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How to Treat Gangrene

How to Treat Gangrene
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What is Gangrene?

Gangrene is the term used to describe the condition in which the body tissue is dead. The most common body parts are limbs, toes and fingers; however, gangrene can happen to the muscles and organs inside your body as well [1].

Gangrene can be classified into 2 types:

Dry gangrene: People with autoimmune diseases and diabetes are more vulnerable to this type. It often occurs to the feet and hands and develops as the flow of blood is impaired due to poor circulation. In this case, the tissue will become dried as well as turn to the color brown then purplish-blue then black and eventually fall off. For dry gangrene, infection is not commonly seen; however, in case of infection, it can lead to wet gangrene [2].

Wet gangrene: For wet gangrene, infection is always included. Having trauma or burns at the area that is squeezed or crushed will quickly cease the supply of blood to that area, leading to the death of tissue and higher chance of infection. The reason for the wet is because of pus from the blisters and swells of the tissue. In this case, infection might spread rapidly to other body parts; therefore, wet gangrene is usually a severe and life-threatening condition if it is not attended timely [3].

What causes Gangrene?

The role of blood is extremely important in your life. It not only transport oxygen as well as nutrients to every cells in your body, but also carry the antibodies which are in charge of fighting diseases and protect yourself from any infection [4].

Therefore, when blood is not circulated normally in your body, the cells will slowly die, leading to infection and the death of tissue due to gangrene [5]. There are several factors which can impact the flow of blood such as

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Serious injury or trauma
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon

What are the symptoms of Gangrene?

Dry gangrene [6]:

  • Skin is shriveled and dry which will change to blue then black color before sloughing off.
  • Skin is numb and cold.
  • There might be pain or not.

Wet gangrene [7]:

  • There are pain and swelling at the infected area.
  • Color of skin changes from red to brown then black.
  • There is foul-odor pus (discharge) from the sores and blisters.
  • Unwell feeling as well as fever.
  • There is cracking noise when pressing on the infected area.

For the treatment of gangrene, it will require you to remove the corrupted tissue before containing the spread of infection and eliminating the cause of gangrene [8].

Here are the top 12 most recommended tips for how to treat gangrene that you can consider applying in order to assist the treatment of gangrene and improve the healing process.

1. Butcher’s Broom

Butcher’s broom is a kind of herb that can be used for how to treat gangrene. The things that make the herb become one of the best home remedies are its abilities to deal with several diseases, such as varicose veins, lymphedema, hemorrhoids, constipation, leg cramps, inflammation, and circulatory problems [9] [10].

Butcher's broom root - How to Treat Gargrene

Butcher’s broom can work to boost the blood circulation, heal carpal tunnel syndrome as well as provide relief form inflammation, obesity, Meniere’s disease, and thrombophlebitis.

2. Bean and Legume

Beans and legumes are very good for the process of how to treat gangrene. However, this method is only beneficial if you know how to apply it right.

Beans Legumes - How to Treat Gargrene

Beans and legumes should be consumed on occasion as they are poor in nutritional values. Cook the beans and the legumes for 8-22 hours in a crock pot. Then rinse the beans every 12 hours and soak them for 48-72 hours before processing. Consuming an enough amount of beans and legumes (not too much) will bring the best result.

3. Protein

Protein plays an important role in maintaining a good heath for the body and contributes to the treatment of gangrene. Therefore, it is necessary to supplement more protein to your body [11].

Protein - How to treat Gangrene

Some kinds of food that are rich in protein include meats, poultry, game meats, ostrich, grass fed, real beef, fish, eggs, some kinds of seeds (flax, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower), nut, etc [12].

4. Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juices are very beneficial for the body’s health. Moreover, they can contribute to the healing process of several diseases, including gangrene [13].

Vegetable juices - How to Treat Gangrene

Every day, you should add more vegetables into your daily diet for their good impacts on the body health. Just take more freshly processed vegetable juices would bring the best effects.

Green tea is also useful in supporting the treatment for gangrene. However, you should drink a limited amount as it contains a lot of fluoride content that is not really helpful.

5. Marshmallow

Marshmallow acts very effectively in fighting against obstinate inflammation and threatened mortification or gangrene [14].

Marshmallow - How to Treat Gangrene

Take some fresh roots of marshmallow then crush them well. Apply the crushed roots on the affected areas. Leave it for few minutes then remove before the paste becomes dry and apply a new one. It is recommended to combine marshmallow roots with slippery elm for the best treatment.

Alternatively, you can prepare marshmallow root tea. Then soak the affected area into the tea for several minutes until the tea become cool. You should also drink the tea along with soaking to speed up the healing process.

6. Cayenne

Cayenne is one of the strongest herbs that can be used in the treatment of variety of diseases, including gangrene. Especially, it is really help in the situation of dry gangrene [15].

Cayenne - How to Treat Gangrene

Cayenne will act to support the blood circulation and prevent stickiness of blood platelets, considerably reduce the tendency to clot. Also, the herb can help resolve existent thrombosis, clean blood vessels and clarify brain and memory.

Another common use of cayenne is for treating throat problems. Read more at Home Remedies for Swollen Glands.

7. Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract is a natural home remedy for how to treat gangrene without any side effects. This is thanks to its abilities in fighting against infection and promote the healing process effectively [16].

Some researchers have shown that olive leaf tract is very powerful in preventing the growth of virus, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. The antiviral activity comes from the action of Oleuropein on the protein coat of a virus. That is the reason why besides treating gas gangrene, Olive leaf extract is also used widely for treating other diseases like colds, flu, a range of viruses, yeast and bacterial infections and parasites.

Olive - How to Treat Gangrene

The extract contains a lot of antioxidants. It can help strengthen the immune system in a natural, safe and non-toxic way as it will stimulate phagocyte production which enables immune cells to destroy microbes.

Learn more about other olive’s benefits at Home Remedies for Molluscum Contagiosum.

8. Colloidal Silver

Another natural home remedy for how to treat gangrene is colloidal silver. It is very beneficial thanks to its overwhelming properties [17].

Colloidal Silver - How to Treat Gangrene

Colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic without any side effects. Therefore, it is completely safe for the healthy bacteria in the body. The remedy can be applied both topically and internally.

9. Zell Oxygen

Zell oxygen is a rich source of live enzymes, B vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants and it is a very powerful antioxidant. It is considered as one of the best remedies for dry gangrene [18].

Thanks to all of its components, Zell oxygen can help treat not only gangrene but also many kinds of disease such as eliminating candida, restoring cellular respiration, repairing damaged cells and organs, improving bowel function, improving nervous system, increasing energy and accelerating hair growth.

10. Serrapeptase

Serrapeptase is a wonderful inflammation fighter that can help reduce and fight against inflammation without any side effects. It is widely used for treating both dry gangrene and internal gangrene [19].

Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammation, serrapeptase can be beneficial for treating other kinds of diseases like arthritis, headaches, fibromyalgia, varicose veins. The remedy is also effective in supporting cardiovascular health by improving blood circulation.

Serrapaptase is totally safe for everybody, including women in pregnancy, children and pets.

11. Cabbage Leaf Dressing

Cabbage leaf dressing helps in the situation of gangrene as it can normalize the affected skin areas.

Take some cabbage leaves then wash off with clean water. After that, crush the leaves completely to get a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas and cover it by a cloth. Keep dressing for several hours then remove. Apply this method daily to see the improvement.

Cabbage Leaf Dressing - How to Treat Gangrene

Some people who have applied the method with cabbage leaf said that, as you apply this dressing regularly, the affected skins will change their color from black to brown to red and then return to normal color.

Additionally, cabbage makes great solution for heel problems. For further information, you can read more at Home Remedies for Heel Spurs.

12. Echinacea

Echinacea is often used for how to treat gangrene and sloughing of the soft tissues, glandular ulcerations and ulcers of the skin.

Echinacea tea - How to Treat Gangrene

Echinacea can help deodorize foul-smelling discharges and remove the odor dorm cancers and ulcers.

Take the roots of Echinacea and boil with an enough amount of water to get the Echinacea tea. Use this tea to drink and soak the affected areas. Follow the method daily to get relief soon.

*Disclaim: The effectiveness from applying these natural tips will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.

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