Herbs & Natural Remedies:
Willow bark, bromelain, arnica (Arnica spp.) and massage.
Willow bark: tea or tincture. Bromelain: tablets. Arnica: homeopathic preparation. Massage: do it yourself or professional massage.
How it Works:
Willow bark is natural aspirin. Bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, is a natural anti-inflammatory. German researchers gave it to people with musculoskeletal injuries, including sprains. They healed significantly faster than people receiving standard care without bromelain. Arnica: it’s not clear how homeopathy works, but arnica is its mainstay treatment for musculoskeletal injuries. Massage: increases the blood supply to the injured area.
Willow bark: 2 teaspoons of powdered bark per cup of water. Simmer at a low boil for 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Bromelain: 450 mg three times a day between meals. Arnica: consult a homeopath or buy arnica at a health-food store and follow package directions.
Willow bark may cause stomach distress.
R.I.C.E.: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest the injured part. Use an ice pack on the affected area: 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Use a compression bandage. If possible, elevate the injured part above the level of the heart. As pain subsides, return to gentle exercise.
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