is an injury to ligaments:
a strain is an injury to muscles:
is a loss of blood into the tissues.)
The standard treatment for
sprains and strains (where there is swelling and inflammation) is:
With a serious sprain herbal compresses are valuable. If the skin is intact a
compress or poultice of Arnica should be employed. Buy Arnica flowers.
Make an infusion, i.e. steep the flowers in water brought to the boil. Soak a
cloth in the solute. Apply the soaked flower to the sprained part and wrap tightly
with the soaked cloth. Bind the compress/poultice in plastic (to keep your sofa
dry). Leave the application on for one to several hours. Repeat quite often, e.g.
several times a day. Note that Arnica can cause skin irritation.
there are abrasions, if the skin is not intact, you might try using Calendula
flowers and/or Plantain herb. (Plantain you can get from your lawn
- providing it hasnít been sprayed with chemicals. Plantain is the common
"rib grass". Use the leaves: crush them and apply the juice, or make a poultice
as described above.)
Both Calendula and Plantain are vulneraries,
wound healers, as is Arnica.
With sprains and strains Arnica
should also be taken homeopathically internally. Arnica 30C can be repeated as
required. For a serious injury you might also benefit by taking Arnica 200C a
few times - three times at one hour interval - then continue with the lower potency
If there is bruising I have found the Chinese ointment "Tieh
Ta Yoa Gin" peerless both in releaving discomfort and in speeding up resolution
of the bruise.
Arnica is also indicated for bruises - an ointment topically,
externally, and homeopathic Arnica 30C internally.
Vertolliís sprain/strain formula: may help speed recover from injury.
glucosamine sulphate 500 mg
extract: SISU one dose
grape seed extract
the above to be taken three times a day.
formula: for aching and sore muscles (that are not recovering as quickly as
you would like) I have found a herbal infusion of Plantain and Horsetail(AKA
Shavegrass) helpful in my practice. To be taken as a tea three times a