Article by Angela Haldane
Q. I have a broken area of skin that is taking a while to heal – what are some naturopathic ways to promote wound healing?
A. I maintain a principle that if something is not healing within a week, get it checked by your doctor. There may be a bacterial or fungal infection which is complicating the wound healing process. Other possible diseases can be ruled out at this stage too. Once this has been checked and you still need help with wound healing, there are plenty of options to enhance healing with the use of herbs, natural supplements and a good nutritious diet.
Ensure that you are eating good quality protein and fruits and vegetables to provide zinc and vitamin A, C and E. Amongst herbal ointments I find the Kiwiherb Calendula cream, or the Ungvita ointment sold at your chemist very good. Your natural health practitioner can also make one specifically designed for you.
Sometimes there is a need for an astringent action, to seal the wound. Here I use myrrh tincture diluted in a little water. It can sting a bit at first – but it is excellent for turning the corner on a weeping wound by the action of the resins.
Make sure that the area is warm, this is a sign that there is good blood supply to the area. Blood brings all the necessary nutrients to heal the wound. If for example it is on your foot and you have cold feet, gingko and ginger would increase the peripheral circulation to the area, and then you will get a better result.