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Old 09-04-2006, 09:37 AM   #2
Yael Grauer
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Yeah, arnica is good--both externally and the homeopathic (those sugar pills in the blue thing) internally. If you can't find arnica you can also use witch hazel--frozen is best.

Hot and cold hydrotherapy can help, as can dit da jow if you can find a source for it. The best formula I ever found is called "Dr. Wu's Liniment Oil" which has to be specially ordered from the Chicago Center for Psychophysical Healing. If you're into Chinese remedies, you can pick up some Zen Gu Shui, which is almost as good.

I make my own "desert dit da" by steeping some local herbs (yerba del lobo, camphorweed) in rubbing alcohol and adding kitchen spices (cayenne, mustard) and essential oils (camphor, rosemary, etc.) and anything hot and spicy to it before straining it. It takes about 2-4 weeks to reach full potency and you have to spray it on outside (it's like pepper spray) but it works really really well.

If you can find any good salves, those can help too (calendula, St. John's wort, etc.)

Gut health is important so he's getting enough vitamin K (if he's eating kale, spinach, cabbage and cauliflower he'll be fine) and enough B-vitamins help speed healing, and vitamin C of course.

I wouldn't use all of these things at once :-) just pick a couple. I get bruised a lot in martial arts so I've gotten to experiment on myself and my classmates quite a bit.
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