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Surgery, Recovering From

Surgery can sometimes become necessary during childhood for a variety of reasons and treatments. The body requires a certain amount of time immediately following any surgery on the body, it does not matter how minor the operation is of course, this period of recovery is especially important in children. Children's tissues on the whole when compared to adults generally heal at a much faster rate. The healing process in the body starts immediately from the time the child leaves the hospital and is heading home-thus if it is your child, then it will be correct to suppose that healing is progressing even when the child is still affected by the physical discomfort and trauma suffered under surgery. By carefully following the suggestions of the doctor and by providing strong support, a parent can help speed that process of healing in the body, this starts much before the surgery itself and involves the implementation of a healthy regimen for the child concerned.

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A combination formula of the two super herbs the Echinacea and the goldenseal can be utilized to bring about the detoxification of the blood following anesthesia. These herbs aid in the prevention of infection in the surgical wound following an operation. The immune system is boosted by these herbs. On the first three days following surgery, children can be given a single dose of the herbs, two times every day, as supplementary measures. The herb called the astragalus -Astragalus membranaceous has a variety of trace minerals and micronutrients in it, supplementation using this herb will aid in the strengthening of the child's immune system and support the healing process. Dosage of this herb for children can be a single dose of the herb, given thrice a day, on the fifth, sixth, and seventh days following the surgical procedure.
For your attention: as long as fever or other signs of infection are present, make sure the herb is not administered; only after these symptoms disappear can the herb be used as a supplement.

Another great herb rich in trace minerals and micronutrients is the American ginseng. The internal defenses of the child will be aided and supported by the herb. It will strengthen a child's immune system. From the eight to fifteenth day following surgery, children can be given a single dose of the herb, thrice every day as herbal supplement.
For your attention: if fever or other signs of infection are persistent, stop the use of this herb.

Wound healing can be increased by the use of herb gotu kola which is a great general tonic. For two to three weeks following surgery, children four years of age and older can be given one to two doses of a herbal tea made from the gotu kola or two herbal capsules every day as a supplementary measure.

Homeopathy

All the homeopathic remedies given below have no side effects and completely safe to use. In addition they do not interfere with any of the surgical procedures undertaken or compete with the other medications used in the treatment of the condition. The physician in charge of the patient must be made aware if they are intended to be used. Some of the remedies can be taken in advance, these include those that deal with emotional states such as anxiety, and they can be taken days or weeks before the surgery as a precautionary measure.

  • Aconite
    Aconitum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients anticipating surgery. To calm nerves in the cases of extremely agitated or panicky individuals, and with special regard to those patients who may develop a feeling that they are going to die during surgery. Such patients are almost nervous wrecks before surgery, and are easily startled, they also tend to be very sensitive to light and noise, physical symptoms can include a very dry mouth, and persistent thirst. The presence of one or more of these symptoms calls for the use of Aconitum as a homeopathic remedy to treat the patient.
  • Arnica
    Arnica is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients with surgical injuries and all other new injuries. The remedy aids in bringing about a reduction in the soreness, the amount of bruising, and aids in restoring tissue damage, and it also aids in stanching the bleeding related to surgery and other injuries. It can also be used to bring about a reduction in the amount of soreness, bruising and swelling during the recovery stages, the remedy can be administered the night before an operation. The presence of one or more of these symptoms in a patient calls for the use of Arnica as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Bellis
    Bellis is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients where trauma is massive. As such this remedy finds use in dealing with the bruising and the trauma, that accompanies surgical procedures carried out on deep internal tissues. These can include the surgical procedures carried out on the abdomen, on the breasts, or any area of the trunk-the remedy is particularly helpful in cases where there is a feeling of stiffness or coldness which has developed in the affected area. The presence of one or more of the symptoms calls for the immediate use of Bellis as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the patient.
  • China
    China is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals who feel faint due to loss of blood and body fluids following any surgical procedure. Some physical symptoms that are present in patients can include the development of ringing in the ears of the patient. The presence of gas pains after an operation can also be treated using China. The presence of one or more of these symptoms calls for the immediate use of China as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the patient.
  • Ferrum phos.
    Ferrum phos. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients who have inflamed tissues on the body and particularly so where the affected area of the body is in the early stages of an inflammation. The use of this remedy can bring about a reduction in the chances of soreness and infection arising in the individual following surgery of any kind.
  • Gelsemium
    Gelsemium is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients who have emotional issues connected with the fear of surgery. Such patients may be feeling a very nervous fear just before an operation, the symptoms can include a lot of trembling and even some sort of lethargy, such patients also often have diarrhea or a headache as manifestations of their heightened psychological states. The presence of one or more of these symptoms in a patient calls for the use of Gelsemium as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Hamamelis
    Hamamelis is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of patients afflicted with passive bleeding especially in those cases where a person's veins are weak; the remedy will lead to a relief from the discomfort following surgery on conditions such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. The presence of such symptoms calls for the use of Hamamelis as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Hypericum
    Hypericum is the homeopathic remedy for use with injuries that involve parts of the body which are rich with nerves. This remedy is helpful in bringing about a reduction in the levels of discomfort felt especially following major surgery such as those that include surgeries on the spine, following all sorts of painful dental surgeries, and after major amputation procedures on limbs. The remedy can aid in bringing down the pain in all such cases and the use of Hypericum is recommended for this purpose.
  • Ledum
    Ledum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients to help them to recover from the many discomforts associated with surgery. Thus ledum can bring about a reduction in the levels of tissue bruising and swelling that can come in the region around the eye following a surgical procedure. This remedy can also find use in dealing with the pain and swelling present in tissues following a surgical procedure on varicose veins. The presence of one or more of these symptoms calls for the immediate use of Ledum as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the patient.
  • Phosphorus
    Phosphorus is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals who have a lot of trouble in recovering from the effects of anesthesia following surgery. The person may continue to be affected by symptoms and conditions such as disorientation, stupor and physical weakness, besides nausea, and vomiting. Vomiting after drinking liquids is also common even though a person continues to remain thirsty. The presence of one or more of these symptoms calls for the use of Phosphorus as a homeopathic remedy.
  • Rhus tox.
    Rhus tox. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals after surgery. This remedy can bring substantial relief to the individual from the stiffness and soreness, and the restlessness associated with a surgical procedure. This particular remedy is used on patients who have undergone procedures or operations on the tonsils and the adenoids, following an appendectomy, and after all form of dental surgery. The Rhus tox. can be used as a homeopathic remedy in the cases of all such surgical procedures.
  • Ruta
    Ruta is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients following a surgical procedure or procedures which involve areas of the body such as the tendons, the connective tissue and the cartilage, the regions of the body like the joints, and tissue coverings on the bones. This remedy will help in the promotion of health and ease recovery following surgery on the knees and the wrists, on the shoulders, the elbows, the ankles and the hips-it will also lead to a reduction in the discomfort in these affected areas. The deep stiffness that is sometimes felt in the joints and in the muscles following surgery can also be aided by the soothing action of the Ruta. The presence of one or more of these symptoms calls for the immediate use of Ruta as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the patient.
  • Staphysagria
    Staphysagria is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of patients following a surgical procedure where there is a persistent pain at the site of a surgical incision. The remedy can also be used after procedures that involve stretching of a sphincter muscle via surgical methods. The remedy can also be used following procedures like prostate surgery, hysterectomy in women, C-section, episiotomy and other surgeries on the reproductive organs. The remedy can also be used for surgical procedures of the abdominal region, those of the stomach, and those on the rectum, including the procedures on hemorrhoids. The homeopathic properties of Staphysagria are useful in the case of stab or bullet wounds and all other surgical procedures that involve traumatic physical incidents.

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