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posted 01-08-2005 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daventrian     Edit/Delete Message
I recently (one week ago) slipped on some ice and fractured my 5th metatarsal mid-shaft (the "long" bone of the foot that connects the little toe to the midfoot). The fx is not complete (only extends about halfway through the bone) so there is no displacement.

Fractures to this part of the foot are typically slow healers because normal blood-flow to that bone is minimal, and accompanied by swelling is lessened even more.

I am looking for suggestions on the best internal and/or topical herbal medicines that I can use to expedite the healing process. Specifically, the medicines should help provide improved bone growth, reduction of swelling/bruising, increased blood circulation, etc....

Any suggestions that can be given would be greatly appreciated!

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posted 01-08-2005 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Herbalist     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Daventrian,

Thanks for writing.

By far the best formula to help with swelling and bruising and increase circulation is the ancient traditional Chinese formula named Yunnan Paiyao. If you do not know of a practitioner in your area send us your city and state and we will try and locate one near you.

The formulation called SinEcch which main ingredient is Arnica Montana has proved to be very effective in the past. Here's a link for it: http://www.alpinepharm.com

Bromelain also accelerates healing; as does taking 50mg Zinc daily. Take 500mg of Bromelain 3xs day between meals and add to this 1,000mg Vit. C 3xs day.

You can increase circulation by drinking 1 glass of red wine daily. The enzymes of the red grape are the only type that work toward that end.

To soothe and help heal the injury you may want to use compresses of witch hazel, calendula blossoms or peppermint.
Three a day, alternate rubbing the bruise with 15 drops of essential oil of Thyme and 10 drops of Tea tree oil diluted in 2 tablespoons of Olive oil.

Susceptibility to bruising increases with anemia and obesity. Bruises also indicate that the blood vessel walls are brittle or the blood-clotting factors are inadequate.
Fragile blood vessels are caused by a lack of vitamin C. Eat dark green, leafy vegetables and alfalfa sprouts to ensure adequate quantities of the blood-clotting agent vitamin K. These foods also contain iron, which is important to combat anemia, a possible cause of bruising. Citrus fruits contain vitamin K and are high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, both of which are needed for strong capillaries. Fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel promote blood clotting with vitamin D, a nutrient which is also provided by sunlight.

To increase circulation we suggest you drink infusions of Rosemary and Hawthorn in equal parts, adding 15 drops of extract or tincture of Gingko bilboba and 10 drops of extract or tincture of Horsetail. Sweeten only with honey and drink 3 or 4xs day.

For improved bone growth you may want to take one tablespoon a day of Evening Primrose oil. Essential fatty acids have also been shown to enhance calcium absorption, increase calcium deposits in bones, diminish calcium loss in urine, improve bone strength, and enhance bone growth. Eat plenty of foods rich in essential fatty acids such as coldwater fish like salmon and mackerel.

Other useful herbs are:
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) which contains substances believed to strengthen bone.
Kelp (Fucus vesiculosus L.) is used for disorders of the male and female reproductive systems as well as for musculoskeletal disorders. Another is Oat straw (Avena sativa) which boosts hormone levels that stimulate cell growth.

We hope this helps. Do not hesitate to write us again.
Good luck! H.

[This message has been edited by Herbalist (edited 01-08-2005).]

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