The treatment of a fracture depends on the severity of the damage. Typically, treatment involves three aspects – setting of the bone, immobilizing the part of the body where the fracture has occurred, and anti-inflammatories to control pain. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to insert rods or plates to hold the pieces of bone together. Keep in mind that these steps are crucial and should not be skipped with the hope of healing with just home remedies and nutrition.
After this, the patient is required to rest and allow the fracture to heal. However, this can be a lengthy process.
So how can we speed this up?
Firstly, we must cover nutrition. These need to be supplemented in the proper doses in order to provide the building blocks, enzymes, hormones and other metabolic factors responsible for the proper formation of bone tissue.
The basics of bone metabolism are:
– Vitamin D3 – Helps metabolize calcium and minerals as well as reduce inflammation.
– Vitamin K2 – Regulates calcium deposition in bones.
– Calcium – This is the building block of bone tissue.
– Magnesium – Stimulates Calcitonin, supports the metabolism of Vitamin D3, and assists with calcium transport.
– Trace Minerals (Strontium, Vanadium, Zinc, etc)
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One of the most powerful osteogenic herbs, Cissus Quadrangularis, has gained popularity in recent times as a herb for weight loss. However, this herb is not primarily used for this purpose. In Ayurvedic medicine, Cissus Quadrangularis is primarily used for treating bone fractures and gynecological disorders. Weight loss is just considered to be a beneficial side-effect (for some people).
In clinical trials, Cissus Quadrangularis has been able to speed up the healing of fractures while reducing pain and swelling as well. It appears to increase the amount of insulin-like growth factors in osteoblasts as well as the number of osteoblasts via enhanced osteoblastic proliferation and differentiation.
In one clinical trial, Cissus Quadrangularis use was associated with the regulation of parathyroid hormone – a key player in calcium metabolism.
In my practice, I often include Cissus Quadrangularis along with other osteogenic herbs and proper supplementation of Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, and a multi-mineral formula. This is obviously done after bone setting and any other procedures that need to be done.
Always use this herb under the supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor and your primary care physician.
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Written by Dr. Nishal Ramnunan B.A.M.S.