Healing Bone Spurs
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: [No Name Given]
Posted on: June 16, 1998

Could you please recommend a type of herb for bone spurs?

The most common bone spurs, bony extensions, occur at the heal. Siegfried Gursche, in "Encyclopedia of Natural Healing" (Alive Publishers, Canada, (800) 663-6580 or Natural Life Publishing Inc., U.S. (800) 663-6513), states that spurs are due to faulty calcium deposits, and can be treated and prevented with improved calcium absorption. Calcium absorption can be improved with a balance of magnesium ( apples, avocados, bananas, black grapes) and vitamin D (sunlight, oily fish, cod liver oil) in the diet or with supplements, and improved digestion, which may include consideration of food allergies, that can affect the intestinal lining, causing malabsorption.

Dairy products are a common food allergen, and have a great excess calcium to magnesium ratio, making it impossible to absorb all of their calcium content.

Herbs that can help are: Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) containing silica, which improves the integrity of bone tissue, aids repair, and controls calcium absorption. Due to its high mineral content, Horsetail is best taken with a week’s break every month to avoid kidney strain. Another good source of silica is oatmeal; Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) soothes irritated intestinal surfaces and stimulates bone healing. Simmer one to two teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds in a cup of water for 15 minutes.

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