Using Herbal Soaks To Heal Sinew Injuries

Using Herbal Soaks To Heal Sinew Injuries

Chinese medicine practitioners have utilized a form of hydrotherapy, commonly called herbal soaks, for centuries. These herbal soaks are ideal for those with a soft tissue injury involving spasms and tension hampering normal movements, a common problem noted in severe sprain cases.

Unfortunately, those with acute injuries involving inflammation shouldn’t use herbal soaks due to the fact that they involve direct heat penetrating into bodily tissues. Direct heat isn’t appropriate for inflammatory injuries. It’s also important to note that soaks shouldn’t be used to treat bone fractures, as they have a dispersing effect on the blood and other fluids. The constituents in herbal formulas to treat fractures act to assist bone knitting by breaking-up stagnation and promoting the consolidation of blood and fluids.

In relation to soft tissue injuries, body parts that can easily and completely be soaked or immersed in a container of liquid, such as a hand, foot, wrist, or ankle, are the most common areas where herbal soaks are used. However, a towel may be soaked in the herbal mixture and then applied to larger injured areas, such as a knee, back, or shoulder, that couldn’t otherwise be fully submerged.

How Do I Use An Herbal Soak?

A pot large enough to hold several gallons of water and the affected body part will be necessary. Place about two gallons of clean water into the large pot. Place the affected body part in the water so that you can assure that the water will completely cover the affected area. For example, if the injury is an ankle, then the waterline should be near your lower leg, thereby ensuring that the entire ankle is submerged in water. If need be, add more water until the area is fully submerged. Now that you know that you have enough water, you may add the soak, cover the pot, and bring the liquid up to a boil. Once the liquid comes to a boil, you should decrease the heat and simmer the liquid. Remove the pot from the heat after simmering for twenty to twenty-five minutes

Of course, the liquid directly off the heat is much too hot at this point. If possible, you may wish to place the injured area over the steam as the liquid comes down to a tolerable temperature. The steam will warm the area and allow superficial tissues to be penetrated while you’re waiting. The soak is ready for you to submerge your injured area when it is still warm to the touch, but not in any way uncomfortable or burning. The injured area should be soaked for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. The water will gradually cool off a little, but this is okay.

If the affected body part is too large or in an area that can’t be submerged, then you can use a towel. Follow the above steps for heating the liquid. In the meantime, gather several towels. Soak enough towels to cover the affected area in the hot liquid. Allow it to briefly cool before applying; again, the towels should be warm, but not so warm that it’s uncomfortable or produces a burning sensation. Place the towels over the injured area. You will need to re-soak the towel as it cools off. You want the towel to consistently deliver a warm penetrating heat to the injury for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.

In either method, the skin should be dried thoroughly once the soak is completed. Try to keep away from cool air or drafts that will take the warmth from the injured area. Don’t throw out the soak water, as you may reuse the soak as needed (one or two times a day) for seven to ten days. Be sure to cover it up to prevent molding. It is best to cover the pot and refrigerate it. It isn’t necessary to boil the water again if you keep it covered and reheat the soak daily. All that you need to do is reheat it to a warm temperature and repeat the soaking process.