Leg ulcers begin with small open areas of the skin, mostly of the lower third of the lower leg. If neglected it may grow to open sores which are round or irregular shaped. These leg ulcers may deepen and appear as a dirty green-gray mass or raised irregular inflamed borders.
With leg ulcers there can be severe pain that radiates to the whole leg. Legs can be swollen and have inflammation, fever, and bleeding. Complications of leg ulcers include infection, pus discharges, and blood clots (thrombosis).
Causes of leg ulcers in clude constitutional connective tissue weakness and nutritional deficiencies of the skin. Scratching can cause inflammation and eventually small wounds. Leg ulcers can be caused from stresses of pregnancy, standing on the feet from a job, lack of exercise, constipation, or deficient sanitary care.
Natural care of leg ulcers is prevention or early treatment to prevent complications using a combination of natural therapies over a long period of time. Eliminating causes of leg ulcers is an important part of therapy. It is important to have a doctor watch for blood clots, gangrene or other complications. Antibiotics may be prescribed for infections but it is hard to reverse this condition.
Diet – it is important to stop smoking, alcohol, coffee, black tea. Also look at medications as a causative factor – do your research and incite the help of your pharmacist and doctor.
Supplements to assist are Grape seed extract at 300 mg a day to improve tissue integrity; Coenzyme Q10 at 100 mg a day for circulation and heart protection.
Herbs for Leg Ulcers
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Use a combination of the following herbs in capsule or tincture for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb 3 times a day or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.
Butcher’s broom – circulatory integrity and competence, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
Gingko biloba – oxygenation and circulation of veins and arteries, memory, concentration, hearing.
Hawthorn berries – vein and artery integrity, reduce stress, lowers blood pressure.
Yarrow – repair and maintain artery and vein integrity, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergy, antispasmodic, improves digestion.
Herbal topical remedies for leg ulcers may be used along with all other therapies.
Calendula crème or gel – wound healer.
Honey kills bacteria and heals wounds.
Chamomile – make a flower pack from flowers ground up with hot water; put on wound and seal with plastic to remain overnight.
Flax seed – ground and mixed with hot water; put on wound and seal with plastic to remain overnight.
Cell Salts to Help with Leg Ulcers
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#10 Nat phos 6X – leg ulcers from acidity and digestive problems
#11 Nat sulph 6X – swelling with leg ulcers, removes excess fluid, supports liver health
#12 Silicea 6X - connective tissue integrity, infection in wounds, person may be thin, cold or shy
Leg Ulcers Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Homeopathic remedies for leg with clear margins (clean edges):
Carbo veg – chronic leg ulcers from heart problems; exhausted people; legs and lips are bluish but have intense burning while legs are cold.
Kali bichromicum – for leg ulcers with yellow green pus; pain is better from heat; alcohol consumption may be a problem.
Nitricum acidum – pains are sticking like a splinter; leg ulcers bleed easily; worse cold, better from warmth; may have a prickly personality.
Homeopathic remedies for leg ulcers with irregular margins:
Arsenicum album – leg ulcer is burning but feels better from heat; ulcers discharges are streaked with blood; pain worse 10pm to 2am, worst at midnight; perfectionist personality.
Fluoricum acidum – leg ulcer edges are inflamed, hard, shining, but not painful; itching is word from heat; skin around ulcer is hard, dry and rough; may have financial issues.
Lachesis – around leg ulcer is sensitive to touch and may look purple; ulcer may bleed and smell bad; pain better from starting menses or from bleeding; jealousy; left-sided problems.
Mercurius solubis – superficial leg ulcer but large and infected; person sensitive to temperature changes with narrow comfort range.
Mezereum – area around leg ulcer has blisters with yellowish or brownish fluid and may produce yellow crusts; painful itching.
Secale – destructive varicose leg ulcers and bad smelling discharges; may progress to gangrene; poor circulation from smoking; cold hands and feet; severe cramping.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes