What is Wound Healing?
The human body is truly remarkable. Wound healing is an ability possessed by the body to repair damaged parts – this process is sometimes visible (a cut improves) or microscopic (damaged cells are replaced) but both occur on a daily basis, and are given the term: regeneration. In the animal kingdom – a starfish can rebuild a new tentacle that is cut off, an earthworm can replace much of its body that is lost, and crabs can rebuild a new claw when one is lost.
What Causes Wound Healing?
In human terms, we may not be able to grow a new limb but we do have some important repairing ability…
Our skin is a wonderful example of regeneration. It is constantly shedding old skin and regenerating new skin cells. Bones, muscles and some nerve fibers can grow to repair themselves. Like a machine, our bodies can make minor repairs. All wounds heal using the same intrinsic process.
There are three phases of wound healing: the inflammatory, fibroblastic, and maturation stages.
If we take a simple laceration or cut inflammation begins after injury and the wound site swells as the biochemical ingredients needed for wound healing gather: leukocytes and monocytes fibrinogen, histamine, prostaglandins, and vasoactive substances. A great deal happens during this stage – it must occur to prepare the wound for the succeeding phases of wound healing. In fact, conventional drugs that limit inflammation such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) will slow the healing of a wound!
Next, fibroblasts begin to proliferate and position themselves for collagen synthesis. As collagen content increases, the wound site strengthens. The third and final stage of wound healing lasts the longest. This maturation, or remodeling phase, may continue for weeks or several years (depending on the severity of the injury), with gradual improvements in wound appearance.
After operations or surgical procedures, the body may take time to adjust and achieve the harmonious balance it had before and gradual wound healing should be supported. Take your time to recover and follow your chosen medical professional’s advice.
Help for Wound Healing
Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to promote wound healing and support the body’s ability to resist infection. Herbs such as Agrimonia eupatoria (a well-known astringent which helps to tighten and constrict tissues) and Achillea millefolium (named after Achilles, the Greek mythical figure, who used it to stop the bleeding wounds of his soldiers) can help to heal wounds naturally.
Calendula officianalis is an effective first-aid solution for all minor burns and scalds as well as any skin abrasion or cuts Calendula will also benefit the wound healing process from the inside out by stimulating the natural process of healthy cells and tissue regeneration.