Boils

Acute, tender, perifollicular inflammatory nodules resulting from infection by staphylococci.



Commonly known as boils they may also be termed furuncles or carbuncles. These infections are localized abscesses starting in the hair follicles. They emerge as tender, red lumps in the skin, pus-filled, and often coming to a `head’ with subsequent drainage. When deeper furuncles form and coalesce, the term carbuncle is used. This may drain at several openings in the sameregion. The shoulders, face, scalp, buttocks, and armpits are common sites.


Actions indicated for the processes behind this Disease

Alteratives offer the most in treating this conditions, although I am unable to give a satisfactory explanation of how they work or why.


Anti-Microbials help the body rid itself of the infections. In this case it is difficult to say whether this is a direct bacteriocidal effect or an indirect stimulation of the immune response.


Lymphatic Tonics support in a general way the drainage of fluid.


Diuretics are especially important in supporting the eliminative work of the kidneys.


Hepatics are similarly helpful for the liver.


Vulnerary/Anti-Inflammatory/Anti-Pruritic/Astringent may all be helpful topically.



Specific Remedies

The stronger hepatic Alteratives are often considered specifics, their strength highlighting the need to take care with dosage. Important examples are :

Iris versicolor, Phytolacca decandra, Echinacea spp., Larreadivericata


One possible prescription

Echinacea spp. 3 parts

Galium aparine 2 parts

Iris versicolor 1 part

Rumex crispus 1 part

Phytolacca decandra 1 part to 5ml of tincture three times a day

Urtica dioica drink as an infusion, preferable fresh herb, twice a day


Actions supplied by this combination


  • Alteratives (Iris versicolor, Echinacea spp., Galium aparine, Rumex crispus, Phytolacca decandra, Urtica dioica)
  • Anti-microbials (Echinacea spp.)
  • Lymphatic Tonics (Galium aparine, Phytolacca decandra)
  • Diuretics (Galium aparine, Urtica dioica)
  • Hepatics (Iris versicolor, Rumex crispus)

David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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