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A lot of my patients are active people that enjoy physical exercise and all of them know the benefit of using Arnica or Bryonia, homeopathic remedies for pain and inflammation from injury and swelling. I would like to show you the many homeopathic uses of Arnica 30 and 200 in everyday life! As you may know, one of the most well-known uses of Arnica is for bruises. It only takes a few doses to see the changes and repeated use will help to clear them!

​Having treated many players in a professional Futsal team, I have gathered considerable experience in treating sports injuries and athletes so I have decided to write this small blog to assist with self-help in choosing the most basic homeopathic remedies for any type of sprains and strains, whether caused by accident, contact sports or even gardening! 

In my experience, there is usually a sequence of remedies. From the first day of the injury, symptoms may quickly change, even in a matter of days only.

Sometimes, a remedy will work one day to alleviate a set of symptoms but will stop working the next day even if the potency is raised. It is that time that a complementary or related remedy will continue and progress with recovery where the other had left off.

I guess all of these remedies are needed to provide relief because a different set of systems are involved in an injury, ligaments, muscles, periosteum, nerve pain, shock, swelling, inflammation, etc

PREVENTING FATIGUE IN ENDURANCE SPORTS

Arnica 30: this is the most effective way to help fatigue in strenuous or endurance events such as running a marathon or playing a tournament.

The remedy has no side effects and does not contravene any rules for the use of drugs in sports. If the remedy is taken just before an event, it will help to maintain stamina through the demanding times for the duration of it.

Dosage: take 1 dose of Arnica 30 just before the start of the event, and it can be taken every 1 hour after again if needed and repeated for a few doses.

​For those that time would not allow them to stop, one pill can be put in half a small bottle of water, and a sip can be taken on the go. If the event is all day long with breaks, take one pill 3 times per day spaced out.

RECOVERY AFTER A MARATHON, TOURNAMENT OR VERY STRENUOUS WORKOUT-MUSCLE FATIGUE

Arnica 30/200c taken 3 times per day for 2-3 days, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

The first remedy to think of is always Arnica!

Arnica 200: Trauma of all varieties, mental or physical. First remedy after an injury.

​Give Arnica first, assess reaction, and see if other remedies are needed. 

Arnica 200: will help with all kinds of bruises after an injury. Take every 3 hours if symptoms are very intense or 3 times per day for a few days or a week.

Bellis-perennis 200: it can be useful if Arnica has not been able to help much or to follow after Arnica if there is still a lump in the area where there has been a blow.

Natrum-sulph 200: headaches that remain after a head injury.

Bryonia 200: pain after an injury that is worst for any movement. The person can not move the affected part because of the pain. 

Hypericum 200: pain from injuries to parts rich in nerves, especially fingers, toes or nails. Injuries to the spinal cord and coxis.

SPRAINS AND STRAINS+ A BANERJI PROTOCOL FOR TENNIS ELBOW

Arnica 200: this is the first remedy to give

Rhus-tox 30/200: parts feel stiff, dislocated sensation, affects the fibrous tissue, ligaments, and joints. Tearing in ligaments, tendons, and fasciae.  Pain is worst at the beginning of the movement after rest but after a while, it gets better.

The injury may feel better by hot applications or stretching the affected part.

Ruta 200: complaints from straining flexor tendons especially.  Lameness after sprains. Affects cartilage, periosteum, and tendons. Nodules in the tendons after sprains.

The pain feels as if bruised, sore and aching.

Ledum 200: affects the fibrous tissue, especially small joints (such as ankles), tendons and heels.

​The skin may look purple,  painful and puffy joints, discolouration of the skin remains after pain and inflammation subside. Shoulder pain as if rheumatic pain.

Bryonia200+ Rhus tox 30 twice daily for injuries where there is swelling and inflammation. This can be alternated with any other remedy and is one of the best homoeopathic remedies for pain and inflammation of the joints.

For Plantar Fasciitis look at the following protocol.

BANERJI PROTOCOL FOR TENNIS ELBOW TIP

Symphytum 200+Rhus Tox 30 twice daily

INJURIES TO HAMSTRINGS

Arnica 200: first remedy for any injury.

Causticum 200: “sensation as if the muscles and tendons were too short”. Tension and cramp-like pain in the legs.

Ruta 200: “tights feel broken”. The pain is worst when stretching.
Pain as if deep in the bone.

Rhus-tox 200: stiffness in the area and maybe a numbness feeling.

​INJURIES TO THE EYES WITH SWELLING AND INFLAMMATION

Arnica 200: after any trauma to the eye. First remedy to help with black eyes.

Ledum 200: when black eyes have a bluish tinged after a few days and Arnica is not helping anymore.

Symphytum 200 twice daily: Injuries to the orbit of the eye 
​Use Ruta 200 if Symphytum is not helping.

​INJURIES TO THE SHOULDER

Arnica 200 is always used first to address the trauma.

Bryonia 200: if unable to move the arm, any movement is extremely painful. The joint may feel dry.

Ferrum metallicum 200: specially suited for left-sided tears, although may also be used in right-side ones.

The pain extends to the deltoid region, and it feels better by moving the arm. Also suited for frozen shoulder.

Ferrum-Muriaticum 200: rheumatic lameness remains time after injuries to the shoulders, especially the right shoulder.

Tearing and stitching pains in the shoulder, clavicle and muscle make it impossible to lift the arm.

Sanguinaria 200: right-sided deltoid and shoulder affected. Cutting pain and stiffness worsens by rising or turning the arm.

The pain worsens at night and is better by swinging the arms back and forth.

Also, think of Rhus-tox and Ruta as part of the recovery process.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION