Whether you’re an athlete training for an upcoming event or just having fun in the sun, be prepared with all-natural therapies to reduce symptoms of and speed recovery from mishaps that may accompany your active lifestyle! Homeopathy offers safe, natural remedies that can put your mind and your body at ease. Homeopathically-prepared medicines are safe, convenient, and commonly available in health food stores, drug stores and many retailers.
Arnica is the most important remedy for trauma when there is soreness and tenderness, especially to touch or pressure. It is useful for any kind of trauma, including sprains, strains, bruises, and sore muscles. Arnica can be taken internally as a homeopathic remedy or used externally as an ointment, salve, or spray.
Other homeopathic remedies can provide significant relief and aid recovery. Ruta graveolens is an important homeopathic medicine for strains and sprains. Hypericum is excellent for injuries to areas rich in nerves such as fingers, toes, and genitals. Bellis perennis can help reduce swelling and soreness of deep bruises.
Individual remedies work wonders, but sometimes a combination remedy is most convenient. Hyland’s ArniSport™ is formulated for the athlete or weekend warrior to help relieve muscle pain and soreness from injury or overexertion. It contains many of the same remedies as Hyland’s Arnicaid™ but also contains a combination of biochemic tissue salts that help restore the body's cellular balance. ArniSport works best if it is taken immediately after an injury or a strenuous workout.
Another option is to apply homeopathic remedies topically. Hyland’s Muscle Therapy Gel with Arnica is easy to use, non-greasy, and another way to quickly absorb homeopathic remedies for bruising, swelling, and muscle soreness from traumas and overexertion. Apply gel directly to injured or sore areas over intact skin (not over open wounds).
Rest and ice are generally good additions to treating injuries. Of course, it is always a good idea to consult with a physician for assessment and treatment if the injury is more severe or affects your ability to function. For chronic or acute conditions that continue for more than a few days with no improvement, be sure to consult a professional homeopath.
In addition to relief from traumas, homeopathic remedies can also help reduce leg cramps. Leg cramps tend to come on suddenly, often affect the muscles on the back of the legs, and usually last no more than a minute or two, but the pain can be intense. Some of the causes of leg cramps are muscle overexertion, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, pre-existing health conditions, and the use of certain medications.
To avoid getting these dreaded leg cramps, be sure to stay well hydrated, especially when exercising, and replace lost electrolytes after strenuous exercise. Warm up your muscles before plunging into your exercise routine, and then cool down and stretch your muscles after working out.
Homeopathic medicines such as Hyland's Leg Cramps can be used to help relieve muscle cramping and pain. Hyland's Leg Cramps contains homeopathic medicine such as Cinchona officinalis, known to help reduce limb pain. If you have recurring leg cramps, consult with your healthcare provider to discuss possible contributing factors and to review any medications you are taking. Your doctor may want to evaluate possible vitamin, mineral, and electrolyte imbalances.
Whatever outdoor sports and activities you have planned, be prepared with homeopathic medicines that can relieve aches and pains. In addition to bandages and other basics, consider some or all of the homeopathic remedies mentioned in this article for your first-aid kit.