Each year there are several million exercise related injuries in this country. Of course it is not just the professional athlete who is affected, but the thousands of people who rely on exercise to keep fit, to continue a sport they love and of course those younger people who play amateur sport representing their school, county or even country. It is worth considering using Homeopathic remedies to help speed recovery, they are a powerful and inexpensive medical system that is easily accessible.
Homeopathy promotes natural healing because it is does not suppress. It doesn’t stop the body from doing anything – or suppress symptoms that one should be aware of. Instead it can speed up the natural healing process. Athletes who use homeopathy often say they have shorter down times and faster healing cycles. They get back more quickly to the athletic or football fields, the gym, the hockey field, dance floor or the pool – wherever it is that they exercise and/or compete.
Ruta graveolens– Garden Rue
Ruta is highly effective in cases of injured or bruised bones, joints, and tendons that present with sore, aching pains and restlessness. Ruta works particularly well for the flexor tendons of the ankles and wrists. It is helpful in cartilage injuries, and bruises of the periosteum (the sensitive tissue that surrounds bones). Ruta helpful in sciatic pain that is worse lying down at night, and for persistent lameness and weakness after sprains or strains. Ruta can also be helpful for eyestrain.
If the injured part is better with heat and rest (Remember: Rhus tox is for when it is worse with rest), consider homeopathic Ruta.
Besides helping in first aid cases homeopathic remedies can be used in injuries that take a longer time to develop such as tennis elbow. Ruta is a remedy which tends to help with such pains, however in some of my patients it has caused headaches, which limits its usefulness. It is for this reason I recommend a 6c potency which can be taken daily for up to three weeks rather than 30c. Often this condition is accompanied by restlessness and the pain is described as a bruised feeling, again some patients have used Arnica thinking that it is indicated for the bruised feeling but Ruta has a special affinity for the areas where bones and tendons meet, making it my first choice for tennis elbow.
Ledum palustre – Wild Rosemary [‘Marsh Tea’]
Ledum is the ‘go to remedy’ for puncture wounds – anything that ‘punctures’ the skin from splinters, nails or bites [animals, snakes or insects]. Used to help prevent Tetanus from infected puncture wounds and to help prevent Lyme disease from Tick bites!
From a sports injury perspective, it is a useful remedy when treating a sprained ankle. Arnica as an immediate remedy, but then think of Ledum, particularly if the ankle looks black from bruising and feels ‘cold’ rather than ‘hot’ to the touch. Another clue to using Ledum is the worsening of pain when hot applications are used. Ledum is a remedy where the symptoms either exhibit a sensation of ‘coolness’ or that respond to cold compresses/applications.
This remedy often requires a period to treat an injury – taking a 30C pill initially every 30 minutes for up to 6 doses is advisable. Then bring the dose down to only 4 doses daily as the injury improves.
Ledum is a good remedy to keep when ‘contact’ sports are played as it is very useful for a black eye [injury to the eyeball though would be the remedy Symphytum]. Other injuries to consider Ledum for are: – crushed fingers or toes when the pain shoots upwards and feels better for cold applications [otherwise the remedy is Hypericum]. If suffering from painful soles of feet or palms of hands, consider Ledum – particularly if cold applications help ease. Generally, any blow or injury where the area feels cool/cold to the touch and responds well to cold applications.
Cuprum metallicum – Copper metal
Muscle cramps:- These are a common problem in athletes. When it happens after a match it is painful and inconvenient, but during a match it can mean the difference between winning and losing. If cramps are a common problem try dissolving a tablet of Cuprum metallicum 30c in a small bottle of water and sip it two or three times an hour during the match. If you develop a cramp then this can be increased to one sip every two or three minutes until it subsides. Remember to mark the bottle well as you should use a different bottle to drink from if you are trying to keep up your level of hydration!
Calcarea phos – Calcium Phosphate
As a cellular building block, Calc phos is a homemopathic cell salt remedy that aids many conditions involving structural stress and growth. Derived from a mineral containing phosphorous and calcium, primary constituents in bone, it plays an important role in bone repair after fractures, (non-union), and during growing periods.
Magnesia phos – Magnesium Phosphate
The simplest, most natural way to ease and prevent leg cramps and other cramps, spasms and radiating pains is to encourage the connection between nerves and muscles with the cell salt they depend on.
Mag phos benefits symptoms as diverse as leg cramps, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, spasmodic coughs, colic and hiccups, as well as backache, right sided sciatica, facial neuralgia, tics, toothache, stabbing headaches and weary nerves.
Anytime symptoms improve with heat and worsen with cold, look up this popular favorite. Sipping hot water with a dose can speed its action.
Hypericum perforatum – St. John’s Wort
Hypericum is one of the best medicines for injured nerves, especially in sensitive areas like the fingers, toes, and under the nails. It is useful in crush injuries, painful lacerations, and when intolerable, violent, shooting and sharp pains are present. It is helpful in cases of brain and spinal cord injury. Hypericum can be used in cases where wounds feel more tender than they look. It can also be helpful post-operatively for nerve injuries or after tooth extractions (in cases of “dry socket”).