Homeopathic Remedies for Athletic Performance
During athletic training, development of stamina and skill can be encouraged by a
constitutional remedy—chosen by an experienced homeopath to fit the individual—and
help the body work efficiently. Remedies listed here may help prevent and ease the aches and
pains of physical exertion, and are useful as first aid for injuries. If any pain or injury
seems serious, a medical practitioner should be consulted.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also
“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Arnica montana: Homeopathic Arnica is helpful for bruising, tissue-damage,
shock, and soreness. If taken shortly after an injury occurs, both pain and swelling may be
reduced, and healing can take place more quickly and efficiently. Conditions needing
Arnica are usually worse from touch and heat. For sprains or deeper injuries that require
days or weeks to heal, another remedy may follow Arnica. (Some athletes take
Arnica “preventively” before a workout, to reduce the tendency toward
soreness. Gels and ointments containing the herbal form or very low dilutions may be soothing
to sore muscles.)
Bellis perennis: This remedy is often indicated for injuries resulting from
collisions, falls, and twisting or wrenching motions that occur in active sports. It is
especially indicated for bruising injuries involving the abdomen, trunk, and pelvis or deeper
body areas. Bellis perennis may also be given for bruising, sprains, or strains when
Arnica has been tried without significant result. Aggravation from soaking, or from
wet applications, is another indication for this remedy.
Hypericum: Injuries to nerve-rich parts of the body (smashed fingertips or toes, a
blow to the back, a fall on the tailbone, etc.) often are relieved by this remedy. Shooting
pains and muscle cramping may be felt around the injured area.
Ledum palustre: This remedy is indicated for sprains and other injuries with pain
and puffy swelling that are greatly relieved by ice, cold soaks, or cold applications. Ankles
injured in the past that swell from overuse may also be helped with Ledum.
Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is very useful for limbering up after overuse of
joints and muscles. The area feels extremely stiff and painful on initial movement, improving
as motion continues. Warm applications and hot baths or showers also bring relief. Rhus
tox is usually indicated for injuries in later stages, after acute inflammation and
swelling have passed.
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is indicated when overuse of muscles and tendons leads
to remarkable stiffness. Injuries involving tendons, ligaments, and periosteum (the tissue
that covers the bones) are likely to respond. It should be considered for injuries of elbows,
wrists, and knees that feel stiff and sore and are slow to heal. Repeated injury or overuse
that has led to thickening or even hardened growths on connective tissues, may also be helped
Sarcolactic acid: This remedy is sometimes used to ease muscular soreness and
fatigue caused by overexertion. It may also help to relieve the cramps or spasms that occur
after intense exercise.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.