbing blood, lessening swelling and also providing relief from pain very quickly. In case you have any bruising and your condition deteriorates at night while moving your elbow or when someone touches the affected area, it is advisable that you apply cold Arnica cream or lotion to the wounded area.
On the other hand, if you experience rigidity of the elbow and the injury aggravates at night, or in moist or cold conditions, but becomes better when you are moving steadily, it is advisable that you apply warm Rhus toxicodendron (a homeopathic remedy prepared with the non-toxic state of poison ivy) to cure the twisted ligament in your elbow as well as to alleviate the distressing pain. In case you are using Rhus. tox. after using Arnica, the results would be even better and the healing more rapid.
Ruta Graveolens and Bellis Perennis
You may also use Ruta graveolens (rue), also known as the herb of grace which blends the qualities of Arnica as well as Rhus tox, to alleviate your tender elbow. In case you experience an itching in your hand or any kind of stiffness, bump or ache while trying to shift the wounded area, it is advisable that you apply warm rue to the exaggerated area.
If you find that Arnica or added medications are not working as well as they ought to in healing the wound completely, it is advisable that you use Bellis perennis (daisy), as this remedy is known to work much better and deeper compared to Arnica. Bellis is most effectual when the symptoms of tennis elbow include distension of the affected area and bruising and the victim feels shoddier following exposure to colds, taking a bath in hot water and when any person or any object touches the wounded area. It is most likely that when you apply cold Bellis to the affected area, your condition will improve by moving the joints as well as massaging them gently.

Additional things you may do

It is very important to give the injured arm sufficient time to recover and you must rest the arm by not using it for sometime. For several days, try no to use the arm for activities that involve forceful gripping, the lifting of loads, or the carrying of heavy bags or weights. When resting the arm, try to place the arm in an elevated position above the rest of the body. Use a kitchen towel to make an impromptu ice pack by wrapping a pack of frozen peas in it or perhaps you can use a plastic bag filled with ice cubes -this pack can be applied directly to the injured elbow to serve as a topical treatment measure. The ice pack or the towel can be left to lie on the elbow, after placing the pack, try to lower the arm for about five minutes each hour for a period of several hours as treatment during the first few days following the appearance of the tennis elbow. The use of alternate ten minute treatment using ice and warm water can also be employed as a topical treatment strategy for very painful elbows; you can also use a heating pad or a hot water bottle which has been wrapped in a towel to avoid scalding the skin. Other helpful treatments are chiropractic sessions and professional massage sessions - both these treatments will help.

Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese mode of treatment, is one of the most preferred cures for tennis elbow. In effect, acupuncture entails using very fine needles with a view to rectify the flow of qi or the bodily energy. Despite the use of needles at specific points, called acupoints, acupuncture is a painless treatment and several people find this mode of treatment extremely comforting. To heal tennis elbow, acupuncture is mainly employed to alleviate pain. Findings of several researches have demonstrated that acupuncture helps to provide relief from the pain caused by tennis elbow for considerably longer periods in comparison to using placebos and also results in a general improvement in the intensity of pain experienced by the victims. In case you have some kind of aversion to acupuncture using needles, you may use laser acupuncture, which is an superb substitute to the conventional acupuncture.

Tissue Salts for tennis elbow

A number of tissue salts, including Silicea, Ferr phos and Calc. fluor., are also useful in treating tennis elbow. The tissue salt Ferr phos is generally used to ease inflammation in the areas where there is pain and heat. Silicea is effective to treat wounds that heal very sluggishly. Calc. fluor. is effective for swelling or deposit of calcium in the tendons and also for knots.

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Comments

From Jason Wang - Mar-13-2011
Symphytum Officinale is useful for tennis elbow if Arnica Montana and Ruta Grav. do not help.
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