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Re: Pyroderma gangrenosum: more complete addendum

Re: Pyroderma gangrenosum: more complete addendum

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Posted by r westera on December 04, 2000 at 21:55:34:

In Reply to: Re: Pyroderma gangrenosum posted by r westera on December 04, 2000 at 16:09:46:

I am very grateful to the Chinese doctor for saving my life. The other physicians are dubious but relunctantly agree that my condition has improved. I am gradually improving at present (December 2000) after 8 to 9 months of treatment. I have regained the use of my leg and recovered most of my right foot and toes. The pain is now manageable and slowly abating. I am now able to walk again and anticipate near-complete recovery. I have augmented the accupuncture and herbs with supplements (B-complex, antioxidants and bioflavinoids, balanced omega-oils and fish oils).

The gangrenosa was itself treated with a sesame-oil-based chinese herbal ointment (Ching Wan Hung). The opportunistic infection of pseudomonas stutzeri was also treated with occasional poultices of crushed garlic (quite painful but effective) or common purslaine (somewhat less painful). My Chinese doctor recommended reducing or avoiding a diet including sugar, strong hot spices, pork fat, barbequed meats, wheat products, alcohol, tobacco. I found that bathing the wound with dilute hydrogen peroxide or 0.9% saline solution were the most effective. Avoid water-based ointments!

The traditional herbs are quite complex and should be used with care and with the advice of a knowledgable practitioner: some herbs interact with toxic effects. Initially, these include Salvia miltiorrhiza, Astragalus membranaceus, Atractylodes lancea, Phellodendron chinense Schneid., Gentia scabra, Smilax glabera Roxb., Angelica pubescens Max., Alisma orientale Juzep., Sophora flavesens Ait., Achyranthes bisenta Bl., and others that I have been unable to identify but continue to research into. Your accupuncturist should be the finest and most knowledgeable you can find: many practioners do not have the requisite experience. I was very fortunate to find one.

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