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Home Remedies for Fracture

Fracture is defined as complete or incomplete separation in the continuity of bone Fracture healing is a complex physiological process that involves the coordinated participation of hematopoietic and immune cells within bone marrow. It conjunction with vascular and skeletal cell precursors it also includes mesenchymal stem cells which are recruited from the circulation and the surrounding tissues. It is estimated that 80% of the population in developing countries still rely on the traditional herbal medicines. Healing is practiced by people from all levels of society, who live and work in intimate relation with their environment. They range from bone setting, treatment of snake bite and mental disorders. Knowledge of Medicinal plants and their identification should be gain with the help of cowherds, hermits, hunters, forest dwellers and those who gather plants of forest for food. Sushruta Samita Sutrasthanam 36 V.10. Herbs can effective in reducing swelling pain and soreness of the fracture and al so speedy recovery of function. In last few decades there has been growing In alternative forms of therapy globally. Herbal medicines are currently in demand and their popularity is increasing.

There are two major types of fractures:-

  1. Closed Fracture: When the skin covering the bone keeps intact
  2. Open Fracture:When the bones break the skin below it

When a person undergoes fracture, it is highly important to consult a professional. But, there are certain home remedies and natural ways to do the preliminary treatment.

Effective Home Remedies

Right in the beginning apply the RICE treatment plan. RICE stands for the following:

1. REST

Stop moving the broken part immediately. The more you provide rest to your fractured part, the more easily it will get cured.

2. ICE

Immediately apply ice packs to the broken part. This reduces swelling of the affected area.

3. COMPRESS

Wrap the injured part in a bandage. But, do not do it tightly. This is because; wrapping tightly will stop blood circulation leading to more swelling.

4. ELEVATE

Keep the broken part in an elevated position. This is because; it prevents the blood from getting accumulated in the injured part leading to inflammation.

Apart from the RICE therapy, there are some other remedies as well. These are:

  1. Consume half pineapple everyday till you are completely cured. The fruit contains the enzyme, Bromelain, which diminishes inflammation. But, it is recommended not to consume processed or canned pineapples.
  2. Avoid red meat, caffeinated beverages and aerated drinks.
  3. Do not eat foods, which have preservatives. They have phosphorus, which leads to the loss of the bones.
  4. Consume boron. It is an important component for healing the fractured bones effectively.
  5. Consume zinc. It repairs the damage caused by the tissues to a huge extent.
  6. Consume magnesium, potassium and calcium. These minerals form essential ingredients to repair the damage caused by the bones and to maintain the condition of the heart and the muscles.
  7. Stop Smoking,Some of the recommendations in this list may be controversial, or unknown the extent to which they affect bone healing. However, this much is clear: patients who smoke, have a much longer average time to healing, and a much higher risk of developing a nonunion (non-healing of the bone). Smoking alters the blood flow to the bone, and it is that blood flow that delivers the necessary nutrients and cells to allow the bone to heal. The number one thing you can do to ensure your recovery from a fracture is not smoke. If you know someone who has a fracture and smokes, find ways to help them quit.
  8. Eat a Balanced Diet, Healing of bone requires more nutrients that the body needs to simply maintain bone health. Patients with injuries should eat a balanced diet, and ensure adequate nutritional intake of all food groups. What we put into our body determines how well the body can function and recover from injury. If you break a bone, make sure you are eating a balanced diet so that your bone has the necessary nutrition to make a full recovery.
  9. Watch Your Calcium,The focus should be on all nutrients. It's true that calcium is needed to heal bones, but taking excessive doses of calcium will not help you heal faster. Ensure you are consuming the recommended dose of calcium, and if not, try to consume more natural calcium--or consider a supplement. Taking mega-doses of calcium does not help a bone heal faster.