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Abscesses are encapsulated collections of pus due to pyogenic bacterial infection found deep within tissues, organs or confined spaces. Abscesses are often walled off by healthy vascularized connective tissue as a natural defense against further spread of pus and infection. They are usually accompanied by inflammation and will rupture if not surgically drained. When neglected, abscesses frequently accumulate calcium salts and are converted into calcified masses. Abscesses are often a symptom of an underlying disease.

There are many forms of abscesses, such as anorectal and epidural abscesses, and those of the appendix, breast, fallopian tube, ovary, liver, lungs and teeth. If not sex organ-related, most forms of abscesses are more common in men than in women.

Depending on the abscess, steroids and/or painkillers may be prescribed. Antibiotics are almost always administered.ALI


Primary Factors
Abscesses are primarily due to bacterial infection.

Predisposing Factors
Any abrasion, tear or pre-existing lesion in the anal canal, rectum or perianal skin
Crohn's disease
Hematologic disorders
Immune deficient states

Spread of infection from other parts of the body
Penetrating head wound
Skull fracture
Congenital heart disease, commonly found in children


Infectious agents which enter the breast through the nipple


Fallopian tube and ovary
Neglected pelvic infections

Penetrating trauma, such as wounds
Any liver cell destruction producing a cavity

Poor oral hygiene
Inhalation of infected particles

Untreated decaying or dead teeth
Untreated receding gums

Signs & Symptoms

The most common symptoms of abscesses are fever and localized pain.

Tenderness at the site of the abscess
Hard, painful lumps which may prevent the individual from sitting comfortably

Loss of power in the legs
Numbness of the entire lower body
An abscess in the brain may result in a constant, intractable headache which worsens when the individual strains
Local or general seizures
Blurred vision
Inequality of pupil size
Any symptoms of stroke

Accompanying symptoms of appendicitis

Red, tender, painful swelling or lump(s) in the breast
Tender glands in the armpit next to the infected breast
Cracked nipples, especially during the first week of breast feeding

Abdominal tenderness
Abdominal distention
Diverticular disease
Peritonitis may develop, thus medical attention should be sought immediately

Fallopian tube and ovary
Pain in the lower abdomen
More frequent, or heavier than usual menstrual periods
Unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge

Abdominal cramps
Blood in bowel movements

Chills and fever
Chest pain
Cough which brings up phlegm with pus and blood
Weight loss
Extensive sweating

Persistent ache or throb
Extensive pain when biting or chewing
Swollen, tender glands in the neck
Reactivity to heat

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Immune System Support

General Supplements

Copper 2 - 3 mg 0.5 - 1 mg
EPO 2 - 3 g 1 - 2 g
Vitamin C2,000 - 6,000 mg500 - 1,000 mg
Vitamin E 200 - 400 IU 50 - 200 IU
Zinc 20 - 50 mg 10 - 20 mg

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

An abscess is a localized infection which mobilizes many cells to destroy and remove bacteria which creates a great dietary need to replace nutrients lost, such as in a fever sweat or antibodies expended during the immune response.

With chronic abscesses, a prolonged nutritional imbalance may leave the body weak and susceptible to secondary infection. In this case, the Immune Strengthening Diet, or a Protein Enriched Diet would provide the nutrients necessary for tissue repair, regeneration and protection from subsequent infection.

Homeopathic Remedy

1.* Hepar sulphuris calcareum 2X for 3 days, followed by 30C for 2 weeks.
2. Spongia tosta - but only if glandular involvement. 30C
3. Vipera redi 12X to 30C
4. Lapis albus - 6C to 30C

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


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Tissue Salts

Stage One (inflammatory): Alternate Ferr. Phos. and Kali Mur.

Stage Two (pus forming): Silicea.

Stage Three ( to speed healing): Calc. Sulf.

Stage Four (after healing, to prevent recurrence): Calc. Phos.

Other indications:

Hard edge, affecting the bone: Calc. Fluor.

Watery discharge, bluish border: Nat. Sulf.

Herbal Approaches


Garlic plant
Milk thistle
Tea tree oil

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


Echinacea (possibly combined with Goldenseal) is a standard protocol for infection.

Garlic plant is always useful, often being compared to antibiotics.

Milk thistle detoxifies the liver.

Sarsaparilla was a standard treatment for syphilis.

Tea tree oil is useful as a topical antiseptic.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Bergamot Essence,Chamomile Essence,
Frankincense Essence,Patchouli Essence,
Sandalwood Essence,Tea Tree Essence.

Related Health Conditions

AnorexiaImmune Deficient States
Congenital heart diseaseMalnutrition
Crohn's diseasePain
Hematologic disorders



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