The Value of Testimonials: Arnica, Bromelain, Turmeric
A couple of things I took after my recent surgery to reduce swelling, inflammation and bruising: Arnica Montana and Bromelain (pineapple enzyme). This surgery was far more invasive than a previous surgery, but I had much less swelling and brusing after this one. I took Arnica tablets (they melt under the tongue) as well as applying Arnica gel over the (closed) incisions; and took the Bromelain caplets 3x a day.
Turmeric works great, especially for skin inflammations. It’s both an anti-inflammatory and an anti-microbial… so it’s wonderful as a poultice on boils.
Thanks for the testimonials . . . In the absence of a truly patient-advocating agency for testing these things (Yes, that’s a swipe at the FDA.), testimonials from trusted sources (not the kind you see on infomercials, and not from unknown strangers on the internet), testimonials, taken with other data can be a valuable way of getting potential solutions up on the radar screen. As you may know, from my previous post, I was up on the arnica thing. But, I vaguely remember having heard of, and not further pursued, the bromelain claims. Now, I’m going to look into it more deeply, and then, if it passes the sniff test, get it on my shelf, so that it’s readily available, for the next dubious "opportunity" for testing.
Also, I didn’t know that arnica can be ingested effectively. I’ll be looking into that one, too. (I’m already aware of its topical use for new muscle strains. I use an organic oil-based product called Injur Heal All).
I have a question about the turmeric poultice for skin inflammation: Can it be used on open or weeping skin, as in severe skin conditions? And, does it stain the skin?
BTW, Everybody: Thanks for making use of the subject line. In addition to making the thread more searchable, there’s a greater chance that a word, in the Recent Comments side bar will jump out at someone who is looking for a solution, or who can provide an answer.