Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu) PhD.
I have seen plenty of patients of non healing ulcers or chronic ulcers often oozing with pus or associated with serous discharge or bleeding, sometimes associated with itching.
The following decoction (herbal tea) with very tender Arecanut (green colored) is highly useful to wash the wounds and ulcers.
10-12 very tender Areca nuts
2-3 pinch of turmeric powder
A pinch of Table salt and
5-10 ml of honey.
Method of preparation
Method of preparation of washing solution:
a dozen of tender betel nuts are crushed well and added to 2 Liters of water and boiled.
This is carried till it turns into dark brown colored solution or the amount reduces to about 1 Liter.
This is filtered and to this filtrate turmeric powder, powdered salt and 5-10 ml of honey are added and mixed thoroughly.
When the solution is lukewarm. it is used for washing the wounds. Even this can be used to soak the wounded area/ulcer for 5 – 10 minutes of time.
Mode of action
Rationality – How it acts?
Areca nut (Areca catechu) possesses bitter and astringent principles and alkaloids like Arachic acid; this helps in preventing the super infections. Turmeric is a well-known antiseptic herb and wound healing agent.
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Salt helps in maintaining the pH of the solution; even if the decoction is kept for 3-4 hours, the potency of the solution is maintained well. Honey is a fit ingredient and age old drug to check the oozing and to reduce the infections. Also it accelerates the healing process.
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What can be done if fresh or wet/ tender betel nut is not available?
The dry Areca nut powder also possessing the same action and hence it can be used. But, better to soak the powdered Areca nut for 1-2 hours in water and thereafter to use for cooking in fire. But it is surely next to tender Areca nut in therapeutic benefits.
Note: The ripened Areca nut does not possess this potent healing property and hence its usage is not substantiated.
Scope for further uses:
I have witnessed the excellent effect of this decoction even in the cases like ulcers caused by the snake bites. Earlier Mr (Late) Kanale Krishnamurthy from Sagar, Shivamogga, Karnataka used to practice this decoction in hundreds together patients. He had documented successful usage of this decoction (along with few oral medicines) in the treatment of necrosed skin lesions too.
I dedicate this Article for the Noble ideology of Late Kanale Krishnamurthy (Sagar).
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