Acupuncture For Wound Healing
Before I begin my tale, I do want to let you know that acupuncture for wounds can support stubborn wounds that will not heal. You know the kind of wounds which harden and then seem infected? There may be pus, pain or redness around the area. Before seeking acupuncture for this, I do recommend practical wound care. Keeping the wound clean, covered with a high quality bandaid. You can even apply high quality Manuka honey which is now used in hospitals. If the wound does not heal however despite proper wound care, please check with your GP as there may be an underlying issue.
Acupuncture for wounds involves activating the bodies Wei qi (immunity qi). Sometimes I personally find that bleeding a few of the inflamed sections surrounding the wound helps too. If you have problems with skin healing, there may be something deeper going on. You may be nutritionally deficient.
Chinese Herbs For Wound Healing – Ku Shen
Not only can Acupuncture for wounds be supportive, but so can Chinese herbal medicine. Xu et al. (2007) found that Ku Shen (Radix Sophora Flavescens) can improve wound healing and skin repair. You should you self prescribe as it can be toxic. It requires the prescription by an experienced practitioner. Ku Shen clears heat and dries dampness. It is bitter, cold and enters various meridians. It disperses wind, kills parasites and stops itching. Ku Shen can promote urination. Patients with spleen and stomach deficiency and kidney deficiency should avoid this herb. It is incompatible with Li Lu, Tu Si Zi and Bei Mu. Usually used topically due to it’s strong nature.
My Patient’s Wound
I was horrified to see my patient’s hand last week. It had a large, cracked scab on it. It was not only causing her pain… it was growing mould on it! She had applied salted water and dettol. However, it kept getting wet (when she was washing and cleaning etc.!). So it worsened.
This article was written 3 years ago and has been updated.
It was now so infected to the point I was worried it would go deeper in the tissue or bone.
What Is Manuka honey?
It is a medicinal honey founded in 1982 by scientist Dr Peter Molan who discovered that this unique, healing honey from the Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) tree which contains a different antibacterial component to other types of honey. No doubt the Maoris knew about this one. Its special feature its functioning array of bioactivity: antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Ongoing research shows that Manuka honey inhibits the growth of Heliobacter pylori, a bacterial species linked to stomach ulcers and it is potent enough to fight ‘super-bugs‘ such as MSRA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococus aureus)-resistant bacteria.
So stocked with high-quality protective wound patches, my pot of Manuka honey and Himalayan salt we started the ‘healing nonna’s wound‘ project:
1. Dab the wound with a solution made from 1 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of salt, allow it to dry.
2. Thinly apply the Manuka honey over the wound.
3. Place the wound patch on and change every initially.
4. Once you see it is getting better, you can leave it for every two to three days.
Attention: do not let the wound get wet. Moisture creates dampness and encourages bacteria etc. to grow.
Within 6 days the patient’s wound was 90% healed thanks to our delight!
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