Although whole foods are the best way to get your nutritional support needed for musculoskeletal healing, supplements can help fill the gaps. Here, we look at 7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury that can help you recover from the inflammatory phase of a musculoskeletal injury (i.e. strain, tendonitis).
The inflammatory response to trauma occurs during the first few days after your injury which includes edema (swelling). Firstly, your body will release inflammatory proteins and mobilize leukocytes (white blood cells). Secondly, produce fibrin an insoluble protein involved in the clotting of blood. Thirdly, the accumulation of cell debris, fibrin, blood, and exudate (circulatory fluid) will impede healing by impairing circulation. After chiropractic care has begun, some of the substances below may also help expedite healing.
1. Boswellia– A herb also known as indian frankincense, decreases inflammation. Useful for arthritis, gout, low back pain, myositis (muscle inflammation) and fibromyalgia.
2. Ginger- A well known herb in the kitchen, also good for inflammation. Reduces spasms, cramps and stimulates circulation. Useful for arthritis, headaches, and muscle pain.
3. Tumeric– This herb is used as a seasoning and an ingredient in curry powder. This is good for inflammation and all arthritic conditions.
4. Cayennne– A herb known as Capsicum, hot pepper or red pepper. Useful for arthritis and rheumatism.
5. Bromelain– This is an enzyme. Its source is pineapple, pork, beef or papaya. Moreover, patients hospitalized for various injuries resulted in 40% less time spent in the hospital than those who didn’t take Bromelain.
Other proteolytic enzymes helpful for musculoskeletal injuries for example in tendonitis include trypsin and chymotrypsin. They reduce the inflammatory response by breaking down inflammatory proteins which cause vascular permeability (capacity of a blood vessel wall to allow for the flow of small molecules or even whole cells in and out of the vessel) and pain. Proteolytic enzymes may significantly improve local circulation by breaking down cell debris and fibrin prior to uptake by the lymphatic system.
6. Bioflavonoids (quercetin, hesperidine, rutin, etc.) provide much of the flavor and color in fruits & vegetables, as well as berries and flowers. It works by restricting vascular permeability to limit swelling. Preventative treatment of football athletes with bioflavonoids reduced healing time of injuries by two thirds in a study.
7. Vitamin C helps with free radical processes in your inflamed tissues. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. Furthermore, it may support the production of anti-inflammatory hormones in your body.
Finally, You should be mindful of the recommended doses of specific supplements and herbs, as too much can be harmful. In addition, it may be contraindicated for your condition. Also consult your doctor first, especially if you are pregnant.
Contact an amazing chiropractor in West Palm Beach today to learn more about 7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury at 561-253-8984. Dr. Natalie Meiri is dedicated to your overall health and well-being. She offers chiropractic care for various injuries and ailments to restore you to optimal health.