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For Wounds (and Surgery)

Supplements to assist healing:

  • NAC, N-acetylcysteine. For short-term supplementation of glutathione, to assist the liver in detoxifying in emergency situations. Speeds clearance of many drugs, is the treatment of choice for preventing or treating acetaminophen poisoning. See my pages on NAC and Glutathione (GSH).
  • Restore-X, from Cambridge Nutraceuticals. "A glutamine enriched metabolic support formulation to enhance the recovery from severe trauma, burns, injury, infection and to promote wound healing."
    • This page is a long, thorough presentation of the research basis for this product. Includes NAC and many other ingredients.
    • You'll need to find a health professional who is registered with CN, to order this for you. I'll check to see whether my nutritionist is. You could also read about each ingredient in the formula, and get some of them separately from health food stores.
  • Recovering from Surgery - Herbs that Heal — a whole list of possibilities, with consideration for contraindications, and with references.
  • Homeopathic Remedies for Surgery and Recovery Support — another page on the same site as the one above. References.
  • MSM - (However you'd want to be sure you'd licked the infection before you use this or anything which speeds collagen formation.) This is the active ingredient in Aloe Vera.
  • L-Lysine
  • Nutritional Programs for Pre- and Postsurgery (and Injuries), by Elson M. Haas, M.D. — a discursive, general, and rather conventional nutritional approach. No references. Good for background info but not so interesting, I think, as the Restore-X page.
  • Vitamin C
    • Speeds Excretion of anaesthetics. I don't take any for 24 hours before an anaesthetic, and then afterwards, take a big dose. It helps the body deal with all the rest of the stress, to flush that out.
    • Also see the Thyroid page on the American Health & Herbs Ministry site. (Search the page for "Vitamin C" or for "surgery".)

And don't forget to check for interactions.

  • More and more, on responsible sites, a page about one herb or nutritional supplement will give information on interactions, with references.
  • I'm not sure how complete or accurate this one is, but having a lot collected together is handy: MotherNature.com's SafetyChecker
    • By Nutritional Supplement Index
    • By Drug Name Index
    • There used to be a third SafetyChecker, indexed by by Herbal Remedy. For some reason that's not available now. But you can still find interactions between herbs and the other two categories, on those idexes.

copyright © 2004 by Catherine Holmes Clark. Last updated 22 July 2004