The post-operative or post-op period immediately following a surgery can be just as critical to one’s overall health as the surgical procedure itself. Of course, it can also be a worrisome and very painful or at least uncomfortable time for the surgical patient.
Swift and proper healing is essential to avoid secondary infections and reduce stress on the body as it continues to heal and restore itself to complete health. Certain herbal remedies and complementary medicine treatments can help reduce inflammation, the risk of infection, pain, discomfort, and the likelihood of needing further surgical interventions.
Any alternative medical therapies used to speed healing after a surgery should be cleared with your physician in order to ensure that there will be no harmful drug interactions or other complications with your existing post-operative treatments.
Traditional remedies for wound care, such as cayenne pepper, coconut oil, or honey may help close wounds faster and reduce the risk of scars (Vitamin E is also recommended for scar treatment). Anti-inflammatory herbs and home remedies can reduce swelling and pain. Vitamin C and other immune-boosting supplements can help the body prevent infection and repair itself faster.