Doctors believe they need to assist the body’s natural repair mechanisms when treating wounds. But evidence shows that many antiseptics and dressings may do more harm than good.
Taking care of a wound or cut is largely a matter of common sense. When self-treating, consider these options to help support the body’s own efficient healing process.
Aloe vera and honey are the better known alternative remedies for burns. Aloe vera’s moisturising, anti-inflammatory and mildly antiseptic effects are well recognised (J Med Assoc Thai, 2000; 83: 417-25; Adv Drug React Toxicol Rev, 2001; 20: 89-103)...
After years of studying and using alternative remedies, I find that the most effective treatment for burns (first- and second-degree) is Weleda’s Combudoron Lotion [a herbal combination of Arnica flowers and Urtica urens leaves].
Steroids have extreme and far-reaching effects on many systems of the body.
* Reduce functions and numbers of T and B cells and other lymphocytes and macrophages
Q I’ve had a venous ulcer on my ankle for some three months now, and hydrocolloidal bandages have not alleviated the almost constant pain. I’m 74 years old, in otherwise good health,
Although we think our bodies handle healing automatically, much depends on our nutritional status. A high-fat diet or malnutrition/malabsorption, particularly in the elderly,
Re leg ulcers (WDDTY vol 15 no 5), I had leg ulcers for months. Years ago, they responded to paraffin gauze, but now this and other contact medications, including vitamin E and cream of any kind, cause an allergic reaction due to multiple chemical...
A range of alternative treatments can effectively ease pain and speed recovery in active individuals who sustain sprains, strains and even more serious injuries.
Probably best known as a workaholic in the kitchen, oregano also has many valuable therapeutic uses. In fact, it may well have first been used for its curative properties before its seasoning properties were discovered.