Bruising is generally the result of an injury. To minimise bruising immediately apply an ice pack (ice in a clean cloth) to the area, if you are able to. Keep it in place for twenty to thirty minutes. Repeat every two to three hours if the bruising is particularly bad.
If you bruise very easily it may be an indication that you need to increase your intake of vitamin C, bioflavonoids and vitamin K. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids strengthen capillary walls and are found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly when uncooked. Good sources of vitamin C are broccoli, parsley, kiwi fruit, citrus fruit, berries, peppers, blackcurrants, Brussels sprouts, papaya and mango. Vitamin K helps to heal and clots the blood, and is found in foods such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas, dried fruits and bananas. It is also found in alfalfa.
Homeopathy - as soon as any knock to the body takes place apply 'Arnica Cream' to the area - see Aches & Pains.
Also take a dose of Arnica 30c homeopathic pills immediately. If you are dealing with soft tissue bruising, which is deeper and slower to come out use Ledum 30c - see Homeopathy. See the Homeopathic Kits for sets containing a range of different remedies.
Arnica is an essential item for your home first aid kit and has been used for centuries in the treatment of bruises and injuries to soft tissue. For toddlers, or if you or your child are accident-prone it would be a good idea to carry both Arnica cream and remedy around with you.
If you are treating bruising that has occurred as a result of surgery, try taking Arnica 30c two days before the operation and two days afterwards. Give four pills at night and four in the morning, and repeat before and after surgery.
NB. It is important to touch the pills as little as possible, ideally tipping them into the lid and then directly into the mouth, and also to avoid eating and drinking at the same time as taking the remedy.
The stronger the symptoms the stronger the potency required, so if you are unsure, if any of these remedies are not working, or you need a higher potency contact a professional homeopath.
NB. This information is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.