Natural Remedies to Improve Post-Operative Healing

| Modified on Jan 15, 2021

Castor Oil
Posted by Barb (Massachusetts) on 01/15/2021
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In 2018, I had a ruptured ovarian cyst and surgery followed. I developed pain at the point of the incisions (4 initial incisions then the surgeon had to do the regular incision). I'm not sure how long that incision was as she was able to sew it up from the inside which amazed me. But the pain was like a pinching and it was long enough after that I assumed it was from adhesions.

I rubbed castor oil (put some in my fingers) and rubbed it on each place that hurt. In a few days, the pain was gone and hasn't returned.

Posted by Ginny (Arizona) on 05/24/2017

Jennifer, I know your post is several years old, but I wanted to thank you for the considerable time and thought you put into it. I am recovering from an emergency appendectomy and your suggestions are invaluable. They certainly didn't give me this kind of guidance when I left the hospital. Many thanks again!

Posted by Nickie (London, Uk) on 10/06/2015

Do we trust scientific studies now? And from the NY Times, famous for covering up Monsanto misdeeds. Who knows if the Vitamin E used was natural or synthetic and, if the latter, an allergic reaction is hardly surprising. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence out there for the healing benefits of vitamin E and I first came across it in an Adele Davis book years ago. This good lady was years ahead in spreading the word for nutrition and vitamin and mineral supplementation for health. All her references were from published medical sources from an era when physicians still used common sense and intellectual curiousity and were well bibliographed.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Gallstone Surgery - Pre And Post Operative
Posted by Dasha (Washington State Usa) on 07/28/2013

Black radish has dissolved my moms gallstones within 3 weeks!!!! Pre ultra sound showed 3 larger stones.. I read out from my czech republick natural herb book, gave it to her for 2 weeks, she still insisted on the surgery of taking her whole gall bladder out anyway... After I asked the surgent to see the stones, he said ohh, , , there was only one little one..... and he showed me.. Smaller than a pin head... Just one!!!! I asked her doctor if anything dissolves them prior... She said nothing will... But she was wrong becouse they do not study natural treatments.... I do.. Last 20 yrs hope this will prevent some pples organs to remain... There is so much natural things to heal u... What u think pple did before doctors. Herbal ladys.. Shamanss... Lol witch doctors Even animals eat plants when they dont feel good , bless u all

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 06/07/2017

Dear KT,

This page might give you some ideas for your friend!

Also, dehydration makes pain worse. But staying well hydrated is not always easy when you are recovering from surgery especially since you don't feel like getting up often for restroom trips. Water with fresh lemon would be a good drink for its alkalizing effect.

~Mama to Many~

Pre-Op Remedies
Posted by Mike62 (Denver) on 03/26/2014
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Shandrah: Eat raw organic fruits, super food concentrated powders, and keep fat below 5%/g of carbs.

Post-Op Body Odor
Posted by Autumn (New York) on 06/25/2016

I know this is a bit late but maybe it can help someone. If you are on narcotic pain medications it can cause more body oder too.

Start by taking a chlorophyll supplement orally. Gillette Odor Shield soap soap does wonders. It says Mens, but I'm a female, works great for me! Then I have a trick.

I buy the less expensive witch hazel at Wal-Mart, but it doesn't matter which bottle of witch hazel you use. I get the size bottle of a standard size bottle, I think it's 16oz, but not positive on size.

Take 1 bottle of witch hazel and separate it in half. (Put half in a different bottle) In one bottle add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint oil, 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil, & two or 3 drops of lemongrass oil. Shake that up and use that when you move your bowels and wipe. It also will help you avoid or clear up hemorrhoids if you get them.

In the 2nd bottle add about 4 or 5 drops of peppermint oil, 4 or 5 drops of tea tree oil, 5 or 6 drops of lemon grass oil, and 4 or 5 drops of grapefruit oil. Then add 2 or 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, I like to use the green kind with the minty smell. You can also add lemon juice (2 or 3 tablespoons if you need it a little stronger). After you shower (or if you need a quick freshen up with out bathing) make sure your body is completely dried off. Put some of the tincture mixture on a towel or wash cloth. Blot arm bits and other problem areas that sweat too much. (I wouldn't recommend that on privates, too strong, use 1st mixture on that area if you need.) Then blot dry any left over moisture from the product. Use your antiperspirant/deodorant after application. If you need to make deodorant mix same amounts, except 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol, 2 teaspoons of witch hazel with 4 or 5 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Put a plastic sandwich bag in a toilet paper roll. Poor mix into your toilet paper roll and put in freezer or fridge to harden. Store in a cool area. It works great for a natural antiperspirant and a deodorant.

1 more option for a quick hair cleanup is make above mix for the armpit towel blotting, but omit the rubbing alcohol. You can dump it on your scalp and brush it through your hair. It will help with itchy scalp and give your hair a quick temporary clean feel...

I hope this information comes in handy for someone! I live by it! ☺

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 06/07/2017

I have a friend that had to have surgery to pull her stomach back in the right position. It got pushed through a hole in her diaphragm, twisted and circulation cut off so part of it had to be removed. She's sore due to being cut from sternum to naval and has a feeding tube. She's having trouble getting comfortable so she can sleep. I suggested ginger, turmeric and B-Complex for internal inflammation & pain. Vitamin A & D ointment for external soreness. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 06/08/2017

She is also diabetic so not sure about suggested Blackstrap Molasses.

Sulphur Cream
Posted by Christie (Georgia) on 12/10/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My hubs had trouble getting skin to heal so after two surgeries and cauterization we tried sulphur cream- you can get it at pharmacies or animal feed shops or amazon. Kills bacteria and allowed the skin to fully grow back. Good luck!!!

Also it works good on brown recluse spider bites.

Pre-Op Remedies
Posted by Shandrah (Qld) on 03/26/2014

Our 15yo daughter is scheduled to undergo a pulmonary valve replacement and arrhythmia ablation in 3 weeks. This will be her 3rd surgery where her chest will be cracked, her previous ops occurred when she was 22mths old.

We'd like to start early on her recovery so would like some advice on diet and supplemental nutrition in the lead up to surgery and afterwards if you could please, especially in regards to pain management and scar repair. Her last zipper scar is only just fading so she's a tad annoyed that she has to start all over again, lol.

She has no allergies or reactions to anything that we are aware of. She is currently drinking 150ml of morinda juice (we all do).

Thanks for any and all advice you can think of.

Pre-Op Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 03/26/2014

Dear Shandrah,

The last time I had surgery, I tried a number of natural things to maximize my recovery and healing. I wrote them up but never got around to posting them. I will do so now… For the record, I had laparoscopic abdominal surgery as I had a hydatid cyst of morgagni, which had caused a torsion in the fallopian tube. (Causing a lot of pain.)

First of all, before surgery (I only had two days advanced notice of surgery…two weeks preparation might have been better, but with an emergency you get no prep time at all! ) I ate lightly the day before. Yes, I was allowed to eat up until midnight the night before, but I made sure the whole day was just light eating. Plenty of fresh fruit, juices and a little protein. I didn't want my digestive system all full and having to deal with digesting when it needed to focus on recovering. I also made sure I had on hand the things I would want in the house when I got home from surgery.

After my surgery, when I was in my room waiting to be discharged (same day surgery) I could taste the chemicals in my mouth. (The anesthesia, I guess.) I have had many surgeries and never noticed this. I think I am just hypersensitive to it now. So, my mouth was confirming that I would be needing to detox from some drugs as soon as possible.

Once at home, my plan was to continue light eating for several days. My son juiced me a pint of organic carrot juice every day for my breakfast. I avoided processed food and processed sugar. I drank apple cider also (to help keep the system moving, especially important since pain medications tend to slow the system down) and herbal tea. Here is my recipe for “Post-Op Herbal Tea”

3 T. peppermint leaf

3 T. comfrey leaf

3 T. plantain leaf

Put (dry) tea leaves in a half gallon jar. Pour boiling water over. Steep 30 minutes. Strain herbs and sweeten with honey or Stevia as desired. (I use Stevia extract.) This makes ? gallon, enough for 2 days. My ideal was to drink 1 quart of this tea per day for a week following surgery. (Longer would be great, too.) Here is the rationale. The peppermint is mostly for flavor, but peppermint is also good for gas. After surgery you can end up with lots of trapped air all throughout your abdomen (often moving to the shoulder and causing terrible pain). I did still have the gas pains, so it didn't do quite what I hoped, but it still made my tea taste better. The comfrey is for cell regeneration. The plantain is to help with any possible urinary tract infection from having had a catheter during surgery.

I tried to eat lightly and then focus on eating highly nutritious foods that are easy to digest. Fruits, fresh juices, vegetables. I was eating some eggs for protein.

I was really happy that I wasn't given a prescription for an anti-bitoic, which is often done following surgery. I was thinking I would not get it filled and just use charcoal and colloidal silver, not at the same time. I was hoping to avoid using the narcotic pain medication, but have learned that the body does not heal well when it is in terrible pain. So, I took the pain medication, wishing that herbal narcotics were not illegal, as I think that would be a safer option. I got off of them as soon as I could rest comfortably without them. They seemed to give me a headache.

It is important to get up some, as allowed and able, to keep the gas trapped in the body moving. So I did get up and walk around some. If I had taken an antibiotic, or were dealing with a child after surgery on an antibiotic, I would give them a probiotic daily, or water kefir, or something.

I tried to take 1 charcoal drink a day, not near time of medicine. 1 heaping teaspoon of charcoal in a glass of water. I tried to do this for a month to help my body detox from the medicine and anesthesia. I felt “off” for a couple of weeks, I think due to the anesthesia.

If you can find a good quality confrey salve to use on the scar, that would be great for helping it to heal. Comfrey taken internally has been known to help heal even old scars. Your daughter can take the post-op tea long term for this. Just look for a good quality source for bulk herbs and it won't be very expensive to use regularly. My favorite source is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Let us know how it goes for your daughter!

~Mama to Many~

Post-Op Body Odor
Posted by Julie (Denton, Tx) on 12/30/2013

I had my left hip replaced in Sept. 2013. I was mostly bed ridden because of bone on bone and was unable to shower as often as I prefer. Normally I'll shower 2 times a day in summer if working outside. I was told I would not be able to shower for 2 weeks after the op., and that was catastrophic to me as I hate being smelly or sticky. I showered every 7 or 8 days, and didn't smell. After the operation the body smell started. I assume it was my body detoxing from the anesthetic and antibiotics. Now 3 months later I still get a dreadful strong odor if I can't shower every other day.

I know it's related to the drugs and am trying to detox. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so how did they deal with it? Using deoderants etc., is a band aid.

Post-Op Body Odor
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 12/30/2013

Hello Julie from Denton Texas,

If this were me, I'd try the Lester Rolloff detox method. Reverend Rolloff had his Girls Home in Texas and often the girls would come to his home with addictions.

He'd put them on a three day "Watermelon Fast"...three days of red ripe watermelon. Nothing else.

Since you live in Texas, you might have year round access to watermelon. Try Mexican Markets. A lot of fresh produce comes from across the border.

Post-Op Body Odor
Posted by Tomi (Finland ) on 06/28/2017

This is late, but take things simple, the easiest and cheapest way to be odorless is to put litlle of baking soda to place where the bad odor is coming from. I'm using under armpits, every other day, just little, and no odor at all. Cheap and no chemicals 😉

Post-Op Remedies for Pain
Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Ok) on 07/04/2013

Surgery and severe cramping: Please, if anyone can help. My grandson goes in for surgery on the 29th of July, 2013. The last surgery he had he had to have a colostomy. Five days after his surgery his bowel "woke up". He screamed for 15 straight hours. No painkiller touched the pain. He was three months old with his first surgery and will be five and a half months at the time of his next surgery. Does anyone know of a supplement I can give him to ease this? The Dr. Said he could experience it again. Would vitamin D help? B vitamins? Please give me any advice.

Post-Op Remedies for Pain
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 07/04/2013

Not sure if this will help you but I ruptured a disc in my spine and it was like sitting on a rock for 12 months..... Very painful!!! Taking a bath TRICKS the body's interpretation of the pain signal, making the brain think the pain signal is coming from a larger area.. My pain sent a strong signal from the disc & nerves but in the tub the signal was spread over the area of my body under the water... My neck down, ... soooo much less pain. Won't work if water is scary to your child... Soaking in water dehydrates, so add more in diet if using tub for relief, ask pediatrician about minerals (epsom salt)in tub water or pedialyte in beverage?

Bariatric Surgery
Posted by Shelley (Mt Pleasant, Sc) on 06/27/2013

Can anyone recommend healing foods for after Bypass bariatric surgery Holistically? I go into surgery in the morning the 28th of June. Want to know if I can help the healing with aloe vera and beet juice and carrot juice or homemade apple sauce, protein powder??? I want a more holistic way to heal other than what the hospital gives. Liquid vit E? Acidophilus, milk or soy milk? Thanks for your speedy response.

Bariatric Surgery
Posted by Terri Stovall (Leesville, La) on 04/08/2017

What did you end up doing to heal faster?

Gallstone Surgery - Pre And Post Operative
Posted by Carole (Bury Village, West Sussex,, U.k.) on 04/19/2013

Hi, I have looked again through the EC website for any other ideas on how to deal with my large calcified gallstone..... I have tried most things. A consult with the gb surgeon today..... "nothing you can do.... I have never heard of a stone such as yours being passed/ will get worse". Although the gb area has been calm for some time, the constant heartburn issues now mean that I am back to square one on a liquid diet. I have tried for one year and so feel that surgery has to be my best option. I am using the celery and lemon juice for the heartburn. And will continue with the Gold Coin Grass for the gallstone as well as dandelion root, Juvaflex, lemon, peppermint, beetroot, low-fat.

What would people recommend for a good protocol to prepare for surgery. I know I should not eat garlic or beetroot pre surgery (increased risk of bleeding). Anything else I should avoid?

I am thinking about collodial silver, vitamin C, arnica...

Any thoughts please.... which are always appreciated.


Gallstone Surgery - Pre And Post Operative
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/19/2013

Recommend you read coconut cures book on healing gallbladder. They talk about the Mayo Clinic and the University of Wisconsin Hospital having demonstated coconut oil treatment successfully for stones in gallbladder being dissolved.

Gallstone Surgery - Pre And Post Operative
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West, South Africa) on 04/20/2013

Hi Carole, Do not prepare yourself for an op because once you have the op a whole lot of more problems start, the best natural method that definitely works is the liver flush, I have done it numerous times. You are only going to make the dr richer & you are going to sit with the problems such as fat digestion & even a problem with drinking coffee. People who have had the op are now sorry that they had the op due to the problems they are experiencing but it is your body to do with as you please & live with the consequences of your decision.

Gallstone Surgery - Pre And Post Operative
Posted by Cindy (Wisc.,usa) on 07/29/2013

To dasha from Washington State: could you tell us how you mother took the black radishes? Did she use raw, how much a day etc. Details would be great. Thanks

Gallstone Surgery - Pre And Post Operative
Posted by Catchuri (Tn) on 03/20/2014

Dasha, I would love that information or resource as well. Thanks

Posted by Sandra (Medon, Tennessee) on 04/12/2013

I have been researching google and also been reading your website. I had a step son move into the house who unfortunately brought scabies. I am nervous because I had surgery 3 weeks ago that left me about a 5 inch incision on my neck and I've been soaking the last two days in the borax peroxide baths. Is the scabies or the boric acid borax bath a danger to my surgical incision??

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anonymouscat (Pleasantville, Ca) on 01/20/2013

Before surgery and after surgery take Arnica Montana 30x take four little pellets under the tongue 4 x a day three days before surgery and then keep taking it after surgery! Arnica Montana is miraculous in healing. Before and after surgery drink pure organic Aloe vera juice, take bromelain and tumeric to reduce inflammation. Increase Vitamin A and Beta carotene. If it is scar tissue your dealing with start using warm castor oil packs on the area daily, and take enzymes to get rid of scar tissue build up. Facial surgeries take a long time to heal I think 1 year 6 month is is reasonable time frame for healing if not longer.

Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl, USA) on 04/08/2012

Hello friends at Earth Clinic, I just had an emergency appendectomy 2 days ago and I was wondering what are some good supplements/vitamins to take to help speed the healing process. Right now I am trying to take good amounts of Vitamin C and I am also using Vitamin E on the scars to speed the healing of the incisions. Any other recommendations? (Just to clarify, I have no dietary restrictions). Thanks for your help!

Posted by Ghostsoup (Oz) on 05/30/2013

In scientific studies Vitamin E has not been shown to improve the appearance of scars and in about a third of cases it caused an allergic reaction.

Posted by Brenda (Albertville, AL) on 01/24/2008
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i had surgery in Nov.,2007 to remove damaged breast tissue caused from a car accident. a couple weeks after surgery, I had what looked to be a blood blister. It proceded to open up, drain and cause considerable pain and redness accross almost the entire breast. The cream the Dr. gave me seemed to keep the area too moist and it kept oozing. After talking and research I decided to try honey. The area which had started to look like a diabetic ulcer or bedsore, looked better the next morning , I continued to use about 1/4 tsp of raw honey on a cotton pad, I just placed it so the honey would be sure to get completely into the wound. It has been a little over a week and my Dr. was amazed at how well it is now healing.