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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cortisone Injections' Herbal Alternatives

Why take Cortisone Shots: Cortisone shots may be part of treatment for a number of diseases and conditions, including: Baker's cyst; Bursitis; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Chondromalacia patella; De Quervain's tenosynovitis; Frozen shoulder; Gout; Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; Lupus; Morton's neuroma; Myofascial pain syndrome; Osteoarthritis; Plantar fasciitis; Pseudogout; Psoriatic arthritis; Reactive arthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis; Rotator cuff injury; Sarcoidosis; Tendinitis; Tennis elbow.
What are Cortisone Shots: Cortisone shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone shots are most commonly given in joints — such as ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist and the small joints in hands and feet. Cortisone shots usually include a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. The number of cortisone shots you can receive in one year may be limited because of potential side effects from the medication.
Cortisone Shot Risks: Death of nearby bone (osteonecrosis); Joint infection; Nerve damage; Skin and soft tissue thinning around injection site; Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint; Tendon weakening or rupture; Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis); Whitening or lightening of the skin around injection site.
Limit Cortisone Shots: Repeated use of cortisone shots may cause deterioration of the cartilage within a joint. For this reason, doctors typically limit the number of cortisone shots in a joint. In general, people with rheumatoid arthritis may be limited to three or four cortisone shot per joint per year. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cortisone-shots/MY00268
How Cortisone Shots Work to relieve pain? They only provide temporary relief and are often given multiple times. Cortisone injections decrease inflammation in an injured part of the body. When body tissue is injured, a series of events occurs locally and within the bloodstream to promote healing. Inflammation can result from this healing process and, frequently, the inflammation causes pain. Injecting corticosteroids into the inflamed area helps to calm the inflammation. As the inflammation subsides, the pain does, too. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-11/lifestyle/sns-201204101600--tms--premhnstr--k-a20120411apr11_1_injections-cortisone-rheumatoid-arthritis
Garlic is the first herb on the list when any dangerous infection is present. For any infection, anywhere in the body, garlic can and should be taken internally. It is the heavy artillery when it comes to destroying any type of infection; one of the most useful remedies for inflammation. http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/anti-inflammatory-herbs.html
Garlic, a member of the onion family has a reputation as one of the most-used therapeutic plants in alternative medicine. The herb works as an antibiotic, decongestant and as an aid to fight inflammation. As a home remedy the Mayo Clinic includes garlic as a treatment option for earaches and sinus congestion. To treat ear infections, New Hampshire-based herbalist and nutritionist Linda Kingsbury recommends pricking a garlic oil capsule with a pin, soaking a cotton ball with the oil and leaving the cotton ball in your ear overnight. Another option is to ingest 500 mg garlic oil capsules daily for seven days to knock out the infection. http://www.livestrong.com/article/183222-home-remedies-for-sinus-ear-infections/#ixzz2NfMNIJiT
Inflammation is an immune response to injury or infection causes pain, redness, heat, and swelling in affected area. http://assets.escardio.org/assets/Presentations/OTHER2011/Summer_School/201-Hansson.pdf. Garlic is the first herb on the list when any dangerous infection is present. For any infection, anywhere in the body, garlic can and should be taken internally; one of the most useful remedies for inflammation. Garlic is a very powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti pathogen substance. It is the heavy artillery when it comes to destroying any type of infection. http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/anti-inflammatory-herbs.html. Excerpt: Barks Herbs Roots Twigs-The Earth Pharmacy
Based on this information, it appears that in order to avoid taking cortisone injections (for temporary relief of pain due to infection/inflammation) the goal should be to eliminate inflammation.

Garlic alone can provide us with over two hundred unusual chemicals that have the capability of protecting the human body from a wide variety of diseases. Garlic is a scientifically proven panacea for the human body, balancing and fortifying all systems and organs. The TONIC Nutritional Garlic Supplement contains the power of garlic with no unpleasantness.
 
This is not medicine or medical advice. Consult your doctor for diagnosis and teatment of all health concerns.

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