Are you feeling under the weather and want to speed up your recovery ? Here are some natural solutions that might help you heal faster – just make sure to run them by your M.D. or Naturopath first because natural doesn’t mean 100% safe!
A few months ago, a generally healthy friend expressed his frustration in the slow response to treatment he was receiving for a serious condition. He developed a bone infection (osteomyelitis) from re-injuring an old bone fracture where they had used a metal splint to fix him up.
Being off his feet and unable to drive created enough anxiety for this active man but that’s not where the majority of his frustration came from. He and his wife had tickets for a Mediterranean cruise and when I saw him, his health practitioners were telling him he wouldn’t be well enough to travel.
By his request, I sent him some natural healing suggestions to speed up his recovery. Obviously I’ve left out the bone-specific info here but I believe some of the following natural healing tips will benefit most unwell people, especially those with infections.
Important Healing Info
The body can only be in 1 of 2 states at any time. These are:
- Fight or Flight (activated sympathetic nervous system)
- Heal & Renew (activated parasympathetic nervous system)
If you want more info on these 2 systems or you just want a giggle, check this presentation developed by Georgia Southwestern State University.
Therefore, even though some light exercise is necessary to promote healing (damaged areas in particular need nutrient-replenishing blood provided by circulation), rest & relaxation are a must. The meditative state (activated alpha brain waves) enhances healing even more.
Natural Healing Tips
- Clean diet. Increase your intake of fruits & veggies, reduce meat/dairy products (which are congesting foods) but make sure to eat lots of protein in the form of nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and grains. Drink lots of water & watered-down juices. Try regular blended green meals which will help achieve this recommended diet. Also try a few allergy-friendly recipes for great ways to get enough grains, beans and legumes. Lean meats (esp. organic, grain-fed) in moderation are ok (chicken, turkey & fish). Avoid red meat, caffeine, processed foods (esp. sugar & flour) and preservatives.
- Lemon water. Very cleansing and alkalizing (acidity in body prevents effective detoxification). For variation: try adding cayenne pepper & dark, organic maple syrup to your lemon water!
- Apple Cider Vinegar. Effective pain reliever. Try an oz. in a glass of water daily. Be forewarned: it’s an acquired taste 😉
- Magnesium Phosphoricum and Matricaria Recutita. Homeopathic remedies with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Definitely check with your doc before taking any homeopathic medicine.
- Colloidal Silver. A natural anti-biotic that I took when I was healing my broken face from a fall I took fainting as I got out of a hot bath. It’s most likely unsafe to take with today’s medications so again, check with your doc!
- Blood purifiers. Chlorophyll aids immune system and cleanses/refurbishes red blood cells. Try some of these herbs (look for high quality teas in natural food stores): green tea, burdock, milk thistle, dandelion, ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, licorice, pau d’arco, red clover, rhubarb, sage, shiitake mushroom, and Siberian and other ginsengs.
Caution: do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than 7 days in a row and avoid it altogether if you have high blood pressure; do not use sage if you have any kind of seizure disorder; do not use Siberian ginseng if you have hypoglycemia or a heart disorder; do not use any type of ginseng if you have high blood pressure.
- Turmeric. An antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Stay tuned for Thursday’s post, “Turmeric: The King of Spices” for more on this healing spice!
Do you have any natural healing tips to share?
If you or someone you know has a bone fracture, check out this well-written and informative article by Dr. Susan Brown, “How to speed bone fracture healing.” She explains what happens in bone healing, nutritional demands & a variety of suggestions to increase bone healing.