A bruise is an injury caused by a blow or a bump that does not cut the skin
but breaks blood vessels underneath the skin. Blood seeps out of these
vessels, producing the tell-tale black-and-blue discoloration, as well as
swelling and soreness.
The deeper the bruise, or contusion, the longer it will take to heal. Leg
bruises, for instance, can linger for up to four weeks because leg vessels
have greater blood pressure than arm vessels.
Bruises also change in color, first starting off red, then becoming
blackish-blue, and finally turning yellowish-green. The final color is a
sign that the body has worked to remove the dead cells and tissues and
replace them with healthy new cells to restore color to the skin.
Falls, sprains, pinches and suction can cause bruises. These are
occupational hazards for active children who love to run, jump, bike, climb
or skate. People who are anemic or obese tend to bruise easily. Nutritional
deficiencies of vitamin C, iron, vitamin K, bioflavonoids, and other
nutrients can contribute to easy bruising. Sometimes, unexplained bruising
can be a clue that a person's blood vessel walls are brittle or that a
child has insufficient blood-clotting factors. Bruising can also signal the
onset of serious illnesses such as leukemia or hemophilia.
Parents should have their child's bruise examined by a doctor if:
People of all ages should see a doctor if a fever accompanies the bruising
or for bruises that do not heal.
Medications such as aspirin and other blood thinners like Coumadin can
cause bruising. Check with your doctor if you use one or more of these
medications to see if it is related to your bruising.
If your doctor has determined that your bruising occurs at the result of
anemia, see the Anemia section for more information.
· The bruise is located on the head or the eye areas.
· Bruising seems to show up without any apparent cause.
· A minor bump or blow creates a large bruise.
· Bruises are located in unusual places, such as the back, the calves, or
the backs of the arms.
· Your child has difficulty talking, walking, or seeing, or appears drowsy
Prescription for Natural Cures
James F. Balch
Super Prescription #1
Take a 30C potency four times daily for five days.
Arnica is a specific remedy for healing bruises and
soft tissue injuries.
Super Prescription #2
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Take 500 mg three times daily between meals. Look for
products standardized to 2,000 M.C.U (milk-clotting
units) per 1,000 mg or 1,200 G.D.U.
(gelatin-disosolving units) per 1,000 mg. Bromelain has
a natural anti-inflammatory effect. Protease enzyme
products also have this benefit.
Super Prescription #3
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Take 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily. Vitamin C is
used to manufacture collagen, the protein that holds
blood vessels and connective tissue together. Vitamin C
also improves wound healing.
Super Prescription #4
Take a 500 mg complex three times daily. Bioflavonoids
such as rutin and hesperedin act similarly to vitamin C
and improve vitamin C's therapeutic effect.
Super Prescription #5
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Take 2 mg daily for two weeks for an acute bruise and
500 mcg daily to prevent bruising. Vitamin K is
involved with the blood-cotting process. Note:
Do not use if you are taking blood-thinning
Super Prescription # 6
Multivitamin – High Potency
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This provides a base of the nutrients required for
healthy blood vessels. Take as directed on the
Super Prescription #7
Apply arnica oil topically over the area of the bruise
twice daily. This herb in oil form has
anti-inflammatory benefits. Do not use on broken skin.
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· Red, black and blue or yellowish skin discoloration
· Trauma to soft tissues
· Clotting disorders or other underlying medical conditions
Dark-green leafy vegetables provide many minerals that help heal bruising,
such as vitamin C and vitamin K.
Citrus fruits, bell peppers and other brightly colored vegetables and
fruits provide bioflavonoids that help heal bruises. Fish such as salmon,
nuts like walnuts and seeds such as flaxseeds provide essential fatty acids
that are necessary for tissue repair.
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, potatoes and many citrus fruits are good
sources of vitamin C.
Foods to Avoid
Reduce or eliminate sugars, as they interrupt the healing of tissue.
Avoid saturated, hydrogentated and trans-fatty acids found in meat and
packaged, processed foods, as they interfere with the healing of cells.
Essential fatty acids are found in fish oil or flaxseed
oil, are required for tissue healing. A greens formula
that contains super green foods, such as chlorella, spirulina, and others,
has an alkalinizing effect and is rich in minerals such as vitamins K and
C, which promoted healing of the soft tissue.
Maritime pine bark or grape seed extract are rich sources
of proanthocyandins, which promote tissue healing.
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