Sunday, August 24, 2014

Natural Remedies for Bruising


One of the physical effects of cosmetic injections, mesotherapy and carboxytherapy is bruising. Although most cases of bruising at the injection site are quite mild, you can find yourself dealing with a patient who has more of an issue with it.

Arnica Flower for Bruising
The actual medical term for bruises is contusions and the word bruise is usually used to describe injuries to the soft tissues beneath unbroken skin. The reason we can see these skin cells is because skin tissue is a bit transparent.   

Usually a bruise begins with a bit so of swelling and it can feel tender to the touch.  Within an hour or much less it can be grape purple or grape red in color.  After a few days the bruise becomes black and blue. In the final stages of healing it looks yellow or green before fading to a pale brown color and disappearing.  Most bruises from injections heal within ten days. It is unusual for a bruise to still be apparent two weeks after an injection.

Although most bruises heal on their own your patient may ask for some treatment options to make it heal faster. You can offer the following advice.

  • Apply cold compresses, either as a gel pack, a bag of frozen peas or ice cubes wrapped in a thin towel as soon as possible to minimize swelling, pain and discoloration.
  • Arnica gel, arnica cream or arnica tincture (Arnica montana) works well to speed the healing of bruises and sore muscles.
  • Aloe Vera gel applied directly to the bruise can help it heal.  You can also buy the gel in a tube as a gel.
  • Blueberries, bilberries and Saskatoon berries contain potent antioxidants that help stabilize collagen and help the skin recover from discoloration.
  • Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapples, can help reduce inflammation by helping clear waste from the tissues as they try to heal.
  • Vitamin C can help reduce bruising. Take at least 200 mcg a day. You can recommend higher amounts if you like, keeping in mind that 1000 mcg a day is at the point that cause diarrhea for most people.
  • Pycnognel also know as Pine Bark extract can help strengthen small capillary walls so that bruise heal faster.
How much your patient is going to bruise usually depends heavily on how deft you are with a needle. If your injection sties are dead on and not injuring nearby tissue, then your patient may not have any type bruising response to the injection at all.  This is the type of training that is covered in the Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine Courses in mesothreapy and cosmetic injections. Part of our course protocol is to have you practice needle injection technique using real patients, who are receiving the injections at a discount for participating as practice subjects in the class.  This way you can get your injection techniques down so perfectly that you do not leave bruises on the patient.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.


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