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What is Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition also known as Adhesive Capsulitis. We will discuss symptoms, causes and some of the remedies that can be followed to alleviate this condition.

It is a condition where one’s shoulder is affected by severe pain and stiffening. The words Adhesive Capsulitis are derived from the Latin word adharens, meaning “Sticking to” and capsule meaning “little container” and the Greek word its meaning is inflammation. Frozen shoulder is a painful and disabling condition often causes great frustration in people.

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What are Frozen shoulder symptoms?

In frozen shoulder the pain is usually constant and may aggravate at night. In such cases, movement of the shoulder gets severely restricted. It occurs mostly in people between the age of 40 and 60. About 70% of cases occur in females. If one takes an x-ray of an affected person, the shoulder will appear to be normal and healthy and it cannot be detected.

There are three stages of frozen shoulder, which are-

A) Painful stage.
B) Frozen stage .
C) Thawing stage.

Frozen shoulder mostly occurs in people suffering from Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Chronic inflammatory arthritis, after a chest or breast surgery and after a fracture of the arm.

Frozen shoulder useful remedies-

One should practice mild physiotherapy exercises every day, so that shoulder muscles does not become stiffer.

Apply a paste of Curcuma Longa or Turmeric on the frozen shoulder twice a day or start using Turmeric Curcumin supplements.

Do some stretching exercises. These will help to increase the movements of the arm.

Heating pad is also considered to be one of the effective  remedies for frozen shoulder.

Local application of Camphor based topical pain relief oils should help Frozen shoulder condition.

Put 2 to 3 cloves of Garlic in a little mustard oil, boil it, allow this to cool and apply this oil to the shoulder, 2 times a day.

Gentle massage of coconut oil is also advisable.

Always try to consume Vegetable Oil, in moderate quantity, as this will help to lubricate the joints.

Hot and cold compresses or using a pad works well.

Soak a cotton towel in hot water. Then cover the shoulder with this towel for about 5 to 10 minutes. This is effective.

Dietary supplements like Turmeric and Boswellia also plays an important role to help with frozen shoulder.

Addition of fish oil and Glucosamine may be helpful to relieve joint pains.

Intake of calcium rich foods is advisable; these are Beans, soup of Barley, Sprouts, Soup cooked with seaweed. Intake of green vegetables is also advisable.

Spirulina is a natural source of Proteins, Vitamins & minerals. Hence intake of Spirulina along with Black pepper should help with Frozen shoulder.

Some of the above recommended remedies should be helpful to most people. In severe cases one should talk to a Medical Doctor.

By Julie Solomon

Julie Solomon is one of the co-founders of Herbal Destination and is the editor of this page; originally written by an Ayurveda expert. Please email her with any questions to juliesolomon@herbaldestination.com

All the information provided above and opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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