Last Modified on Jun 17, 2014
When treating a condition as serious as sepsis, we suggest utilizing a holistic approach - combining conventional medical treatment with natural cures for a balanced treatment plan. Additionally, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent further progression of your condition. In addition to professional medical care, turmeric, garlic, and even honey are effective natural treatment options.
What Is Sepsis?
Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is a potentially life-threatening complication that results from an infection. The condition occurs when chemicals that are actually released into your bloodstream to fight the initial infection cause inflammation throughout your body. This inflammation typically triggers a torrent of symptoms that compound the harm done to your body. Additional symptoms include a drastically increased or decreased body temperature, fast heart rate, high respiratory rate, changes in mental status, abdominal pain, and decreased urine output.
Do I Need Medical Treatment for Blood Poisoning?
With a condition as severe as blood poisoning, medical treatment is necessary. You should seek expert care as quickly as possible to prevent further development of the condition.
Are There Any Natural Remedies for Septicemia?
According to Dr. Paul Haider, a number of different herbs are effective for supporting care and treatment of septicemia. Three of the fastest and easiest options to try are turmeric, garlic, and honey. However, the condition can also be treated using lime or lemon juice, tea tree oil, and even a multi-tiered treatment regimen of aspirin, hydrogen peroxide, and oregano oil – a remedy supported by our very own Ted of Bangkok, Thailand.
A study published by Oregon State University in 2012, presented an important finding that regular consumption of turmeric, or more importantly the compound curcumin found in turmeric, causes an increase in protein levels in the blood. When your blood contains greater amounts of protein, it is more able to fight and prevent infection, making turmeric an effective option for treating septicemia. Additionally, turmeric helps reduce redness, swelling, and pain and functions well with antibiotics. Take 2 grams a day by mouth or diluted in water for the best results.
Garlic is another effective treatment support for sepsis. This herb contains a compound known as allicin, which helps reduce inflammation throughout the body. It also helps fight infection and boost your immune system. To employ this remedy, peel a clove of garlic, chop it up, and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Eat this mixture each morning to improve your body’s ability to fight infection and to treat your sepsis.
A separate study conducted by the University of Malaya suggests that even honey is an important treatment option for sepsis. Research suggests that honey acts as an immunomodulator or modulates the immune system, which could significantly improve treatments for sepsis. Take at least 2 tablespoons of honey by mouth each day, and apply a poultice of honey to the affected wound at least once a day for the best results.
While sepsis is a dangerous condition, aggressive, immediate treatment increases the odds of your full recovery from the condition. Try these treatment suggestions in addition to conventional medical treatment for a balanced treatment approach or continue reading below for more suggestions from our readers who have tried different natural remedies to cure blood poisoning.
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[YEA] 12/19/2009: Paul from Midland, Ontario: "When I was nine, I stepped on a rusty nail while at summer camp. I didn't tell anyone and by the time I got home my foot was sore. The next morning I woke to find that a red streak had appeared all the way up my inner thigh almost to my groin. We had no health insurance at the time and my mother (God bless her) took me down to the kitchen where she pulled out a bag of dried bread loaf ends that were being saved for turkey dressing, boiled some water, dripped just 6 or 8 drops of the boiling water onto the middle of the very dry bread. She then taped the wet spot of the bread over the opening left by the rusty nail. The sore was open and running. She then put on my socks and shoes and told me to go out and play. It hurt a bit to walk on at first but as the day wore on I forgot all about it until after supper when my mom asked me how my foot was doing. When she took off the shoe, sock and poultice the red streak had retreated to just above my ankle and the piece of bread had a handful of green puss on it. Another piece of bread was applied that night and when I got up the next day the red streak was gone and the bottom of my foot was pink and healthy instead of angry red. I have used this remedy throughout my life and on one occasion actually extracted a living parasite from my leg that I had picked up on an adventure trip to Belize.
The way it works is very simple. The bread is very poreous and by dripping water onto the middle of the bread, capillary action moves the water through the bread. Attach that wet spot to an OPEN infection and the water in your body joins the parade along with the poisons from the infection. When the drops are applied they also turn the bread that gets wet into a kind of sealing paste around the wound to ensure that the "cyphon" works properly. If you don't believe me just try this on your body (somewhere discrete).with the bread taped on but exposed to the air. You will give yourself a "hickey".
Live long and thrive! Paul"Replies
08/03/2011: Julie from North Pole, Ak replies: "Paul, Does the bread have to be dried? And what if the wound site has already healed up but there is infection under the skin?"
02/04/2009: Marc from Jacksonville, Fl: "possible blood poisoning. I scratched my arm with a piece of metal about a week ago. Now in that area it is swollen and red. I have my tetanus shot, what will bring the swelling down, and heal my arm?"Replies
02/07/2009: Dianna from Austin, TX replies: "the first thing that comes to my mind is a bentonite clay poultice. mix up some clay and glob it on and let it dry. if you get red stripes on your arm or it continues to hurt and stay red go to the ER.
02/07/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Marc, If you haven't gotten started on that swelling/redness by now, run, don't walk to the nearest Dollar Tree or such and get a 2 lb. carton of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and start doing hot epsom salts compresses 4 times a day to take care of it.
Mix it about 1/4 cup per quart of water as hot as you can stand to wring the cloth out without burning your hands."
[YEA] 05/26/2007: Nancy from Mt. Airy, NC: "Hello, I just love your website and I just wanted to tell your readers about another wonderful old time remedy for blood poisoning and infection. We have used this many times in my family and I couldn't tell you how many times I have seen it work. For a nasty infected cut or in my worst case a nasty puncture wound from a rusty nail. Within about 6 hours I had a red streak going up my leg from the blood poisoning. My mother took an Irish potato and washed it, cut it in half and scraped out a pile of mushy raw potato. She put it on a piece of plastic bag to hold in the potato juice and wrapped it around my foot. The next morning the red streak was gone and my foot was healing with no sign of infection. Over the years I too have used this folk remedy on my family. Just make the potato poltice leave it juicy and use it inside bandaging for an infected wound. Plastic helps to keep it wet and keep you dry. Leave it on the wound overnight. Then take it off and examine the wound if it's still infected clean it off again and reapply the poltice. Somehow it draws the poison and infection out. Mother nature is simply amazing!"Replies
10/09/2009: Mdelaugh from Dallas, Texas Usa replies: "Nancy, from Mt. Airy, NC, Does it have to be an Irish potatoe or will any white potatoe do?"
06/04/2011: Elizabeth from Wolfville, Ns Canada replies: "Before antibiotics, we had boils (staph infections) and my mother would get Antiflogistene at the drug store (a clay like product ) heat a handful in boiling water and apply it as hot as we could stand and keep it on as long as it was hot. The heat would draw out the infection. One time the doctor came and stuck little pointed scissors into the boil which was on my eyebrow and then opened them to let the matter out. I will never forget that pain!
Use heat for that kind of infection, but be careful not to let it get worse. It is serious to have blood poisoning."
12/08/2012: Deb from Nantucket, Ma replies: "Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm just using it now for earache but want to share my potato story as I've found the personal commentaries so helpful.
Last summer, I stepped on a scallop shell (on our street) & within a few days was limping and in pain with a 1 inch gash in my heel. A few days later, my husband noticed 2 4-inch long red streaks running up my leg from my heel. I had begun to experience sharp stabbing pains as well.
Since I haven't had an antibiotic in 20 years & see a naturopathic doctor as my primary physician, I wasn't anxious to go to the ER (it was also a weekend) but knew I needed help; sepsis is very real... I found your site & since I had some organic yukon gold potatos called my auntie who confirmed my grandmother used to use crushed potato to draw out boils. I decided to give it a try.
I chopped finely a potato, packed it onto the wound, wrapped w/ Saran wrap, elevated my leg/foot & lay down to focus on healing. My husband photographed my foot at intervals thruout the day. (Well-intentioned neighbors were waiting to drive me to the ER. )
Within hours the red streaks had begun their retreat & the sharp stabbing pains literally "rounded" over. I was very much present w/ this journey. Within 6 hours, the red streaks were gone completely!! I changed the potato 3 - 4 times over the course of the day/night & by morning, the layers of my foot had turned outward. I wish I could put the photos on this site. It was truly remarkable.
One word of caution: Potato juice stains are challenging to remove from fabrics so just make sure you have an old sheet or towel under the site of the potato....!!
I've told SO many people about your site & so many people witnessed first hand the amazing healing property of the simple potato that day... My neighbors thought I was crazy at first! Thank you for providing this forum... It's truly a gift & how we can keep alive these old home remedies. They WORK!"
01/13/2014: Heidi from Usa: "Sepsis: My friend is in the hospital with toxic blood and the doctors are giving her a 60% chance of survival. She always died last year around this time of the same thing. Once she leaves the hospital, what are some natural remedies I can recommend for her. When I think of toxic blood, juicing beets comes to mind- but I don't want to tell her wrong. Any suggestions??"Replies
01/13/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Heidi,
I am so sorry about your friend! She is blessed to have you watching out for her!
If you are able to juice beets and get that to her, that would be great! Adding fresh garlic to that mix with a little cayenne pepper would be good.
Turmeric, Burdock root and Dandelion root are all good blood purifiers. If possible, try to get 1 teaspoon of turmeric into your friend 4-5 times day, with plenty of water. (Turmeric can be constipating.) You can mix 1 teaspoon into water or juice or have your friend take 5 capsules each time.
You probably know that most hospital food (at least, in the USA) is not helpful at all to healing. If your friend could stick to just juice (especially fresh) that would be best. Organic carrot is also good to juice.
Hmmm...I just realized you said what can you do to help your friend when she is out of the hospital. Well, all of the above would apply. Perhaps getting these things to her in the hospital is not an option, especially if you do not live nearby.
Please keep us posted.
~Mama to Many~"
01/13/2014: Mike62 from Denver replies: "Heidi: Make green smoothies from organic baby leaves with any blender and take organic berries, expeller pressed coconut oil, black chia seeds, colostrum, and non denatured whey. Watch raw food videos."
01/14/2014: Blanche from Louisiana replies: "Something has always puzzled me. What do people mean when they talk about a blood purifier? And how do they know when their blood needs purifying?"
03/30/2014: Mary from San Francisco, CA: "Hi Ted,
You have helped me before with a dog and mites and I was deeply grateful and made a contribution to your work.
Now I have an infected tooth and am afraid that I have sepsis. I went through your treatment with aspirin 4x , just 1 lysine (1000mg), some hydrogen peroxide and I used oregano oil on my tooth and internally and I bounced back and also saw an acupuncturist. That treatment was 4 days ago and my temperature was around 97.4.
I was continuing to use oregano oil internally but then felt that it was irritating some of my internal tissues so I stopped for about 2 days and then earlier yesterday I started to crash again. I felt cold, and started to get progressively weaker and feel I might pass out so I began the aspirin again and used 4 doses over 4 hours, then lysine over 4 hours. Oregano oil only in the tooth and on soles of feet. Also ginger boiled in water for drinking, some raw garlic, and some spicy Indian food. I felt much better but now my temp is 96.4 and I don't know if I should go into a hospital. I've read that lysine increases the strength of any drug that might be given.
Should I be concerned about this low temperature even though I feel ok ? I plan to have the tooth pulled, not sure if I should wait for temp to come up before extraction.
Is there something else I should be doing or something I should avoid if I go to the hospital?
Update: I just started drinking some more warm ginger water with a bit of sea salt and my temperature started going up, to 96.8.
And I forgot to mention that I have mild left kidney pain off and on, which has been diminishing, and some positional vertigo which is also diminishing that the acupuncturist said is related to imbalance in the kidneys.
Thank you sincerely."
03/30/2014: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Low temperature may be low thyroid functions. There are 3 supplements which increases metabolism, logol's iodine, 2 mg dose of lithium, and 400 mcg of selenium yeast. Lysine doesn't increase potency of other drugs since most people are deficient anyway. But low immune system for most people besides lysine are zinc and threonine. The thinking as why lysine increases potency had a lot to do with helping the immune system more then potency. The lithium is ideally taken at night as it makes a person sleepy as same as lugol's iodine. The infected tooth oregano is too irritating I would try clove oil as it is traditionally used it tooth problems is better. Check saliva pH it maybe below 6.5 which make tooth easily infected. To alkalize saliva, would try potassium citrate.
For kidney pain, a simple remedy is lime or lemon juice as citrates remove calcium deposits that causes cyst which causes pain. Another cause is uric acid from alcohol and fructose in fruits and honey and wine.