In the column “Plants and Health” in the morning show “Rreze Dielli” on Report TV with the specialist of medicinal plants Ylli Merja we talk about joint sprains in the feet or ankles, which are the first steps you should take immediately in order to prevent complications.
Few of us have gone through life without spraining an ankle. Sprains are among the most common muscle injuries in people of all ages, and ankles are particularly vulnerable due to the small size of the joint and the forces exerted on them when the body is in motion.
According to specialist Ylli Merja, sprain is an injury to the ligaments that hold the ankle. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are the ones that are most often injured when the foot rotates inward during the twisting motion.
A sprained joint, such as a wrist or an ankle, is not a serious health problem, as it can go away even without receiving specialized treatment, but it is so disturbing that you can’t just sit back and do nothing! If you act on time, you will not feel pain and the sprain will not turn into other complications.
Symptoms of a sprained joint are:
· Immediate severe and unbearable pain
· Joint swelling, possibly bruising
· Strong joint stiffness accompanied by pain
· Difficulty keeping the body in balance
· Difficulty walking
· Hemorrhage under the skin
The degrees of sprained joint injury can be different: First degree: the injured joint has slight swelling and mild pain and heals in 3-4 days. Second degree: the injured joint has begun to swell, there is no blackening, walking is painful. It heals in 7-8 days. Third degree: the joint swells a lot, there is blackness under the skin, there is severe pain and it does not allow you to stand. It heals in 15-25 days.
What should you do if you suffer a sprain? According to specialist Merja, the first step is to reduce movement by keeping the joint still. You should apply ice for about 10-15 minutes every 2 hours.
Do not put the ice in contact with the skin, as it can cause cold burns. Wrap the ice in a towel or wet washcloth to protect the skin. Then we wrap the joint with a cloth moistened with apple cider vinegar and water in a ratio of 1 to 1. We keep the apple cider vinegar for 10-15 minutes.
Do a light massage with reumer plant oils, lavender oil and olive oil or coconut oil, lavender and laurel oil. Do the massage 2-3 times a day. After the massage, chop a red onion and a potato. Add a teaspoon of salt and mix well. Place it on the damaged joint and wrap it in gauze. Leave it for 12 hours.
In the case when the joint is bleeding, we follow all the steps as above and then we will prepare a wrap which we will keep for 3-4 days (it is understood by renewing it from time to time). We take two slices of black bread, wet them with red wine and press the slices of bread into dough and wrap the damaged joint. This measure thins the blood, facilitates blood circulation and quickly regenerates damaged tendons and vessels.
Also, the medical plant specialist Ylli Merja recommended a healthy breakfast for strengthening joints and tendons with yogurt, muesli, osteomer, cranberry and some mixed pepper as well as 2 very effective teas for soothing pain and strengthening tendons:
· In a liter of water, boil 1 handful of hawthorn flowers, 1 handful of bee grass, 4-5 acacias, 1 handful of clover for 2 minutes. Drink this tea 1 glass 3 times a day.
· Put fresh acacia flowers and some lemon slices in a jar. Fill the jar with drinking water and leave it for 3-4 days. Strain and drink, sweetening as desired. This syrup contains a lot of vitamin C, A, B, tannin and flavonoids.
NOTE: Each patient has his own characteristics, so in cases of serious illnesses, you should always consult with doctors. This article cannot be used to suggest a cure for any person.