When it comes to workout overexertion or injuries, the options often center on painkillers, isolation, rest and rehabilitation, but hardly ever do we discuss the intricate relationship between our body’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Enter the practice of homeopathy—which can be a great ally when it comes to improve your ability to get the most out of your workout.
Homeopathy is a form of medicine that promotes healing on multiple levels. The system and practice of homeopathy was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843) and is based on the principle of similars. Namely, taking a very diluted-like substance produces a similar “vibration” that propels the body to heal itself.
According to The World Health Organization, homeopathy is currently the second most widely used medical modality for primary healthcare in the world, with an estimated 500 million people using homeopathic remedies each year.
Here is a comprehensive list of remedies to help with minor workout injuries and overuse. As always, make sure to consult with a health care professional before taking these or any supplement.
Arnica—A must for any homeopathic first-aid kit. Useful for any trauma, especially with marked bruising or bruised pain sensation.
Ruta—A remedy mainly useful for stiffness in the muscles and tendons and injury to tendons, ligaments from strain or twisting of joints, shin splints and overuse.
Aconite—Shock remedy for after injury, exposure to cold/wind or accidents.
Rhus tox—Helps with acute or chronic rheumatism and aggravation from cold/wet. Also helps with restlessness and when the injury is worse with first motion but better after continued motion.
Bryonia—This remedy is meant for inflammation that is worsened from the slightest motion or jarring. Distinguishing characteristics of those who can benefit from this remedy are an aversion to being disturbed, a desire to be alone and thirstlessness.
Hypericum—Used for injuries to nerve-rich areas such as fingertips, toes, genitals, teeth, tongue and shooting pains. Also used for injury to spine, especially tailbone.
Ledum—Remedy to help with puncture wounds—nails, barbed-wire, including bites/stings with much swelling.
What to learn more about how homeopathy can help you? Find a Homeopath or Naturopath in your area.