Fractured bones obviously require the attention of a doctor or the emergency services in a hospital. Most cases will end up in plaster, so you will not have much access to the actual site of the fracture. However, you can apply a herbal cream or ointment to the skin adjacent to the plaster, as enough will be absorbed in the area to speed up healing.
In some situations it is not possible to put bones in plaster – for instance if you break your ribs, a finger or toe – in which case you can apply the external treatment directly to the skin over the injured part to speed up the recovery.
• If the skin is intact, apply arnica ointment to the area over the broken bone before the plaster is put on (for precautions see post 68). Adults and children: apply once, liberally.
• Apply a comfrey poultice or ointment to the area immediately adjacent to the plaster.
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Adults and children: apply once or twice a day for as long as you have the plaster on.
• Apply comfrey ointment directly to the skin over the broken rib, toe or finger – be very gentle. Adults and children: twice a day.