Bones, Broken

The human skeletal system is made up of living tissue. This fact is however, not obvious to most people; many of them tend to think of bones as "dead matter" and immediately link it in their minds to pictures of the skeleton on display in a science class-or to a skeleton they might have seen in the school laboratory.

The fact is that the bones are full of blood vessels and nerves, for nourishment as well as for sensory perception. This is why, acute and extreme pain is always experienced when a person suffers a bone fracture, the immense physical trauma also brings on shock to the entire body of the person.

Correcting a broken bone is very important; bone setting is almost an art, as an improperly set bone in the body will not heal in the required time. The proper setting of bone is vital especially when fractures occur during childhood. The bones of a child are still growing and the proper treatment and setting of the bone thus becomes essential to the future normal growth of the child. The loss of mobility and the partial loss of function in the bone can result if the broken bones are not treated properly and in time.

Children should be given prompt medical treatment in all situations involving events where the child may have suffered some sort of an accident, for example in a situation such as the occurrence of a bad fall during playtime, or a hard blow suffered in the playground.

The severity of the fracture and even the cause of the broken bone can often be found out by the presence of an open wound on the affected area-this may not always be the case as some fractures are extremely serious even when the skin is not broken. Any pain experienced in the affected region when moving about is an indication that a fracture has in fact occurred; the child may lie very still in order to minimize the painful sensations that come out when he or she moves.

A fracture is also evident if the affected limb or bone is bent or crooked in any way. The affected region of the body will swell up or may appear swollen, the skin is usually reddened, and bruised in addition the affected area is tender and will be very painful to the touch.

Secondary and serious problems like internal bleeding can complicate the problems already existing when a fracture occurs; the emergence of such secondary problems can happen depending on many other factors such as the location of the broken bone on the body and is also dependant on the severity of the break.

Some potentially serious complications are the puncturing of the lungs by a broken rib, severe damage caused to the spinal cord by a fractured vertebra and an internal bleeding in the brain because of a fracture in the skull. In order to preclude all of these complications all cases of fractures must be taken seriously and treated at once.

Supplements and herbs

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The use of herbal remedies is intended to promote recuperation and recovery from the fracture. The fracture or the broken bone itself is treated via allopathic techniques in a hospital under the supervision of a qualified doctor. These herbal remedies cannot treat fractures but are for use as secondary treatments in the recovery of the child, they will speed up the healing and restoration of the body.

The healing of bone tissue and its restoration is promoted by the use of the silica rich herb, the horsetail; this herb aids in the proper assimilation and absorption of calcium, which is a very important mineral for the growth of bones in adults as well as children. Horsetail should not be used as a herbal remedy during the treatment of fractures in very young children and in infants.

Dosage for older children and teenagers can be a single dose of the horsetail taken two times each day for a total treatment regimen lasting two weeks. Silica is also found abundantly in the nettle, this herb is also a good source for other trace minerals that are considered essential to the proper functioning of the human body. The nettle can also increase calcium absorption in the body. Children can be given a single dose of the nettle each day for a total treatment period lasting from two to thee weeks in total.

For your attention: the use of nettle herb as an herbal supplement can cause stomach disorders in some children. The use of the herb must be stopped immediately as soon as this happens. A good precaution is not to use nettle as an herbal remedy in the treatment of children below four year of age.

Another herbal remedy such as the silica rich oat straw can be substituted in its stead; this herb is also a mild relaxant and can aid in calming the child. Dosages of this herb can be a single dose taken two times each day during a treatment period not exceeding two weeks in total.


Homeopathic remedies may be effective in accelerating the broken bone healing process. In fact, bones possess a remarkable aptitude to restore their health by themselves. Moreover, this healing starts even before the injured person visits a doctor for treatment. Nevertheless, it is always advisable that you should necessarily see a doctor to ascertain that the alignment of the broken bones is accurate and they will join without any fault.


As far as homeopathic treatment for broken bones is concerned, Arnica is the most preferred medication. This remedy has an amazing aptitude to lessen bruising as well as swelling caused by trauma and this fact has been documented well. You may use Arnica soon after you break a bone, as it will help to lessen swelling and also vascular congestion.


For several centuries people have known Symphytum, also called comfrey (knitbone). This homeopathic remedy possesses an outstanding aptitude to accelerate healing of broken bones. Precisely speaking, this is a wonderful homeopathic remedy that is very effective when the broken or fractured bones do not knit together easily. In addition, Symphytum is also useful in alleviating pain that prolongs even when the bone fracture has healed. Since a long time, herbalists have been using comfrey, which is also called knitbone.

The leaves and roots of comfrey from which this homeopathic remedy is made enclose a substance called allantoin, which is employed to heal wounds. The famous 17th century English botanist and physician Nicholas Culpepper had recommended the topical use of a balm prepared by blending powdered comfrey roots with water for healing wounds.

Nevertheless, homeopaths have discovered that comfrey works better when it is used internally rather than externally in healing fractured bones. The homeopathic remedy Symphytum should be taken in doses of 30c every day to heal broken bones.


The homeopathic remedy Ruta is well known for its effectiveness in treating bruised bones as well as injuries to the skin covering the bones (called periosteum). In fact, these are some of the common ordeals that individuals suffer when they have a fractured bone. In addition, Ruta is also prescribed to alleviate the excruciating pain around the area of the fracture and when the affected individual feels feeble and lame. This homeopathic remedy may also be given to a sufferer when he/ she experiences pain even after has undergone treatment with Arnica.

Calcarea phosphoricum

Calcarea phosphoricum is one homeopathic remedy that is employed in the form of tissue salt and is available in the strength of 3x. This tissue salt is vital for making it easy for the broken bones to join faultlessly again. This homeopathic remedy is indicated for bones that heal very sluggishly and injuries that also cause a feeling of coldness in the affected limbs. Calcarea phosphoricum is the most appropriate homeopathic remedy for pains that deteriorate when the weather condition is cold and moist as well as during the night.

Eupatorium perfoliatum

The homeopathic remedy Eupatorium perfoliatum (Eup. perf.) is also known as boneset and is used to heal broken bones as well as to alleviate associated pain. People who require this remedy most are those who experience a deep pain, something like they have been beaten, and it worsens when there is motion as well as during the morning.


Bryonia may be useful in alleviating agonizing pain caused by the least amount of mobility or motion. Generally, the suffering individual prefers to remain absolutely still and dislikes being touched or anyone to disturb him/ her.


This homeopathic remedy is extremely effective for healing crushing injuries to those parts of the body where there is a good concentration of nerves. You may use Hypericum to effectively alleviate pain if you have crushed fingertips and/ or toes which are so serious that they may disturb the bones.