Treating a Stubbed Toe with Alternative Medicine

A stubbed toe can be a very painful event.  If you have stubbed your toe on something, it’s possible that you may have either fractured it or damaged soft tissue surrounding the toe.  If you’re really lucky, you may not even bruise.  If you’re not so lucky, your toe could be broken.  When in doubt, visit your primary care physician or urgent care and get x-rays.  (A broken toe does not have to look disfigured in order to be broken.)

Take a close look at the injured toe.  Look for ruptured skin or a damaged nail.  If the skin is broken, clean the area with soap and water and apply an anti-bacterial ointment.  (It’s not necessary.  It’s a precaution for preventing local infection.)

Injured Toe, 3rd one. Swelling and redness on medial side.

There are numerous treatments styles and many of them recommend ice as a treatment for injured toes.  At August Point Wellness, we do not recommend ice on a stubbed toe.  Why? Because the toes are at a circulatory disadvantage being located at the most distal (and likely inferior) end of the body.  Circulation is imperative for the healing process and icing an injury improperly will constrict blood vessels and actually slow the healing process.  Sure, it could reduce swelling of the toe, but a reduction in swelling does NOT equate to increased rate of healing.

Here is an alternative treatment plan if you wish to take care of a minor stubbed toe injury naturally:

  1. Take arnica internally.  Arnica contains plant-derived anti-inflammatory compounds.  It is an alternative to ibuprofen.
  2. Warm the foot and toe in a footsoak bucket or a bath.  Use epsom salt and peppermint oil to reduce swelling.
  3. Massage the injured area.
  4. Apply a pain relieving topical ointment or bruise liniment to the injured area.  We recommend our own Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub.  It’s based on traditional dit da jow herbal bruise and fracture formulas of China.  It’s 100% natural, safe, and effective.
  5. Elevate the injured toe and foot as much as possible until injury is healed.
  6. If very painful, splint the toe with the one next to it for the first week or two of the healing process.
  7. Wear stiff-soled shoes until injury is fully healed.  This is to reduce the excessive motion of the toe.

As you can see from the image above, the founder of August Point Wellness has suffered a stubbed toe injury.  Above is the actual protocol he is currently using for this injury.  Please note that the information in this article can be used to treat a jammed finger as well.

Spring is the Season to Nourish the Liver

yellow rooftops and the Pavilion of Ten Thousa...

Spring Season in China

Spring is a time of year when plants and animals are bursting forth from their dormant state.  Springtime has an energy that is fresh, vibrant, youthful, and alive.  You can see this energy of spring reflected in nature.  This is the time when flora bloom and fauna come out from under the hibernation of winter.

Traditional Chinese Medicine says that the Liver is related to spring and is strongly influenced by this season.  Therefore, nourishing the Liver just before and during spring is beneficial to keeping healthy and free from disease.  A healthy Liver cleanses and refreshes the body effectively by processing toxins and removing them from the blood.  Reduced blood toxins reciprocally increases proper immune system function.

According to the laws of nature, one should focus on improving Liver function during the vernal season.  One way of doing so, is to eat more raw foods, such as fresh greens and sprouts.  These light, uplifting foods are yang in nature and work to cleanse the body of the heavy, rich and dense foods that warm the body during the typically cooler temperatures of winter.  Drink plenty of water during spring to help your body stay hydrated.  On the flip side, drink less soft drinks and other beverages, especially ones that contain artificial sweeteners and/or chemicals.  Exercise is a great way to circulate blood and nutrients through the body.  This is very important for good liver function as well as other organ function.  For those that live in colder climates, spring is when one can get outside and return to a more active lifestyle.

When Liver energy in the body is balanced, the yin energy of winter transitions seamlessly into the yang energy of spring.  In Chinese medicine, a smoothly functioning Liver is responsible for healthy immune system balance during the changing of the seasons in which people tend to catch colds and flu.

3 ways to help unburden the Liver during spring:

  • Cut out processed food.  Incorporate fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits into the diet.
  • .Eliminate soft drinks and other beverages with artificial sweeteners.  Drink plenty of water instead.
  • Get some exercise.  Help strengthen the Liver as well as all of the organs through physical activity.

Detoxify Your Liver Gently and Naturally With Common Herbs

The liver is an extremely complex organ. Located in the upper right hypochondriac region, it is the largest gland in the body, weighing around 3 lbs. The liver is responsible for processing nearly every type of nutrient and carrying out over 500 metabolic functions, including regulation of blood plasma cholesterol levels. Therefore, proper function of the liver is important for health and vitality.

Luckily, the liver has an incredible capacity to heal itself. Able to regenerate its hepatocytes, the liver can regrow to its former size even if 70% of liver tissue has been removed. Clearly, this ability highlights the importance of liver function on human physiology and life.

An enjoyable way to improve the health of the liver is through natural herbal medicine.  Used for thousands of years, herbal medicine can be effective as well as gentle on the body system.  Ingesting herbs or drinking an herbal tea can aid in liver detoxification and promote or restore liver function. Below are 5 herbs that are great for improving liver function in the body:

  • Milk Thistle – contains silymarin. Silymarin has been proven to protect the liver from alcohol abuse, substance abuse and hepatitis virus. Silymarin also stimulates the repair of liver.  Studies have also shown that silymarin may help patients with type II Diabetes by assisting in blood sugar control.  Milk thistle has been tested and approved in Europe to use for liver damage.
  • Dandelion Leaf – contains potassium, calcium, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C.  Dandelion leaf can increase the output of the liver, pancreas, and spleen.  The leaf stimulates the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder.  Dandelion leaf also produces a slight diuretic effect.  Those with allergies to ragweed may have a reaction.   The University of Maryland Medical Center states that there is supporting clinical evidence of dandelion’s effects on the liver and hepatic function.
  • Chamomile Flowers – is traditionally used to calm and induce a deep sleep.  It is a widely used herb in America for this purpose as well as to ease stomach upset. Another major use for chamomile is to relax smooth muscle spasms in the gut. Chamomile is also an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic herb. The chemical compounds azulene and guaiazulene present in chamomile were identified as being able to initiate the growth of new tissue in experimental rats which had a portion of their livers surgically removed.
  • Lavender Flowers – are typically used in culinary dishes.  Some of the benefits of lavender flowers are to aid in treating insomnia, nervous stomach, and anxiety. Other uses for lavender are to treat headaches, migraines, diabetes and insulin resistance.  Lavender’s benefits are similar to those of chamomile.
  • White Peony Root – Peony root is a highly sought after plant in Chinese medicine for its ability to relax muscle and cleanse the blood. Peony root is used to relieve cramps and spasms anywhere in the body.  White peony is used primarily to nourish the blood circulation and to smooth and relax the liver function.

August Point Wellness offers an herbal tea composed of all five of these herbs for a powerful, effective liver detoxifying effect. The Liver Longevity Tea By August Point Wellness is 100% organic, herbicide, and pesticide free and carries two certifications for organic authenticity, USDA Certified and OTCO Certified. This is a natural remedy for liver detoxification and liver protection to be used long-term as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Every ingredient of the Liver Longevity Tea is edible and can provide even more benefit if ingested.  Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your Liver Longevity Tea for greater liver detox effect.

Liver Longevity Tea By August Point Wellness - 100% Organic

In combination with a liver detoxification tea, here are a few other great natural ways to detoxify your liver.

  • Eat healthy and organic foods
  • Exercise daily
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid interaction with harsh chemicals
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners, ingredients, and food coloring