Bromelain for Post-Surgical Bruising and Swelling

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Bromelain
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Bromelain is a naturally occurring compound that can be used to reduce bruising and swelling after cosmetic injections and an array of surgical procedures. Arnika Forte, a post-surgical supplement that comes in topical and capsule form, contains a proprietary blend of bromelain and Arnica Montana, along with grape-seed extract, to help ease the appearance of and discomfort associated with cosmetic treatments and restorative surgeries. Arnika Forte is a supplement commonly prescribed by medical specialists such as cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists.

Found in the stem of pineapple, bromelain is an enzyme that digests protein. When extracted and used in high concentrations, bromelain has been shown to reduce inflammation due to trauma and injury. Researchers have studied the effects of bromelain in the debridement of wounds, treating burns, and reducing inflammation from conditions such as arthritis and swelling caused by surgical trauma.

Bromelain, when used in conjunction with other homeopathic and synthetic medication, can improve healing and recovery times for some patients.

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