Super Foods To Treat Bruising
Contusions / Ecchymoses
Bruising is often associated with physical activity, sports, or youthful activities. But any substantial bump or fall can generate damage to the blood capillaries, causing blood to spread into surrounding tissues. Minor bruises caused by injuries generally go away in three to 10 days, depending on the seriousness of the injury and external factors (diet, for example). Some people are more susceptible to bruising and may benefit from an increase in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Bruising that appears often and without cause should be examined by a health care practitioner. Note that bruising may not reflect an underlying clotting disorder. It is more common in patients on steroids and blood thinners. Also, patients with low blood platelet counts (lack of blood clotting) associated with bone marrow cancers, leukemia and certain chemotherapy protocols frequently experience bruising. Because of thinning skin and more fragile blood vessels, bruising is more common after the age of 60.
Treatments for Bruising
Most treatments for bruising involve some kind of topical substance to help reduce or prevent discoloration and pain.
- Eat foods high in vitamin C and antioxidants, such as fresh fruit, berries, and green leafy vegetables.
- Apply propolis tincture or cream to the surface of the wound. Lavender oil, hyssop, and camphor are also used in the same way; they also can be mixed with the propolis cream.
- Foods rich in bioflavonoids, such as fruit, seabuckhorn (or seaberry), and mango, help repair capillaries.
- You can also try putting white or apple cider vinegar on the bruise.
Many homeopathic remedies help alleviate bruising. Here are some of the more useful ones:
- Arnica can reduce discoloration and even prevent bruises if applied early. It can also reduce the time a bruise lingers.
- Ledum can be used for dark bruises to help healing and skin discoloration.
- Sulfuric acid homeopathic can be used for dark bruises that are slow to heal.
Homeopathic remedies should be taken every 4 to 6 hours until symptoms recede.