Healing After Surgery

after-surgeryJust recently I received a question about what to take to help speed up healing after surgery. Unfortunately, surgery is sometimes necessary and unavoidable, and undergoing a surgical procedure can trigger a significant amount of stress on the body.

Research has shown that the gastrointestinal and immune systems become weakened after surgery, leaving the body open to infection, and when you are in the hospital, minimizing the risk of postoperative infection is of the highest concern.

Thankfully, there are natural approaches that can be taken, both before and after surgery, to speed up healing time, decrease inflammation and pain, and improve the overall quality of life for the recuperating patient. Here are some suggestions.

Eat Healthy. The quality of food we eat has a significant effect on healing time and inflammation. Poor nutrition, either before or after surgery, has a negative effect on recovery. Avoid refined flours, sugar, red meats, alcohol and coffee, as they can suppress immune system function and promote inflammation. Continue reading “Healing After Surgery”

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Supplements and Surgery

If you are about to have surgery, you have most likely been instructed to discontinue all supplementation about 2 weeks prior to surgery. In many cases, this has to do with the blood thinning effects that a number of plant-based medicines possess. Herbs like ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginger, St. John’s wort, willow bark, clove, bromelain, turmeric, angelica root, arnica, anise, celery, horse chestnut, parsley, devils’ claw, dong quai, capsicum, danshen, chamomile, feverfew, passionflower, papain, red clover and ginseng all have some blood thinning effects. Even vitamin E should be used with caution prior to surgery, as should high consumption of green tea.

The blood thinning side effects of certain supplements are not the only reason for caution when talking pre- and post-surgery protocols. If anesthesia is being used, one needs to use caution with such herbs as kava kava and valerian. Continue reading “Supplements and Surgery”

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