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Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine

Simon Mills and Kerry Bone (See book keywords and concepts)

Analgesic activity A randomized open study of 300 mothers examined the effectiveness of hamamelis water, ice or Epifoam in achieving analgesia for episiotomy associated with forceps delivery. All three agents were equally effective at achieving analgesia on the first day. Approximately one-third of the mothers derived no benefit from any of the treatments.30 TOXICOLOGY A methanol extract and a tincture of witchhazel bark showed dose-dependent inhibition of mutagenicity in the Ames assay. Tannin-free samples did not display any activity.

A beneficial effect from oral doses in the postoperative treatment of episiotomy was demonstrated in a double-blind trial.4 This study would also indicate the value of coumarin and troxerutin for the general treatment of posttraumatic inflammation. A similar preparation was effective in the treatment of long-standing lymphoedema. After more than 24 months, all patients experienced subjective improvement and 53% also showed objective improvement.

CAN BE USED FOR INDICATIONS SUPPORTED BY CLINICAL TRIALS Clinical indications supported by Melilotus/coumarin with rutin trials: lymphoedema; venous insufficiency, haemorrhoids, varicose veins; episiotomy, posttraumatic inflammation. Clinical indications supported by coumarin trials: filaritic lymphoedema and elephantiasis; cancer (malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, prostatic carcinoma), particularly to prevent recurrence or metastases. TRADITIONAL THERAPEUTIC USES Internally to relieve flatulence, colic and diarrhoea.

The Healing Power of Herbs: The Enlightened Person's Guide to the Wonders of Medicinal Plants

Michael T. Murray, N.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Zatuchni G and Colombi D: Bromelain therapy for the prevention of episiotomy pain. Obstet Gynecol 29, 275-278,1967. 25. Blonstein J: Control of swelling in boxing injuries. Practitioner 203, 206,1960. 26. Rimoldi R, Ginesu F, and Giura R: The use of bromelain in pneumological therapy. Drugs Exp Clin Res 4, 55-66,1978 27. Ryan R: A double-blind clinical evaluation of bromelains in the treatment of acute sinusitis. Headache 7,13-17,1967. 28. Taussig S and Nieper H: Bromelain: Its use in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease: Present status. / Int Assoc Prev Med 6,139-151, 1979.

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

Dr. Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

A washcloth soaked in ginger or comfrey tea and applied to the area promotes healing of an episiotomy. Rosemary added to bath water relieves tension and back pain. Adding jasmine and clary sage to a bath has an uplifting effect, and prevents postpartum depression. HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES Homeopathic physician Stephanie Odinov Pukit lists a variety of remedies for all stages of pregnancy. She begins with treatments for morning sickness, noting, "Along with the dry biscuit in bed with a hot beverage, homeopathic remedies can be extremely important at this time." Sepia.

All you have to do is go to your local medical school, get out the textbook on obstetrics, and look at what an episiotomy is. It will have a drawing, and a discussion that says to put one or two sutures here, and one or two there. They are teaching physicians to close an entire organ system in just one or two layers. If you were to close a laceration on your face in one or two layers, your muscles wouldn't work, your face wouldn't work. You'd be a real mess. We are teaching students how to close the vaginal vault area in a manner that is not allowable in other places.

A washcloth soaked in ginger or comfrey tea and applied to the area promotes healing of an episiotomy. Rosemary added to bath water relieves tension and back pain. Adding jasmine and clary sage to a bath has an uplifting effect, and prevents postpartum depression. HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES Homeopathic physician Stephanie Odinov Pukit lists a variety of remedies for all stages of pregnancy. She begins with treatments for morning sickness, noting, "Along with the dry biscuit in bed with a hot beverage, homeopathic remedies can be extremely important at this time." Sepia.

After an episiotomy a sitz (shallow) bath is helpful, especially when 2 drops of Cyprus 011 and 4 drops of lavender oil are added. Soak for fifteen to twenty minutes. To promote milk production, take two drops fennel oil with some honey water, every two hours. Hemorrhoids will be helped by 5 drops of cyprus oil, added to the bath. The astringent action of Cyprus and lemon oil constricts varicose veins. A few drops can be added to a body lotion and applied to the veins morning and evening. HERBS Raspberry tea throughout the pregnancy strengthens uterine muscle.

Learning peroneal massage increases the mother's awareness of the muscles she needs to relax during the actual delivery and decreases her chances of having an episiotomy, an incision made to enlarge the vaginal opening at the time of birth. The actual procedure is as follows: Using warm vitamin E or vegetable oil, the mother places clean, oiled thumbs or index fingers an inch to an inch-and-a-half inside the vagina, and firm, gentle pressure is applied downward and outward. Stretching continues until a burning sensation is felt. This is held for a few minutes.

OUTPATIENT SURGERY AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT Women need to repair their failed episiotomy, or to receive hormones, Dr. Hufnagel explains. Often, they simply need outpatient surgery to put the muscles and tissues back the way they should have been at the time of delivery. Regarding menopause, Dr. Hufnagel adds, "We can treat this locally, without surgery, by simply putting hormones into the vagina. One or two months later, we see normal healthy tissue.

Power Healing: Use the New Integrated Medicine to Cure Yourself

Leo Galland (See book keywords and concepts)

Colombi, Bromelain therapy for the prevention of episiotomy pain, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 29 (1967), pp. 275-78. 2. Curcumin, a component of curry, which has anti-inflammatory potency equal to the stronger NSAIDs. One needs pure curcumin in capsules, 400 to 600 mg three times a day. Or turmeric, the spice from which it is derived, 8 to 60 grams per day. Curcumin: A potent anti-inflammatory agent, American Journal of Natural Medicine, Vol. 1 (1994), pp. 10-14.

Death by Medicine

Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD, Dorothy Smith PhD. (See book keywords and concepts)

In a study of 20,500 women, 5% required an episiotomy and 67 patients (.0033%) experienced wound disruption that required surgical correction resulting in a "satisfactory outcome".1073 NEVER ENOUGH STUDIES Scientists used the excuse that there were never enough studies revealing the dangers of DDT and other dangerous pesticides to ban them. They also used this excuse around the issue of tobacco, claiming that more studies were needed before they could be certain that tobacco really caused lung cancer.

Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition

Larry Trivieri, Jr. (See book keywords and concepts)

This technique can also help reduce the need for an episiotomy (a small surgical incision in the perineum made by obstetricians to facilitate the emergence of the baby) and protect against tearing. This technique should be delayed if there are any vaginal problems, such as an active herpes sore or vaginitis. It can be resumed when the vagina has healed. Perineal massage can be performed by you or your partner. Roy Dittman, O.M.D., of Santa Monica, California, offers these guidelines for a perineal massage: • Wash your hands. Have a mirror handy, and find a warm, private place to practice.

Care of the Perineum: Correct perineal care is essential in order to prevent infection, particularly if an episiotomy was performed or a tear occurred and stitches were made. Douching and tampons should be avoided during this period. For the first 24 hours, 30 minutes of ice packs placed on the perineum with a cloth in between, followed by 15 minutes of rest, helps reduce swelling. After the first day, heat in the form of a hot water bottle or heating lamp (not ultraviolet or sunlamp) should replace cold treatment. Warm water sitz baths (20 minutes) are also helpful.

Most women didn't feel like having sexual intercourse for 4-6 weeks because of the episiotomy," Burst recalls. "I learned many of them were having sex before I saw them at six weeks postpartum." Consequently, Burst decided that family planning discussions were necessary before the scheduled six-week checkup. She maintains that a woman should resume sexual relations when she feels ready. Engorged breasts may also diminish a woman's sexual desire. Sexual drive, however, varies among new mothers from no or diminished libido to normal or enhanced drive.

Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices

John Heinerman (See book keywords and concepts)

This is particularly useful if a woman has torn her perineum or had an episiotomy (surgical widening of the vagina). Normally, a sitz bath is made by putting enough warm or hot herbal bath water in the tub so that it reaches your navel when you sit in it. The feet are propped up on a hassock set beside the tub. The body is wrapped from the neck down with large beach towels or blankets. About 4 inches of water are put into the bathtub, the knees are kept up and the water is splashed continually with the hand onto the abdomen.

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

Dr. Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

After an episiotomy a sitz (shallow) bath is helpful, especially when 2 drops of Cyprus 011 and 4 drops of lavender oil are added. Soak for fifteen to twenty minutes. To promote milk production, take two drops fennel oil with some honey water, every two hours. Hemorrhoids will be helped by 5 drops of Cyprus oil, added to the bath. The astringent action of Cyprus and lemon oil constricts varicose veins. A few drops can be added to a body lotion and applied to the veins morning and evening. HERBS Raspberry tea throughout the pregnancy strengthens uterine muscle.

Get Healthy Now with Gary Null: A Complete Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Healthy living

Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

Learning peroneal massage increases the mother's awareness of the muscles she needs to relax during the actual delivery and decreases her chances of having an episiotomy, an incision made to enlarge the vaginal opening at the time of birth. The actual procedure is as follows: Using warm vitamin E or vegetable oil, the mother places clean, oiled thumbs or index fingers an inch to an inch-and-a-half inside the vagina, and firm, gentle pressure is applied downward and outward. Stretching continues until a burning sensation is felt. This is held for a few minutes.

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

Dr. Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

OUTPATIENT SURGERY AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT Women need to repair their failed episiotomy, or to receive hormones, Dr. Hufnagel explains. Often, they simply need outpatient surgery to put the muscles and tissues back the way they should have been at the time of delivery. Regarding menopause, Dr. Hufnagel adds, "We can treat this locally, without surgery, by simply putting hormones into the vagina. One or two months later, we see normal healthy tissue.

All you have to do is go to your local medical school, get out the textbook on obstetrics, and look at what an episiotomy is. It will have a drawing, and a discussion that says to put one or two sutures here, and one or two there. They are teaching physicians to close an entire organ system in just one or two layers. If you were to close a laceration on your face in one or two layers, your muscles wouldn't work, your face wouldn't work. You'd be a real mess. We are teaching students how to close the vaginal vault area in a manner that is not allowable in other places.

Earl Mindell's Secret Remedies

Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

It has been found to x most helpful in helping to heal an episiotomy (the incision of the vulva pmetimes performed during the second stage of delivery to avoid tearing). Women who take centella report less pain and more rapid healing han women subjected to standard measures. Many women also find that jentella is useful to help treat varicose veins that may develop after pregnancy. (Centella should not be used during pregnancy.) jutchers broom—Hours of labor can result in nasty hemorrhoids. For tlief, try applying a salve made from this herb.

Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 1

Michael T. Murray, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

Oral proteolytic enzyme therapy (Chymoral) in episiotomy patients. Am J Obst Gyn 1966; 95: 820-833 47. Boyne PS, Medhurst H. Oral anti-inflammatory enzyme therapy in injuries in professional footballers. Practitioner 1967; 198: 543 48. Blonstein JL. Oral enzyme tablets in the treatment of boxing injuries. Practitioner 1967; 198: 547-548 49. Buck JE, Phillips N. Trial of chymoral in professional footballers. Br J Clin Pract Bd 1970; 24: 375-377 50. Rathgeber WF. The use of proteolytic enzymes (Chymoral) in sporting injuries. S African Med J 1971; 45: 181-183 51. De N'Yeurt A.

Similar observations were made in studies of episiotomy cases. Bromelain reduced edema, inflammation, and pain, and pre-operative administration potentiated the effects.26 Bromelain has been used in a variety of sports-related injuries. A 1960 study involving boxers highlights its effects.27 Among the 74 boxers receiving bromelain, in 58 all signs of bruising cleared completely within 4 days. In the remainder, complete clearance took 8-10 days. Among the 72 controls, at the end of 4 days only 10 showed bruises completely cleared, the remainder taking 7-14 days.

The effect of bromelain therapy on episiotomy wounds - A double blind controlled clinical trial. J Ob Gyn Brit Commonwealth 1972; 79: 951-953 27. Blonstein J. Control of swelling in boxing injuries. Practitioner 1960; 203: 206 28. Masson M. Bromelain in the treatment of blunt injuries to the musculoskeletal system. A case observation by an orthopedic surgeon in private practice. Fortschr Med 1995; 113: 303-306 29. Hunter RG, Henry GW, Henicke RM. The action of papain and bromelain on the uterus. Am J Ob Gyn 1957; 73: 867-880 30. Gutfreund A, Taussig S, Morris A.

Prevention of episiotomy pain with oral chymotrypsin. Am J Obst Gyn 1965; 92: 514-517 43. Fiel RA. Tratamiento experimental de la trichuriasis masiva infantil con quimotripsina. Trop Dis Bull Bd 1968; 65: 917 44. Takahashi M, Hashimoto K, Osada H. Parenteral administration of chymotrypsin for the early detection of cancer cells in sputum. Acta Cytol Bd 1967; 11: 61-63 45. Brandborg LL, Tankersley CB, Uyeda F. "Low" versus "high" concentration chymotrypsin in gastric exfoliative cytology. Gastroenterol Bd 1969; 57: 500-505 46. Soule SE, Helman C, Wasserman RB.

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

Dr. Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

MIDWIFERY A look at the differences between nurse midwives and family practitioners in rural hospitals found that family physicians used episiotomy for delivery more frequently and were more likely to perform cesarean sections due to a diagnosis of dystocia (difficult labor). W. J. Hueston and Mary Rudy, "A Comparison of Labor and Delivery Management Between Nurse Midwives and Family Physicians," Journal of Family Practice 37, no. 5 (1993): 449-54.

PDR for Nutritional Supplements

Sheldon Saul Hendler and David Rorvik (See book keywords and concepts)

RESEARCH SUMMARY Bromelain has been shown to speed healing time and reduce pain following various surgical procedures, including oral surgical procedures and episiotomy. It has also been used with significant positive results in the treatment of various athletic injuries. In one open case observation study, high-dose bromelain was administered to 59 patients with blunt injuries to the musculoskeletal system. A clear reduction in swelling, pain at rest and during movement and in tenderness was reported.

Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies

Phyllis A. Balch, CNC (See book keywords and concepts)

It has been used successfully to promote healing after episiotomy (a surgical incision commonly made to prevent perineal tearing during childbirth). Gotu kola cream helps relieve the painful scaly red welts of psoriasis. CONSIDERATIONS FOR USE Gotu kola is available in liposome tablets or tinctures, as well as in topical creams. Although gotu kola causes changes on a cellular level in forty-eight to seventy-two hours, clinical studies show that the body does not accumulate a maximum level of asiatic acid, the chief active ingredient, until the herb has been taken for at least three weeks.

Get Healthy Now with Gary Null: A Complete Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Healthy living

Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

Other herbal tips: A washcloth soaked in ginger or comfrey tea and applied to the area promotes healing of an episiotomy. Rosemary added to bath water relieves tension and back pain. Adding jasmine and clary sage to a bath has an uplifting effect, and prevents postpartum depression.) WHAT TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY Equally important is knowing what not to take in. Nutritionist Gracia Perlstein lists substances that can harm a growing fetus: harmful household chemicals. "First on the list of what to avoid is chemical exposure to toxic household cleansers.

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

Dr. Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

Learning peroneal massage increases the mother's awareness of the muscles she needs to relax during the actual delivery and decreases her chances of having an episiotomy, an incision made to enlarge the vaginal opening at the time of birth. The actual procedure is as follows: Using warm vitamin E or vegetable oil, the mother places clean, oiled thumbs or index fingers an inch to an inch-and-a-half inside the vagina, and firm, gentle pressure is applied downward and outward. Stretching continues until a burning sensation is felt. This is held for a few minutes.

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