The Magic of Natural Medicine – Arnica & Bruising

Here is a simple and light condition, that we have all suffered at least once.  A bruise, also called a contusion or an ecchymosis  happens when a part of the body is struck and the muscle fibres and connective tissue underneath are crushed but the skin doesn’t break. When this occurs, blood from the ruptured vessels near the skin’s surface escapes by leaking out under the skin. With no place to go, the blood gets trapped, forming a red or purplish mark and it is tender because of the swelling.

A bruise changes colour over time because our body will have been alerted by the shock, and start breaking down and reabsorbing the blood, which causes the bruise to eventually disappears. A bruise is usually not dangerous and will take from 2 to 14 days to go, depending on the severity of the shock and the vitality of the patient.

If people have a tendency to bruise easily or that the bruise usually do not heal fast, there can be an underlying issue. The main causes are weak thyroid (especially if the person tend to be chilly or have cold extremities), chronic stress or calcium/magnesium imbalance. In all these cases, the immune response is usually reduced. A holistic practitioner should be contacted to work on the underlying issue.

Here is a simple herbal or homeopathic treatment that you can try: Arnica is the #1 remedy for most injuries and bruises. It may not work as well as other remedies in some cases, such as when the bruising is in the head, at the joint or affecting deep-tissues, but it will help in 95% of cases. Most people who use it after a shock, get the bruise cleared between one or 7 days.

Arnica was used by herbalists, and is still used very commonly as a cream for trauma or bruises. In homeopathy, it is potentised and given internally in forms of pills. It is great as it helps the body to “get on with the healing process”. Very often people will not stop and take it easy after bruising and this may switch off the natural healing response of the body. By taking Arnica in a low (9C) or high potency (Arnica 30C), the immune system’s response is increased.

Weleda, the biggest British maker of homeopathic remedies claims in one of their brochures that 50% of the Premier League Football Teams buy its Arnica. Also, the French Football team that won the World Cup in 98 and the European Cup in 2000 had a conventional doctor firmly convinced about homeopathy for acute, including Arnica 9C for shock. This is how good it is. Check his name on Internet: Jean-Marcel Ferret.

If Homeopathy is good for professional sports-people, it is good enough for us!

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About Thierry Clerc

Thierry Clerc is a very well respected writer and speaker on complementary and general health. He has published articles in several local and national health magazines and is also an editor at, the biggest resource on homeopathy in the world. Thierry has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Electo-magnetism. His interest in health and homeopathy started after he suffered from a severe form of arthritis that was successfully treated by homeopathy and nutrition. Thierry Clerc teaches and holds workshops about optional health & homeopathy. For more information, check out
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