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Are there herbal remedies to treat bruising?

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Several plant-based and herbal remedies are available to treat bruising, including arnica gel and bilberry extract, explains Andrew Weil, M.D. Bromelian, a pineapple extract, is also useful for severe or deep-tissue bruising when taken in doses of 200 to 400 milligrams orally three times a day.

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Arnica montana, a daisy-like plant that grows in the mountains of Europe and Siberia, is a topical remedy for bruising, inflammation and pain, explains Healthline. Although studies on its pain-relieving effects are inconclusive, studies showed that it significantly reduced postoperative bruising in patients who had a face-lift, according to an abstract published on PubMed.gov.

Bilberries and bilberry leaves contain powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanosides, which some studies show improve circulation and strengthen blood vessels, according to Dr. Weil. Bilberry extract works best when it contains 25 percent anthocyanosides. The recommended dose is 80 to120 milligrams orally twice a day.

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