When an injury occurs in the body or where the skin breaks and is destroyed beyond repair, a scar is formed in that area, it can be defined as a shiny piece of shrunken connective tissue that comes in the place of the destroyed tissue on the skin. This tissue does not have the normal complement of pigments and hence cannot react to the ultraviolet rays of the sun; it is also not flexible and much tougher than the normal skin tissue. As time passes and the scar fades away, flexibility is regained in the area and it starts to perform normally as before. The scar tissue is more resistant to injury than normal tissues because it is much tougher comparatively. Extremely painful forms of scar tissues called keloids are sometimes formed on the body when the scars undergo excessive growth. These regions can develop on the body even without any injury under some very rare circumstances.
Repeated injuries on a single area of the skin and burns or cuts that are really deep are the usual causes of scar tissue and scarring of the skin. Minor and small cuts or abrasions on the skin can bring out scar tissues in certain people. Genetic factors play a part in the formation of tissue and overgrowths of scar tissue often come due to hereditary reasons, and also following burn injuries to the skin.
Supplements and herbs
The formation of scar tissue is easily prevented and alleviated by the vitamin E used as a supplement. Cuts and burns or internal injuries due to surgery or infection can lead to external or internal scar tissue formation respectively. Restoration of tissue affected by keloid formation and the restoration of scar tissue that is already present in the body is achieved through the utilization of this vitamin as a supplement. Broken and injured skin must not be treated with external applications of this vitamin. A nutritious and healthy diet should accompany the use of this vitamin in the person for effective results. Collagen and other connective tissues are healed and restored by vitamin C, which is a very important vitamin in the formation of collagen, the use of the vitamin C combined with plant based natural substances called the bioflavonoids increases the rate of tissue healing and deals effectively with all wounds. The skin and the restorative powers of the skin are promoted and increased by essential minerals like silica and zinc when they are used as nutrient supplements in the person.
The following herbal remedies are very effective in eliminating scar tissue and in restoring the health of the skin.
The aloe vera herb can be used in a gel form as a topical massage on areas of old scar tissue, this treatment helps improve the condition of the skin and restores the affected areas to their pristine state. Swedish bitters can be used as moisturizers to be used on the scarred tissue on a regular basis; the scar tissue is healed by this treatment of continual moistening. This treatment is very effective against old scar tissue as well as new scars. A salve made form the calendula (marigold) herb can be used on scar tissue that forms as a result of an operation or other surgical procedure, the scar in this case heals imperceptibly and at an increased rate. To prepare this herbal salve, heat a quarter cup of coconut butter in a large pan, to this butter mix one cup of fresh marigold blossoms; the leaves and the stems can be included. Let the concoction foam up and keep heating till it does so, cover the pan once the foam comes and leave it to cool overnight. After it has been left overnight, gradually warm the pan for sometime; use cheesecloth to press the juices of the herb after having strained the fat away. To this liquid the oil of almond or the olive can be added, about 5tbsp. of one or the other, glass containers can be used to store the herbal liquid in the refrigerator. Use a cotton cloth and spread the salve thickly onto this cloth, tie this cloth around the area of the scar tissue and leave it there, this cloth can be replaced daily or as and when it become necessary. A hot poultice for topical application on scar tissue can also be made from the leftover herbal pulp. Restoration of the destroyed tissue can be achieved through the use of the horsetail herb as a topical treatment. Tea can be made form the horsetail for daily consumption, drink thrice daily, or if your prefer horsetail can be taken in tincture form. A single dose being 20 drops of the tincture mixed with water or other liquids thrice a day, and alternately 2 capsules of vegetal silica from aqueous extract of the horsetail thrice daily will also suffice as a dosage regimen to heal scar tissue. As a topical measure a poultice made from the horsetail and the comfrey herbs can be applied on a daily basis in the evenings. After applying this poultice on the areas of the scar tissue, it is best if possible to leave the application over the course of the night.
Specific remedies to different scar tissues are sometimes hard to suggest and differentiate as such, as most scar tissues are quite similar in origin as well as effects. Prolonged treatments involving months and utilizing a variety of herbs and herbal remedies are usually required in the sequential treatment of chronic scars, and scar tissue formation. An extremely low potency alternating treatment utilizing two different herbal remedies, in potencies of 3x, 6x or 12x often achieves the best and greatest results in minimal time. All types of scar tissues can be restored by Thiosinaminum and tissue salts of Silicea and Calc. flour, which are usually available in health food stores, can be used at the same time.
Additional things you may do
The oily form of the vitamin E can be used as topical massage oil, and can be rubbed on the affected areas of the body on a daily and regular basis to improve the condition.
Other beneficial herbs