Serious medical emergencies can occur at any time and often strike when we are least prepared. Suffering a heart attack, stroke, severe allergic reaction or internal hemorrhaging is a terrifying experience and is even worse if it happens while you are home alone. There are a few natural remedies and techniques that can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a medical emergency. Educating yourself and others on these procedures may help to save somebody’s life, and will reduce the amount of long-term damage that is inflicted on the body.
A myocardial infarction, better known as a heart attack, is the result of improper blood flow to the heart which then starves the heart muscle of oxygen causing serious damage. Those who are overweight, smokers, people who eat a high fat diet and diabetes patients are all at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack.
Dr. John Christopher, a renowned herbalist, claimed to be able to stop a heart attack by administering a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of water to his patients. A study performed at the University of Cincinnati found that applying capsaicin cream to the skin during a heart attack may protect the heart muscle from damage. Dr. Keith Jones, PhD, found that the use of capsaicin cream resulted in an 85% reduction of cardiac cell death. Capsaicin is the active component in cayenne and many other chili peppers. It is available over-the-counter as a cream under many different brand names as a topical pain reliever. Researchers believe that the capsaicin triggers a response in the nervous system that sends a message to the brain to protect the heart. Dr. Jones stated “We think that this technique is fooling the body into sending out protective signals. This may be similar to the way certain acupuncture treatments work; there may be a neurological basis.”
While capsaicin cream is approved by the FDA and considered safe for use, always consult a medical professional about using it to treat a serious medical condition.
A stroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs after the blood supply to the brain is cut off. The most common type is known as ischemic stroke and is the result of a blood clot blocking blood flow to a certain part of the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a burst blood vessel in the brain. There is also a condition known as transient ischemic attack which causes a serious of mini-strokes after the blood flow to the brain is temporarily interrupted. Transient ischemic attack is usually a sign that a larger stroke is on the way.
Gingko Biloba is an important herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Also known as the Maidenhair Tree, gingko biloba is one of the most well-known herbs in western society and many people use it to prevent conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and erectile dysfunction. A study performed at the University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran evaluated the effects of gingko biloba on patients with acute ischemic stroke. In order to measure the effects of the herb, the researchers used The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) that measures patient’s reactions such as speech, sensory loss, consciousness and motor strength. After taking the herb for four months, a number of patients showed a 50% reduction in their NIHSS scores and led the researchers to conclude that “Our data suggest that gingko biloba may have protective effects in ischemic stroke. Therefore, the administration of gingko biloba is recommended after acute ischemic stroke.”
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to a food, medication or insect bite. It causes extreme swelling of the face and throat and can prove fatal without immediate medical attention.
Apis Mellifica is a homeopathic remedy made from the honey bee in a highly diluted form. Homeopathy works on the principal of the Law of Similars where ‘like cures like’. Those who are already suffering from pain, swelling and inflammation will experience relief from their symptoms by taking a medicine that would produce these reactions in a healthy person. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, Apis Mellifica may provide relief from rapidly swelling skin caused by an insect bite. Apis is a highly effective remedy for the treatment of swellings that are hot, red, itchy, stinging and made better with cold applications. In addition it can prove miraculous for swelling in the throat and related anaphylactic symptoms.
Carbolicum acidum, another powerful homeopathic remedy is said to be effective for those who are having trouble breathing due to swelling in the throat, esophagus or mouth.
Internal bleeding, or internal hemorrhage, is an extreme loss of blood that occurs inside the body. Common areas include the brain, lungs, stomach and colon. Internal bleeding can cause brain damage hemorrhagic shock and death.
Arnica is a species of 30 different plants that belong to the sunflower family. This remedy has been used for centuries to help with bruising and internal bleeding caused by physical trauma. Homeopathic Arnica is widely used to treat various forms of shock and internal bleeding, as well as to control bleeding in patients undergoing surgery. Larry Malerba, a homeopathy and well-known leader in the field of holistic medicine and author of Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Health Care states that “Homeopathic Arnica is a prime candidate for any accident or injury that results in physical trauma consisting of bruising, tissue damage, broken blood vessels, black and blue skin discoloration and swelling. It is most specific to blunt forms of trauma, especially to soft tissues.” Always consult a knowledgeable homeoapth before using arnica to treat internal hemorrhaging.
Seek emergency medical treatment immediately in the instance of any of the above conditions. First response remedies can be administered while you await an ambulance and on the way to the hospital.
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