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Megan Dove

TCM First Aid and Injury Recovery

Post Date: Feb 18, 2019
We normally don't get snow in Victoria, and when we do, people get foolish. Most don't wear adequate clothing and as a result, their muscles are cold and stiff while out and about, playing in the snow, and shovelling their driveways.

The result is injuries ranging from strained muscles and ligaments to bumps and bruises (often from slipping on ice). Watching these mishaps in the snow has reminded me that most times when we get injured it is completely unplanned and if we're not prepared, really inconvenient.

There are several patents I always keep on hand for times of injury. With any injury, it's best to have something on hand rather than having to hobble and get it after the accident. I prefer using a combination of taking an oral formula and applying an external one to the site of injury. Here are my suggestions:

Oral Trauma Formula Options

Golden Flower Chinese Herbs:

Trauma 1 formula

This is the ideal patent to have on hand for immediately after the injury. It helps to reduce swelling, clear heat and redness, as well as to resolve and limit bruising. It is designed for the first stage of recovering from an injury. This formula also includes herbs to help reduce pain and promote healing.


  • Initial onset of injury (first 1-7 days of recovery depending on the severity of injury)
  • Bruises
  • Cartilage damage
  • Broken bones
  • Ligament/tendon injury
  • Traumatic injury with swelling, redness, and pain

Trauma 2 formula

Once the initial swelling and redness of an injury have resolved (first stage) this becomes your go-to formula. It is designed to help break up stagnant blood that left the vessels during the injury (bruising), move congested fluids and Qi (that causes stiffness and pain) and facilitates healing so an injury does not become chronic. Second stage trauma can begin as early as day two and can last for several days to weeks depending on the severity of the injury. This formula is applicable for any second stage trauma recovery that doesn't involve active bleeding.


  • Second stage of injury recovery (begins as early as day 2 to day 10 and can last days to weeks)
  • Bruises
  • Cartilage damage
  • Broken bones
  • Ligament/tendon injury
  • Traumatic injury with stiffness and pain

Tieh Ta formula

If you're looking for an all-around formula that can treat either stage 1 or stage 2 of the recovery process this is the formula for you. It was originally designed for recovery from traumatic injury within martial arts. It moves Qi and blood which will help reduce pain and swelling and it includes herbs to help with healing torn tissues. It is an extremely versatile formula in its ability to address many different kinds of injury.


  • Bruises
  • Cartilage damage
  • Broken bones
  • Joint dislocations
  • Ligament/tendon injury
  • Post-operative pain
  • Sports injury
  • Traumatic injury

External Trauma Formula Option

Dove Rub

Yunnan Bai Yao

This formula is a national treasure in China and is prized for its ability to heal wounds and stop bleeding. This is a great formula to keep on hand for cuts that can happen in the kitchen, in the yard, and everywhere in between. It has been known to effectively close cuts that may otherwise have needed stitches and can speed up the time to heal significantly.

My personal favourites I always keep on hand in my home are Tieh Ta Formula, Yunnan Bai Yao, and Dove Rub. I do recommend using Trauma 1 and 2 when the injury is more severe.

I hope you find this blog post helpful! Connect with me via my contact page to set up an appointment or if you have any further questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

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