Sacroiliac Joint Inflammation
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Chris
Posted on: January 28, 2008

I am 42 years old, and I have a lasting problem with my health. I have an autoimmune disease. A sacroiliac inflammation and a muscular cramp in my back. I can’t bend. There is a strong stiffness in my body and a strong tension in my stomach. I have this [since the age of] 18.

Anti-inflammatory and pain reducing herbs are indicated here such as - tumeric and cayenne. Antispasmodic herbs such as wild yam, valerian and black cohosh are also needed. Alternating hot/cold treatments can help to facilitate deep blood flow and healing as can massage. Hot baths and heating pads can also be useful. Stretching and exercises such as swimming and walking can help to keep the area flexible. Good posture is important so as to not aggravate the area any more than what it is. In terms of diet is it absolutely essential that you get plenty of magnesium (epsom salt baths are a good source of this as well as taking a supplement), B complex vitamin and anti-inflammatory fats such as omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA). Good sources of the EFA are oily fish, nuts and seeds, avocados and flax and hemp seed oil.

Immune modulator herbs, such as Ganoderma mushrooms, might also be indicated but it is best to see to a holistic health practitioner before proceeding with these.

A topical 1:2 ratio (1 part herbs to 2 parts olive oil) massage oil can be made from 1 part tumeric root, 1 part wild yam root, 1 part black cohosh root, 1 part valerian root, and 1/2 part cayenne infused into an olive oil for 3 to 4 weeks minimum. After the oil can be strained off and wintergreen essential oil can then be added - approx 10 to 15 drops per 250mls. This massage oil can be applied 3 to 4 times per day. For added benefit, after applying the oil, apply a heating pad to facilitate the oil penetrating deep into the muscles and joint.

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