Infomation about Gangrene


What Is Gangrene

Gangrene occurs when body tissue dies, usually due to a bacterial infection or because the affected area doesn't get enough blood from the circulatory system.  Gangrene typically occurs in the fingers or toes, which are farthest from the heart, but it can affect muscles and internal organs.  The chances of a person getting Gangrene increase if there is an underlying condition that prevents blood flow or damages blood vessels, for example, Atherosclerosis or Diabetes.  The two broad types of Gangrene include Dry Gangrene, which occurs in the hands and feet, and Wet Gangrene, which usually stems from an infection. 


Signs Of Gangrene

When it comes to the symptoms of Gangrene, you can notice interenal and external symptoms.  There is often a smell, which used to be the only way to diagnose the condition in the war trenches, that indicates rotting tissue.  

Symptoms of External Gangrene:

  • Skin Discoloration (ranging from pale blue, purple, black, red, or bronze depending on the type of Gangrene)
  • A Definitive Line Between Healthy and Damaged Skin
  • Sever Pain (followed by a feeling of numbness)
  • A Open Wound (which is red, sore, or swollen)
  • A Wound (which is filled with pus and gives of the Gas Gangrene smell)
  • Recurring Sores on the Same Body Part

Symptoms of Internal Gangrene:

  • Affected Tissue is Swollen or Sore
  • Continuous Fever & Chills
  • Low Blood Sugar (which leads to light-headedness or fainting)
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
  • Lacking Sense of Touch in Affected Area
What Causes Gangrene

All forms of Gangrene deprive the body tissue with the proper amount of blood.  The body tissue decays because it lacks the proper nutrients and oxygen.  If there is an infection, bacteria can grow and slowly causes the body tissue to decay.  Sometimes a process called mortification occurs, which is when a certain portion of the tissue dies all at once.  Ulceration, on the other hand, indicates death at a cellular or molecular level.  The causes are listed below. 

  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Smoking
  • Drug Use
  • Trauma, Serious Injury, of Infection
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease 
  • Slow or Progressive Loss of Blood Supply
  • Sudden Loss of Blood Supply (worsened by bacteria)

Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • Hydration is key when you have Gangrene.  You should avoid every other beverage except water.  Avoid drinking cold or ice water; room temperature water is ideal.  Fresh lemon and lime juice can be added to your water from time to time to help alkalize the body.  The recommended amount of water you should drink is eight 8oz. glasses every day.  You can also drink half your body weight in ounces every day.  If you weight 150lbs then you should drink 75oz of water. 
  • Eliminate junk foods, processed foods, sugar, salt, alcohol, meat, dairy products, tobacco, and soy products from your diet and start incorporating plant-based foods that are rich in DHA, EPA, and omega-3 fatty acids.  You can also get a lot of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial nutrients from fresh vegetable or fruit juice. 
  • Cayenne pepper is a natural remedy that works to combat the effects of Gangrene.  Apply cayenne pepper to the open wound or you can mix it with water and take it orally. 
  • Colloidal silver is another remedy that you can apply directly to the wound.  Make sure that the colloidal silver you buy is healthily sourced.  Also, remember that too much exposure to colloital silver can lead to decreased lung and kidney function.  If you don't want to use colloital silver, other natural herbs have the same healing properties.  Echinacea root, goldenseal root, or essential oils such as lavender, cinnamon, lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, and clove. 
  • Butcher's broom is a well-known natural remedy for Gangrene because it promotes healthy circulation.  It helps curb the effects of other circulatory conditions as well.  Butcher's broom reduces inflammattion and can reduce the pain for Gangrene.
Things you should eat
  • Dark Leafy Greens (kale spinach, & chard)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Dandelion, Turnip, & Beet Greens
  • Red & Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Escarole
  • Cabbage
  • Bok Choy
  • Endive
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Peppers
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