A step-by-step naturopathic guide to using the hands-on natural
healing method of compresses and poultices Valued by herbalists,
midwives, and mothers throughout history, compresses and poultices
are gentle yet highly effective natural remedies you can safely use
at home. Easily made from materials you already have in your
kitchen, such as ice cubes, herbs, cabbage leaves, lemon slices,
clay, or beeswax, these simple preparations can quickly ease pain
and inflammation, relieve congestion and edema, lower fever, drain
abscesses, activate circulation, calm muscle spasms, and trigger
the body's natural self-healing abilities. In this step-by-step
naturopathic guide to compresses and poultices, Christopher Vasey,
N.D., shows how to use these time-tested folk remedies to treat 70
common ailments and conditions, including headache, asthma, acne,
sinusitis, earache, arthritis, sprains, hives, shingles, anxiety,
insomnia, mastitis, constipation, diarrhea, muscle pains,
bronchitis, and more. He explains that a compress is a cloth soaked
in hot or cold infused water and applied to a specific part of the
body. A poultice works similarly, but instead of a liquid extract,
the healing material is made into a paste and applied directly to
the body. He details what type of compress or poultice to use for
each ailment, whether to use it hot or cold, where on the body to
apply it, and for how long. Vasey also explores the physiological
reasons these simple remedies can be so effective, such as how some
treatments trigger healing through the nerves, others cause the
skin to absorb or expel substances, and others have beneficial
effects on the body's internal chemistry. He reveals how compresses
and poultices not only can alleviate acute symptoms, but are
equally effective for dealing with chronic conditions. Offering an
indispensable complement to your home first aid kit, this book
provides you with a hands-on way to bring relief and healing to
yourself and your loved ones.
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