Homeopathy for Post Workout Aches
My fitness journey has had its ups and downs. With the support of family and friends (tagged below) I've learned that consistency is key. And nothing worth having comes easily (my thoughts after a HIIT workout).
So in this post I will highlight a few homeopathic medicines you can use for recovering or minimizing post workout aches and pains as well as some tips I've learned so far.
My friend and workout buddy @fnmsupplementsinc has given me the following advice he learned for post workout recovery that comes from Stuart Phillips’ study (linked below):
Water and electrolytes. You need to replenish the fluids you’ve lost through exercise and exertion and to do so, you need water and electrolytes.
Good sources of carbohydrates are needed post workout to replenish glycogen stores in the muscles.
Stuart Phillips says that Protein needs to be consumed preferably in a liquid form after a workout in order to rebuild the damaged muscle proteins. “Protein ingestion and resistance exercise both stimulate the process of new muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and are synergistic when protein consumption follows exercise” (Stuart M. Phillips, PhD 2013). Read more here.
As for Homeopathy here are a few of my top remedies for post workout ache:
First and foremost Arnica is the first Homeopathic medicine to keep in mind for trauma. Arnica is the first remedy for trauma and shock. You may be restless and everything may feel worse at night. If you require Arnica you will have a sore and bruised feeling all over, you will feel worse from touch and jarring (like going downstairs). Arnica is used for muscular strains before and after exercise. However, as great as Arnica is, it often won’t completely relieve the pain and you will have to take another medicine to fully help the recovery process.
Bellis perennis is the second medicine to keep in mind when Arnica is no longer helping. Bellis is used for trauma and injuries to deeper tissues in the body like the abdomen and legs. You may again have a bruised and sore feeling but you feel better by rubbing the area whereas Arnica cannot be touched.
Rhus tox is my next top medicine for post workout because it is the most common medicine used in problems that arise after over lifting. It is used when there is an injury to the ligaments. Rhus tox is helpful in joint sprains and muscle strains. If you need Rhus tox you may feel stiff yet restless at the same time, you can’t find a comfortable position. You will feel worse from first motion (getting up from a chair) but better from continued motion (walking and moving once you’re out of the chair). Your aches and pains may be worse when the weather is damp and cold. These symptoms are an indication that Rhus tox may be helpful as a post workout Homeopathic medicine.
When taking these medicines 2 pellets of 12c or 30c will be enough every 20-30 minutes.
And if you’re still aching, an acute consultation with me is a short call away.
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