Studied Homeopathic Remedies
A bruise is the visible evidence of bleeding under the skin. Seldom more than a cosmetic nuisance, it goes through a well-defined series of changes, beginning with a dark purple and red coloration, gradually fading through greenish yellow, then disappearing. Some people are particularly prone to bruises, developing them after injuries too minor to affect most people.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Bruises
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In these unpleasant-sounding experiments, the subjects allowed themselves to be bruised on the inside of their forearms by a 2.3-pound (1,041 g) weight, which fell from about a foot and a half (44 cm) above the arm. Participants were given either Arnica or placebo before the experiment and then were bruised on one arm. Subsequently, they were given a second dose of whatever they had just received and were then followed for a period of 3 to 4 days. The goal was to see whether the bruises treated by Arnica got better faster than those treated by placebo.
Researchers found a hint of benefit in the first study, but none in the second study. Unfortunately, the numbers of participants in each study were too small to allow for the results to have much statistical meaning.
Homeopathic practitioners traditionally give Arnica to treat traumatic injuries. The classical homeopathic symptom picture for Arnica includes the presence of black-and-blue spots, a bruised feeling, and difficulty in finding a comfortable position. It isn’t hard to recognize this as a description of minor injury.
For herbs, supplements, and other alternative treatments that may be useful for minor injuries, see the Minor Injury entry in this database. For problems related to a tendency to bruise easily, see the Easy Bruising entry.
For a thorough explanation of homeopathy, including dilution of therapies, see the Homeopathy Overview .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -