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A Natural Way to Treat Bruises

If you or a family member tends to get scrapes or bruises from minor activities, consider bromelain. Find out where it comes from and what it can do.

The next time one of your family members gets a scrape or bruise, consider bromelain. This enzyme, extracted from the stem of the pineapple, is a great natural remedy for swelling, pain and bruising after a minor injury. Look for capsules of standardized extracts, and take on an empty stomach - at least 90 minutes before eating or three hours after. The adult dose is 200-400 mg three times per day and children can take half this amount. Be aware that bromelain can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals; discontinue use if you develop hives, rash or itching.