Hematoma Cures With Home Remedies

| Modified on Mar 03, 2023

What Is a Hematoma?

Medically defined, a hematoma is a collection of blood outside of a blood vessel, much like a bruise. Typically occurring as a result of damage to the blood vessel wall, artery, vein or capillary, a hematoma may range in size from a tiny dot to a large spot with excessive selling. The blood that leaks out of the blood vessel is irritating to the surrounding tissue and may cause issues such as inflammation, swelling and general redness.

The specific symptoms associated with a hematoma depend on the location and size of the issue. For example, a brain hematoma may cause vomiting, headache, drowsiness, confusion, weak limbs, increased blood pressure and even seizures or unconsciousness while a hematoma located in the skin or muscle may cause little more than skin discoloration and slight swelling.

The most common cause of hematoma is trauma. Such trauma can be initiated by car accidents, falls, broken bones, head injuries or even an aggressive sneeze or twist of a limb. As the trauma occurs, blood escapes the damaged vessel and leaks into the surrounding tissue. As the blood leaks, it begins to coagulate and clot, resulting in a hematoma. Additional factors that may affect the development of hematomas include certain medications and disease that decrease the number of platelets in the bloodstream.

Natural Hematoma Cures

While more excessive hematomas, such as a brain hematoma, may require medical treatment, many hematomas can be treated naturally. Nutrient supplements such as vitamin C and flavonoids increase immunity and help repair damaged cells. Additionally, topical applications including anti-inflammatory creams, rosemary extract, rosemary essential oil, sweet clover, arnica and comfrey help control pain and ease inflammation. Using a compress of a cabbage leaf over these creams also helps shrink hematomas.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Shelly Shoemaker (Usa) on 10/23/2017

So last week I took a mighty fall and ended up coming down hard with my tennis shoe heal making contact to the left side of my groin and the crease of my thigh. The end result was a knot the size of a cantelope from the initial area and thru to my backside.

Someone recommended ACV and to even add onions. So I'm sitting here with all this in a washcloth soaked in acv/onions, and cotton, and a papertowel trying to get to this bruise down.

I was kept overnight at the hospital 2 nights for this and it's still the size of a grapefruit. Can anyone give me any further advice, like how long I sit like this per sitting, do I rotate with an ice pack? This this the most painful thing I've ever done to myself! Any help is appreciated!

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
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Gosh Shelly this sounds nasty! If this were me I would be soaking in an Epsom salts tub, probably adding sea salt and borax salts. Having just received my castor oil I would apply this with a warm compress. Comfrey knits bones and heals tissue, I would apply a salve. Turmeric is good for inflammation, I would apply external and internal. Often when we bring about our own healing, we try different methods, and it maybe them each contributing a small amount. I also think it is very important to take some internal anti inflammatories like Olive leaf, I like the Indian spices for healing, cloves, cardamon, nigella sativa, cumin etc. I add half teaspoon to green tea a few times a day.

Best to you

Replied by Shelly

Thank you, it has been a rough ride lately. This happened about 2 wks ago however the apple cider vinegar/onions/cotton did seem to bring it down. I spent a good majority of the day yesterday out and about, sitting on the city bus so it was quite irritated by last night so ive been pretty much dependent on this remedy today. Unfortunately I do not have a bathtub to sit it as I thought the same with the epsoms salts, I only have a walk in shower. Will keep this group updated as to how this works out. I've also been taking 800 mg ibuprofen to help with pain and swelling. Thanks for the advice!

Replied by Sherrie

So Shelly, how did the ACV and onion compress work for your hematoma?

I had a surgery on my face and neck, and came out with a large hemotama on the left side of my neck, which had to be drained 3 or 4 times through the sutures behind my left ear. I'm looking for any help I can get for natural cures as well. I'm going to try the Voltaren and dark green cabbage leafs first.


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Posted by Christine Keitel (Melbourne, Australia) on 09/19/2007

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!

Replied by Gloria
(San Antonio, TX, USA)

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.

Replied by Sue
(Rockingham, Western Australia)

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.

Replied by Sally
(Franklin, Tn)

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--?

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

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.

Replied by Sally
(Franklin, Tn)

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!

Replied by Shelly

Sounds like the typical thinning skin. My paternal grandmother as well as my father both had these marks something horribly, and at 51 I also do. My declawed cat barely touches my arms and it looks like someone has grabbed and wouldn't let go. If you find anything that does work please let us know! I'm too young for my skin to look so old!

Calcified Hematoma

Posted by Michael (Austin, Texas ) on 08/19/2011

I have a calcified hematoma. I have heard DMSO can disolve calcified hematomas. Is that true and is it safe to use on people?

Thanks, Michael

Replied by Jeane Green
(Colorado, Usa)

Sorry to hear about your calcified hematoma! Not sure about the DMSO effect on it, but my post is regarding safety of using DMSO on people. After I have learned that vets use it on million dollar horse races, I gave it a go. It works on my achy fingers. I will actually pass your idea onto a friend with a large calcified hematoma. Hope it works for you!

He has been using warm cider vinegar poultices that have made it softer, and smaller, but why not give the DMSO a go as well.

Replied by Sherrie

How long does it take a hematoma to calcify and did you try the DMSO, what type and strength?


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Posted by Teresa (WA) on 02/22/2021

I have a hematoma on my upper right thigh. I have had it for about 6 years. I fell through a floor during a home remodeling job falling onto a 2x6 in the floor hitting my thigh HARD on the board. I immediately got a hematoma of about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. Plus my leg bruised from the top thigh area to the bottom knee area. I put comphrey on it that evening with a plastic bread bag taped over the areas. 3 days later I went to the dr and he was amazed that the bruising had gone away so quickly. The hematoma didn't though. He did an ultrasound of the hematoma and since it was in the fatty area of my upper thigh he wouldn't drain it. I read about iodine and how it heals skin ailments and thought I would try it. It is shrinking slowly. I paint the iodine on it. Sometimes I add comfrey with plastic over it to keep the salve on. Can't wait until it's completely gone.

Replied by Teresa

Update: The hematoma is nearly gone. So glad I tried the iodine on the hematoma.

(Lyndhurst, NJ)

Can you please tell me the kind of iodine you used to get rid of your hematoma and also what is a comfrey and where do I get one from. Thank you so much.