Natural Treatment for Calcific Tendonitis

Updated April 27, 2018

Calcific tendinitis is characterised by an accumulation of calcium deposits in the rotator cuff of the shoulder, resulting in pain and limited range of motion. Usually, the condition eventually resolves itself. Meanwhile, pursuing a natural treatment for calcific tendinitis may help to reduce symptoms.


A physical therapist will measure the loss of motion and perform a variety of manipulations to help loosen up the muscles and tendons surrounding the rotator cuff. The therapist also will recommend specific exercises for the patient to perform at home.


Also known as phonophoresis, this treatment involves the use of ultrasound technology to project heat onto the affected area.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Commonly expressed simply as TENS, the goal of this therapy is to electronically stimulate nerves in the affected region.


A consensus statement issued by the National Institutes of Health states that acupuncture effectively reduces pain associated with orthopaedic disorders.

Botanical Medicine

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, certain herbs may help to reduce inflammation. These include bromelain (pineapple enzyme), curcumin (turmeric), cat's claw, boswellia and white willow bark.


Homeopathic remedies made from Arnica Montana, Rhus toxicodendron and Phytolacca may be used for the natural treatment of calcific tendinitis

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Karyn Maier is a seasoned columnist and feature writer. Since 1992, her work has appeared in Mother Earth News, The Herb Quarterly, Better Nutrition and in many other print and digital publications. She is also the author of five books, and is published in six languages.