Arnica Montana and Sports Injuries
Arnica montana and Sports? Who Says So?
Doctors Agree it's a perfect match!
Sport Medicine: Doctors Extol Arnica Montana and the Virtues of Homeopathy
On homeopathy in general for sports, A. Dwight Smith, MD, claims it can “Cut healing time by 50-85%.”
In his article “Homeopathy and Sports Medicine,” he also states: “With a minimum amount of homeopathic instruction, most trainers, coaches, and athletes themselves, can successfully treat and cure many of the most common athletic injuries. Their willingness to do so will have two results: quicker and more comfortable healing for the athlete; and thousands of dollars saved for the athletic club.” (American Homeopathy: vol.1, No. 6, June 1984)
In his book, Homeopathic Treatment of Sports Injuries, Dr. Lyle Morgan states: “Arnica should be considered first in all cases of physical injury.”
In his book, Musculoskeletal Healing, homeopath Asa Hershoff states: “Arnica is the most renowned trauma remedy, and is without equal as the primary remedy for injury of any kind whatsoever.”…
For past injuries, he states: “Homeopathy is the first choice when a person has ‘never been well’ since a specific traumatic incidence. Arnica and Hypericum are the main remedies, prescribed in high potency for several doses, for erasing the imprints of trauma within the nervous system and tissues.”The list could go on and on, but suffice it to say, that those who have worked with Arnica in sports medicine concur that it should be in the gym bag of every athlete, ‘weekend warrior’, coach and trainer.
Homeopathic Remedies for Sports Injuries
The expression “No pain, no gain” is an over-rated and often health-threatening motto for athletes. Many people feel the need to push themselves to improve, but too often ignore or suppress pain with anti-inflammatories or pain killers. The continued use of these can turn a simple sprain into tendonitis or a shin splint into a stress fracture.
More and more athletes are embracing homeopathy as not only the most ethical way to treat and prevent injuries (you’ll never fail a drug test due to arnica), but the most effective. “Homeopathy can be effective in treating almost anything short of what needs surgery,” says Kate Schmidt, a two-time Olympic medalist in javelin throwing.
What does an individual gain from suffering with pain? Whether they are young, old or in-between, athletic, out-of-shape, passive or aggressive, the body wants to heal, and with the right stimulus, it can. Homeopathy works with the immune system toward physical, mental and emotional freedom and balance.
So, what can athletes (or the rest of the population suffering from similar complaints) expect from homeopathy? Efficient safe healing and often prevention from bruises, muscle aches, muscle spasms, leg cramps, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and a lot more “itis-es”.
And it doesn’t stop there. Sports injuries are not only caused by accidents, training errors or equipment. Sometimes mental attitudes can push one beyond what the body is prepared to do. Sometimes a performance anxiety single, like gelsemium, before a game or competition, will help keep the mind better tuned to what the body needs to prevent injury, heighten performance, and maintain the mental balance to know when to stop.
After the game, everyone should be going for the Arnica. It will minimize any bruising, muscle strain or trauma. It is also recommended to take Arnica before a big workout to minimize muscle aches and bruising.
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Arnica Montana and other Homeopathic Remedies for Sports Injuries
Homeopathy comes through with flying colors in the sports arena. The relief of tired, achy, overused and injured muscles and joints overrides the complexity of how this 200-year-old form of medicine works. It is effective in treating everyone from the noblest weekend warriors to professional athletes. The mechanism of action in homeopathy seems wildly opposite to conventional medicine; however. As a complementary treatment it succeeds in preventing and treating a myriad of sports conditions naturally.
Overexertion, Sprains & Strains
Arnica Montana: is the number one remedy to consider with any type of injury. It helps to reduce swelling, promote healing and ease pain. Take it immediately for the shock which results from injury and when there is bruising and swelling. Arnica may be used to prevent sore muscles from intense training or competition by taking a couple of pellets before the event.
Rhus tox: Used in homeopathic form, Rhus tox is nicknamed the ‘rusty gate’ remedy. It is effective for joints that are stiff from injury or overexertion such as from golf, running or baseball. It is particularly useful when muscles or joints are worse first thing in the morning, with cold, damp weather, but feel better after gentle motion and with warm applications.earned the name ‘The Grumpy Bear’ remedy because it helps people who do not want to be bothered or move in any way. It has a keynote symptom of pain that worsens with the slightest movement. This remedy, derived from wild hops, relieves pain that is ameliorated by pressure, or by lying on the painful side. When someone is exhibiting these particular symptoms, and this type of pain pattern, Bryonia is very effective in reducing the discomfort.
Bryonia: earned the name ‘The Grumpy Bear’ remedy because it helps people who do not want to be bothered or move in any way. It has a keynote symptom of pain that worsens with the slightest movement. This remedy, derived from wild hops, relieves pain that is ameliorated by pressure, or by lying on the painful side. When someone is exhibiting these particular symptoms, and this type of pain pattern, Bryonia is very effective in reducing the discomfort.
Calc phos 6x: As a cellular building block, Calc phos aids many conditions involving structural stress and growth. Derived from a mineral containing phosphorous and calcium, primary constituents in bone, it plays an important role in bone repair after fractures (non-union) and during grown periods.
*Tutti Gould, DC ND, Homeopath, is one of Canada’s leading homeopathic trainers and