Four Homeopathic Remedies for Sprains
Nature of Sprains
Sprain is an injury to the ligaments, caused by sudden overstretching. Ligaments are those parts, which bind the bony joints together; they are a strong band of fibrous tissue. Ligaments are inelastic but flexible to some extent. They support the joint and limit its movements to certain directions.
Usually sprains are result of extra strain during sports. In daily round sprains occur when we walk fast, run or step down the stairs. The most endangered joints are the ankles, feet and toes (of hands and feet), also hand and wrist joints; and specifically the elbow in tennis players.
The signs of this injury are red discoloration of skin, swelling of tissues and pain; difficult movements of the affected limb. There is no actual damage to the joints, only stretched tissue.
The common treatment consists of cold compresses (ice-packs), support by bandages and rest, together with medications against the pain. Homeopathy on the other hand, heals the affected tissues, and when applied timely, speeds up the healing process and reduces the pain to the possible minimum; all this gently and imperceptibly.
It is always better to resort to qualified help than to rely on your own efforts. But it happens sometimes not to have a choice; and being prepared for such cases is something I always prefer to be.
First Aid with Homeopathy
The first homeopathic remedy in traumatic cases is Arnica – for the pain, shock and swelling. The remedy should be given on frequent intervals in the first hours after the injury. Externally may be applied a compress from cold water, mixed with mother tincture from Arnica - 10 drops on 100 ml.
However, doctor John H. Clarke advises in severe sprains to place the injured part in hot water, with Arnica tincture (one teaspoonful in 500 ml) mixed in it, and to repeat this procedure on every three or four hours.
After the first acute pain and shock are diminished, and the swelling subsided, Arnica is not needed anymore. In some cases no other remedy is needed.
Arnica is a remedy which produces - and therefore cures - a very specific symptoms. It acts promptly every time – when injuries, fractures, bruises, physical exertions, open wounds etc. occur – and thus you come to rely on it, always having this remedy both at home and on the go.
On physical level there is sore, bruised feeling all through the body - as if beaten. The bed always seems to be very hard, and the sufferer continuously moves from place to place, may he find a softer spot. Patient is thirsty for large quantities of cold water; and it is possible to feel chilly after the injury.
On mental level people who need Arnica are often defining themselves as ‘stoics’; they usually say that are well, while in fact they are in much pain; and there is marked fear to be touched. These people push themselves to the end of their possibilities, and work too hard. They never pass the baton to another, taking all the heaviness on their shoulders.
Post Traumatic Homeopathic Treatment
After inflammation and swelling have subsided, the affected joint must be moved slightly, otherwise it will become stiff.
If the patient is experiencing rheumatic pains and feeling of stiffness in the beginning of movement, but in continued motion pain subside; if at night he or she cannot find comfortable position in bed and pains aggravate by rest, Rhus toxicodendron will help. Few doses Rhus-t for up to 2 days should be enough. Rhus-t is main remedy for the so called ‘tennis elbow’; also for sprains of the hands joints and injuries of hips.
When the injured part is cold and it ameliorates from cold external applications, possibly the remedy is Ledum palustre. This remedy is more often prescribed for sprains on the lower limbs. Marked symptoms of Ledum are the rheumatic pains and the ‘traveling’ affection upwards from the feet - i.e. the swelling goes up. Easy spraining of ankles and salient swelling of the joints; sometimes cross-wise pains – left shoulder and right hip - are sure symptoms, cured by this remedy.
Sometimes the patient feels bruised pain in the bones. Pains aggravate in cold and damp weather. Then one or two doses of Ruta graveolens will help.
When, in spite of healing with the homeopathic remedies pointed above, there is remaining weakness or pain in the affected joint – the so called ‘old sprains’ – apply Calcarea carbonica for three or four days once or twice a day. This remedy will finish the process and clear the remaining symptoms.
All remedies mentioned may be applied in potencies of 30 C or lower, dissolved in water; and the solution should always be stirred well before drinking. The more amelioration is perceptible, the less frequent the remedy should be taken.