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Natural anti-immflamatory for ligament injury

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I have been eating paleo and studying paleo writings for the past month, and seem to have cleared up some chronic allergy and sinus probelms related to internal inflamation that I have struggled with for years. I recently tore a ligament in my ankle though, which was extremely swollen, but has gone down very much in the past weeks without the use of prescription or over the counter anti-inflammatories. Besides eating paleo I have been rubbing coconut oil into the location of the tear a few times a day. The doctor says that even though the swelling has gone down very much in the past three weeks, I should still take meds. I would like to hear if anyone has any recommendations for alternate therapies for torn ligaments or knows of natural remedies.

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on January 03, 2013
at 07:07 AM

I find myself seasoning with tumeric being a runner with a recent knee crap.

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on December 19, 2011
at 08:33 AM

prolotherapy is the truth!!

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on October 13, 2010
at 03:42 AM

thanks, my omega 6 consumption has been extremely high my whole life, and i just started trying to equalize my omega 3 to 6 ratios recently before the injury, and I 'm still trying to understand the exact nature of these things.

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on October 13, 2010
at 03:38 AM

thank you I will look into these

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on October 12, 2010
at 06:03 PM

It is a double edged sword. Inflammation heals wounds, but sometimes inflammation outlives its biological purposes and becomes a problem itself. In my case, I've been so strict with my low-PUFA diet for so long that I think I can actually detect omega 6 intake helping me when I have wounds (GI ulcers/erosions in my case)... For somebody who hasn't been restricting omega 6s, I imagine it can be a very different experience

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on October 12, 2010
at 05:56 PM

It is a double edged sword. Inflammation heals wounds, but sometimes inflammation outlives its biological purposes and becomes a problem itself. In my case, I've been so strict with my low-PUFA diet for so long that I think I can actually detect omega 6 intake helping me... For somebody who hasn't been restricting omega 6s, I imagine it can be a very different experience.

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on October 12, 2010
at 05:41 PM

Agree totally with Kamal here. You almost certainly wont need any of the more invasive remedies... (see also the similar question linked by gilliebean)

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on October 12, 2010
at 04:52 PM

A similar question was already asked.

Paleo sources of foods that have anti-inflammatory effects on acute inflammation include:

Other suggestions include:

  • taking an ice bath
  • contrast hydrotherapy (alternating cold/hot water every minute or two)
  • topical application of castor oil, an oil made from the seed of the castor plant

I hope this helps!

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on October 13, 2010
at 03:38 AM

thank you I will look into these

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on October 12, 2010
at 05:22 PM

As someone with very messed up ankles, I would recommend changing your thinking. Inflammation is not your enemy here. A torn ligament needs to heal, and increased blood flow and swelling are part of the solution. NSAIDs do not help healing, and can slow healing in many cases.

The main natural remedy is waiting and resting, then doing light range-of-motion and strengthening. Other, more invasive natural remedies include prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma injections. Then there's low-level laser, ultrasound, traumeel ointment, etc etc.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on October 12, 2010
at 06:03 PM

It is a double edged sword. Inflammation heals wounds, but sometimes inflammation outlives its biological purposes and becomes a problem itself. In my case, I've been so strict with my low-PUFA diet for so long that I think I can actually detect omega 6 intake helping me when I have wounds (GI ulcers/erosions in my case)... For somebody who hasn't been restricting omega 6s, I imagine it can be a very different experience

Cacc89096bbbec20ff6904cbbd58e92d

(273)

on October 13, 2010
at 03:42 AM

thanks, my omega 6 consumption has been extremely high my whole life, and i just started trying to equalize my omega 3 to 6 ratios recently before the injury, and I 'm still trying to understand the exact nature of these things.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on October 12, 2010
at 05:56 PM

It is a double edged sword. Inflammation heals wounds, but sometimes inflammation outlives its biological purposes and becomes a problem itself. In my case, I've been so strict with my low-PUFA diet for so long that I think I can actually detect omega 6 intake helping me... For somebody who hasn't been restricting omega 6s, I imagine it can be a very different experience.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 12, 2010
at 05:41 PM

Agree totally with Kamal here. You almost certainly wont need any of the more invasive remedies... (see also the similar question linked by gilliebean)

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on December 19, 2011
at 08:33 AM

prolotherapy is the truth!!

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on March 12, 2012
at 04:52 AM

One effective an-inflammatory that I am aware of is turmeric. Been taking this supplement: http://organicindia.mercola.com/herbal-supplements/turmeric.aspx And so far it has never failed me. Has anyone tried this as well?

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on January 03, 2013
at 07:07 AM

I find myself seasoning with tumeric being a runner with a recent knee crap.

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on October 12, 2010
at 06:09 PM

I have been using hydrolyzed fish collagen in powder form, 1 tablespoon a day, to rebuild the tendons in my severely sprained ankle for about a year. I also have a knee joint that was in pain almost all the time. Now both the knee and ankle are doing very well. I have been paleo for two years and it seems the combination of paleo and the collagen works well for me. http://www.rousselotusonline.com/hydrolyzedcollagen.aspx They also have bovine and porcine collagen which are a bit cheaper. I get the 500 gram container...three at a time.

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on October 12, 2010
at 04:54 PM

I have heard good things about turmeric for inflammation. There may be some contraindications if you are taking certain medications that you should research for your own knowledge. Sorry I can't provide more detail, but I am on my way to a meeting. I did find these:

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on March 12, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Ice can be effective for injuries like this. When I had a very bad sprain, I tried to ice it every couple of hours for as long as I could stand it. I actually submerged my foot in a bucket of cold water with ice added.

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