Arnica and other natural remedies can greatly speed up healing. Arnica is the first thing to use – and I recommend that everyone keep in your gym bag. That way, you can take it right on the spot to start the healing quickly. Arnica 30c will reduce bruising, soreness, swelling and pain and will help heal injured muscles more quickly.
Traumeel ointment can also be applied externally to any sports injury.
If the injury is primarily in a joint rather than in the soft tissue of the muscle, you will need a different remedy after the first few days. (Use Arnica for the first few days for an injured joint, as long as there is soreness and swelling.)
If the skin is broken – let’s say you fell off your bike during triathlon training – use Calendula internally, externally or both. It will close up the wound, prevent infection, reduce pain and scarring, and generally speed up the healing.
If the area is bandaged and you can’t get to it with an external application, take Calendula pellets internally (dissolved in your mouth). Otherwise, dab or spray a Calendula solution over the area.
You can get all these remedies in any natural food store or online, for example from www.homeopathic.com. Get the 30c potency (strength) and dissolve a couple of pellets in your mouth two to four times a day (more frequently if your symptoms are recent and intense, less frequently as time goes on and your symptoms subside).
For more information, see the sports injury section of my book, A Healer In Every Home.
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