Fawndog's gangrenously blacked leg is almost completely pink now, his warts have come down in size and he's able to sit up and, nfortunately, scream a lot. I realised yesterday though that I had it all wrong.
The screaming is not because of his gangrene -- his gangrene is because of an inguinal hernia, which hurts enough to scream when he moves. Now I'm thinking maybe it was the same problem that Ancient and Pummi had because they're drawing the same remedies, so it must be a progression of ... loss of collagen? hardening of the gut or small intestinal inflammation? Not sure which, but the three seem to go together - Hernia, Gangrene and Paralysis. And it's a nutrient deficiency.
The remedies I've read so far recommended for hernia which coincide with so many I've rejected in favour of others for Ancient, Pummi, Karia, Lassi, Honey, Nuttu, Kitpit, etc simply because they didn't fit any of the ideas I had about their diseases. It's thanks to these gross nutrient suppliment experiments that I'm seeing a larger picture. Though perhaps still not a perfect one.
The problem partially is a nutritional one. The dogs lack ionic Mag, Zinc, Copper, Silver and Gold (occasionally Mang and Chrom) which are mostly the elements they draw through Reiki. All of these are astringent! Without these, they grow more acidic and full of inflammations. They get parasites, worms and fleas from the inflamed and bloated condition. This condition is the Hernia-Gangrene-Paralysis combo that most street dogs end up in.
They need astringents in homeopathic remedies too. None of the other plant remedies seems to be essential. If the astringents work, if the ionic, electrolytic nutrition is balanced, I think a lot of paralysed, screaming animals on the street can be saved. Maybe homeopathic astringents are better than herbal because they won't work too long and in very extreme ways - we don't want the dogs to be permanently constipated, but we do need the tissues to be less boggy.
The astringents mentioned in Potter are: Tannic and Gallic Acids (Quercus, Castanea, Geranium, Granatum, Hamamelis, Kino, Pinus and all vegetables contain some tannic or gallic acid) - Argentum (Silver) - Cuprum (Copper) - Plumbum (Lead) - Zincum (Zinc) - *Cadmium - Cerium - Alumen (Alum)
Just look at the coincidences in all the lists! Surely this is the correct interpretation from the empirical evidence that this is astringency (or it's opposite in homeopathy?) is a key to healing dogs with gangrene-hernia-paralysis. Like I said, the picture is just clearing up - I hope I'm on the right track.
For hernias (umbilical, strangulated, obstructed, incarcerated, femoral, inguinal):
Homeo and herbal:
Plant remedies: Opium, Tabacum, Nux vom, Colocynthus, Lycopodium, Symphytum 6 (which makes him scream though), Cocculus, Crategus, Thlaspi, Licorice, Marshmallow, Ginger in the order that I've seen them drawn.
Elements: Cad sulph, Zn sulph, Plumb met
Nutritional: Zinc and Copper. (Mag chloride of course probably did the groundwork)
Here's some stuff I collected about hernia remedies from various websites:
Inguinal Hernias result when the intestines bulge out from a tear in the connective tissue of the Inguinal Ligament, which is a barrier lining between the inside and the outside of the body. When the connective tissues gets weak, it may result in a tear in the ligament. This occurs due to the connective tissue becoming weak due to a Copper deficiency and the effects of different types of stress on the body. The convergence of Stress on the body (Common, Mega and Chronic Stress) combined with a lack of nutrients to support the connective tissues result in a weakening of the connective tissues of the ligaments. Sweating out nutrients (including the Copper (needed for connective tissue) from hot weather, athletics, etc., weakens the connective tissues. Also Stress from heavy lifting, sports, coughing and straining bowel movements contribute to the problem. Signs of Copper deficiency also include graying of hair, hemmoroids and aneurisms.
Put more zinc in your diet when healing from a hernia, because this mineral helps in connective tissue remodeling. The recommended intake of zinc, a mineral that also influences your taste of smell, ranges from 8 to 11 milligrams for adults. Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, as are beef, crab and pork. You also can get zinc from yogurt, cashews, dried beans, Swiss cheese and milk.
Supplements and herbs
Echinacea and Hydrastis
Days 1-3: A combination formula of the Echinacea and goldenseal can be given to children two times every day. These combination doses will aid in the detoxification of the body; helping in the elimination of chemicals from the blood following anesthesia. These will also greatly boost and support the immune system, these herbs will also help prevent a possible infection that can set within the surgical wound. Thus the recovery of the child from the surgical trauma will be improved and carried out at a faster rate.
Days 4-6: dosages of the astragalus herb (Astragalus membranaceous) can also be given thrice a day to children in the recovery period. The immune system is bolstered by the actions of this healing herb, the herb has a very high and potent concentration of trace minerals and micronutrients, essential for proper immune system functioning.
Days 7-14: a single dose of the American ginseng can also be given to children thrice every day during the recovery stage. The immune system as well as the internal defense of the child’s body is bolstered by this herb; it has very potent active ingredients and is another excellent source of trace minerals and micronutrients essential for a healthy body and is helpful for recovery.
Gotu kola is another excellent herb for utilization in the recovery stage and is a great general tonic as well as contributor to rapid wound healing. Until complete recovery is achieved, children can be given two to three doses of this herb on a daily basis.
The vitamin C in your diet triggers the production of collagen in your body. This is particularly important for hernia tissue repair because collagen makes up connective tissues, which require shoring up to heal the hernia. Adult men and women need 75 to 90 milligrams of vitamin C each day, so eat foods such as Brussels sprouts, mango, strawberries and cabbage to increase your consumption of this vitamin.
Vitamin E plays an important role in the repair of connective tissues that may break to allow for a hernia to occur. Free radicals may trigger connective tissue damage, and vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights free radical damage to these tissues. The ideal intake of this vitamin stands at 15 milligrams per day, and you can eat seeds, nuts and spinach to help you get the amount you need.