Naturopathic (Natural) Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

In some cases, Achilles tendonitis, also sometimes called Achilles tendinitis or inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can be treated naturally with various anti-inflammatory agents. An anti-inflammatory diet can decrease discomfort and reduce systemic inflammation and the risk for associated diseases.

An anti-inflammatory diet is based on the following foods:

  • Include: fresh vegetables and fruits, flax seed meal, flax seed oil, deep water fish, fresh water, organically raised foods
  • Avoid: sugar, refined white flour products (e.g., pasta and bread), processed foods, fast food, saturated animal fats (red meat and dairy products)

Nutritional and herbal anti-inflammatory supplements include:

  • Manganese: 25 to 100 mg twice a day for the first 2 weeks after injury, then 10 to 15 mg twice a day
  • Selenium: 100 to 200 mcg daily
  • Vitamin E: 400 IU daily
  • Flax seed oil: 1 to 2 tsp daily
  • Bromelain: 400 mg 3 times a day, not with food
  • Wobenzyme tablets: 5 tablets 3 to 5 times a day, not with food

Publication Review By: Hai-En Peng, D.P.M.

Published: 31 Dec 1999

Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015