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Alternative Treatments for Sepsis

Alternative Treatments for Sepsis

Key Takeaways

  • You can use home remedies to keep sepsis away by boosting your immune system
  • Although you can use these home remedies, it's recommended that you call your doctor if you have symptoms of sepsis
  • The majority of patients are given antibiotics for the treatment of sepsis

Sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection that can begin anywhere in our body. Our immune system goes into overdrive, creating turmoil in the normal processes of our blood circulation. As a result, very small blood clots form, blocking the blood flow to vital organs. This can lead to organ failure, heart attack, stroke, and death if not treated immediately. Infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to get sepsis. However, healthy people can become deathly ill from the disease once infected.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is not a single disease, but it is a syndrome. Bacteria invade any of the body’s organs, such as the lungs to cause pneumonia or the kidneys to cause pyelonephritis. Then the bacteria enter the blood stream and cause a massive inflammatory response that results in most or all the patient's organs shutting down. The inflammatory response in sepsis is so complicated that it numbs the mind. The medical interventions used to treat sepsis are equally complicated and multifaceted.

How is Sepsis Treated?

Usually patients are admitted to hospitals, sometimes to the ICU, and intravenous fluids and antibiotics will be started immediately, because time is of the essence in treating this disease. However, there are few home remedies that can control the disease to a certain extent.

Symptoms

It is important to know that sepsis can be treated using home remedies, even if it is a dangerous condition that requires medical treatment. If you have the following symptoms, this post will definitely benefit you:

•    Pain in the abdomen

•    Rapid breathing

•    Rapid heartbeat

•    Body temperature that changes rapidly

•    Minimized urine output

To treat sepsis, the majority of patients are given antibiotics. An IV is used to administer antibiotics to those suffering from severe sepsis or septic shock. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are first administered before the specific infection causing the sepsis is determined. The specific antibiotic is then given after the results are provided.

Home Treatments for Sepsis 

It is known that sepsis should be treated immediately and efficiently, because it can be fatal if left untreated. Mostly, sepsis patients will need treatment while admitted to the hospital and sometimes even in the ICU. However, it is possible to treat certain aspects of sepsis at home.

Home remedies for sepsis treatment   

Although sepsis requires medical attention, using natural home remedies can help. These remedies help relieve the symptoms accompanied by sepsis and help sepsis patients recover quickly. Home treatments include the following:

1. Turmeric

Used since the ancient period, turmeric treats various human sicknesses. It contains an ingredient known as curcumin that improves the levels of protein in the blood. The blood in the body can battle various infections if more protein is added to it. Turmeric assists in relieving swelling, and it can be used alongside antibiotics without any side effects.

You should add just a pinch of turmeric in your food when preparing it to fight sepsis. You can also add a tablespoon of turmeric to water that has been boiled and cooled, and then drink the mixture.

2. Garlic

Garlic is an ingredient commonly found in the kitchen, and you can use it to treat sepsis. It has a compound known as allicin that battles inflammation very well. Garlic also boosts the body’s immune system. It has been used to cure wounds, gangrene, and sepsis.

You can minimize effects of sepsis by incorporating garlic into your daily meals. Chopped garlic and honey can also be mixed and then consumed. It will help prevent sepsis and other forms of infections.

3. Honey   

Honey is effective in fighting the sepsis infection according to various studies. One study indicates that the use of honey will help control your immune system. It is also predicted that it can be used more in the days to come as a pharmaceutical tool.

4. Vitamin C

According to studies, taking vitamin C will help stave off sepsis and can also prevent sepsis from developing in your body.

You can take vitamin C orally or through injection. The vitamin C pills can be easily found in many pharmaceuticals and cause no harm. Fruits that contain vitamin C can also be consumed to assist the body in battling infections. Oranges, lemons, and gooseberries are very rich sources of vitamin C and can be consumed safely.

There is good news for patients with sepsis who may soon have a new safe and cost-effective treatment for this life-threatening illness. Researchers have found that vitamin C cannot only prevent the onset of sepsis, but can also reverse the disease.

There are many facets to sepsis, but one of the complications was the plugging of capillaries. Plugged capillaries prevent oxygenation and the supply of life-supporting materials to your organ tissues and stop the removal of metabolic waste product. Plugged capillaries are seen in the organs of septic patients. These organs may eventually fail, leading to multiple organ failure and possibly death. According to research, oxidative stress and the activated blood clotting are the major factors responsible for the capillary plugging in sepsis. A single bolus of vitamin C injected early at the time of induction of sepsis prevents capillary plugging. A delayed bolus injection of vitamin C can reverse plugging by restoring blood flow in previously plugged capillaries, thus improving chances of survival dramatically.

One single injection can prevent infection to spread for 24 hours. Vitamin C plays a vital role in helping to grow and repair tissues and heal wounds, but it also helps to keep blood vessels flexible. It’s even an enzyme cofactor, and this helps to make collagen, which is needed for healthy skin. Since vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, it must be obtained through the diet and supplementation. While the National Academy of Sciences recommends a daily value of 75 milligrams a day for women and 90 milligrams a day for men, these figures are dramatically lower than what most natural health experts suggest. In fact, if you’re suffering from any degenerative illness, you’ll need much more.

5. Mung Bean

According to studies, the extract of mung bean can help prevent sepsis. Mung bean is an ingredient that is mostly used in Chinese cooking, and it originates from India.

When consumed, mung bean minimizes the functionality of a protein known as deoxyribonucleic acid (HMGB1). This protein causes inflammation in the body. The effects of deoxyribonucleic acid are neutralized by consumption of the mung bean, and it also prevents sepsis from developing in the body.

Final Thoughts

While sepsis should always be treated and monitored by a medical professional, there are home remedies that will help reduce the symptoms of sepsis.