So you think you need . . . An appendectomy:Nutritional supplements to take following surgery

* Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and L. bifidus. Take as directed on the product labelling for a month


* Milk thistle, 3 mL of tincture or 500 mg as capsules


* Echinacea purpurea, 5 mL three times a day for a month, then 5 mL/day for three months if necessary. E. angustifolia applied to the incision three times a day can stimulate healing (Med


* Goldenseal, 3 mL as tincture or 500 mg as capsules


* Coenzyme Q10 as 45 mg tablets


* Garlic, three capsules daily


* Essential fatty acids, 1 tsp (5 mL) of Eskimo-3, for example, with meals


* Amino-acid complex (including L-cystine, L-glutamine and L-lysine)


* Agrimonia (3-6 g/day) and witch hazel (2-3 g/day of bark)


* Aloe vera as gel three times a day or take 10 mL twice a day


* Calendula officinalis (marigold) 5 mL three times a day, or apply to the incision as an ointment four times a day


* Chamomile, three cups as a strong tea (1 tsp of herb per cup of boiling water, infused for 15 minutes)


* Vitamin A, 7500 IU in a multivitamin


* Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 50 mg in a B-complex formulation


*Vitamin B5 within a multivitamin


* Vitamin C, 1-2 g three times a day


* Vitamin E, 200 IU (break open capsule and apply oil to scar)


* Copper, 1-2 g/day


* Manganese, 1 mg in a multivitamin


* Zinc, 30 mg in a multivitamin (and not more than 50 mg). If taking over 20 mg, add 1 mg of copper for every 10 mg of zinc


* Lipoic acid, 100 mg three times per day


* Silica, one or two capsules


* Multivitamin/mineral supplement containing antioxidants, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Do not take any more than 400 mcg/day of selenium.

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