"A hematoma, or haematoma, is a collection of blood, generally the result of hemorrhage, or, more specifically, internal bleeding. Hematomas exist as bruises (ecchymoses), but can also develop in organs. Some hematomas form into a welt-like formation that is hard to the touch, which is a sac of blood that the body creates to keep internal bleeding to a minimum. In most cases the sac of blood eventually dissolves; however, in some cases they may continue to grow or show no change. If the sac of blood does not disappear it may need to be surgically removed.
It is not to be confused with hemangioma which is an abnormal build up of blood vessels in the skin or internal organs.
Hematomas can gradually migrate, as the effused cells and pigment move in the connective tissue. For example, a patient who injures the base of his thumb might cause a hematoma, which will slowly move all through the finger within a week. Gravity is the main determinant of this process." (Wikipedia)
[YEA] 09/19/2007: Christine Keitel from Melbourne, Australia: "I had a huge hematoma on my left shin from a bad fall last year. My Physiotherapist said it was the largest hematoma he had ever seen and was not responding to treatment as it should. He then suggested to me to go home and buy some big fresh dark green outside leaves of a cabbage, smother my hematoma with Voltaren cover over with the cabbage leaf and then wrap in plastic or glad wrap as we call it here. I did this every night and it shrunk in size amazingly everytime I did it. Only at night when you go to bed though it does not work as well during the day but could try it. I must tell you the doctor who sent me to the physio was absolutely amazed how this worked on my hematoma when traditional methods had failed and also can I say saved me from an operation where I would have probably been left with a rather large dent in my leg!"Replies
08/25/2008: Gloria from San Antonio, TX, USA replies: "What is Voltran? I believe my grandmother has hematoma. She has these large purple-reddish bruises on her forearm. They look awful but she says thy don't hurt. What do I put on her skin before I cover it with cabbage leaves? She has already given up on remedies so far nothing has worked. Please respond as soon as possible."
11/15/2009: Sue from Rockingham, Western Australia replies: "Gloria wanted to know what Voltaren is. It's an anti-inflammatory cream. The type used for arthritis etc. I suppose any brand of anti-inflamatory cream would do."
10/20/2011: Sally from Franklin, Tn replies: "I would love to try this remedy. My doctor says it is very crazy idea and will not prescribe the cream. I have a hematoma size of half dollar of lower leg next to shin bone and say I need surgery. Can anyone help me with this---where can I get this cream to try--?"
10/22/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Sally, I assume you are talking about voltarin cream, it is bought at the chemist/pharmacy. It is an over the counter product here in Oz. If you cant get it then ask your pharmacist for another anti-inflammatory cream. You could try an Arnica cream/gel instead and apply it then cover with the cabbage leaf. When using the raw cabbage leaf it is best to gently crush the leaf before you apply them, this helps to start the release of its beneficial properties. Arnica cream can be bought at health food shops and pharmacies. I would also take the arnica tablets as part of the treatment. Arnica cream applied several times a day and tablets taken as packet recommends have been used for hematomas with success for a long time. All the best."
11/01/2011: Sally from Franklin, Tn replies: "What kind of cabbage leafs---? From a regular cabbage or the very dark leafs, which really don't look like cabbage in grocery--? Please advise. Thanks!"
08/19/2011: Michael from Austin, Texas : "I have a calcified hematoma. I have heard DMSO can disolve calcified hematomas. Is that true and is it safe to use on people?