Bruising refers to bruises – darkish black and blue marks on the skin that are usually formed without a cut.
Typically, the first discolorations of bruises are black and blue. Then, when the hemoglobin of the blood breaks down, the color turns to yellow. Bruises are also associated with some swelling and surrounding redness of the tissues.
Bruising occurs due to blood that leaks out of capillaries, generally after an injury, and collects just beneath the surface of the skin.
Bruising is more common in children, primarily as a result of accidents. Bruising also occurs more frequently in women than in men, which may be due to the estrogen demands of vitamin C on the body.
Bruises that do not fade after a week, or are recurrent without cause, may be signs of bleeding disorders or vitamin C and bioflavonoid deficiencies. Or they could be signs of underlying stresses on the body that continually deplete the vitamin C stores. In such cases, it is important that you see your physician.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
What to do immediately
First, to minimize swelling, pain, and bruising after an injury, elevate the area (if for example it is on the arm or leg) always apply ice or a cold compresses to the injured area as soon as possible and keep them on for 15-20 minutes at a time.
Mashed yerba santa leaves soaked in hot water, applied to the bruise and covered with a clean cloth, is a very effective treatment for bruising, as is a compress made of the chilled infusion of comfrey or sage.
Arnica gel is a popular remedy great for healing bruising.
Applying a slice of raw onion to a bruise can also speed healing time.
Vinegar mixed with warm water will help the healing process, as it increases blood flow near the skin’s surface, so may help to dissipate the blood that has formed in the bruised area.
Alternatively, you can apply commercial witch hazel solution to the affected area.
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- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
Eat a whole foods diet that emphasizes foods rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, such as fresh fruits, buckwheat and green leafy vegetables, the latter of which are also rich in vitamin K which plays an important role in reducing bruising.
Eat fresh pineapple, it contains bromelain, an enzyme which help clear the body of metabolic waste from injuries.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system when you are trying to heal so adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
- Bilberry extract is good for strengthening capillaries.
- Vitamin B9 and B12.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Injuries can occur more frequently when we are out of balance. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
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In ayurveda, bruising easily is considered to be a symptom of ‘corrupted blood’, meaning that there is an imbalance in your blood chemistry. Ayurvedic medicine remedies this through the correct diet, herbs and massage. Foods such as red, purple and blue fruits are recommended to strengthen the small capillaries and prevent bruising. The herb gotu kola is also used to help prevent and reduce bruising.
However, for the fastest and most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Chinese medicine, easy bruising is a sign that your body’s holding function is weak. From a Chinese perspective, this can be strengthened through acupuncture, herbal formulas, and dietary modifications.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Put a few drops of lavender oil on gauze compress and place on the bruise two or three times a day. Other essential oils that can help heal bruises are camphor, fennel, and hyssop.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Arnica, Ruta grav., Hypericum, Hamamelis, Symphytum and calendula.
Apply a compress made with oil of hyssop or a mixture of turmeric and honey to the bruise.
Juice Therapy: Drinking the juice of carrot and beet can provide necessary nutrients to help quicken healing time.
Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® can be applied on bruises (minimum four times a day).
Exercise: Try rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) to help strengthen capillaries and increase circulation.
Vitamin Deficiencies causing bruises www.livestrong.com/article/420033-vitamin-deficiencies-causing-bruises
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Ayurvedic Remedy for bruising www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-bruises.html
How to care for a bruise naturally www.ehow.co.uk/video_4961819_care-bruise-naturally.html
Herbal treatments for bruising www.antibruise.com
Further Information (links and books)
How to get rid of weak capillaries treatmentforbruising.com/?p=888
Your Healthy Child with Homeopathy by Tricia Allen
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – Herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.