Abdominal adhesions occur when internal tissues and organs in the abdominal cavity stick together. Normally, these tissues and organs have slippery surfaces and they do not stick together as the body moves. However, sometimes, and especially after an abdominal surgery, the internal tissues and organs dry out or develop cuts causing them to form bonds and stick with each other. Gynecological or abdominal infections, appendix rupture or radiation treatment can all lead to non-surgical adhesions. Let us study some remedies to treat adhesions without surgery:
1. Castor oil packs
Castor oil packs are one of the best natural home remedies to treat abdominal adhesions without surgery. You can make a poultice pack with castor oil and use it as follows.
- Soak a clean flannel or cotton cloth in some warm castor oil. Make sure that the poultice covers the entire area where the adhesions may be present.
- You can use a bandage to cover the poultice.
- Apply a hot water bottle or a warm compress over the poultice and bandage. The heat ensures that the oil is absorbed by your skin to penetrate the abdominal cavity. The oil moisturizes dry organs and lubricates fibrous bands of adhesions.
- Keep the poultice on the abdomen for at least 6-8 hours or overnight. You can change the pack from time to time and replace it with a freshly oiled cloth.
- Protect your clothes and bed by wearing old clothes over the poultice and covering the bed with old sheets.
- Repeat this remedy for several months till you get relief.
One of the best natural cures for adhesions is Serrapeptase enzyme. This enzyme is produced by silkworms and it lubricates and moisturizes internal organs to prevent adhesions and dissolve non-living tissues. Serrapeptase is readily available at health food stores. Do not take this supplement if you have any artificial body part or meshes in your body as it could dissolve these artificial materials. Take the dosage as indicated on the supplement bottle.
3. Best herbs for adhesion
Calendula and comfrey are some of the best remedies for adhesions. Both these herbs are known to heal scars and dissolve fibrous, non-living tissues. You can also use them internally apart from topical use post surgery to prevent adhesions. The best way to use these herbs for adhesion is to make a tea with them. Here is a recipe:
Make an infusion of comfrey leaves or roots and drink it 2-3 times a day.
Pulped leaves and crushed roots of comfrey are best for making comfrey poultice. Apply it on the abdomen to see results.
Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of dried calendula leaves and flowers. Steep for 5-10 minutes and then strain the tea. You can also cool the tea and apply it on the abdomen by soaking a cloth in it and wringing off excess liquid. This remedy can prevent scars and internal adhesions post surgery.
Calendula ointment recipe:
Simmer together 700 grams of unsalted butter with 300 grams of calendula flowers for 5 minutes. Let the mixture remain undisturbed for 2-3 days. Again heat it through then strain it through a muslin cloth. Apply the ointment on the abdomen to dissolve internal adhesions and also heal other skin problems.
Fill a glass 3/4th with calendula flowers and pour proof alcohol over them to completely cover them. Shake it daily and keep it in a warm place for 4 weeks. Take the tincture internally to dissolve adhesions.
Adhesion oil recipe with comfrey and calendula
Here is a comfrey and calendula adhesion oil recipe which you can apply all over the abdomen and dissolve them.
- 1 cup each dried flowers of comfrey and calendula
- Castor and olive oils
Place the herbs in a jar and completely cover them with the oils. Place the oil jar in a Crockpot on a cloth placed at the bottom of the Crockpot. Fill the pot with adequate water. Keep the Crockpot on low-setting and steep the herbs in the oil for 5 days. You may need to keep replenishing the water in the pot. After 5 days, strain the oil. The adhesion oil is ready for use. Massage it twice a day on the abdominal area.
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4. Massage therapy
Seek help of a trained massage therapist who is skilled in Myofascial body work or visceral body work. Regular weekly massages can help prevent pain and also loosen up the adhesions.
5. Homeopathic remedies for adhesions
Homeopaths may recommend Graphites, Causticum/potassium hydrates and Calcarea Fluorica 12x or 6C potency 3 times a day for 5 days out of the month for 3-4 months after surgery.
6. Physical therapy for abdominal adhesions
A case study has shown that the best non surgical method of treating adhesions is manual physical therapy. Your doctor can guide you in finding a trained physiotherapist to prevent recurrence of adhesions and also provide pain relief.
Abdominal adhesions can be extremely painful and some serious cases may even need surgical intervention. We hope these natural remedies help give you much needed relief.