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Herbal Remedies For Plantar Fasciitis

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Chilli PepperA shooting pain in the heel that is caused by the inflammation of the tissue present in the bottom of the foot is called plantar fasciitis. Although its treatment involves physiotherapy and medications, the use of herbs to reduce pain and inflammation is also recommended. This condition is more common in individuals who are overweight and hence a low fat diet is also prescribed along with the drugs. Once the condition has been diagnosed either by an X-ray or an MRI, herbal treatment should begin without delay. The herbs that are useful in relieving the symptoms are described below.




Herbs That Help Plantar Fasciitis


  • Ginger- This spicy and pungent root can reduce pain and inflammation in the heel. It can be ingested orally in the form of fresh and dry root as well as capsules and tablets. A paste made from fresh ginger can also be applied topically. The gingerol essential oils present in this spice are responsible for this helpful action.


  • Willow- This herb has natural pain relieving properties. The bark contains aspirin like chemicals that are beneficial to treat plantar fasciitis. The bark is generally powdered and brewed into a tea.


  • Calendula  - Also known as pot marigold, the flowers and leaves have important anti inflammatory properties. Ointments made with the dry flowers should be applied topically as per the physician's advice. This reduces swelling and pain. 


  • Flax Seeds- How to get omega 3 without fish oil ? You can try using flaxseeds that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and support healing of the injured tissue. 2 teaspoons of whole or powdered flax seeds can be used daily in meals.


  • Garlic – MSM (Methylsulphomylmethane) is a medicinal compound that is plentiful in garlic and can decrease pain and aid in better physical movement and function of the heel. A few cloves of garlic taken everyday is a simple remedy.


Keep that irksome heel pain away by using herbs that work as natural drugs. If the symptoms persist even after treatment, contact your healthcare provider without any delay.  


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Herbal Remedies For Plantar Fasciitis