Herbs for Bone and Muscle Repair
by Purple Herbal
After having one of the most painful surgeries, the Nuss Procedure for pectus excavatum 2 years ago, I needed to find herbs that would help my bones and muscles repair themselves from the trauma of having my rib cage bent from a concave position to straight across.
Herbs that speed up bone repair are comfrey, nettle, oat straw, and horsetail.
Comfrey is an herb that will actually help both bone and muscle repair, as it contains allantoin. Because there is some controversy as to whether comfrey is safe to ingest, it is suggested to use it as a poultice. To make a poultice, take powdered comfrey leaves and mix with water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area. Leave on until dried. Rinse. Putting the paste inside cheesecloth will help make this a less messy process. A comfrey infused oil can also be used as a massage oil. Or comfrey tincture can be rubbed directly into the skin.
Nettle, oat straw, and horsetail can easily be made into a nourishing tea that one can drink every day. They are all very high in vitamins and minerals (calcium, silica, and manganese to name a few), just what the body needs to repair bone.
Oat straw contains high amounts of calcium and is calming to the emotions and nerves.
With horsetail, make sure to purchase the Equisetum arvense variety. It is not recommended that a person drink horsetail for long periods of time. So, drink it with the nettle and oat straw for a month, then stop for a month, then drink it for a month, etc…
Herbs for muscle recovery are burdock and kava root, turmeric, and arnica.
Burdock root detoxifies the liver and minimizes the creation of lactic acid which speeds up muscle recovery.
Kava root also blocks lactic acid from forming and is a great stress reliever. It has a very calming effect on the mind and body. Like horsetail, kava should not be used for extended periods of time. On one month off the next, etc…
Turmeric is a powerful herb that has been found to repair damaged muscles and reduce pain and inflammation because of the curcumin it contains. It can easily be added to the diet. It is a very popular herb in Indian cooking.
Arnica, usually found in cream or gel form, is applied topically to the skin. It reduces muscle aches and soreness as well as inflammation.
Bones need a lot of calcium, and believe it or not dairy is not the optimal way to get calcium into the body. Herbs like oat straw, see above, contain a lot of calcium but one can also eat fish (salmon and sardines with bones), yogurt, parsley, watercress, and sesame seeds.
To help the calcium get absorbed magnesium is needed, which one can get from eating fresh fruits like apples, bananas, and avocados.
Oatmeal contains lots of silica.
Also, make sure to get lots sunlight for vitamin D. One of my favorite past times is laying in the sun and catching some rays. After my surgery, I found the warm energy of the sun to be invigorating and rejuvenating to both mind and body. Exactly what I needed to recover.