Sprain Remedies

Ribwort Plantain

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Posted by Susie (Syracuse, NY) on 05/30/2009
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Plantain is also excellent for bee stings, just crush the leaf up by rolling it between your fingers (traditionally it was suggested to crush it by chewing it a little mixing it with saliva to apply as compress) so that it's damp and wet, you'll definitely notice when you've bruised it enough, then rub over the bee sting or mosquito bite. Very effective and works quickly. When I was visiting Lancaster, Penn a man there told me the Amish harvest plantain by the bushels to make compresses and other applications to be used for tendonitis, arthritis; I had a sprained knee at the time and I did rub the plantain leaf on my left knee as many times a day as I thought to, probably 3, 4 or 5 times ....within a couple weeks I was completely out of my knee brace. People will think you're nuts as I have had many people snicker at me as I'm constantly picking plantain and rubbing it on either a bug bite or tennis elbow area.

EC: More about Ribwort Plantain here: https://www.earthclinic.com/herbs/ribwort-plantain.html


Sauerkraut

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Posted by Susan (California) on 05/16/2015
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I had to jump to get out of the way of a woman on a bicycle and badly injured my feet. I went to the doctor and was told I probably had no broken bones but they were badly sprained. I limped around for a couple months with no abatement (stabbing pains like needles not knives). I had some raw fermented Sauerkraut in the fridge that I hadn't tried and finally ate some of it (around 1/4 cup with juice). I woke up the next morning and all pain was gone and it hasn't come back. Please give this a try but make sure it is fermented and unprocessed. Good luck!


Wrist Strain Remedies

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Posted by Denise (Ca) on 12/04/2016
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Comfrey Leaf for Fractures and Sprains

I know many of these comments were submitted a few years ago. I just wanted to add my 2 cents about comfrey leaf. I took comfrey leaf for many years with no harm before FDA decided to put on THEIR toxic list.

I've also done lots of research both about the so called study that prompted the FDA to ban manufacturers from using comfrey for internal consumption, as well as many health experts/MDs that have voiced their medical opinion about its safety.

In the study, some ungodly amount was fed to rats and, given their small weight and size, supposedly the PAs (pyrrolizidine alkaloids) in the comfrey caused liver damage.

Comfrey, in my view, hands down is the best thing for a sprain, bone fracture, strain, etc. in accelerated healing and cell regeneration. I still take comfrey leaves (not the root) internally (yes, I can find it in bulk) when I have a sprain/strain.

Of course, do your own research to decide for yourself. I have done mine and use it responsibly and only when needed. Never had any problems nor side effects.

You can still make poultice, even if don't take internally. You can find comfrey cremes as well.

While some of the other recommended items will help take away swelling, they won't regenerate cells (like from tom tendon or ligament). If you start getting too active too prematurely before tears heal, you can re-injure. That's where comfrey is different than other remedies.


Wrist Strain Remedies
Posted by Kay (Jax, Fl) on 07/22/2013

Back in March of 2013, (this year) I was lift my 80lb dog with one hand and twisted my wrist. I went to the orthopedic doc, took xrays and found no fractures but said the pain would go away. 2 weeks later I went back and was told the same thing. Give a bandage to wear. After a few weeks the constant pain went away, but If I tried to lift anything with that right hand, it would start hurting again. Unfortunately I am right handed! I am thinking about going to another ortho or perhaps a neurologist. I never had any swelling. I have been soaking it in epsom salts and warm water two times a day with no relief. Any suggestions?

Replied by Mama To Many
(Middle, Tennessee, Usa)
07/22/2013

Dear Kay, Here are a few things you could try.

Raw Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar - You can take 1 T. In water twice a day which helps some with pain. But even better (or in addition) is to dampen a cloth with it and wrap your wrist with it (cover with saran wrap and an ace bandage, not too tight) and wear this over night for a few nights to see if it helps. My son once had a sprained foot that he could bear no weight on. A few hours of vinegar on a cloth on it and he was up walking!

Castor Oil can be rubbed into the area. It is good for pain and healing. You could do this 2-3 times a day.

Turmeric is helpful for pain and inflammation and healing. 4 capsules 2-3 times a day. Some put it into milk (1/2 to 1 teaspoon twice a day) but I don't care for it that way, personally.

Peppermint essential oil (diluted 1:1 with another oil if it is too strong for you) rubbed into the pained area can help with pain and also healing. It is possible that you have some inflammation even if it isn't visible. This could be done 4 times a day or more if you find it comfortable. I love to put peppermint onto painful muscles and joints.

Perhaps the best thing (though maybe the hardest to find) would be comfrey. Comfrey is good at healing older injuries. One of its names is "knitbone!". You could take comfrey root capsules (you might need to take up to 4 3-4 times a day) internally. You could find a quality ointment with comfrey in it to massage into your wrist. Dr. Christopher has some complete bone and tissue products that can be used internally and externally. However, due to FDA regulations, he can no longer put the comfrey into the capsules, but people seem to still find the other herbs used helpful. You can buy it in bulk and make your own. I do use comfrey internally and externally with my family, even children and have never had a problem. Comfrey makes cells regenerate faster. We have missionary friends in Africa that make a comfrey tea to fertilize their gardens with great results!

With everything, drinking a lot of water is always important. Pain is always worse if you are not well hydrated.

Any of the above could be safely done together, also. (You could use the vinegar on your wrist at night and the castor oil or peppermint during the day, etc.)

Let us know what helps you!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kay
(Jax, Fl)
07/23/2013

I tried the ACV last night. I basically took a rag, soaked with with ACV and rubbed it all over my wrist. It could be coincidental, but no pain today. I will try the other things you suggested as well. Thanks, Kay



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