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Natural Tips for Surgery: The Body
By Linda Mackenzie, Ph.D. (c)

Having surgery, whether elective or unexpected, can be a traumatic experience but there are some natural things that you can do on a body, mind and spirit level that may aid your healing process and boost a positive outcome. Remember every body is different and that positive emotions have been proven to boost the immune system - so stay positive! To help your body always select the ways and methods that feel right for you. Also remember herbs are natural medicine and have to be treated with knowledge and respect - so learn about the herbs you are going to take, before you take them.



At least 2 weeks before surgery:

  • DO NOT TAKE these herbs/supplements which thin the blood:
    Garlic, Feverfew, Kava Kava, Gingko Biloba, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E
  • DO start a basic "before surgery" vitamin/supplement regimen that includes:
    Vitamin/Supplement Name Activity that aid, help or restore…
    Multi vitamin/mineral complex general body support
    Acidolphilus (high potency) intestinal flora especially when taking antibiotics
    CoEnzyme Q10 fight free radicals and oxygenates tissue for healing
    Amino Acid Complex that includes: L-Cystine,
    speeds wound healing
    breaks down mucus, aids muscles
    tissue repair, collagen formation
    muscle wasting, tissue damage
    Grape Seed Extract or
    Pau D'Arco
    powerful antioxidant to fight free radicals in the body
    Vitamin C (6,000-10,000 mgs. daily) w/ bioflavinoids the immune system, tissue repair and wound healing
    Vitamin K blood clotting
    Calcium tissue repair
    Magnesium tissue repair
    Zinc tissue repair
    Silica tissue repair
    Vitamin D tissue repair
    Herb Name Activity that aid, help or restore…
    Bromelain or Tumeric high potency anti-inflammatory
    Green Tea powerful antioxidant to fight free radicals in the body
    Red Clover or Burdock Root cleanses the liver and blood
    Echinacea/Goldenseal the immune system, natural antibiotic. Works synergistically. Do not take goldenseal for more than 1 week at a time or if you are pregnant or allergic to rag weed.
    Reishi Mushroom or Kelp adverse effects of x-ray radiation
    Milk Thistle cleanses the liver
    Chamomile Tea insomnia, nervousness

  • Do enhance healing by adopting an immune system "boosting" diet:
    Foods to Avoid: wheat, dairy and milk products, yeast, sugar, processed foods, fermented products, alcohol, smoking, carbonated soda and drinks, caffeine, peanuts, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, iceberg lettuce.
    Good Foods: rye, corn (non-GMO), oat bran, brown rice, wild rice, goat cheese, eggs, butter, yogurt, fish, lamb, venison, chicken, turkey, duck, olive oil, safflower oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, sweet potatoes, yams, bananas, kiwi, guava, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, avocados, strawberries, blueberries, beets, artichokes, cabbage, walnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, vegetables, kale and herbal teas.
  • Nice To Use: Other Options for the Body
    Massage, Acupressure, Reflexology: Relaxation, minimize stress, flush out toxins


  • Keep up your basic "before surgery" vitamin/supplement regimen but add these:
    Vitamin/Supplement Name Activity that aid, help or restore…
    Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) proper cell growth
    Garlic the immune system as a natural antibiotic
    MSM helps tissue healing and pain
    Vitamin E (day after surgery) tissue repair and circulation. Remember to use real Vitamin E: d-alphatocopherol, not the synthetic dl-alphatocopherol
    Vitamin E Oil
    (after stitches have been removed)
    reduce scar tissue and promotes healing. Apply topically several times a day.
    Herb Name Activity that aids or helps…
    Nettle intestinal bleeding
    Dandelion blood purification, kidneys
    Homeopathic Remedy Activity that aids or helps…
    Arnica Montana reduces swelling and aids healing

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© 2017 Linda A. Mackenzie