Yesterday I met a client with chronic infection amongst other health problems (schizophrenia, OCD, etc.).
He had come to pick up Saint John’s Wort tablets because he swears it’s the best thing that works for him for his schizophrenia.
However, my first impression of him was that of an starved individual.
He looked like a skeleton, pale, skinny and malnourished.
Then I noticed his ankle was wrapped in a cast, and he was limping with pain.
We asked: “What happened to your leg?”
He replied that it was a chronic leg infection and even after going to the hospital to have it cleaned, it was still infected.
He asked me: “What could be causing this?”
My first thought was poor wound healing due to malnourishment.
So I asked him if he was eating any vitamin C-rich foods like kiwis.
He replied that he was already taking 500 mg of vitamin C a day. His reply did not convince me that he was eating enough vegetables or fruits.
Next, I asked about his protein intake, because my mind started thinking about poor wound healing due to insufficient amino acids to repair or build new collagen/tissues.
He said he ate “mutton, chicken and fish”.
Maybe he wasn’t eating enough food overall?
I had no time to ask more questions as we had to close by then so he left.
My heart was heavy and sorry that I could not help him more.
Later on, I decided to ask Sebastian (my mentor) about this.
Without hesitation, his first reply was: “Poor immunity”
I thought about this for a second and realized the link between chronic infections and the immune system.
He then shared with me a story about a past elderly client who also had a chronic leg infection (for years)!
She needed monthly visits to the hospital for wound debridement (cleaning).
However the wound never seemed to heal.
Sebastian prescribed a combination of Yarrow tincture and Comfrey cream.
Within a few weeks, the wound healed and she no longer needed those monthly hospital visits!
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is also known as Soldier’s woundwort because it was thought that the Greek Trojan War hero, Achilles, use this plant to treat his wounded soldiers.
It is renown for benefiting wounds by supporting blood coagulation and stopping bleeding (internal and external).
Read more about Yarrow here:
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is also another fantastic wound healing herb. I have heard stories from my herbalist tutors of how it should be used with caution as it can mend surface wounds so quickly but that leaves a gap below that could get infected!
“Comfrey is a premier first aid herb. It rebuilds tissues, stops hemorrhaging, and helps heal wounds, sprains, fractures, bruises and stomach ulcers. The chemical allantoin in Comfrey increases cell proliferation, shortening (sometimes significantly) recovery time after injuries and surgeries.“Comfrey (Symphytum officinale ) Herbal Monograph – NGT Herbals
Of course, always exercise caution and seek professional advice. Do not try to self-medicate. These posts are for educational purposes only and should not be viewed as medical advice.
Stay well and safe!