What are some of the best practices when it comes to healing scar tissue?
Scars often occur due to improper treating/handling of cuts, scrapes, and open wounds. And these scars and adhesions that build up in the body can result in negative consequences for the body. This is why it is important to make sure you do everything you can to heal scar tissue properly. Here are a few tips to help avoid any unnecessary scarring and infections while caring for the wound.
DO: COLLOIDAL SILVER
Colloidal Silver – has been around for almost a hundred years since it was first used by physicians and medical experts as a form of antibiotic, capable of fighting a great number of bacteria that thrive in the human body. It was proven potent for killing such infectious organisms, safe without the unfavorable side effects associated with other types of antibiotics.
Colloidal silver is not only a powerful bacteria-fighting agent. Several studies have revealed that colloidal silver is also a great antiseptic that works to heal cuts, abrasions, and wounds. It helps the skin develop its healthiest form without destroying tissue cells. Colloidal silver has wonderful healing properties and helps damaged tissue to regenerate. Major hospital burn units use colloidal silver bandages and ointments.
How it works:
Studies have shown that colloidal silver works to treat scars and stretch marks by simply immobilizing the enzyme that the fungi, bacteria, and viruses use for them to survive. The silver interacts and blends with the blood once applied to the scars and stretch marks and then enters the cells to look for the infectious organisms that need to be destroyed. It destroys the bacteria quickly by suffocating them in less than six minutes. The suffocation takes place right after the initial contact of the silver with the organisms. If the task is successfully done, the colloidal silver is not just capable of restoring the scars and stretch marks, but it also helps to make the immune system more active and strong.
How to apply:
Apply a few drops of the solution placed directly into the affected skin. You can use a cotton bud for the application, and you can also use a band-aid for disinfection purposes.
It is important to note that the colloidal silver should not be overly used for overdosage of this solution can cause certain complications. You might feel something itchy or sluggish after a few days of application, but this is simply typical for colloidal silver. You can eliminate these symptoms by taking enough amount of water.
Another problem individuals must deal with involves mixing colloidal silver with other drugs you may take on a daily basis. This could be anything from something as small as something to relieve head and body aches to more potent pharmaceuticals that help with osteoporosis and various other disorders and diseases.
The most talked about side effect is Colloidal argyria. This occurs when you have taken excessive amounts of colloidal silver and it begins to look as though it is staining the skin. If you overdo it you take the risk of turning your skin blue.
Silver has been known for its medicinal and antimicrobial properties for thousands of years. Hippocrates,“Father of Medicine,” used silver for tissue repair & wound healing. The ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome used silver to control bodily infection & prevent food spoilage. The King of Persia used silver containers to carry water to prevent contamination. Throughout the ages, the ‘Metal of the Moon’ as it was known to some of the ancients has been used effectively for numerous medicinal purposes.
Prior to 1938 colloidal silver was the principal antibiotic treatment in the United States, prescribed by thousands of medical doctors. At that time colloidal silver was considered to be very high-tech. In the last several decades, major colloidal silver technology advancements have been made enhancing safety and efficacy
Don’t: HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Hydrogen peroxide has been touted as the miracle chemical of the century. Its uses include water purification, bleaching of commercial products, and use as a cleaning agent. However, when it comes to its medicinal uses, it has a long history of being abused and misused.
When you pour hydrogen peroxide onto wounded tissue, the wound immediately starts to bubble, a process that is followed by intense pain. People used to think that this meant the antiseptic properties of hydrogen peroxide were kicking in. Scientists now know that this is actually an indication that healthy tissue is dying. This slows down the healing process and gives scars a greater chance of forming. Multiple randomized, controlled trials show that hydrogen peroxide does not prevent or treat infections in wounds.
When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the wound, it combines with a natural chemical in human tissue. This combination generates oxygen and water. The concentrated amount of oxygen that is generated can kill off any bacteria that may be contaminating the wound, but it also kills healthy tissue in the body at the same time. The type of killing that is done by the concentrated oxygen is toxic to the human body. It kills anything alive indiscriminately, whether it’s bacteria or healthy human cells. When the body is trying to repair the wound by sending in a microscopic repair crew, these cells can fall victim to the random killing by hydrogen peroxide.
To prevent wound infection, there are many more precise ways to kill the bacteria without hurting the healthy tissues in the body.
Along with its role in infection prevention, hydrogen peroxide has historically been used to get rid of dead tissue in a bad open wound. This has also been proven ineffective, and the majority of medical professionals have halted this practice.
Instead of using hydrogen peroxide, most doctors use sterile salt water to clean the wound. This saltwater is often drawn into a syringe and squirted into the wound to clean out any debris trapped inside the wound.
In a pinch:
Minor accidents, abrasions, and bruises will occur at the most inconvenient of times. It may be useful to know how you can help prevent infection if you don’t have a medical disinfectant like rubbing alcohol handy. Here’s a simple solution you can assemble from household ingredients if you’re in a pinch.
• Bottled water
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vinegar (alternatively, fresh lemon juice)
- Add bottled water into a glass cup until it is a little more than three-quarters full, making sure that the glass was clean beforehand
- Add salt into the water. Salt can be iodized. The salt used for regular cooking will be ideal. Salt is known to contain many bactericidal properties.3
- Mix well until all the salt dissolves in water.
- Add vinegar and mix well. Any kind of vinegar (processed or natural), will do the trick. Vinegar contains a mild acetic acid, which can cleanse and disinfect wounds. If vinegar is unavailable, fresh lemon juice will also suffice.
- Soak into cotton wool and apply to fresh cuts and abrasions on the skin. It’s preferable to open a sealed pack of cotton wool.
- After use, dispose of this liquid. It’s not suitable for storage either at room temperature or by refrigeration. Make a fresh preparation each time this procedure needs to be repeated.
Other Natural remedies
Cayenne pepper: For internal bleeding take one tablespoon of cayenne in a cup of water to stop the bleeding. Cayenne can also be placed directly on an external cut to stop bleeding. You may completely pack the wound if you have enough pepper. Black pepper may be used instead if cayenne is not available. This remedy does not sting as you might imagine and is very important for emergencies.
Plastic Wrap Applying plastic wrap to the skin for three to seven minutes will help to clot and won’t take off the scab when it is removed.
Sugar: Sugar is an excellent disinfectant. For open wounds or skin ulcerations, sprinkle on granulated sugar to help kill bacteria and speed healing. Smear a ring of petroleum jelly around the edges of the wound to hold the sugar in place, then put a little sugar directly on the wound. Cover the wound with a bandage; change the bandage once or twice a day.
Tea: Apply a moistened tea bag to the cut to soothe and stop the bleeding.
Tea tree oil: Derived from the leaves of the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree oil contains antiseptic compounds that make it a powerful disinfectant. Use a 10% solution (about 1½ tablespoons to a cup of warm water) to rinse and cleanse wounds.
No matter how you choose to treat an open wound. Always err on the side of caution and if it is a very deep wound or shows any signs of infection contact your doctor immediately.
If you like this article, be sure to check out the Do’s and Don’t’s of Healing Scar Tissue – Tip #1.
》A B O U T M A R J O R I E B R O O K
Marjorie Brook, LMT is a massage therapist, author and international educator. For over 21 years, she has specialized in scar tissue release and massage therapy. She works from the fundamental belief that your body is intuitively aligned with the thoughts you think, the emotions that you feel and the things that you do. She founded Brooks Seminars in 2007 after working as a decade as a nationally recognized massage therapist with a private practice on Long Island. She is the creator of the Scar Tissue Release and Integrated Therapies (S.T.R.A.I.T Method™) and offers continuing education courses on this method all over the world. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Massage Today, American Fitness and Massage World. She’s approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta and the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.