Last Modified on Sep 01, 2015
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.
4. Slippery Elm and Lobelia
Slippery elm and lobelia are effective wound treatments. Make a paste with equal quantities of the herbs and a little water. Apply this paste to a bandage and change as required.
5. Vitamin C
Boost your immune system with vitamin C, either as citrus fruits or as a supplement.
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.
If you have treated blood poisoning with a natural remedy, please let us know.
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[YEA] 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
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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?
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[YEA] 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!
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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??
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