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Effective Homeopathic Remedies for Shoulder Bursitis

An inflammation of the bursa in the shoulder is referred as shoulder bursitis. This bursitis is also known as subacromial bursitis. Homeopathic remedies for shoulder bursitis offer gradual symptomatic relief to bring about recovery. 

A bursa is a tiny sac filled with viscous lubricating fluid that is located around a joint.  It acts as a cushion and reduces friction between the joint bones while movement. Due to these bursa rubbing of muscles, bones and tendons in a joint during movement is prevented. In case a bursa is irritated then it results in its  inflammation.

In cases of shoulder bursitis the bursa that is most commonly inflamed is  the subacromial bursa at the tip of the shoulder. 


It can arise from various reasons. Firstly it can result from an injury to the joint as from a fall, trauma, or accident. Another reason is repetitive movement or overuse of the shoulder joint.
Another cause is inflammation of the joint as in case of rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes joint inflammation resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints) and gout (a type of joint inflammation that result in pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints which is caused by  deposition of needle like crystals of uric acid in a joint).
Though shoulder bursitis can occur in anyone but the people who have excessive use of their shoulders are at risk of developing it. For example gardeners, carpenters, athletes, swimmers,  tennis players are at high risk.

Persons who are painters or who do knitting are also prone to develop it.

Signs and Symptoms 

The signs and symptoms that occur in this condition includes pain around the shoulder, redness and swelling around the shoulder. The pain can be felt on the outside or top of the shoulder. The pain may be worse on raising the arm and also from keeping the shoulder at rest. Next the affected side of the shoulder may also be tender and painful to touch. The range of shoulder joint movement may be reduced too. The pain and discomfort tend to worsen at night and on lying on the painful side. A popping sound on moving the shoulder can attend. In case of infection of the bursa (called septic bursitis)  fever arises along with above symptoms.

Homeopathic Remedies for Shoulder Bursitis 

Homeopathy offers a very effective treatment for cases of shoulder bursitis. The homeopathic medicines help to reduce the inflammation of the bursa. Along with this the medicines give gradual relief in the associated symptoms. The signs and symptoms that can be well managed with them include pain, stiffness, redness and swelling around the shoulder. These medicines manage this condition by addressing the root cause behind it. These medicines are very safe and gentle and treat this condition very effectively without any sort of side effects. The best suitable homeopathic medicine needed for treating a case of shoulder bursitis needs to be selected from a huge list of therapeutics. Seeking help from a homeopathic doctor is therefore always recommended for effective treatment. 

  1. Ruta – Top Grade Medicine

It is a leading medicine in homeopathy to manage complaints of shoulder bursitis. It is prepared from fresh plant Ruta graveolens commonly known as garden rue. This plant belongs to family rutaceae. In most cases needing it the pain in the shoulder is worse from hanging down the arm. It is also worse when resting on the affected shoulder. The pain is mostly a wrenching type. In some cases pain can be bruised also. 

  1. Apis Mellifica – Prominent Remedy 

It is the next well indicated medicine for treating cases of shoulder bursitis. It helps to reduce the inflammation of the bursa and give symptom relief. For using this medicine, tensive pain is present mostly in the left sided shoulder. It may extend to the neck. There is also pain in the shoulder that radiates to the arms. 

  1. Rhus Tox – For Shoulder Pain and Stiffness

It is a very effective medicine for managing shoulder pain and stiffness. It is one of the best medicines to manage complaints that arise from repetitive movement, injury or overuse of a joint. Persons who need it have shoulder pain that is mainly felt at rest. The pain can be tearing or burning type. They feel a pressure on the shoulders similar to that of a heavy weight. Mostly they have pain at the top of their shoulders on the left side. They sometimes feel a stitching type of pain in the shoulders. This increases when lying. Movement helps relieve it. The pain is also worse in the cold, wet weather. Lastly, they can have a drawing type of pain in the shoulder that extends down the arms.

  1. Bryonia – For Redness, Swelling and Pain over the Shoulder

This medicine is  prepared from the root of a plant named Bryonia alba or wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is a very helpful medicine for cases in which there is redness, swelling and pain over the shoulder. The pain can be tearing or stitching type. Along with this a pressure is felt on the top of the right shoulder. It worsens from touch. A tensed sensation is also felt with this pressure feeling.

  1. Sanguinaria Can – To Manage Right Shoulder Pain

It is prepared from a plant Sanguinaria canadensis commonly known as Blood root. It belongs to the family papaveraceae. It is a useful medicine for managing pain in the right shoulder joint. For using this medicine the pain is felt on the top of the right shoulder. The pain may extend to the upper part of the right arm in some cases. It is worse at night time also and on turning in the bed. Along with the above symptoms there is much difficulty in raising the arm.

  1. Ferrum Met – For Shooting, Tearing Pain

This medicine is indicated for shooting, tearing type of pain in the shoulder. The pain radiates to the upper arm in cases requiring it. With this, raising the arm is difficult. The right side shoulder feels bruised and is also sore to touch. External heat offers relief in the pain. Along with the above symptoms cracking in the shoulder joint is also there.

  1. Ledum pal – For Severe Stitching Pain in Shoulder

It is prepared from a plant Ledum Palustre commonly known as wild rosemary and marsh cistus. This plant belongs to family ericaceae. This medicine works well in cases of severe stitching pain in the shoulder. This is worse when raising the arm. Sometimes sticking is felt in the shoulder when lifting arms. Another indication for using it is a throbbing type of pain in the right shoulder. Its last indication is painful pressure in the shoulder joints that is worse from motion.

  1. Silicea – For Pain Worsening at Night

Silicea is another beneficial medicine for this condition. Its use is considered when the pain in the shoulder worsen at night time. The pain may also radiate to the arm. There is relief from wrapping the shoulder warmly. Other than this sharp pain in the right shoulder also indicates its use. 

  1. Belladonna – For Aching, Drawing Pain in Shoulder

This medicine is prepared from a plant named as deadly nightshade. It belongs to family solanaceae. It is a valuable medicine for cases with aching and drawing pain in the shoulder. The pain can go down the arm from top of the shoulder sometimes. This pain is worse at night. It is also worse from motion. Relief in the pain is noted by external pressure.

  1. Graphites – For Pain in Left Shoulder

This medicine is recommended for managing left sided shoulder pain. The pain in cases requiring it is usually tearing in nature. The pain is felt on moving the arm. Sometimes a burning type of pain is felt in the left shoulder. While in a few cases there occurs a sticking, tearing or lancinating pain in the shoulders.

  1. Pulsatilla – For Drawing, Tearing Shoulder Pain

This medicine is prepared from plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly named as pasque flower or wind flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is used when there is drawing, tearing pain in the shoulder. With this there is desire to move the arm. There may occur heaviness in shoulder and arms in addition to above symptoms.

  1. Sulphur – For Lacerating Shoulder Pain

This medicine is mainly indicated for managing lacerating type of pain in the shoulder. Mostly it worsens at night in cases needing it.  Along with this a sensation of pressure like a weight is felt on the shoulders. This is especially worse when walking in open air. Next symptom indicative of using this medicine is pain in the left shoulder as if it is bruised.

  1. Phytolacca – For Right Shoulder Pain

It is prepared from a plant Phytolacca decandra commonly known as Poke root and Red Ink Plant. It belongs to family phytolaccaceae. This medicine offers the best help in cases of right shoulder pain. In cases needing it the pain is shooting type. It is accompanied with stiffness.  Additionally, there is an inability to raise the arm.

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  1. Urvashi marwah says:

    I am suffering from right shoulder pain I am drawing before 6 month ago
    I feel pain in movement and night time mostly

  2. I injured my right shoulder 2.5 weeks ago by laying on my stomach with my arm under me. I think it pulled my shoulder out of joint. Then, 5 days ago my shoulder popped back into place, but it still hurts. It is difficult to move without pain, lifting, reaching, etc are painful. There is a dull ache when not moving. My naturopath felt fluid in my shoulder. I took Arnica for several doses spaced 4 hours apart one day, but no relief.

  3. Afternoon …..;;;shoulder pain… most predominantly the left shoulder. Assuming over use. Read thru above descriptions… #2 mostly fits my type of pain…. Limiting mobility. APIS mellifica intrigues me, however the word “apis” implies derivative: honey bee. I am extremely allergic to their sting. Last sting almost cost me my life. I carry epi-pen now. Do you recommend that in my case? Or some other homeopathic medicine. Thank you, Carol.

  4. Sarita Sharma says:

    I have siever pain in my right shoulder. On MRI examination it is learnt that some shoulder tissue are torn of and there is gap. Please tell me the treatment. Pain is more during night

  5. David B Raber says:

    I have bursitis in my right hip. I am doing PT and taking naproxen with little help. Any other ideas?

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