Natural First Aid

By Dr. Trevor Holly Cates

As a mother of three active children, I know how often accidents happen while playing sports or just simply playing in the backyard. Not a summer goes by without my kids experiencing some sort of minor trauma. Children can be particularly susceptible to sports injuries, especially children under the age of eight who tend to be less coordinated and have a slower reaction time than older children. Also, children tend to not judge or assess well the risks of certain situations that can end in an injury. Here are some homeopathic solutions to keep on hand this summer:

  • Arnica – For my family and my patients, I have found Arnica to be the single most important natural remedy for bumps, bruises and sore muscles. Arnica helps pain relief for a variety of injuries, including muscle strains and sprains, bruises and black eyes.
  • Ruta graveolens – Ruta graveolens is another important homeopathic medicine for strains and sprains. And, homeopathic Bellis perennis can help reduce swelling and soreness of deep bruises.
  • Hypericum – Another important remedy, Hypericum is excellent for injuries to areas rich in nerves such as fingers, toes, and genitals.
  • Hyland’s Bumps ʹn Bruises – Bumps ʹn Bruises is a combination homeopathic medicine that contains all of the individual homeopathic medicines I just mentioned. With this combination of remedies, Bumps ʹn Bruises helps relieve bruising, swelling and pain associated with injuries. For many people, the combination remedies are a simple and easy way to use homeopathy.

Hyland’s Bumps ʹn Bruises also comes in a topical form containing Arnica. This is nice to have on hand to apply to an area that is bruised but does not have an open wound. It is safe to use both the oral and topical homeopathic medicines simultaneously. Rest and ice are also generally a good addition to treating injuries. Always consult a physician for severe injuries.

If your child is participating in sports this summer, remind him to stretch before sports activities and talk to your child about rules, safety, and proper use of protective equipment to help reduce the chance of injuries. But even with these precautions, accidents do happen. Keeping a bottle of Hyland's Bumps ‘n Bruises on hand during practices, games and at home ensures that you will be ready when those circumstances arise. Whether the injury is acute, from over-use, or a re-injury, this remedy can provide relief.

Prepare your family for injuries and keep a natural first aid kit on hand. In addition to band-aids and other basics, consider homeopathic remedies mentioned in this article for your first aid kit. Have a healthy summer!

Dr. Trevor Holly Cates received her medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California. Dr. Cates practices in Park City, Utah where she sees patients from around the world as the Naturopathic Physician and Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator at the Golden Door Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Park City. She successfully treats a variety of acute and chronic health concerns with a holistic, integrative approach. In addition to private practice, Dr. Cates was appointed by [former] Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council, and she serves on the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She also is a frequent lecturer and writes articles on natural medicine for various local and national publications.

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