Dandelion

Abscess

General characteristics

General characteristics

A collection of pus that forms within an organ, body cavity or tissue in response to a localised infection or circulating toxins. Abscess formation is a natural response to excess impurities and waste in the blood, the body packages the waste into a localised area so that it can be more easily eliminated. They can form anywhere in the body, common sites include breast, gums and teeth, throat and tonsils, ears, abdominal wall and digestive tract and skin (boils). Symptoms include swelling, redness, tenderness, fever and a general feeling of being unwell. Untreated abscess can rupture and discharge into the blood stream eventually causing blood poisoning.

Recurrent abscess formation indicates an excess of toxins in the blood and a diminished ability of the eliminating and detoxifying channels (bowel, liver, skin, kidneys, lungs).

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Good diet is very important so include plenty of fresh and raw vegetables, grains and fruit. Drink several glasses of filtered water daily.

Start each day with a glass of water with the juice of a fresh lemon added to it.

Eat foods that are rich in sulphur such as garlic, onions, leeks, cabbage and broccoli.

Stress can also play its part so make extra time to rest and relax.

Take regular exercise to keep blood and lymph circulation healthy.

Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Herbs that help to cleanse the bloodstream include burdock root, blue flag, wild indigo, red clover, sarsaparilla, dandelion root, black walnut, garlic, nettle, yellow dock root, Oregon grape root.

Herbs that have an anti-microbial action include echinacea (traditionally used for 'cleansing the blood' of impurities), myrrh, golden seal, garlic.

Herbs that help to disperse swellings and stimulate the cleansing action of the lymphatic system include poke root, cleavers, chickweed, mullein, figwort, chamomile, lobelia, fenugreek seeds.

A herbal tincture containing any of the blood cleansers and 1 or 2 from  the other categories will steadily cleanse and disperse the abscess if taken for up to a month e.g burdock, dandelion, red clover, blue flag, echinacea, figwort and mullein.

Drinking 3-4 cups daily of plantain tea (Plantago lanceolata) will help to quickly eliminate poisons, deep clean the blood and reduce swelling. Use a 1-2  heaped teaspoons to each cup and allow to stand for 10 minutes. It is my herbal tea of choice for anything red, hot, painful, inflamed and poisonous. Plantain is also powerful enough to give emergency aid if an internal or external abscess should burst, flooding toxins and pus into the blood. If you suspect an internal abscess has burst, drink copious amounts of plantain tea and get yourself to hospital immediately before blood poisoning develops, taking a large flask of plantain tea with you if possible.

Nettle tea should be a daily occurrence if you are prone to abscess, boils or cysts.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Charcoal tablets or powder will help to cleanse the bloodstream.

Raw, grated carrot and potato poultices can be placed over the area of the abscess to ease pain, swelling and congestion.

Hot and cold showers over the affected area will stimulate blood flow and speed up the body's cleansing mechanisms ( see 'hydrotherapy' in the natural healing section of this site).

Set aside some time to do a bowel and kidney cleanse.

Daily skin brushing will stimulate the lymph and blood circulation (see 'skin brushing' in the natural healing section of this site).

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