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Ailments & Remedies

Boils

Boils are localized tender, inflamed, pus-filled swellings in the skin surrounded by large red areas. They are infections of the hair follicles of the skin. They are quite painful, particularly in areas where the skin is closely attached to the underlying tissues, such as the nose, ears, or fingers. They usually occur in teenagers and young adults. The common sites for boils are the face, neck, and thighs. 

Symptoms:

At first a painful red nodule appears on the skin. This grows bigger and then breaks down in the middle where the pus collects .The painful experiences a great deal of irritation and itching. There may be a single boil, or several boils in the same area or in different areas at the same time. The swelling may not be limited to one hair follicle but extend to several follicles. When the boils ripen, they give out a discharge. Fever may sometimes accompany the boils.

Root causes:

Boils may cause by staphylococcus germs, which enter the sweat glands or hair follicles. The essential cause of this disorder is thus bacterial. However, several factors predispose the growth of bacteria in hair follicles. Of these, the chief factor is a toxic condition in the blood stream, which is due to a faulty diet and frenetic pace of living. Boils generally appear when a person is in a run- down and devitalized condition.

Healing Options

Herbs
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Betel leaves
  • Cumin seeds
  • Neem leaves
  • Turmeric
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Diet
  • A thorough cleansing of the system is essential for the treatment of the boils. To begin with the patient may fast on orange juice diluted with water on a 50:50 basis for three to four days or adopt an exclusive diet of fresh juicy fruits from five to seven days.

  • After the all fruit diet the patient should adopt a well balanced diet with emphasis on whole grain cereals, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits. Further periods of a juice fast or an all fruit diet may be necessary, depending on the general health level and bodily condition of the patient. 

Lifestyle
  • A warm water enema should be given daily during the initial juice fast or all fruit diet. This will help to cleanse the bowels. Warm moist compress should be given over the tender area. Other helpful treatment for the boils are daily dry massage in the morning followed by a cold sponge. Fresh air breathing exercises and outdoor exercises are also essential for toning up the system. In case constipation is habitual, all measures should be taken to overcome it.

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