Article by Angela Haldane

Q. I have had recurrent boils. After three courses of antibiotics, I am wondering what to do with the next one that is brewing.

A. Staphylococcus aureus is a constituent of the pus associated with boils and may also cause boils. It is extremely contagious and it best treated with antibiotics.
However, there are naturopathic ways to get past this recurring cycle. Herbal medicine of echinacea, goldenseal and burdock are effective means to improving your own immune system and purifying the blood. Try the herbal Skin Tonic available on this website or see your registered medical herbalist (MNZAMH) or naturopath. After taking a few months supply of these, you will need less antibiotics and the herbs should address the problem.

Eat foods naturally rich in antioxidants and minerals such as parsley, mesculin salad and beetroot.

Studies have found that people experiencing boils are often deficient in zinc. Your naturopath can prescribe a therapeutic zinc supplement with co factors known to promote healthy wound healing and reduce scar formation.

Topical application of tea tree or manuka oil can reduce a boil. Remember to dilute the oil by 10 per cent to avoid a skin burn.

Poultices of ground linseed or ground fenugreek seeds mixed with boiling water have been traditionally used to draw a boil to a head.

I have treated boils with homoeopathic silica 30c which will drive a boil out to the surface and heal up beautifully afterwards. I would recommend that you see a homoeopath for supervision in this circumstance.