Think of your knee as an expensive sports car — a finely tuned machine that is capable of great power, but also highly vulnerable to breakdown. Over time, many things can affect knee functioning: mishap/injury, misuse or overuse of the joint, excessive weight, illness/disease. As we age, knee problems can become more common.
Significant and persistent knee pain affects nearly 25% of women and 20% of men. Your knees and hips — your largest joints — support your body’s weight while allowing your legs to move freely. Even walking at a leisurely pace puts a force that is double your body weight on each leg. Running or descending stairs quadruples that force. Two most common overuse injuries of the knee are Bursitis and Tendonitis.
This brief article discusses bursitis of the knee, its causes, symptoms and methods of relief, including the use of the herb, Solomon’s Seal. The key to understanding bursitis is to know the role synovial fluid plays as a “lubricating oil”. Solomon’s Seal is especially effective in increasing, decreasing or reinstating proper amounts of synovial fluid in the knee joints and tissues. Continue reading →
Pain and discomfort for most people are constant life companions. We obtain diseases or experience an injury. We age, overuse our body, don’t take care of our body. As a result, pain can interfere with daily life. It can be sharp and immediate, called acute pain, or more long-term, called chronic. In any case, pain demands us to manage it in some way so as to minimize its negative impact.
Ask yourself this question about pain: Do I take actions that control my pain or do some of my habits and routines actually increase my pain level?
Whether your pain is acute or chronic, there are surefire ways to increase your pain, thereby working absolutely contrary to the desired effect of reducing pain and increasing healing. This article takes a different approach to managing your pain. It offers ten tried-and-true ways to stay miserable with pain. Continue reading →
Many people complain of knee issues related to: swelling, osteoarthritis, cartilage degeneration, and even the inability to comfortably stand up from a sitting position. Excessive exercise, aging, prior injuries, and even excess weight and obesity contribute to knee discomfort.
The fact that almost two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese contributes to most knee issues. Solomon’s Seal may be a helpful intervention, as discussed below, but the best advice is to remove excessive weight that severely impacts the knees and ankles. Let’s briefly look at the impact of extra weight on the hips, knees and ankles. Continue reading →