Natural Remedies for

Sports Injury

Natural remedies for sports injuries, pain,

swelling, surgery, and muscle recovery.

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Bromelain

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Viridian Vegan Joint Complex


Horse Chestnut

Quercetin

Vitamin C

Homeopathic Treatment for Sports Injuries


More Natural Remedies for Training and Injury

from Natural Health Answers Report.


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Bromelain

bromelain for sports injuryThis important extract is made from pineapple. It contains compounds called proteolytic enzymes, which break down certain proteins, notably after injury, surgery, or scarring.

Bromelain is helpful in healing injuries, particularly sprains and strains, bruising, muscle injuries, and the pain, swelling, and tenderness that accompany sports injuries.


Research has also found that Bromelain can dramatically reduce postoperative swelling.  Much of bromelain’s anti-swelling effect is due to activating compounds that break down fibrin.  (After an injury, fibrin forms a matrix that walls off the area of inflammation, resulting in blockage of blood vessels, inadequate tissue drainage, and swelling.)

Bromelain may be useful for: bruising; pain relief; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis; bursitis; other inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or gout.

The fibrinolytic effects of bromelain prove beneficial in treating varicose veins and other circulatory disorders involving inflammation.

Bromelain is useful as a digestive enzyme, taken shortly before meals. For other purposes, it is best taken away from food.

Warnings: avoid with warfarin or similar anticoagulants . avoid just before or after surgery, or childbirth, due to blood thinning. Bromelain may increase the absorption of drugs, particularly antibiotics. This could offer both risks and benefits.

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Glucosamine and Chondroitin

One of the most popular health supplements of all, Glucosamine is a building-block for all muscles, tendons, joints, cartilage, skin, and even bone health. It also stimulates the production of synovial fluid in joints. It is anti-inflammatory, and may reduce pain.

While our bodies make some Glucosamine, we may choose to take more if there is extra wear and tear, injury, or as we get older. Glucosamine can help maintain the cushioning in joints that are used heavily, and so it may benefit sports people, bodybuilders, and those whose jobs involve physical work.

Research shows that for sports injuries, glucosamine provides some pain relief and improved function in those taking 2000mg daily for 12 weeks.

Glucosamine has been extensively researched for osteoarthritis.

glucosamine can be made from maizeVegetarian? Most Glucosamine is derived from shellfish, but the vegetarian variety is derived from algae or maize, is more active, and may be better absorbed.

See also Viridian Vegan Joint Complex, below.

Chondroitin  improves cartilage structure, holds in water and nutrients, and supports blood vessels. It helps cushion joints and increases the movement of nutrients for healing. Chondroitin comes from animal cartilage, either bovine or marine. Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin are important sources of Sulphur, necessary for the body to maintain any kind of connective tissue.

MSM is a mineral, an organic form of Sulphur. It may be added to improve the Sulphur content of cartilage. MSM also helps maintain skin collagen and elasticity.

Vitamin C may be added to aid absorption.

Warnings: 

Not for those with fish or shellfish allergy, except for the vegetarian form. rarely can lead to upset stomach – reduce dose.

Supplements:  some Glucosamine products contain sodium, which would contribute to high blood pressure.

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Viridian Vegan Joint Complex

I like this combination by Viridian, of herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It offers excellent vegan joint support, both for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and for sports enthusiasts.  Of course you don't have to be vegan to use it!

The source of the glucosamine is an algae, more readily absorbed than animal formulations, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Viridian Joint Complex contains Boswellia, Bromelain, Ginger, Quercetin, and Turmeric, all natural anti-inflammatories to bring down pain and swelling, and help the body remove the debris caused by injuries. These herbs help stabilize the connective tissue which supports joints.

Joint complex also contains:

Vitamin C, to support connective tissue (collagen) and reduce the risk of cartilage loss.

Proline, an amino acid involved in manufacture of new connective tissue/cartilage.

viridian vegan joint complexManganese, a mineral essential for us to produce the anti-oxidant Super Oxide Dismutase. SOD helps reduce the stiffness, inflammation, soreness and lack of motivation that are a ‘hangover’ from free radicals produced during strenuous exercise.

Viridian also produce a Sports Multi, for ongoing support of all those hardworking muscles.

Warnings: avoid with warfarin or similar anticoagulants. avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding. Otherwise, none at recommended doses.

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Horse Chestnut

horse chestnutsHorse chestnut (Aesculus) is best known as a remedy for varicose veins and haemorrhoids, but it is also useful for injuries with swelling. Research shows that the active principle, Aescin, reduces the localised swelling associated with injury and inflammation. It acts by reducing capillary permeability to water, thus reducing the ‘leakiness’ of blood vessels leading to water retention.  The use of horse chestnut in reducing swelling is equivalent to that achieved by compression stockings – and more comfortable!

Supplements:  I recommend Viridian Horse Chestnut seed 300mg*vegecaps. I also recommend Viridian Horse Chestnut ointment can be applied locally as long as skin is not broken. It also contains Burdock, another anti-inflammatory, Marigold and Rosemary, both antiseptic and wound-healing herbs, and Lavender. The ointment base is beeswax and sunflower oil.

Warnings: rarely can lead to upset stomach – reduce dose.

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Quercetin

onions contain quercetinQuercetin is a flavonoid, a plant compound rich in foods such as onions, broccoli, kale, cherries and apples. It is a strong natural anti-inflammatory. It works by de-activating enzymes that produce inflammation, and it may help stabilize collagen (connective tissue). Quercetin is also used to treat allergies.

Warnings: Avoid with calcium channel blockers, synthetic oestrogens and immune suppressors.

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Vitamin C

vitamin CAnti-oxidant vitamins, such as Vitamin C,  protect muscles from the high levels of free radicals that develop during strenuous exercise. Free radicals damage muscle and lead to inflammation, soreness and poor muscle recovery. Exercising in smoky or polluted environments also increases exposure to free radicals.

Vitamin C is of course necessary for many other processes in the body.

Warnings: avoid just before or after surgery, or childbirth, due to blood thinning.

Supplements: cheap vitamin C is widely available. Some tablets contains a lot of unnatural fillers. Look for a time release formulation, and/or take your vitamin C little and often. Low acid formulations are kinder for those with sensitive stomachs.  Some contain extra  bioflavonoids.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Sports Injuries

homeopathic remedies for sports injuryYou can buy homeopathic remedies over the counter. For anything other than minor problems, consider visiting a registered homeopath for guidance 9and don't forget your doctor).

Homeopathic remedies are also suitable for children too. Homeopathic remedies do not interact with other supplements or medication from your doctor.

Don't forget common-sense measures such as resting the injury, raising the affected limb, and applying ice to reduce swelling, or alternate cold and hot bathing to stimulate blood flow (finish on cold). Take suitable advice on when to resume exercise.

Always see your doctor if problems persist.

Here are some examples of homeopathic remedies for sports injury. These are widely available in health shops and other outlets. Use the Natural Health Answers Report for more information matched exactly to your needs.

Arnica

Number one remedy Sorry – information removed for reconstruction. Please see special note at end of page. 

Arnica Lotion (herbal) can be dabbed onto any bruise (not broken skin) to speed reabsorption of the bruise, and relief of soreness - ideal for children too.

Rhus Toxicodendron (Rhus Tox).

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Ruta graveolens (Ruta).

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Note: Reconstruction of homeopathic sections of website
Changes in UK law oblige me to remove suggested usage from specific homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is still entirely legal, and available just as before, but medicines are now categorised as ‘’unlicensed products’. I apologise for this inconvenience. It is my opinion that restricting this information makes the use of homeopathic medicines less accurate and reliable for the general public.

Although I cannot give general guidelines on the website, you may still consult me, or another qualified homeopath, as an individual client. As this is more time-consuming, I may have to charge for this service.


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