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Post-anesthesia Recommendations

Note: This is shared advice from an email discussion. You may want to discuss alternative ideas with your doctor. Wide Smiles does not give medical advice.

Regarding lingering grogginess, etc. after surgery, Lark forwarded some alternative ways to deal with it:

Lark's Note: I've heard lots from the natural medicine world about protecting the liver from anesthesia and supporting optimal liver function afterwards. Because I've had episodes of anesthesia being released (in amounts that were clearly smell-able to me and the practitioner) after/during bodywork -- years after the fact, I tend to respect the fact that it is strong stuff, and so it may be wise to deal with cleansing from it as closely after the fact as possible. Everything in this tincture is readily available at any natural food store, OTC, and has no contraindications (although I wouldn't take it if I were pregnant, without asking specifics on each herb). Milk thistle is the most common liver tonifier that I know of, and I believe the other ingredients are things that Leigh has recommended in her article on herbal ways to prepare for surgery.

The CranioSacral Therapy recommendations make sense, too, because I've often woken up with very sore neck/strange little sore points on my head following surgery. It's not "natural" to be immobilized in that position, under normal circumstances, and dentistry is also especially notorious for creating CranioSacral malfunction.

Forwarded Message:

This formula was recommended by a naturopathic physician to me for my 2 year old son who had dental surgery using general anesthesia. The protocol was to start 2 weeks prior to surgery and 2 weeks post.

In tincture
1 part solidago (goldenrod)
1 part gingko
1 part cratageus (hawthorne)
1 part calendula

I added to this formula 2 parts milk thistle and aprox. 20% veg. glycerin for taste compliance. Dosage was given to me as if an adult were to take it and I adjusted for my sons wt./ and size. So adult dosge is 30 drops x twice daily for the afore mentioned 2 wks prior and post.

The other thing we did was to have a session of cranial/sacr. work done.

Hope this is of service.
Another message from Lark:

Here's another forward on post-surgery recommendations -- Vitamin C is to be avoided, in *extreme* doses before surgery (although a normal, regular dose of a gram or so per day is still ok), because it can cause blood thinning. Afterward, though, it's a great chelator (meaning, something that will attach to toxins and escort them out of the body).

The usual way to establish proper therapeutic C dosage (when not pre-surgery, of course), is to give amounts of it that are large enough to cause slight diarrhea, and then back off slightly. That way, the body uses what it needs to (which can be quite a lot during stress), and then excretes the rest -- which, in large amounts, will irritate the bowels.
File #617, and Leigh Austin's excellent herbal info at #620 and #730 are sources of more similar info on preparation/post surgery healing using commonly found vitamins and herbs.

As an adult who, after literally years of antibiotics which *directly* resulted in a severely compromised immune system, I can't stress enough that there are much, much safer ways of treating infection, protecting, and and building up the body. Because antibiotics are so over-prescribed, resulting in extremely wily infectious agents, there is always the chance that relying on drugs alone will prove to be ineffective. It's a very good strategy to build the body up to defend itself on its own. Anyway, here's more on Vitamin C post-surgery -- just a sample of the ways that common vitamins can be used with therapeutic outcomes in mind.



The quickest way to detox from anesthetics is high doses of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, spread over the day (or two). In fact, C is such a good anesthetic detox it must be avoided before any surgery using same. We dosed our under 10 pound Shih Tzu with C because of an infection. Shortly thereafter we realized surgery would be needed to remove an imbedded foxtail. The vet was forced to use (at great cost to us) the amount of anesthetic commonly used on full grown male Rottweilers. Even at that dose the anesthetic barely kept her under and she recovered rapidly. Now I only use C after surgery (for any mammal) and if a pain killer is being used because there is great pain I won't use C at all.

Another Forwarded Message:

And here's another one -- this one from an MD. Caution, though -- olive oil is SUCH a good cleansing agent (it's very commonly used in fasts and other detox regimens and especially those that treat gallbladder problems) that people who have gallbladder problems and other things which have potential to respond dramatically to cleansing (ie, producing a "healing crisis") should not follow this recommendation without supervision from a healthcare professional. Everything is available at the grocery stores, though.


Also, you might have her do a liver pack twice a day (warm water bottle covered with a damp, warm towel, 10-20 min). A good, natural liver detox formula is:

1 c orange juice
1 whole lemon (puree in blender, then strain out juice, throw out dry pulp)
1 T extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil.

Mix together and drink.

**Ask if any allergy to citrus first.

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