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What is a bruise?

A bruise is an injury that involves the rupture of small blood vessels, causing discolouration of underlying tissues without a break in the overlying skin. Bruises usually follow a blow or severe pressure, but are sometimes due to disorders of the capillary walls or disorders of the blood clotting process. Over about ten days, a bruise will turn green and then yellow before fading completely.

Factors that may cause or make one susceptible to bruising are haemophilia, overweight and obesity, anaemia and can be more noticeable at the time of menstruation.

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What can causes frequent bruising without apparent cause?

Frequent bruising without apparent cause may signal that the materials needed for clotting, or for the elasticity of capillaries, may not be present in the blood. Leukaemia and excessive doses of anti-clotting drugs can also cause frequent or large bruises.

Excessive bruising may indicate a lack of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. These are essential suppliers of flavonoids (naturally occurring antioxidants) and vitamin K, which are all needed for the health and integrity of blood capillaries.

Anaemia and a lack of vitamin D, a natural blood clotting agent may also play an important role.

Also Zinc and Lysine deficiencies may be characterised by a weakening of the small blood vessels, resulting in easier bruising.

Frequent or severe bruising with no apparent cause requires medical attention, as it may indicate a more serious vascular bleeding disorder.

Nutritional and Herbal support for Bruises includes:

Bioflavonoid Complex Including Hesperidin + Rutin. Supports blood vessel and capillary health. Natural bioflavonoids, antioxidants commonly found in citrus peel, help support normal healthy strength, resilience and permeability of blood vessels, especially the fine capillaries. Broken capillaries, spider veins, easy bruising, nose bleeds and hemorrhoids are common signs of poor blood vessel health. A bioflavonoid complex may be beneficial where dietary bioflavonoid intake is low or insufficient to maintain normal blood vessel health

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids - Helps prevent bruising by supplying oxygen to the injured cells and considered essential in strengthening capillaries.

Ironecta - A totally natural iron rich liquid, made with Blackberries, Nettle and other iron rich herbs.

Alfamax - A concentrated alfalfa product supplying Vitamin K for blood clotting.

Superior Iron, Beetroot and Vitamin B complex all aid in blood and tissue health.

Grape Seed and Dandelion  are all good sources of essential nutrients.

Homoeopathic Arnica reduces bruising time and possesses a mild anti-inflammatory effect. Use Arnica 30c, initially ¼ hourly for up to 6 doses following acute injury, then 3-4 doses a day for 3 days. Do not use continuously for more than 7 days in a row.

Some interesting points on Bruises...

  • To minimise bruising, immediately after an injury, place an ice pack on the bruised area and keep it in place for thirty minutes.
  • Consume plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, buckwheat, and fresh fruits.
  • Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin) or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's).
  • If you have banged into something, take homoeopathic Arnica internally and also apply herbal Arnica to the area. Do not apply Arnica to broken skin.
  • Our endogenous microflora synthesize Vitamin K for us, and chronic or excessive use of antibiotics kills them, and so can cause clotting problems.
  • A poultice of wet coffee grounds will speed the healing of bruises. The juice of the leaves or whole plant chives can be applied to cold bruises-for best results also eat chives or drink chive tea. A Comfrey-Vinegar poultice is also useful. Mash dried or fresh Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) leaves in enough apple cider vinegar to soak Comfrey thoroughly. Apply at least ½ an inch thick directly on to the bruise, bind with a clean cotton cloth and leave at least 3 hours. Use this poultice daily - you may even like to leave it on overnight.
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The Naturopathic Team
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