Bed Sores Treatment
Herbs: Comfrey root powder, echinacea powder, goldenseal, myrrh gum, pau d'arco, slippery elm powder, and suma, taken as teas, tinctures, and in the form of herbal compresses, can all help to speed the healing of bed sores. A standard naturopathic approach is to wash the open wound with Calendula succus (juice of the marigold flower) and then cover it with zinc oxide.
Homeopathy: Calendula, Hypericum, Merc sol., Chamomilla, Phosphorus, Hamamelis, Silicea, and Belladonna are the most useful homeopathic remedies for treating bed sores.
Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists, and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section: Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water, offers clear instructions and recommendations.
Juice Therapy: Carrot, beet, cantaloupe, currant, and/or red grape juice all help to speed healing.
Nutritional Supplementation: The following supplements can be helpful in treating and preventing bed sores: vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D3, and zinc. Free-form amino acids can also help, as can garlic capsules, to boost immunity and healing response. If bed sores still persist, pancreatic enzymes in between meals (6-12 per day for one week) may be helpful, as well.
Topical Treatment: Apply the paste of goldenseal powder, vitamin E squeezed from a vitamin E capsule, and with zinc oxide to the affected areas. Enzyme cream, vitamin E cream, aloe vera gel, comfrey ointment, and/or calendula cream are also effective topical treatments for bed sores.
According to Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., the "safest and oldest approach for treating bed sores resulting in open ulcers - the application of raw honey or granulated sugar paste to the open ulcers - now been well-researched medically and shown to be at least as effective as medicated creams."
Colloidal silver applied topically, and the use of silver bandages (bandages with colloidal silver applied to them), can also promote rapid healing.
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