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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Alternative Answers for Treating Cuts and Bruises


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Alternative Answers for Treating Cuts and Bruises

Cuts result from injury or incisions to the skin. Superficial cuts and wounds heal naturally and require little treatment. They sometimes can result in scarring if they are extensive or are not properly cared for.

How To Care For Cuts

First, stop the bleeding. When a small cut occurs, allow it to bleed for a minute, which actually cleans out any dirt or bacteria, naturally. Then clear the area of blood, elevate the wound above the level of your heart (if possible) and apply direct pressure on the cut. When a large cut or wound occurs, stop the bleeding immediately by elevating the wound above the level of your heart (if possible) and applying direct pressure. Any extensive blood loss should be treated by a doctor immediately.

Clean the wound. This is important to prevent infection and to decrease the chance of permanent discoloration, or scarring. Wash the area with soap and water or just water if soap is not available in the moment. Your own saliva contains many enzymes, which kill bacteria. Use it to clean the area if soap/water are not available. The object is to dilute the bacteria in the wound and remove debris. Also, if you don't remove stones or sand from the cut, they can leave pigment under the skin, which acts like a tattoo. Gently clean your cut twice a day.

Disinfection is necessary, pour 3 percent hydrogen peroxide into the wound, let it foam up, repeat, and pat dry with a clean piece of gauze or cotton.

Yunnan Paiyao is an excellent Chinese herbal powder, which helps to stop bleeding, closes the wound and decreases scarring. This patent formula alone helps the flesh regenerate and prevents blood stasis and infections, which could lead to scarring. It can be used externally and taken internally as well!

Tetanus shots are not necessary for open cuts that bleed, only for deep, non-bleeding puncture wounds. Medical attention is imperative for cuts caused by rusty objects, deep punctures and wounds that bleed heavily.

Eastern Herbal Remedies

Trauma Liniment

"Die Da Jiu Liniment", which literally translates to "hit fall wine" is the NUMBER ONE remedy for bruises, contusions, sprains and fractures. This formula was developed centuries ago in kung fu schools to treat bruises and injuries due to injuries that would occur during daily practice. Soak a cotton ball and press this herbal formula into the skin where ever trauma to an area has occurred. Bruises, contusions, sprains, shin splints, repetitive motion injuries and fractures, (which needs a proper doctor's care after a break), can be treated with amazing results. This herbal formula, which has been decocted in alcohol, has been prepared with safe and effective herbs to move stagnation of energy and blood that occur after injury.

Trauma Pills

One of two patented formulas, Liangcai Xin Die da Wan (Tieh Ta Wan) is the internal counterpart to Trauma Liniment. Taken in tandem with the lotion, these pills strongly breaks up blockage of blood and fluid due to trauma. It moves accumulation, which sits in the area of the injury, preventing blood from congealing in the tissue.

Yunnan Paiyao

Treating open wounds correctly is the best way to prevent scars from occurring. This patent formula alone helps the flesh regenerate and prevents blood stasis and infections, which could lead to scarring.

Valuable first-aid remedy for internal and external bleeding, traumatic swelling, insect bites, nosebleeds, open and infected wounds, ingrown toenails, spider bites, post-surgical healing, prevents scarring, stops bleeding, disperses stagnant blood, disinfects and stops some pain. Commonly used for excessive menstrual bleeding, severe menstrual cramps, ulcer bleeding, carbuncles. Take capsules both internally and externally by opening a capsule and sprinkling the powder directly into the wound.

Herbal Ice

Herbal Ice "San Huang San" is composed of three cooling Chinese herbs that reduce inflammation while dispersing congealed blood and fluids. This is the single most useful herbal poultice for your first aid trauma kit! This is most helpful for immediate sprains, strains, turned ankles, muscle pulls, twisted wrists or severe contusions. Where ever you would use ice, this should be substituted right away.

When an injury occurs, blood will stagnate in the muscle tissue and often does not reabsorb back into the system. The blood can congeal and harden, adhering the muscle fibers together and blocking normal circulation in normal areas, creating pain and stiffness. Applying ice, can exacerbate this injury in the long term.

"San Huang San" Herbal Ice is in a Vaseline base and should be gently massaged into the injury morning and night. Wrap lightly with gauze and cover with an ace bandage (not too tight). Clean the area before re-applying.

Tendon Lotion

This combination of warming herbs is best used for chronic conditions or old injuries such as tendonitis, which includes tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, shin splints, old sprains or reoccurring problems made worse by cold and dampness. When heat makes your injury feel better, this is the formula for you. Massage this lotion into affected areas twice a day. This unique blend of Chinese herbs works deep down into the tendons to stimulate circulation!

UI Oil

This wonderful massage oil (pronounced "ooh-eee") is used for stiff, sore, overexerted muscles and joints that are worse with the cold and dampness. This oil is also great to massage into cold muscles before exercise to help them warm up and to prepare them for stretching and activity. This patent Chinese formula comes in a 1 fluid oz. bottle in a protective can.

UI Oil contains the light, warming aromatic oils of cinnamon, peppermint, lilac oil, and the tree resin "xue jie" also known as "dragon's blood" (a resin known for its ability to dispel congealing blood and relieve pain). The main ingredient is the warming herb "ai ye" or mugwort (folium artimisae). Mugwort's properties penetrate obstruction, activate local circulation and drive out cold.

Black Ghost Oil

This oil, also known as Hak Kwai Pain Relieving Oil is the most deep penetrating massage oil used for deep bone bruising that occurs in areas where there is thick muscles overlaying bones. This area is bruised and painful but shows no visible swelling or discoloration on the surface. This is the MOST effective oil for this type of injury because it contains very aromatic herbs and oils, which penetrate this kind of obstruction.

How To Care For Bruises

Bruises are the result of damaged blood vessels under the skin. As blood leaks from the damaged vessels, the skin can turn blue/black (bruising is down to the bone), green (bruising is down to the level of the tendon), and or yellow (bruising is more superficial to the muscle level). You may often see a combination of these colors. as well.

First, to minimize swelling, pain, and bruising after an injury, always apply ice or a cold compresses to the injured area as soon as possible and keep them on for 15-20 minutes for most of the first twelve hours, with occasional breaks to prevent excessive chilling.

Western Medicine is limited in the treatment of bruises. Eastern medicine has wonderful herbal applications, which decreases bruising time and pain.

Second, apply Trauma Liniment and massage into the bruise. Follow this by taking 2 Trauma Pills a day for two days.

Third, if the bruise is felt but not seen, this is considered deep bone bruising. Massage a Black Ghost Oil into the area instead of Trauma Liniment.

Bruising after traumatic injury is a normal body response. It is only when bruising occurs often and from very minor (often unnoticed) trauma that a problem may exist. While easy bruising is usually not a cause for concern, people who experience this problem should consult a physician to rule out more serious conditions that may cause bruising. If you suddenly begin to bruise easily, you may have a problem with blood clotting.

Medical causes of easy bruising sometimes may be diagnosed from a few blood tests conducted by a doctor. More often, however, no clear cause for easy bruising is found. Bruises look like areas of blue to purple-colored skin that may turn yellow to dark brown over the course of a few days. The conventional treatment is to manage any underlying medical condition, such as liver or kidney disease, blood disorders (e.g., hemophilia, platelet dysfunction, thrombocytopenia, leukemia, and multiple myeloma), connective tissue disorders (e.g., scurvy, Marfan's syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome), or the use of blood-thinning medication (e.g., aspirin and Coumadin).

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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