A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Leg Ulcers
I had a question the other day about leg ulcers.
Ulcers are open sores that develop on deteriorated patches of skin.
When poor circulation in your legs restricts blood flow, your skin tissue begins to erode.
This makes it more susceptible to developing an open sore.
The broken skin can be very slow to heal.
Leg ulcers are more likely to develop if you have poor circulation, thrombophlebitis, and/or varicose veins.
Venous ulcers are leg ulcers related to a condition called venous stasis, where leg veins stop functioning like they should.
Blood pools in your veins, resulting in inflammation of the overlying skin which leads to the development of ulcers.
Venous ulcers are usually situated on the lower third of your leg.
Arterial ulcers happen when an artery or arteries serving your leg fail to deliver enough blood, which in turn may be caused by atherosclerotic plaque or by an embolism blocking the flow of blood.
These ulcers usually occur on bony areas around your feet and ankles.
Diabetic ulcers can be a result of peripheral neuropathy or insufficient blood supply to the surface of your skin.
They normally occur around your feet.
To deal with leg ulcers it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Alfalfa, taken in capsule or tablet form, is a good source of vitamin K. Red clover tea or capsules are also beneficial.
*Make comfrey tea and use it as a compress; soak a clean cloth in it and apply the cloth to aching, inflamed leg ulcers (caution: comfrey is recommended for external use only).
*Echinacea improves immune function and helps healing (don’t take echinacea for longer than 3 months and don’t use if you’re allergic to ragweed).
*Go on a diet of raw foods with lightly steamed vegetables for one month to help the healing process.
*Eat dark green leafy vegetables to get vitamin K.
*Include plenty of fresh garlic and onions in your diet. These promote circulation and healing, and also contain the trace element germanium, which boosts your immune system and improves tissue oxygenation.
*To speed healing, apply vitamin E oil to your sore and bandage it lightly with a sterile gauze pad. Change the bandage daily until the sore is healed.
*Keep the ulcer clean and germ-free to prevent infection.
*See your physician if you have this medical problem. Sometimes you need antibiotics for the sores to heal.
*If you must take antibiotics, be sure to take acidophilus liquid or tablets. You can also get acidophilus from yogurt and soured milk products.
*Use Enfuselle skin care products.
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
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