Homeopathic Remedies for Bruising
Homeopathic remedies, used as first aid, can soothe the pain and soreness of bruises that
come from injury, reduce swelling and fluid leakage into surrounding tissues, and generally
encourage healing. A carefully-chosen remedy may also help correct a person’s tendency
toward easy bruising and soreness. (Frequent bruising or easy bleeding can sometimes occur in
a serious illness or disorder.)
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also
“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Arnica montana: This is the primary remedy for new, traumatic
injuries—including bruises caused by impact with blunt objects (from simple contusions
to concussions), early stages of sprains and strains, and bruise-like soreness after muscular
exertion (such as physically-taxing work, athletics, or childbirth). The symptoms typically
feel worse from touch and motion. Arnica is also helpful for controlling soreness,
bleeding, and tissue-bruising related to surgery and dental work.
Bellis perennis: This remedy is helpful for injuries and bruises, especially those
caused by trauma to the trunk or in deeper tissues—for example, internal soreness after
an accident or surgery. When a bruised and injured area develops a feeling of stiffness or
coldness, Bellis perennis is strongly indicated. It may also be effective for bruises
(in any area) that do not respond to Arnica.
Calcarea phosphorica: This remedy is often indicated for bone-bruises, as well as
other kinds of pain and soreness in the bones, especially when the area feels cold and numb.
This remedy is also used when fractures are slow to heal.
Hypericum: This remedy is best for bruising or crushing injuries to body areas
containing many nerves—smashed fingertips and toes, injuries to the spine or genitals,
bruising or displacement of the tailbone (from falls or during childbirth), and injuries to
the eyeball. Nerve pain after root canals may also be helped with Hypericum.
Ledum palustre: This remedy is indicated when bruises or bruise-type injuries such
as sprains and strains become very puffy and swollen, and cold applications such as ice-packs
or cold soaks bring some relief. Black eyes (which usually meet those two criteria) often
respond to Ledum.
Millefolium: This remedy is indicated when bruising is followed by persistent
bleeding. It is often useful for nosebleeds after injury, as well as for bleeding in other
parts of the body. (Any condition involving serious bleeding should be treated by a
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is helpful for bone-bruises when the area is very
sensitive to touch. The bone aches and may seem lame, and the person can feel weak.
Ruta is useful after Arnica in many injuries affecting the joints and
Phosphorus: This remedy may be indicated when small wounds bleed easily and
profusely, or when a person has a tendency to bruise from minor injuries. Tiny red dots may be
seen beneath the skin on arms and legs or other areas. (If these have recently appeared or if
bleeding is significant, the person should see a physician.)
Symphytum: This remedy is well-known for its healing effect on broken bones, and is
also good for bone-bruises. Symphytum is valuable when the eyeball has been injured
by a blow from any blunt object—a stick, a rock, a flying ball, etc. (Any injury to the
eye should be examined by a doctor.)
Sulphuricum acidum: When a person feels tired after a bruising injury, this remedy
may be indicated. A professional homeopath may consider it for a person who tends toward easy
bruising and is extra-sensitive to fumes and environmental toxins. (Any person with a tendency
toward unusual bruising and bleeding should consult a physician.)
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.