Saturday, January 22, 2011

Healing a Sprained Wrist: Vitamin C, Niacin, and Wound Healing

My daughter sprained her wrist badly resulting in a trip to the emergency room for x-rays. She left with a splint and instructions to return to see an orthopedist and then for follow-up x-rays in two weeks. She got the standard medical advice: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. No medication or supplements other than anelgesics for the pain and inflamation.

I treated my daughter as follows:

4 g vitamin C every four hours until the vitamin C caused more discomfort than she was willing to deal with (her choice) She actually took 12, 16, or 20 g/day for a week

250 mg time release niacin every 6 hours until the onset of discomfort. She actually took 500 to 750 mg/day for 4 or 5 days

2 cal/mag/zinc tablets twice per day

2 chondroitin/glucosamine tablets twice per day

1 B-50 B-complex per day for a week

Two, 10,000 IU vitamin A tablets over the course of the week

One 10 minute session daily using a UVB lamp to produce plenty of vitamin D in her skin plus extra sunshine whenever possible

She healed up fantastically. She removed the splint after 72 hours of this treatment, and never sought follow-up treatment. Further x-rays proved unnecessary.

I found this incident frustrating. I do not know how to make best use of the supplements available in the grocery store to help with wound healing. There are no instructions on the labels or on-line. I'm not telling anyone that I think what I decided for my daughter is some kind of optimized treatment. I'm just doing the best I can.

What is everyone else doing - mainstream and alternative medical communities combined. No committee of healthcare providers could seriously come to the conclusion that supplements are of no use for healing a sprained wrist. These substances are in every supermarket for a reason. Vitamin C catalyzes the synthesis of collegen. Vitamin D and vitamin A build bones from calcium, magnesium, and zine. Chondroitin and glucosamine are vital building blocks of cartilage. All healthcare providers need to start using these supplements to support wound healing and they need to track the results so that our society can arrive at some best practices. All parents should be able to confindently use supplements to treat their children's wounds.

In the meantime, if you're wounded or caring for someone who is wounded, there is much to gain and little to lose by giving supplements a try. If you try, please leave a comment so readers can see what you did and learn from your experience.


At 7:43 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am in a painful quandary. For the past 3 weeks i have had a lot of crazy symptoms. Severe chest pain, every muscle and bone aches, palpitations, little finger itching, BP going higher and higher.
Joint pain, ear pain, neck pain, memory loss, anxiety attacks, extremely burning muscles, wrist pain. Though i was dying a painful slow death. Went to the ER 6 times in 10 days. They did every test from cardiac to liver disease. They finally decided nothing was wrong with me.

I went to a Naturopath Dr and she did tons of blood work. The only thing abnormal was vitamin d. It was 19. She said the 50,000u was controversial and she prescribe D3 2000u per day. I took it for 2 days and started to feel good. On the third day I couldn't walk because of severe knee pain and bottom of foot hurting so I didn't take it. The fourth day I didn't take it and I could walk again.The fifth day I didn't take it and my symptoms are back again.
What should I do. I can't live like this.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Good advice:
I've been reading a lot about energy healing, where people channel electromagnetic forces through their hands, and heal things like this with much ease. There are many techniques, but for starters, if you just focus on the site of injury, and meditate on it, and wish good thoughts, it will accelerate the process. I believe much of this is proven in science as well, at least the abilities of electromagnetic forces to heal bone

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Steve said...


Here's what I recommend - it's copied from my most recent post:

Here's a strategy for attacking chronic health problems including hypertension and osteoporosis:

1) Kill any bacteria that may be hiding in your body and causing nearly undetectable mischief. The treatment of choice is the tetracycline class of antibiotics (there are lots of choices for your physician).

2) Boost the immune system with vitamin A, thiamine (preferably enteric-coated TTFD), niacin, vitamin C, and sunshine (or vitamin D supplements as long as you won't freak out if you have to switch to sunshine later because of discomforts caused by the pills)

3) Accelerate healing with massive doses of vitamin C and niacin (only if there is healing to be done and you are willing to learn about the discomforts massive doses of vitamin C and niacin can cause)

Steps one and two are fantastically easy. Get a low dose tetracycline family antibiotic prescription and take it for 3 to 6 months (as recommended for tick born diseases like lyme disease). Take just one or two 10,000 IU vitamin A supplements per week, 2000 to 4000 mg/day of vitamin C (in divided doses throughout the day), 50 mg/day of enteric coated TTFD (thiamine), 250 mg time release niacin one or twice per week, and mid day sunshine most sunny days.

Step three is only meant to be a temporary measure - typically several days - never more than several weeks straight. It's accomplished by taking enough vitamin C and niacin to cause discomfort and then backing off. Alternatively, you can just take alot (like 10,000 mg/day of vitamin C and 500 mg/day of time release niacin), not have any discomfort (if you're lucky) and then stop after a few days or a few weeks at most.

Please give this advice a try and then come on back and let me know what happened in a another comment.

Thanks for your comments and for asking for help.

Whatever you decide, I hope you feel better soon.


At 10:29 AM, Blogger Henk Poley said...

Don't go overboard with the A (I'm not up to snuff what is too much though). And I'd give vitamin D as a supplement. The human body needs about 75 IU per kg bodyweight.

I would also give vitamin K. There are several variants of vitamin K, where MK7 is the one that works the longest.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank u for your information. What type of calcium should I take.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger dd said...

Hi, there are some dangerous things you are doing.

UVB light is bad on the skin and can cause cancer.

That and to much vitamin A can be toxic to the liver.

Symptoms of chronic vitamin A toxicity include:
blurry vision or other visual changes.
swelling of the bones.
bone pain.
poor appetite.
nausea and vomiting.
sensitivity to sunlight.
dry, rough skin.

just saying be careful


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