Frostbite

Overview

Frostbite is caused by excessive exposure to damp cold (temperatures around freezing) or dry cold (temperatures that are well below freezing).

Types
There are various types of frostbite: Frostnip, which is characterized by hardened and whitened areas on face, ears, fingers, and extremities, as well as peeling of the skin that can occur within 24 to 72 hours, and recurrent bouts of milder cold sensitivity that can last for life; Immersion foot, in which the feet swell, get pale, cold, clammy, and numb, possibly following by later infection and swelling and pain that can persist for years; Frostbite, in which the affected area becomes extremely cold, hard, white, and difficult to feel, and, upon warming up, becomes very itchy, red, swollen, blotchy, and painful; and Hypothermia, which is characterized by lethargy, poor coordination, mental confusion and irritability, hallucinations, slowed respiration and heart rate, and even death.

To prevent all forms of frostbite, avoid conditions that increase your risk to cold injury. These include anemia, drug or alcohol excess, exhaustion and hunger, and impaired circulation secondary to other diseases. The very young and the elderly are also more at risk, and therefore should take special care in protecting themselves against exposure to the cold.

Note: Hypothermia occurs when the body cannot maintain its normal temperature.  Signs of hypothermia usually begins with shivering and continues with other mental and physical symptoms. If someone who may have been exposed to the cold for too long shows the following symptoms, take action immediately:

  • Shivering (note: in severe hypothermia, shivering will cease)
  • Exhaustion
  • Slurred speech, memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Infants: Bright red and cold skin, very low energy

Caution: In all cases of hypothermia, seek prompt medical attention as soon as possible.

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

First aid treatment for frostbite is rapid re-warming in warm water. DO NOT use water that is hotter than 106 degrees or you run the risk of a burn.  See video section for further info.

Do not rub or massage the skin during this point it can cause more damage.  Thawing the skin in warm water will take approximately 40 minutes and can be a painful process. You’ll know that the thawing phase has finished when the skin becomes red/pink and soft again.

Mix one cup of gel from a freshly cut aloe vera leaf with warm water then carefully apply to the affected area(s). Aloe vera has powerful healing properties for the skin and will also help to decrease the pain.  Research studies have shown it’s wonderful effects on treating frostbite.

Detox

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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. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
  • Drink plenty of warm beverages throughout the day and evening.
  • Avoid alcohol as it inhibits circulation.
  • Eat a balanced diet with proteins and minerals to rebuild new tissue and include vitamin c rich foods such as grapefruit, oranges, kiwis, cabbage and kale to help speed up healing.

It is important to not add 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, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400  The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Supplements:

  • Vitamin B complex and cayenne capsules can help to restore lost circulation.
  • Niacin is good for healthy skin.
  • Gotu kola helps to heal tissue damage.

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 to blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
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  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

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:

The herbal formula – Dang Gui Si Ni Tang is often prescribed to balance qi, improve blood flow, remove dampness and clear infection.

Acupuncture treatments are suggested to repair nerve damage.

The practise of qigong another useful remedy to clear damage and rebalance the energy field.

Aromatherapy

For mild frostbite, the essential oils of pine and cypress are good for circulatory problems, and lavender is a great skin healer too.  The oils can be diluted in a carrier oil and then used as a massage for the affected areas.  Alternatively a few drops of each oil can be diluted in a small amount of carrier oil, mixed well and then added to a warm bath.

Note: mix the oils well into the water before getting into the bath, as they can be potent, especially cypress, and can irritate the skin if they are not well dispersed.

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

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Your practitioner may suggest remedies such as Apis, Agavarius, Pulsatilla and Petroleum which are often used in the treatment of frostbite.

Herbs

Hot ginger or sage tea – stimulates circulation

Cayenne pepper added as a spice to your food – creates heat in the body.

Aloe Vera – helps tissue to regenerate.

Horsetail – helps rebuild tissue due to its silica content.

Rose hip is rich in vitamin C and contains acids that encourage the growth of skin cells.

Other teas such as chamomile, feverfew and peppermint are also healing.

Other

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 frostbite: Naturopathic Medicine and Oxygen Therapy (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for severe cases; external ozone application as a bactericidal and to enhance circulation. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

Treating immediate effects of frostbite www.home-remedies-for-you.com/articles/367/general-health-and-fitness/frostbite.html

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong (from August 2012 newsletter)         

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)

Video

Frostbite warning signs www.dailymotion.com/video/xnsu5a_frostbite-warning-signs-treatment_news

How to treat frostbite www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTHvGoxTkUw

Chinese Medicine heals the after effects of frostbite www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AcmaoRuu9s

Research

Aloe vera, a good treatment for frostbite:

www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/416/

www.naturalnews.com/037067_aloe_vera_medical_science_skin_conditions.html

Further Information

Aloe Vera : ” The Medicine Plant ” by Dr.Peter Granville Atherton and Rosalynd Skinner

The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth S. Cohen

Healing With Whole Foods – Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition, by Paul Pitchford

Qi Gong Fire & Water (with Matthew Cohen) [DVD]

Aloe Vera : ” The Medicine Plant ” by Dr.Peter Granville Atherton and Rosalynd Skinner

The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth S. Cohen

Healing With Whole Foods – Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition, by Paul Pitchford

Qi Gong Fire & Water (with Matthew Cohen) [DVD]

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

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

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judith hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

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

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

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