Leg ulcers are common
in the elderly, those with long term diabetes and circulation
problems. There are many diseases such as Status Dermatitis,
Venous insufficiency and others who's symptoms include
ulcers usually on the lower legs. Some drugs may contribute
to or cause leg ulcers.
Some herbs reported
to treat this problem are; Wheatgrass
Leg ulcers are open
sores not caused by an injury. Usually the lower leg
becomes red and may have blisters and itching. The most
prescribed treatment by the medical community is compression
stockings and they do often help. It is not recommended
to use them over an unprotected open sore. An un bandaged
open sore can attach to the stocking and increase infection
as well as to be painful when removing the stocking.
Unfortunately like most medical treatments compression
stockings only aid in reducing the symptom and do not
treat the cause. See these sites for the medical industries
answer to leg ulcers and lower leg problems. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/besttreatments/leg-ulcers-treatments-treatments-to-prevent-leg-ulcers
Note the typical medical answer to this disease is their
typical response, stop smoking, lose weight, and exercise.
Obviously they are three good things but what about
the millions who do not smoke, are not over weight,
exercise and still have these problems? Again instead
of a treatment the response is likely to be, you are
not exercising enough.
Some herbs medical researchers
have tested and reported to treat dermatitis problems
"The most common cause of chronic leg ulcers is
poor blood circulation in the legs. These are known
as arterial and venous leg ulcers. Other causes
include: injuries - traumatic ulcers, diabetes - because
of poor blood circulation or loss of sensation (nerve
damage) resulting in pressure ulcers, certain skin conditions,
vascular diseases (stroke, angina, heart attack), tumours,
There is a product that advertises a guaranteed formula
they state contains the following items. Vitamin A 7000
iu, Vitamin B-2 (18mg) , Vitamin B-5 (50mg), Vitamin
B-1 (250mcg), Vitamin D400 iu, Vitamin K50 mcg, Vitamin
B-1 (15mg), Vitamin B-3 (30mg), Vitamin B-6 (10mg),
Vitamin C (600mg), Vitamin E 80 iu. Minerals: Calcium
300 mg, Iodine 160 mcg, Magnesium 130 mg, Phosphorus
150 mg, Zinc15 mg, Copper 1 mg, Iron 10 mg, Manganese
12 mg, Potassium 150 mg. Amino Acids: Alanine Arginine
Aspartic Acid, Isoleucine Leucine Lysine Methionine,
Tyrosine Valine, Cystine Glutamic AcidGlycine Histidine,
Phenylalanine Proline Serine Threonine. They do not
show any reputable research to verify their claim. However
these items will probably help. What is interesting
is that all these items may help repair oxidative stress.
source not provided
"About 50 to 70% of people are sensitive to the
plant oil urushiol contained in poison ivy, poison oak,
and poison sumac. Similar oils are also present in the
shells of cashew nuts; the leaves, sap, and fruit skin
of the mango; and Japanese lacquer. Once a person has
been sensitized by contact with these oils, subsequent
exposure produces a contact dermatitis." http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec18/ch203/ch203c.html
This report makes one wonder if poison ivy
is sometimes ignored when treating dermatitis. Poison
ivy is known to reappear to prior victums who do not
re-touch poison ivy again but may be exposed to it by
"This site lists some herbs they claim helps but
do not offer any scientific research. http://www.herbs2000.com/disorders/leg_ulcers.htm
Occasionaly we will include information about unproven
items such as this claimed cure. "Step 1.
Wash effected area with an antibacterial soap very gently.
Step 2 Mix 1 Tablespoon of Powdered Activated Charcoal
with 1 teaspoon of corn starch powder and enough Colloidal
Silver or clean water to make a smooth, spreading paste.
Step 3 Place paste on a clean cotton cloth or paper
towel and fold over into a neat packet that will fit
nicely over the leg ulcer. Tape down with a couple of
pieces of an easy to remove tape. Step 4 Wrap entire
area with a piece of plastic wrap and tape closed."
When we include information such as this we do so when
in our opinion it meets sound scientific reasoning.
In this proclaimed cure we make no endorsement. We do
see that washing and colloidal silver have lots of research
indicating it is sound advice, as to the charcoal and
corn starch we do not have substantuating research.
also known as marigold, has been widely used on the
skin to treat minor wounds, skin infections, burns,
bee stings, sunburn, warts, and cancer. Most scientific
evidence regarding its effectiveness as a wound-healing
agent is based on animal and laboratory study, while
human research is virtually lacking. One study in breast
cancer patients receiving radiation therapy suggests
that calendula ointment may be helpful in preventing
skin dermatitis (irritation, redness, and pain)."