Bed Sores

Overview

Bed sores refer to ulcers of the skin that are formed during prolonged bed rest, which causes sustained pressure over bony areas of the body, such as the buttocks, hips, sacrum, and shoulder blades.

The various stages of bed sores

Stage 1: The sore shows up as a defined area of persistent redness.  This first stage is a warning to take action, bed sores can progress rapidly.

Stage 2: Sees partial thickness skin loss involving the top layers of skin.  The sore looks like an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater. Once a sore is past stage 2 it is harder to treat.

Stage 3: Full thickness skin loss revealing a fairly deep crater.

Stage 4: Extensive destruction to the skin and/or damage to muscle or supporting structures. Sores are large, deep, open wounds revealing bone and connective tissue.

Bed sores primarily affect patients who are physically restricted and bedridden, such as the disabled and people in coma. Elderly patients are also prone to bed sores. Patients need to be moved frequently, and also require fresh air and light bed clothes. Daily baths with gentle soaps containing vitamin E and aloe vera, and sufficient natural light can be helpful in preventing bed sores.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

Toxic build-up slows down the healing process, therefore, detoxifying the system is an important stage in recovering from any ailment.

Detox:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days: www.colloidsforlife.com. Silver has long been recognized as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.

Topical Treatment:

Firstly it is essential to keep the sores clean in order to speed up healing and lessen the risk of infection.  If the sore is open, then bathing the area with a sterile saline solution is the best approach.  Gauze bandages can then be applied to the affected areas.

According to Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., the “safest and oldest approach for treating bed sores resulting in open ulcers – the application of raw honey or granulated sugar paste to the open ulcers – now been well-researched medically and shown to be at least as effective as medicated creams.”  As well as its healing properties, the honey forms a protective layer which inhibits infection.

Apply the paste of goldenseal powder, vitamin E squeezed from capsule, and with zinc oxide to the affected areas. Enzyme cream, vitamin E cream, aloe vera gel, comfrey ointment, and/or calendula cream are also effective topical treatments for bed sores.

Colloidal silver applied topically, and the use of silver bandages (bandages with colloidal silver applied to them), can also promote rapid healing.

Rescue Remedy Cream® can be applied (minimum four times a day) on unbroken skin around, but not directly on, sores or ulcers.

Hydrotherapy:

Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

  • We recommend colonic irrigation to remove toxicity from the body and reduce the risk of infection.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program, drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water, or you can buy a Kangen Unit.

Drink plenty of liquids (distilled water, herbal teas, fresh juices).

Include plenty of fiber in the diet to keep the colon clean, and eat at least five to seven servings of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables a day.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system when your body is trying to heal so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurized and homogenized dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.

Supplements:

The following supplements can be helpful in treating and preventing bed sores: vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, Vitamin D3, vitamin E, arginine and zinc. Free-form amino acids can also help, as can garlic capsules, to boost immunity and healing response. If bed sores still persist, pancreatic enzymes in between meals (6-12 per day for one week) may be helpful, as well.

As well as the above supplements, also include the following to speed up healing:

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time. Check out
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
    • Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
    • . Find out more by clicking here.
  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  • Reiki is very powerful tool in the healing the body and mind.  Find a local practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in healing stress and illness. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

A poultice of sugar and honey applied on the wound is extremely beneficial in the treatment of bedsores.  Alternatively beetroot and honey may be used.

The use of aloe vera as a topical treatment.

A healing paste made of slippery elm and comfrey leaves left on the affected area overnight.

Bathing the sores several times a day with a blend of witch hazel and myrrh, turmeric root and goldenseal.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbal formulas such as to speed up healing and reduce pain, a popular choice is Bletilla Striata

Acupuncture treatments to relieve pain and improve the flow of blood and energy to the affected regions.

Energy balancing work such as qigong.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils can be soothing and healing for sores.  The following oils are all beneficial for healing bed sores: chamomile, geranium, frankincense, lavender and tea tree oil.  Add 2-3 drops of each oil to 20 ml of carrier oil, shake well and use as a massage oil for the affected areas.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Calendula, Hypericum, Merc sol., Chamomilla, Phosphorus, Hamamelis, Silicea, and Belladonna are the most useful homeopathic remedies for treating bed sores.

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here.

Herbs

Comfrey root powder, echinacea powder, goldenseal, myrrh gum, pau d’arco, slippery elm powder, and suma, taken as teas, tinctures, and in the form of herbal compresses, can all help to speed the healing of bed sores. A standard naturopathic approach is to wash the open wound with Calendula succus (juice of the marigold flower) and then cover it with zinc oxide.

Other

Juice Therapy: Carrot, beet, cantaloupe, currant, and/or red grape juice all help to speed healing.

Take the weight off:  Use pillows and cushions to prop yourself up and relieve pressure and aid circulation.  Also aim reposition yourself every 15 to 20 mins if you are bound to a wheelchair and every few hours if you are bedridden.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of bed sores: Acupuncture, Chelation Therapy, Guided Imagery, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine and Oxygen Therapy. (Ozone therapy is useful applied externally in a fitted plastic bag. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is also very effective for treating bed sores.) (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Collodial Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Video

Ayurvedic remedies for bed sores www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-bed-sores.html

Making aromatherapy massage oil www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADAY1gKiKAs

Research

Vitamin C depletion and bedsores www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1883546/

Arginine, vitamin C and Zinc help heal bedsores www.nutritionexpress.com/showarticle.aspx?articleid=948

Honey as a healing agent voices.yahoo.com/the-honey-as-healing-agent-785793.html?cat=5

Omega 3 plus vitamins may prevent bed sores in hospitals www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Omega-3-plus-vitamins-may-prevent-bed-sores-in-hospitals

Further Information (links and books)

Pressure Ulcer (Bed Sore) Prevention: The Family Caregiver Guide: Practical Advice to Make Your Life Better by Sue Hull

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – Aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – Organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – Meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – Herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – Reiki, Tai Chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – Aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.comwww.RogerCallahan.com – Thought Field Therapy (TF): releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

Trusted products

Essential Oils

Rescue Remedy Cream®

Zinc Food Complex

KT Daily Supplements

Aromatherapy oils

Rebound Air – mini trampoline

Clean well – Natural Cleaning Products

EMF necklace – blocker and stress reducing pendant

Neutralize electromagnetic chaos

Dr Callaghan Techniques

Supplements

Water filter

Candida plan

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