Bruising is caused by bleeding from the blood vessels into the soft tissues, usually following a trauma. The bruise changes colour from blue to greeen to yellow as a result of the haemoglobin degrading and being removed. Bruising may be excessive in a number of conditions affecting blood clotting. Normal blood clotting mechanisms involve platelets which stick together and fibrin which binds clumps of platelets together.
Conditions which reduce the number of platelets produce bruising and bleeding. Deficiency of clotting factors can cause prolonged bleeding following trauma or surgery.
Provided that there is no underlying blood disorder, simple bruising can be treated with herbs and supplements.
The homeopathic remedy arnica can be taken internally and applied as a cream or gel to the affected area.
Bromelain is useful as an anti-inflammatory herb to reduce pain and swelling.
Witch hazel can be applied as a compress.
Ice packs will bring out bruising and a poultice made from dark green cabbage leaves will reduce inflammation and disperse the bruise. Warm the leaf in a steamer and apply to the bruise, use a cloth to hold it in place. Leave for 15 minutes and repeat as necessary.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
- Arsen Alb.
- Ruta grav.