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What's the alternative? Dee Atkinson of Napiers Herbalists gives the alternative solution.

Byline: Dee Atkinson

AREPEATED stress to the structures in the elbow, caused usually by repeated movements when the joint is under stress - such as when playing tennis - is the historic cause of this problem.

Nowadays, I find that most tennis elbow is caused by DIY enthusiasm. Painting and decorating are the main triggers.

The repeated stress causes tiny tears in the muscles and tendons and this leads to inflammation.

In the acute stage, alternating heat and ice packs on the affected area will help. If the problem becomes chronic, acupuncture combined with herbs like Ginger and Capsicum Cream is my most successful treatment.

On a long-term basis, herbs such as Willow Bark and Devils Claw have anti-inflammatory properties. The dietary supplement Glucosamine Sulphate will aid tissue repair.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 14, 2006
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