Survival Skills: Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine in a survival scenario is perhaps one of the most important elements to survival—aside from clean drinking water and food, of course. Becoming sick in a survival scenario means no access to a doctor or emergency room. How will you treat yourself, assuming you were not lucky enough to have a doctor in your survival team? Finding a way to treat even common illnesses will be a must.
Nature offers us an abundance of natural options that can cure many illnesses through their medicinal properties. Some plants and herbs can even help heal a broken bone. If you are preparing for survival learning some basic plants medicinal properties can potentially save your life. If you have access to a holistic society or doctor in your area you can learn some valuable information from them. Apothecary shops are another place you can learn some very valuable information about alternative medicines, as well.
Diving into alternative medicine should be done with caution. With the medicinal properties of many herbs comes the need for exact dosages.
I am sure we have all come across fish mox as an alternative antibiotic for humans in a survival setting. While you can, stock up on fish mox and start a stockpile. You can just as easily source these medicinal plants instead:
- Elderberry (sambucus) - Elderberry can also be used as a preventative during cold and flu season. In many cases, a dose of Elderberry syrup everyday can prevent the flu. Even though you may still get sick, daily dosing with Elderberry syrup can clear it up in just a few days.
- Colloidal Silver - A highly effective natural antibiotic that will have you back on your feet in no time. It also kills bacteria and successfully treats fungal infections.
- Goldenseal - A powerful medicinal for combatting strep throat. It will keep the bacteria from adhering to the cell walls while treating the infection, allowing for a speedy recovery.
- Honeysuckle - Another powerful natural antibiotic that will swiftly treat common ailments. Drinking honeysuckle tea will help build a resistance to many bacteria.
- Tea Tree Oil - While it should never be ingested, Tea Tree Oil has a powerful antibiotic property. An infected cut or other abrasion can easily be healed with a topical treatment.
- Plantain - Plantain is among my favorite choices for alternative medicines. It contains antibiotic and antifungal properties. It can be eaten in a salad, prepared in a tincture, or used in many other practical applications. Plantain is a powerhouse of alternative medicine.
With so many alternative medicines available for antibiotic uses, there is no need to waste money on fish mox. Honeysuckle grows wild all over North America. Many of these medicinal choices are readily available outside, or can easily be purchased. With a small set-up you can create your own colloidal silver with ease.
Alternative Medicine for Stomach Issues
Not all ailments need to be treated with alternative antibiotics. Stomach issues can be treated with flowers and herbs. From nausea to gastritis there are alternatives for a wealth of stomach troubles. If you find yourself suffering a stomach issue in a survival setting here are the best options for a speedy recovery:
- Ginger - A fairly common cooking spice that works wonders with nausea. Ginger can be easily grown without taking up very much space. Ginger is also very good for the digestive tract and effectively treats gas and bloating.
- Dandelion - Preparing a cup of tea will help ease bloating and gas. Dandelion is also an effective treatment for loss of appetite, gallstones, intestinal gas, as well as just a general upset stomach. Many believe it will effectively treat ulcers, as well.
- Cinnamon - Cinnamon is an effective treatment for gastrointestinal issues and urinary tract infections. Though the taste of adding a spoonful to water is a bit off-putting, it will have you feeling better in no time.
- Slippery Elm - Effectively treats diarrhea. Also takes care of heartburn and acid reflux.
- Blackberry - Specifically the leaves of a blackberry bramble when steeped into a tea are very effective at treating diarrhea.
- Elderberry - If your upset stomach is related to the flu or a virus, Elderberry is an effective treatment. Commonly taken in syrup form and tinctures.
- Sassafras - Is an effective treatment for the treatment of pain related to menstruation. In addition, it has a host of other practical uses as alternative medicine.
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Alternative Treatments for Injuries
As much as we may try to be careful, injuries will happen. In a survival setting we need to be diligent in taking care of our injuries as soon as possible. Putting treatment off can seriously interfere with daily tasks—and potentially lead to infection or other serious issues. Even what seems like a small injury could potentially lead to compartment syndrome, which is a more serious condition that just bumps and bruises. In severe cases, compartment syndrome can lead to renal failure and death.
In survival mode we will typically not have access to a doctor. Finding alternative treatments for swelling, inflammation, and circulation is a must. Here are several options that will treat injuries:
- Comfrey - Can be used to help heal broken bones. A poultice is also effective at treating sprains, pulled muscles, and ligaments.
- Plantain - An effective anti-inflammatory. Reduces swelling and offers all-natural pain relief. Many other medicinal uses and applications.
- Turmeric - An effective anti-inflammatory that can be made into a paste and applied to the affected area. It will, however, stain your skin a yellow color.
- Cayenne - Cayenne is a very powerful anti-inflammatory. Often used to make salves and muscle rubs for aches and pains.
- Clove - Clove can be steeped into a tea; drinking this tea will aid with swelling and inflammation (or you could bake something with it if you prefer).
- Garlic - Another great treatment option for inflammation and swelling. You can eat a clove raw—or roast it to mellow the flavor.
- Mobicosa - An all natural treatment for inflammation and pain that reduces swelling and stimulates regeneration of tissues.
There are many herbs and spices that will aid with swelling and inflammation. Make them alternative options for healing injuries should you find yourself in a survival situation.
"Backyard Medicine" is the go-to resource for alternative medicines in my home. The book is extremely informative and includes 120 natural remedies. It also shares details to make identification of medicinal plants a breeze.
Arm Yourself With Knowledge
There are so many natural options to alternative medicine. It is important that you familiarize yourself with alternative medicine practices prior to finding yourself smack dab in the middle of a survival setting. Learning what you need to know now can possibly save your life later. When you're talking illness and injury, learning on the fly could be a worst-case scenario.
Apothecary shops, holistic doctors, and books will be a great way to learn more about alternative medicine. Having a working understanding of alternative medicine options is absolutely a survival skill. Knowing what to use and when to use it can save your life—or the life of a loved one—in a survival setting. Arming yourself with knowledge today increases your chances of survival in the future.
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© 2016 Cynthia Hoover
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