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Bruises and Contusions (Bruised bones) Treatments

Bruises and Contusions (Bone bruises)

What is a bruise?

Treatment choices for any type of bruise

Bone bruises (Contusions)

 

What is a bruise?

 

      Skin becomes decolorized as the result of damaging trauma – adjacent blood vessel ruptures, leaking blood into the surrounding skin tissue

 

      Symptoms in damaged area:

 

         Becomes red with a bluish hue

         Swelling/bump

         Localized pain  

 

      Home remedies are effective healing mechanisms – usually speeding up the healing process, but still may take months to heal bruised bones

 

Treatment choices for any type of bruise

 

          Apply cold compresses ASAP – E.g.  ice cubes or a package of frozen peas wrapped in a towel applied as soon as possible after injury will more quickly reduce swelling and pain

 

         DMSO (Topical) – reduces inflammation

 

          Vitamin C (oral) strengthen blood vessel connective tissue, treats internal hemorrhaging; Take a daily supplement of at least 500 mg.

 

         Arnica (oral and topical gel);

 

         POULTICE made with:

 

• Comfrey leaf – known as "knit bone" for its ability to help fractures heal (contains anti-inflammatory substances and allantoin, which aids new cells growth). Time-tested remedy for bruises, sprains, cuts, arthitis. Poultice is made with fresh comfrey leaves, ground up to make a paste;

 

• Calendula flower (Calendula officinalis) 40% - contains anti-inflammatory triterpenes having the ability to reduce pain and tenderness;

 

• Arnica flower (Arnica montana) 30% - commonly used for centuries in Europe and now popularly recognized as an effective “tool” to handle pain in bruised, fractured,  or broken bones, and also to heal muscle sprains;

 

• St. John’s Wort flowering tops (Hypericum perforatum) 30% - supposedly used in ancient Rome to heal soldiers’ bruises and sprains;


• Parsley   using crushed parsley leaves; reduces bruising and swelling, probably due to its rich content of healing nutrients, especially vitamin C and manganese;

 

         Lavender Oil (topical) for pain relief;

 

         Lemon slices (topical) – provide healing vitamin C;

 

         Raw onion slices (topical) only if skin is not broken!

 

         Witch Hazel (topical) - well-known for reducing swelling in tissue;

 

         Any other anti-inflammatory tactics

 

Inflammation Medication

 

 

An Example Bruise Compress “Recipe”

Kathi Keville (Author of Herbs for Health and Healing; Rodale, 1996)mentions the following bruise compress “recipe”:

 1 Tablespoon of one of these:  tincture of arnica, St. John's wort flowering tops, witch hazel bark or chamomile flowers

4 drops lavender essential oil

• 2 Tablespoons cold water

 

         Take bromelain (an enzyme found in pineapple) for serious bruising or deeper soft-tissue injuries - speeds healing, possibly by assisting in clearing metabolic waste from injury. Take  200-400 mg of bromelain  3 times / day 1 ½ hours before or 3 hours after eating

 

Bone bruises (Contusions)

 

      A bone bruise is damage to a bone – usually consequential to blunt trauma or injury; similar to a fracture  or soft tissue bruise

 

      A bone bruise heals more slowly than a regular bruise

 

      Can be diagnosed by X-ray and MRI

 

      General Treatment for a bone bruise

 

         Apply ice pack – to help reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels; the quicker you do this, the less swelling is likely to occur

 

         Manganese in fresh pineapple helps speed the healing of broken bones – manganese is a cofactor for bone-healing enzymes; additionally, pineapple is a good source of vitamin C and the natural anti-inflammatory bromelain.

 

         Avoid stress on the bruised area – if close to a joint you may need a brace.

 

         Take NSAID pain medication -  E.g aspirin, ibuprofen to reduce pain/inflammation/swelling

 

         No tobacco/nicotine – a good blood flow is needed for healing, nicotine constricts blood vesssels

 

         Bone bruises can take months for complete healing

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