Gangrene

Gangrene will not go away by taking antibiotic pills.  As soon as the skin starts to change color, wash the area with hydrogen peroxide and apply first aid cream on the area to clean the skin and to help the skin heal.  Usually the muscles become hard and walking becomes painful.  Use the fingers to press hard on the muscles around the infected area where the skin color is still relatively normal.  Press hard.  At first, the flesh will stay indented.  Rub and press repeatedly until the flesh starts to exhibit elasticity and the indentations look less pale.  Usually gangrene on the foot occurs on the side extending from below the ankle towards the front.  Press the flesh around the infected area.  If it still hurts when pressed, that means the nerves are still alive.   When the skin color has turned very dark or blue-black in color,  and the area is festering, usually there is no more feeling there when pressed.  In this case, keep pressing and keep rubbing around the infected area until the blue-black color eases and some normal skin color returns.  When the gangrene is on the top or the side of the foot, the sole is usually clean and clear.  However, half of the sole may show a darker color than the other half, and when pressed, the darker side would not have much feeling while the lighter side may be very sensitive to pressure.  Often, the toes will be curled inwards and when pressure is applied, the toes will hurt.  In this case, roll the bottom of the affected foot over a golf ball, a baseball, or a baseball bat.  This exercise will alleviate some of the pain and bring more circulation to the dying muscles of the foot.  It is important to boost one’s immune system to help fight the infection.  Prescription antibiotics usually weaken rather than  strengthen the immune system and the body’s natural ability to fight the infection.   Eating a lot of raw garlic and raw onion will help boost the immune system and the body’s ability to fight the infection.    Gangrene on people affected by immunity-destroying diseases like HIV will get worse and will not go away with treatments described above.

After washing the gangrene with hydrogen peroxide and applying first aid cream, the wound should dry up.  However, if one does not boost the immune system at the same time by eating a lot of garlic and onion and ginger or take an oral antibiotic that does not weaken the immune system, the wound will not close, and blood will continue to ooze.  To stop the bleeding, eat garlic !!  Extermal application of first aid cream will not close the wound if blood keeps oozing from within to the open wound.  At this stage, the skin color on the top of the foot should have lightened up and should be almost normal in color.  However, the skin at the bottom of the front calf right above the ankle would still be dry and the color would be dark brown with some purple.  When this part is pressed, it will hurt.  Good!  This means the nerves are still alive.  Keep on pressing even if it makes one scream in agony.  Pressing and tapping this part with the fingers will stimulate the nerves, soften the tissue by stimulating more oxygen flow and hopefully change the skin color.     

Response to enquiry:  “Does gangrene ever go away?”

Yes, gangrene can be cured and it will go away, but it will take a long time and constant care on a daily basis.  With proper treatment, improvement can be seen day by day.  One needs to observe the indications of improvement on a daily basis, and one needs to follow the treatment routine very faithfully on a daily basis.

First, proper treatment involves (1) daily washing of the gangrene affected area with hydrogen peroxide to kill the germs on the skin.  (2) After washing, put first aid cream on the wound where the skin is cracked and where the open sore is.  (3)  Do not wrap the area.  Let the area stay exposed with the covering of first aid cream.  (4)  Fresh aloe vera gel taken directly from the aloe vera plant by cutting the “leaf” can be applied to the areas of the skin surrounding the open sore.  (5)  Use the fingers to press on the area where the skin is either black, purple, green, or brown.  Press and rub as much as possible and as long as possible until the patient cannot take the pain anymore.  This must be done at least once a day for at least 20 to 40 minutes a day.  Do not skip this step.  (6)  Massage the area above and below the gangrene affected areas where the skin is white and clear.  (7)  If these areas feel hard to the touch, one can tap them with the fingers.  Tapping will stimulate blood flow and oxygen flow to those areas and enliven the nerves. Tapping of the area should be done on a daily basis.   (8)  If the open wound bleeds and blood oozes out, use the fingers and press the area surrounding the bleeding wound.  The purpose is to squeeze out the puss and the blood in the wound.  The reason why there is bleeding is because the blood is bringing the T cells to fight the infection in the wound, and the infection is preventing the wound from closing and healing.  That is why there is blood in the wound.  (9)  The purpose of applying first aid cream on the wound and fresh aloe vera gel around the wound or even on the wound if one is so inclined, is to kill the germs that prevent the wound from healing.  (10)  External applications alone will not completely cure gangrene.  One must strengthen one’s immune system to fight the infection from within as well.  This means taking some kind of antibiotic that does not weaken one’s natural immune system (which most antibiotics do, by the way and sad to say),  or eat a lot of garlic, and I mean a whole lot, ten gloves (one head) per meal until the wound heals.  Foods that are acidic and foods that contain sugar will hinder and obstruct healing.  (11)  Washing the wound, massaging the area and tapping the area with the fingers, applying first aid cream on the wound, eating garlic or taking an antibiotic every day for at least three to four weeks would be the minimum course of basic treatment.  (12)  Gangrene will not go away but will get progressively worse if (A) one has AIDS; (B) if one allows it to fester.  (13)  Gangrene will take a long time to completely heal. 

Second, the indications of improvement are:  (1)  when the black, purple, brown colored skin areas begin to change color and lighten up; (2)  when the areas hard to the touch feel softer; (3) when the previously white colored skin begins to take on a pinkish hue indicating fresh blood flow to the area; (4)  when one taps on the dark areas and pain is felt when previously no sensation was felt; (5)  when bleeding stops; (6)  when the open sore begins to close; (6)  when the previously dry skin begins to feel soft and looks moist or supple; and (7)  when stiffness of the toes or the foot lessens.

Note:  I have posted this response here as well as on the Response II page as an update because I feel that this information is very important.  The treatment of gangrene must be done as soon as possible, preferably immediately at the onset of gangrene.  This is doubly important since the standard “remedy” for gangrene is to let it fester with absolutely ineffective oral antibiotic treatment witout treating the wound and then to simply amputate the entire foot.  Amputation usually awaits diabetics affected by gangrene.  In this case, one must vigorously treat the diabetes, the obesity and the gangrene simultaneously.

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About masterchensays

Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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