I’ve been busy getting things ready for winter. My landlord left me all the wood from a tree that needed trimming on the property. Some of those dead branches are huge and require cutting down to a useable length, and then need to be split. At this rate I’m going to have Popeye arms by spring!
Dear Donndez – My husband was in an accident early this year and is now well enough to have some corrective surgery. I’ve heard horror stories regarding care after surgery. Do you have any herbal advice for someone undergoing major surgery? – Lucy C., Gallup
Dear Lucy – I am glad your hubby is doing well enough to finish up the nightmare of the car accident. As for herbal suggestions, my first is stop using all herbs at least one week before surgery except for milk thistle. Milk thistle reduces the impact anesthesia has on the liver and continue taking it after. If the surgery last up to two hours, take 600 mg a day for four weeks after surgery. If the surgery takes 2-4 hours, take 800 mg a day and continue for six weeks. If more than four hours long, take 800 mg a day after surgery for 2-3 months.
Major surgery slows down or stops the body’s natural immunity, so I recommend 2.5-5 g of high quality Echinacea every day. Obviously I will include a plug for the Echinacea I put together and sell, but so long as high quality, the Echinacea is a positive step.
Another very important facet of post-surgery healing is blood flow, circulation, and the health of your veins and capillaries. To address this I recommend Grape seed extract (100-150 mg per day), and ginkgo biloba (100-150 mg per day of a 50:1 leaf extract). These herbs tone and strengthen all the routes blood takes to accelerate healing energy.
Lastly, gotu kola leaves (7.5-15.0 g per day) directly affect connective tissue production and has proven to significantly accelerate the rate at which your body is able to heal body tissue.
Obviously, it is important that your husband’s physician knows he is taking these herbs because they can impact any other medications that will be prescribed. Milk thistle can be taken with anything except blood thinners and protects the liver, which will usually directly affect healing rate and prevent long term affects from anesthesia and pharmaceutical drugs.
Good luck to you and your hubby, Lucy!
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Til next week – Good health to you and your family!