From: "Robin Dorey" rdorey.mtdata.com>
To: "herb list" herb.lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 19:45:17 -0400
Subject: [Herb] foot injury:(
You were all so helpful a few weeks ago when I had bent my foot under me. It was swollen and black and blue. Well 4 weeks later it turns out to have a fracture in the bone that comes down from my baby toe on the outside of my foot. They don't cast these types of broken/fractures anymore. Apparently the healing process is the same and so to forgo the inconvenience of a cast or whatever, I have nothing on my foot. If there is still the "egg/bruise" in 12 weeks, then surgery. I have given my foot a severe talking to and explained the time limit so am really hoping no surgery. :) Does anyone have any other suggestions for me?? I was thinking of something internally. Thanks for any help you can give me. Robin
From: "John Redden Viriditas" redden.viriditasherbalproducts.com
Hi Robin et al,
When there is a haematoma and the skin is unbroken then paint the bruised area with tincture of Arnica montana 1:5 (20%). An arnica fomentation covered with cellophane for an hour each day is stronger. If the tincture is irritating the skin then dilute it as far as another 20% i.e. 5mL tincture (20%) in 95mL water to make 100mL. Soak cloth with this and bind to area loosely and cover. Keep in place one hour.
Also alternate foot soaks in hot and cold water. 2 basins 5 minutes each upto 30 min/day.
This will improve circulation to the area.
Fresh or dried comfrey (Symphytum off.) poultice for tissue damage.
Internally drink a decoction of comfrey, nettles (Urtica dioica) and horsetail (Equisetum arvence). Add 30mL cider vinegar to 1L water to slightly acidify it. This will improve its mineral content and your absorption. Sweeten with unsulfurred molasses and you have a good tissue & bone building tea. Good luck. John
From: "jim mcdonald" multiflorum.hotmail.com
I'd recommend a combined tincture of Solomon's Seal Root & Horsetail, perhaps a bit of Comfrey along with it. Mullein might be a good idea as well. Half the bottle should be Solomon's Seal. I can't state enough how well this has worked for me in many cases of fractures that couldn't be casted. I believe even taking the Solomon's Seal alone would be VERY beneficial. A good dosage would be 5-10 drops, 3-5x daily.