Traumeel for Muscle Pain Relief

I hiked this trail while I was at Mountain Trek! It was absolutely gorgeous.

I’ve been meaning to post about this forever.  I’ve discovered a homeopathic remedy for muscle soreness and to say that I love Traumeel would be an understatement.

I first discovered it over the summer when I was at Mountain Trek, an alpine mountain resort in British Columbia.  They literally buy Traumeel by the case there.  When you’ve got a bunch of people who want to lose weight, one way to drop pounds rapidly is to hike their butts up and down mountains for four to six hours a day.  This is definitely one of the top causes of muscle pain; everywhere from the back, hips, and knees to even your shoulders from carrying the heavy backpacks.

I would return to the lodge, slather this stuff all over, and feel great the next morning.  Traumeel is that good.  When I got back to the States, I instantly bought some from my local store. Turns out it’s homeopathic with natural ingredients.

I have to admit, I had honestly forgotten about it the last couple of months.  Then I began increasing my mileage for running while, at the same time, changing my running style from heel strike to forefoot strike.  This is great for my knees, but it shifts a bit of the burden to the calves, which are taking more of the impact when I run.  After a couple days of limping, I remembered Traumeel, slathered it on, and felt better in a couple of hours. I even had a great run the very next day.

You might think this company is paying me gobs of money to endorse their product.  Nope, they don’t even know I exist.  I bought and paid full retail for the tube and I’ll happily buy another when this one runs out.  I bought the ointment but Traumeel also comes in gel and pill form too.  The tube cost me $17 and will last for a while.

If anyone knows more about homeopathic medicine, please chime in with your opinion.  I’m endorsing this product only as a consumer, but it was recommended to me by the pros at Mountain Trek.  By the way, here’s what it was like to spend a week as an invited guest at a fat camp.  It was pretty intense.

What do you do when your muscles are tired and achy?  I’d love to swap some ideas!

Cheers,

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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6 Responses to Traumeel for Muscle Pain Relief

  1. Dean ouellette December 20, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Thanks Lisa will have to give it a try. For me when I sore, ice baths! I discovered them this year and love them. Ok, maybe I don’t live the 15-20 min in the tub but live how my body feels after. 2 20lb bags are pure bliss for sore muscles.

  2. Lisa Johnson December 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Dean, you are a much braver person than I, ice baths sounds like the worst kind of torture … eep.

  3. Evilcyber December 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    To be honest, I’m no fan of homeopathy. It is hard to believe that something diluted often enough that you can’t even with an electron microscope detect a single molecule of its functional ingredients can have a pharmaceutical effect.

    For Traumeel, this may be an interesting read:

    http://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/slipping-through-the-cracks-health-canada-traumeel-and-homeopathy/

    As for my muscle aches, I find a good bit of relief from getting a massage, the use an infrared lamp for a couple of minutes or applying Japanese mint oil.

  4. Lisa Johnson December 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    EvilC, I readily admit that I am not a homeopathic expert or really know what’s in this stuff. Although I did link to a list of ingredients. If it was all just power of suggestion then so be it, but I do feel better when I use it and it does seem rather miraculous … going to check out your article now. :-) Thanks for the input. L–

  5. Carlos January 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I am a pharmacist by training, and I run an eCommerce site that sells various medical products, including Traumeel. So my comments are biased. But, I decided to make Traumeel available on our site for several reasons:

    1. There are trials supporting its efficacy. They are hard to find, but they do exist. Check the Heel website for a bibliography. You can go to our site as well, where we provide links to a few review articles.

    2. We simply need better alternatives to OTC and Rx pain therapies. We have too many problems with folks taking NSAIDS and other pain medications on a chronic basis. We think Traumeel is a good product to help reduce the daily dosage of NSAIDs.

    3. Homeopathy has a deservedly bad reputation because many of the claims being made are simply not supportable through Preclinical or Clinical evidence. Traumeel is one of the few exceptions to this. It’s been around in Europe for 60 years, and for good reason.

    4. It works for me. I take one tablet after a 5K run, then another one 4-6 hours later. I find that the pain and soreness from running is vastly reduced.

    Will Traumeel treat all kinds of pain? Definitely not. For example, if someone is taking an NSAID daily to treat chronic osteoarthritis, Traumeel probably won’t be a like-for-like replacement. Where it may be able to help is to reduce the NSAID dose and replace some of the NSAID that with Traumeel. Would I take a Traumeel after a molar extraction or other surgery? Definitely not. Traumeel is not a miracle drug. It has its place on the mild-moderate end of the pain spectrum.

    I think for most people, buying one bottle and giving it a try is a reasonable way to determine if it will work. It might. It might not. But it’s worth I shot.

  6. Lisa Johnson January 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Carlos, thanks so much … really appreciate your input and professional opinion. :)

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