If you know anyone who has/had a frozen shoulder, you will know that they have tried almost everything that well-meaning friends have suggested. Maybe you have experienced a frozen shoulder. Doctors may prescribe various medications, physiotherapy, steroid injections and even surgery for relief of pain. But really, natural treatment for frozen shoulder is the way to go!
WHAT IS FROZEN SHOULDER?
Frozen shoulder (a.k.a. adhesive capsulitis) is an inflammation that occurs in the capsule of the humerus. The shoulder joint has a very loose joint capsule known as the articular capsule of the humerus and the connection tissue sometimes can become inflamed and stiff.
Frozen shoulder usually occurs to one shoulder at a time, rarely together. And when it happens, it can greatly limit the range of motion in the shoulder. Sufferers may experience certain tightness or stiffness and even pain in the shoulder that restrict movements.
Pain is constant, gets worse in the night or with cold weather. When left untreated, the condition doesn’t go away, and can get to the extent that you will not be able to lift your arm. Getting dressed, driving, and normal chores can cause severe pain in the shoulder.
NATURAL TREATMENT FOR FROZEN SHOULDER
Medications may temporarily relieve pain, but they don’t heal, in fact they may make the situation worse by creating other side effects such as inflammation in other parts of the body. And, you don’t want to have to permanently depend on painkillers. Surgery comes with its risk with no guarantee of complete healing.
The key word in this debilitating condition is “inflammation“. When my clients come to me with any issue of inflammation, juicing always works. And knowing what juices to drink takes out the guess work and provides speedy healing.
The most rewarding part of my health coaching career is when my clients are healed from the health conditions they came to see me for. 100% of the time, when my clients follow my program, they are healed. The ones who don’t heal are those who give up too easily and too early.
At least two of my clients came to me with inflammation in the shoulder. They have tried painkillers and physiotherapy, and have been suffering for months with no sign of the pain ever going away.
One of the easiest natural remedies to stop inflammation is by drinking anti-inflammatory juices. This applies to many inflammatory conditions.
With a frozen shoulder, I can imagine that juicing would be a nightmare for you. You will need to get someone to make these juices for you.
Below are two of my favorite anti-inflammatory juice recipes. You can drink either one (or both) and they will give you good results. Drinking these in their juice form allows you to take in larger amounts of their goodness for the speedy healing of the inflammation in your shoulder.
Beetroot is rich in betalains, ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids and flavonoids that all contribute to a synergistic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects to reduce oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
Juice all these:
- 6 large beetroots – cut off both ends and scrub clean under running water, juice with peel
- 1 lemon – cut off both ends of the lemon and quarter it, juice with peel
- 1-inch ginger root
This should make about 1 liter/quart of juice using a masticating juicer. If you use a high-speed centrifugal juicer, you may get a little less.
Caution: If you have never drank beetroot juice, start with a little beetroot juice to see how your body respond to it. If you experienced any reaction, drink plenty of water and drink a little less juice the next time and gradually work up the amount that your body is able to “tolerate”.
Pineapple contains the bromelain enzyme that has analgesic (anti-inflammatory) properties. It is recommended for therapeutic use in the treatment of chronic inflammation and diseases. Not only is pineapple a natural painkiller, it also provides the right nutrients for healing of the inflammation.
Juice all these:
- 1 whole pineapple – cut off the crown and thorny skin, then cut the yellow flesh into smaller pieces to fit through your juicer chute
- 6 ribs of celery
- 1 cucumber
- 1-inch ginger root
- A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional but works to support your healing)
This should make about 1 liter/quart of juice.
HOW MUCH TO DRINK AND FOR HOW LONG
How much and how long you need to drink them, depends on how severe your frozen shoulder has become. Make 1 liter of juice every day and divide them into 3 portions to be drunk morning, afternoon and evening, on empty stomach, at least 15 minutes before food.
Caution: If you are diabetic, have low blood pressure, a blood disorder or yeast infection: Drink only about 500ml/day (about 17oz/day)—split into two portions for morning and afternoon.
Yes, you can continue to eat, but try to reduce foods that are inflammation-causing. Instead, eat foods that will help eliminate inflammation.
If you are on any medication, drink your juices 2 hours apart from medication.
After the first day, you may already feel some degree of improvement. That is how potent these juices are! Continue drinking the same on the second and third day. How many more days longer? As long as it takes for YOU, until the pain totally subsides. For some people, it may take 3 days, for some others it may take up to 14 days. If you have suffered for months, a few days is really nothing when you know that you will get well by drinking these anti-inflammatory juices.