A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
A state of shock as defined in medical terminology is a physical state in which the circulation in the body becomes so severely compromised that blood is no longer able to reach the body's tissues and organs; this is contrary to the usual way in which most people describe shock, as more like an emotional reaction to something unpleasant. Because of this restriction in the blood supply, the body misses all the essential nutrients and oxygen in the blood, consequently it becomes less and less able to work at optimal levels and vital functions may stop albeit for a temporary period. Such as state of affairs requires immediate and emergency medical attentions as it can harm the patient if it is prolonged. The onset of shock brings about complete circulatory collapse and death in such cases if it is left untreated for any length of time.
Problems and conditions such as the presence of a severe allergic reaction to some substance, a major loss of blood, some medication overdose, and severe dehydration, including any serious infection, including any major emotional trauma which can occur particularly say after a serious accident can all lead to shock or state similar to it. Other causes for shock can be metabolic disorders in a person with diabetes, where a sudden and dangerous increase in the level of blood insulin can bring about shock.
Physical weakness and cold clammy skin along with nausea, vomiting, the development of a pale white or greyish skin color, problems like dizziness, the presence of a cold sweat, and increased respiratory and heart rate are all symptoms of shock. In addition restlessness or frightened behaviour is also commonly manifested by most patients affected by shock.
There are a variety of categories of physiological shock as well as symptoms and they include the following:
Supplements and herbs
Once the acute phase of the shock has passed by, herbal supplementation can be started and the herbal treatment is mainly intended to support the recovery process, when the crisis is gone and the child is at home. Immediately search and seek emergency treatment for the child if there is any suspicion of shock.
The healing of wounds can be hastened by the use of herb gotu kola, which is an excellent general tonic. For an initial period of about one week, children can be given two to three doses every day.
The production of healthy blood cells is increased by the nettle and yellow dock herbs which aid the immune system. Children can be given a single dose of one or both of the herbs, two times every day for a whole week during the recovery period after the crisis is over.
The energy levels in the body can be easily restored through the use of the American ginseng as an herbal supplement. For a period of two days after the use of the nettle or the yellow dock, children can also be given a single dose of this herb, two times every day as added supplementation.
Aromatherapy is an effective means to cure physiological shocks. In effect, numerous essential oils are actually helpful in dealing with shocks. Breathing in neroli or peppermint straight from the bottle or from a tissue or handkerchief may prove to be a helpful first aid in case of shocks.
Dr. Bach's Rescue Remedy is known to be among the most effective therapies for shock. When any individual is affected by physiological shocks, the patient should be administered four drops of this remedy on the tongue as soon as possible and may be another dose repeated some time afterward if required. Simultaneously, you may also provide the patient with essential oils for inhaling. It may be noted that the Rescue Remedy is an amalgam of five Bach Flower Remedies, including Clematis, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Star of Bethlehem. This remedy may also be given to an individual prior to any traumatic event and also following any type of trauma caused owing to hearing any tragic news ranging from a road mishap to any death, following an operation and also after a bad fall.
Specific homeopathic remedies are effective in treating shock. A number of them are described below.
Other beneficial herbs
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