Prevent and Heal Bruises
The tendency to bruise varies from person to person. Some people just bruise easier than others. But as we age, we all tend to bruise more. Ever wonder where the bruise on your arm or leg came from? After all, you don’t recall bumping into anything that might have caused it. That’s because the older we get the more delicate our blood vessels become, making it easier for the skin to bruise when ‘injured’. When the skin is bumped or injured, the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) in the skin break and leak into the surrounding tissue. As red blood cells gather around the injured site, you begin to see discoloration (bruising). Bruises change color as the body heals itself – what starts off as a dark red-purple (sometimes black) bruise, becomes green or yellow as the body metabolizes (absorbs) the escaped red blood cells.
There is not much you can do to prevent the bruise from forming once the skin has been bumped or injured. But one healthy skin solution is to help speed the healing process with a topical form of Arnica.
Arnica (Arnica montana) works to initiate tissue repair at the cellular level. It has been around for centuries with documented use of its healing qualities in texts dating back to the 1500s. It is a natural herb derived from a daisy-like mountain flower that is effective as a homeopathic remedy for bruises and other things like sprains, soreness and swelling, general muscle and joint pain. While it should never be applied to broken skin or an open wound, Arnica is effective when applied, topically, to bruised skin.
Help Prevent Bruising
Surgical bruises often attract attention long after your procedure is over. In cases when you know you are about to sustain an injury to the skin – say a scheduled surgery, or before a visit to the dermatologist for facial filler or other invasive procedure that leaves you bruised, you can prevent or minimize any bruising by taking oral Arnica in homeopathic form.
Arnica Montana 30X is an oral form of Arnica. Since pure Arnica is toxic if taken internally at full strength, homeopathic preparations of Arnica are extremely diluted. They have no detectable amount of the plant in them and are generally considered safe for internal use when taken according to the directions on the label.
The small, pleasant tasting tablets are taken sublingually (placed under the tongue) prior to the procedure and again after the procedure to manage bruising and swelling associated with soft tissue injury.
In one study, it was found that women given Arnica prior to undergoing cosmetic surgery experienced 20% less bruising than those who received a placebo. Another study presented at the 8th International Symposium on Facial Plastic Surgery showed a 24% reduction in bruising when Arnica was given. This herb may do more than decrease bruising. It also appears to reduce some of the pain and swelling frequently experienced after surgery. Results like these, published almost a decade ago, convinced many plastic surgeons to offer the herb to their patients as a natural way to prevent bruising after surgery. Today it is also commonly recommended for patients who have a tendency to bruise from injectable fillers like as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, etc.
Note: When taken orally, Arnica should be used under the supervision of your doctor to avoid any potential side effects.
When buying Arnica, look for pure Arnica extract, homeopathic pills with 30x dilution, or topical applications. Arnica is widely available in drugstores, health food stores and can be purchased online.
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