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Sprain Home Remedies

Posted Mar 01 2010 10:41am

Sprains being a common phenomenon, home remedies go hand in hand. Sprains are the extended tear of the ligaments in the body. The areas of the foot, ankles, elbow, wrists, and knees are common spots for the occurrence of sprains. The causes of sprains are many. However, common reasons for sprains include falls, physical activity, accidents, twisting, the manoeuvring of heavy objects, and over-stretching. Sprains can lead to inflammation, severe pain and the inability to properly move the affected area.

  • Increase your consumption of fresh pineapple. Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, which actively helps reduce the inflammatory process and effectively reduce swelling.
  • A popular remedy calls for drinking a glass of hot milk with added turmeric powder. Turmeric contains many health boosting properties, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial potential.
  • Almond oil is another traditional remedy for sprains. Mix together almond oil and grated garlic and apply to affected sprained region. Massage the region every few hours.
  • Apply ice packs to the region of the sprain. This should help ease the pain and swelling.
  • Onions are commonly used to treat sprains. Dice one onion and place in a cotton cloth. Place the cloth on the sprained region for one hour, and repeat as many times as liked.
  • Massage the area with a mixture of fresh lemon juice and honey.
  • The application of coffee soaked gauzes wrapping the affected area is a common home remedy for sprains and inflammations.
  • Soak a cabbage leaf in warm water. Wrap the sprained region with the soaked leaf and leave for 10 minutes, and repeat as often as you like. This is another common remedy for sprains.
  • Add grated garlic to almond oil. Massage the affected sprained are with this mixture. Apply a bandage and leave for a few hours. This is said to be an effective remedy for sprains.
  • When tolerable, take a hot bath with added bath salts or Epsom salt.
  • Get ample rest. This is one of the most effective strategies to get better sooner than later.

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