Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of the tendon, the thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. Tendonitis is often caused by repetitive minor impact on an area, though it can also be caused by a sudden, more serious injury. Common activities that can cause tendonitis include jogging, gardening, raking, carpentry, shoveling, painting, tennis, and golf. Incorrect posture at work or home can also cause tendonitis. While anyone can get tendonitis, it’s more common in adults and it’s more likely to occur at the base of the thumb, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, or Achilles tendon. Symptoms usually involve pain at the site of the tendon and the surrounding area, which can gradually build or be sudden and more severe. To prevent tendonitis, don’t dive into an activity, start gradually and build up.

A Natural Approach to Tendonitis Treatment

1. Take a natural approach. Consider a topical tendonitis treatment made with natural ingredients. Turmeric and ginger are great for tendonitis because they reduce inflammation. They’re also antioxidants that help repair tissues and speed up the healing process. Licorice root also works well for inflammation and healing. As does Solomon’s seal, which works specifically on pain in the joints, tendons, and ligaments. Arnica is a wonderful treatment for inflammation and pain. It also brings increased circulation to the area.

2. Incorporate Chinese medicine. In Chinese medicine, quince fruit is known to increase circulation and nourish tendons and the surrounding muscles. It’s also used in both Chinese and Japanese medicine to reduce joint pain. Quince can be used in several ways. You can dehydrate the fruit and add it to a tea or slowly boil the peeled fruit in honey so that it becomes a richly medicinal syrup. The syrup may be substituted in any recipe for regular honey or added to seltzer water for a sweet medicinal drink.

3. Use an ice pack. A good old ice pack works well for all kinds of bruising, inflammation, and pain. Use an ice pack for 30 minutes a day on the impacted area until the pain begins to lift.

4. Detox your body of inflammation. Detox your entire body of inflammation. Green leafy vegetables alkalize the body and keep inflammation at bay. Drink green juices, especially those made with cucumbers and celery. Stay away from foods that cause inflammation like soda, alcohol, fast food, processed food, antibiotics in food, food additives (especially nitrates), and too much salt.

Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.