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Homeopathic remedies, used as first aid,
can soothe the pain and soreness of bruises that come from injury,
reduce swelling and fluid leakage into surrounding tissues, and
generally encourage healing. A carefully-chosen remedy may also help
correct a person’s tendency toward easy bruising and soreness.
(Frequent bruising or easy bleeding can sometimes occur in a serious
illness or disorder.)
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica montana: This is the primary
remedy for new, traumatic injuries—including bruises caused by
impact with blunt objects (from simple contusions to concussions),
early stages of sprains and strains, and bruise-like soreness after
muscular exertion (such as physically-taxing work, athletics, or
childbirth). The symptoms typically feel worse from touch and
motion. Arnica is also helpful for controlling soreness,
bleeding, and tissue-bruising related to surgery and dental work.
Bellis perennis: This
remedy is helpful for injuries and bruises, especially those caused
by trauma to the trunk or in deeper tissues—for example, internal
soreness after an accident or surgery. When a bruised and injured
area develops a feeling of stiffness or coldness, Bellis
perennis is strongly indicated. It may also be effective for
bruises (in any area) that do not respond to Arnica.
Calcarea phosphorica: This remedy
is often indicated for bone-bruises, as well as other kinds of pain
and soreness in the bones, especially when the area feels cold and
numb. This remedy is also used when fractures are slow to heal.
remedy is best for bruising or crushing injuries to body areas
containing many nerves—smashed fingertips and toes, injuries to
the spine or genitals, bruising or displacement of the tailbone
(from falls or during childbirth), and injuries to the eyeball.
Nerve pain after root canals may also be helped with Hypericum.
Ledum palustre: This
remedy is indicated when bruises or bruise-type injuries such as
sprains and strains become very puffy and swollen, and cold
applications such as ice-packs or cold soaks bring some relief.
Black eyes (which usually meet those two criteria) often respond to Ledum.
remedy is indicated when bruising is followed by persistent
bleeding. It is often useful for nosebleeds after injury, as well as
for bleeding in other parts of the body. (Any condition involving
serious bleeding should be treated by a physician.)
Ruta graveolens: This
remedy is helpful for bone-bruises when the area is very sensitive
to touch. The bone aches and may seem lame, and the person can feel
weak. Ruta is useful after Arnica in many injuries
affecting the joints and bone-coverings.
Phosphorus: This remedy may be
indicated when small wounds bleed easily and profusely, or when a
person has a tendency to bruise from minor injuries. Tiny red dots
may be seen beneath the skin on arms and legs or other areas. (If
these have recently appeared or if bleeding is significant, the
person should see a physician.)
remedy is well-known for its healing effect on broken bones, and is
also good for bone-bruises. Symphytum is valuable when the
eyeball has been injured by a blow from any blunt object—a stick,
a rock, a flying ball, etc. (Any injury to the eye should be
examined by a doctor.)
Sulphuricum acidum: When
a person feels tired after a bruising injury, this remedy may be
indicated. A professional homeopath may consider it for a person who
tends toward easy bruising and is extra-sensitive to fumes and
environmental toxins. (Any person with a tendency toward unusual
bruising and bleeding should consult a physician.)
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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