How to Heal Bursitis Naturally

While some of us are more bony than others, nature has fortunately provided all of us with miniature ‘cushions’ in specific joints, to help prevent our bones from rubbing against each other. These cushions are called bursa, and are literally small sacs of connective tissue filled with fluid of an egg-white consistency, synovial fluid.

The knee joint is one area well supplied with these bursae. There are two: The pre patellar bursa which is in front of your kneecap, and the suprapatellar bursa, which sits just above and behind your kneecap. There are two bursae in your shoulder too, located deep within the joint, to help cushion the complex arrangement of bones and large range of movement of this joint. Some tendons in the body are also provided with bursa-like sheaths, particularly in areas where there are large numbers of tendons crammed together, increasing the potential for constant friction as within wrists and ankles.  

The bursae can become inflamed or be damaged as easily as other areas of the body. Frequent causes of injury are over use, infection, or autoimmune disorders such as rheumatism. “Tennis elbow” or “Housemaid’s Knee” are commonly used expressions for soft tissue injuries in these joints. Damage to a joint, whether due to bursitis or other cause, manifests as stiffness or limitations in movement, and pain. To put it simply, if you feel pain when moving a joint, something in it needs attention.  

The best natural treatments for bursitis are both internal and external.  

–  Nutrients, particularly bioflavinoids, can reduce the inflammation and provide the raw materials for cells to repair themselves.  

– Herbal creams or ointments, particularly comfrey ointment, can penetrate to help the bursae heal.  

– Homoeopathic remedies are an ideal way to increase circulation to the damaged area, reducing inflammation and pain without interfering with any orthodox medications.  

– As with all musculo-skeletal injuries, manipulative therapies will speed the healing process. Massage can promote blood flow to the area and removal of wastes, and soothe muscles which have worked hard to compensate for problems in movement. Osteopathic treatment will help re-align the joints around the damaged area that are trying vainly to compensate.  

– Acupuncture can be of great benefit too.  

If you are interested in the psychosomatic basis for body problems, the joints represent ease of movement through life and flexibility with change. Shoulder problems can indicate a heavy load of burdens in life to carry.  

Resting the affected area for several weeks is essential – it really does take that long for the tissue to heal to a point so it won’t be injured easily again. If you choose to return to using the joint too early there is a good chance you’ll be in pain again very soon.   Understandably, the earlier you treat an inflamed joint, the sooner it will heal and the sooner you will be out of pain and mobile again.

It may seem easier to try to ignore the problem in the hope that it will just go away. But pain is a sign from your body that it needs attention. Your natural health professional can help you decide which form of treatment is best for you.

Mexican Flu 2009 – What is It?

I personally have stopped calling this “Swine Flu” because that is only part of the story. I refuse to call it simply Influenza “A” as that is the designation of one of the 3 Influenza viruses and the total of 5 viruses in the same family. Let’s be specific and call it Mexican flu 2009.

What is it?

First and foremost it is an Influenza virus of type A. This means if you catch it, you will get sick and feel pretty bad. If you have underlying health problems with your lungs or heart then it may kill you. Having given the last warning, it seems that the majority of fatalities from this Mexican virus have been in the 20 to 40 age group.

Secondly it is a new “version” of this virus. Viruses are constantly changing (mutating) and this is one of the problems we are facing now. This virus seems to be a “mixture” of two different swine flu viruses, one human flu virus, and an unknown avian flu virus. You should note that mixture is the simplest term as these different viruses have joined together to form a new strain of the disease.

The good news is that at present it does seem to be getting weaker the further it is travelling from its initial source in Mexico. The bad news is that when autumn comes (this is very soon in the southern hemisphere) it could come back stronger than before. So do not assume it is at an end yet because it isn’t.

Super Easy Method of How Many Tablespoons in a Cup

The concept of conversion can be explained as an exchange from one unit of measurement to another, without a change in the amount or size. In this article, we have tried to help you in understanding the conversion of two cooking measurement units: cups and tablespoons.

Cooking units can only be measured in weight, quantity or volume. There are different ways to measure different ingredients. For instance, liquid ingredients, such as milk and water are measured by volume. Dry ingredients are measured by weight in most countries, and by volume in Australia and North America. Small quantities of these dry ingredients are measured by volume. Meats are measured by weight or count in all over the world, and eggs are specified by count. Vegetables and fruits are quantified by weights or occasionally by counts.

What is ‘Cup’ in cooking measurements?

Cups normally used in a household can be different from the cup size used in recipes. A cup is used to quantify liquids and dry bulk ingredients. It’s a legally defined measurement unit in the United States and Liberia. One standard measuring cup is defined as 250 milliliters while one legal Cup in the U.S. is equal to 240 milliliters and Japanese cup is defined as 200 milliliters.

What is a ‘tablespoon’ in cooking measurements?

A tablespoon is a large spoon used for serving in most countries and for eating in Canada. In recipes, a tablespoon (commonly abbreviated as T or tbsp.) is used as a measurement of volume. A United Sates tablespoon is 14.7 milliliters, a United Kingdom tablespoon is 15 milliliters, and an Australian tablespoon is 20 milliliter.

Cup to Tablespoon Conversion

When you are trying a new dessert recipe to please your stomach, every ingredient needs to be used in the right quantity otherwise, all you can expect is a disaster. If you are baking something and the ingredients are mentioned in tablespoons, it’s normally not easy to convert them to cups. So, here we have shared some commonly used conversions of tablespoons to a cup.

Cup Tablespoon // Cup Tablespoon

1 16 // 5.25 84

¼ 4 // 5.5 88

½ 8 // 5.75 92

¾ 12 // 6 96

1.25 20 // 6.25 100

1.5 24 // 6.5 104

1.75 28 // 6.75 108

2 32 // 7 112

2.25 36 // 7.25 116

2.5 40 // 7.5 120

2.75 44 // 7.75 124

3 48 // 8 128

3.25 52 // 8.25 132

3.5 56 // 8.5 136

3.75 60 // 8.75 140

4 64 // 9 144

4.25 68 // 9.25 148

4.5 72 // 9.5 152

4.75 46 // 9.75 156

5 80 // 10 160

It’s hard to memorize the whole table but just keep in mind that one cup is equal to 16 tablespoons and one tablespoon is equal to 1/16 cups. This super easy method of how many tablespoons in a cup will assist you a lot in your kitchen.

However, these conversions vary in different regions because the size of the cup and the size of the tablespoon are different in different countries. For instance, in Canada, one cup is equal to 15 tablespoons, but if you live in America, your one cup will be equivalent to 16 tablespoons. So, always keep in mind your region and then convert the tablespoons in cups.