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Top 6 Holistic Ways of Dealing with Injuries

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It happens to everyone at one time or another, a car accident, a nasty fall, a sports injury, or even a simple home accident such as a cut, the healing process can turn into a long road to recovery. Most people take their doctors advice and begin taking prescription pain medications and antibiotics. Although this can help to encourage healing, they often come with some serious side effects that you really don’t want, such as yeast infections.

Injury and financial problems are often combined as serious injuries keep many from working. For those with chronic pain or an extended healing time can mean serious money disruptions. This added stress only makes the healing process longer and causes many people to return to their jobs before they are really ready. Healing quickly is an important factor if you need to return to work to put bread on the table.

Take a look at the holistic tips below that can help you heal faster and without all those nasty side effects.

 

1. Healing Herbs

Sometimes, recovering from an injury can be slow and painful. If you are looking for a more natural way to heal your wounds, one that has been used successfully for ages, then it’s time to look to the plants Mother Nature put on this planet for just such a purpose. For example, Valerian root has been used for hundreds of years for its relaxing qualities that act as a natural tranquilizer. Valerian root also reduces nerve sensitivity and inflammation in the body, so you should be able to relax and feel less pain.

If you have broken bones or fractures, horsetail contains a compound called silicon that is really good for rejuvenating the connective tissue and bone material.

 

2. Acupuncture

If you have never tried acupuncture, you might find the idea of sticking needles in your skin a bit strange, but this traditional form of Chinese medicine has often helped individuals get some much needed pain relief. It doesn’t matter if it’s back pain or a relentless headache, well-placed, extremely thin needles regulate the blood flow to the area, which reduces swelling, improves blood flow to injured areas, and relaxes the muscles so there are fewer spasms. Not everything works for everyone, but if you feel as if you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, then give this ancient practice a try.

 

3. Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Taking the right supplements can reduce inflammation and promote faster healing. Healthy levels of vitamin C can greatly cut the time spent healing injuries (read more about vitamin C benefits). You can take vitamin C supplements or consume them by eating plenty of berries, papaya, oranges, broccoli, and grapefruit.

Vitamin E, selenium, zinc, and vitamin A are also known to have great healing properties. Eating more carrots, melons, sweet potatoes, spinach, nuts, mushrooms, tuna, and cocoa can all contribute to shortening the amount of time your injuries need to heal.

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