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    Herbal Remedies for Athletes:

    A Handbook

    Stephanie J Troscinski, CAT(C), ATC

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    Stephanie J Troscinski, CAT(C), ATC is a Certified Athletic

    Therapist/Trainer and wrote this book as part of her Masters of Science in

    Complementary Alternative Medicine Thesis from American College of

    Healthcare Sciences. Her goal was to educate athletes on the safe use of

    herbal remedies.

    This book is dedicated to my mother Linda Carson and my grand-mère Ida

    Carson. Who have always loved and supported me in all my endeavors.

    Without them this would not be possible. And to my four-legged best friend

    Snowy, thank you for all the late night cuddles and love.

  • Disclaimer

    The information and references used in this handbook are

    intended solely for the general information of the reader about

    medical conditions, treatments and herbs. This information is not

    advice and should not be treated as such. The contents of this

    booklet are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose

    health problems or for treatment purposes. Never delay seeking

    medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical

    treatment because of information in this handbook. It is not a

    substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified

    health care professional. Please consult one’s health care provider

    for any advice on medications and herbal supplements.

    This book was written and publishing in Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada

    August 2015 by the author

  • Herbal Remedies for Athletes:

    A Handbook

    Stephanie J Troscinski, CAT(C), ATC

  • Table of Contents

    Herbs for Arthritis*

    Arnica (Arnica montana) 1

    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) 20

    Stinging Nettle (Urticae dioica L.) 51

    Yerba Mate

    *also see Herbs for Pain control and Herbs for Inflammation and

    Swelling

    Herbs for Healing (Sprains/Strains)

    Arnica (Arnica montana) 1

    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) 20

    Stinging Nettle (Urticae dioica L.) 51

    Herbs for Healing (Wounds)

    Arnica (Arnica montana) 1

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) 20

    Honey 26

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 30

  • Stinging Nettle (Urticae dioica L.) 51

    Herbs for Hydration

    Coconut Water (Cocos nucifera) 12

    Homemade Electrolyte & Hydration Replacement Recipes 24

    Honey 26

    Herbs for Inflammation and Swelling

    Arnica (Arnica montana) 1

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) 20

    Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) 43

    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)-topical 63

    Herbs for Pain Control

    Arnica (Arnica montana) 1

    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) 20

    Honey (topical-wounds) 26

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 30

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)

    -topical wounds 39

  • Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) 43

    Herbs for Relaxation

    Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

    -anxiety, depression, and insomnia 4

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

    -restlessness, relaxing, nervousness, anxiety 30

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)-anxiety 34

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)

    -anxiety and fear-related stress 39

    Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea/Sedum rhodiola/Sedum rosea)

    -anxiety, depression 46

    Valerian (Valeriana offinalis)

    -general restlessness/anxiety disorders 59

    Herbs for Sleep

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 30

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)-quality, insomnia 34

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)39

    Valerian (Valeriana offinalis) 59

  • Herbs for Vigor and Energy

    Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

    -athletic and physical, lack of energy 4

    Cola Nut (Cola acuminate, Sterculia acuminate, Cola nitida,

    Sterculia nitida)-mental and physical 16

    Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea/Sedum rhodiola/Sedum rosea)

    -increase energy, stamina, resist mental and physical stress,

    improve recovery time 46

    Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguaguariensis)-mental and physical 66

    Herbs for Wound Care-antibacterial

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Honey 26

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 30

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)39

    Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) 43

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Herbs for Wound Care-antifungal

  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 30

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)39

    Herbs for Wound Care-antimicrobial

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)39

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Herbs for Wound Care-antiseptic and astringent

    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)-antiseptic/astringent 20

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)

    -antiseptic 39

    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)-astringent 63

    Herbs for Wound Care-antiviral

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Herbs for Wound Care-MRSA (Methicillin-Staphylococcus

    aureus)

  • Honey 26

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 30

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)39

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Herbs for Wound Care-Multiresistant strain Shigella sonei

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Herbs for Wound Care VRE (Vancomycin-resistant

    enterococci)

    Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 30

    Other

    Allergies:

    Honey 26

    Stinging Nettle (Urticae dioica L.) 51

    Asthma:

    Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) 4

    Stinging Nettle (Urticae dioica L.) 51

    Bites:

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

  • Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) 63

    Bronchitis:

    Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) 4

    Burns and Scalds:

    Honey 26

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) 63

    Coughs:

    Honey 26

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness (DOMS):

    Arnica (Arnica montana) 1

    Cola Nut (Cola acuminate, Sterculia acuminate, Cola nitida,

    Sterculia nitida)-mental and physical 16

    Yerb Mate (Ilex paraguaguariensis) 66

    Dysmenorrhea:

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

  • Fever:

    Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) 4

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Germicide:

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Headache:

    Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) 4

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguaguariensis) 66

    Hemorrhoids:

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) 63

    Herpes simplex virus:

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Manuka/Tea Tree New Zealand (Leptospermum scoparium)39

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Immune Stimulant:

  • Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) 4

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Nervous Stomach:

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 34

    Nosebleeds:

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Stinging Nettle (Urticae dioica L.) 51

    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) 63

    Rheumatism:

    Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) 4

    Sunburns:

    Honey 26

    Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) 55

    Varicose Veins:

    Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 8

    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) 63

    Work Cited 71

  • References 80

    Index 89

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    Arnica

    Botanical Name: Arnica montana Family: Asteraceae

    Common Names/Synonyms: Arnica, Mountain tobacco, Arnica

    flower oil, leopard’s bane,1 European Arnica, Wolf’s bane, Fleurs

    d’arnica, Arnikablüten, Bergwohlverleih, Wundkraut, Fallkraut,

    Kraftwurz, Engelkraut and Flor de arnica.2

    Parts Used: Fresh or dried flower heads.2-3

    Dosage and Administration: Use a warm wet Arnica compress

    or poultice applied to the injured area. DO NOT take Arnica by

    mouth unless it is in a homeopathic form.3

    Infusion: 2 g Arnica per 100 ml of water.

    Tincture: 5 - 10 drops, diluted in a little warm