Boils are caused by the deep portion of the hair follicle becoming infected with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
Staphylococcus aureus infection will be more likely when the immune system is suppressed or when nutrition is poor.
Sufficient intake of Zinc is particularly important if re-infection is to be prevented. This can be obtained by taking 15 – 30mls of Colloidal
minerals daily which will increase all mineral levels and generally supplies adequate Zinc although in some instances it is necessary to add extra Zinc in the form of a tablet or Zinc liquid.
See page on ‘Zinc’.
Supplementing with vitamins A, C, E and B complex will also improve overall
health, vitamin A being specifically important in the treatment of boils.
Vitamin A can be found in any fish oil but particularly in halibut or cod liver oil.
The action of the herb Golden Seal is to act as an anti-microbial so therefore Golden Seal (Hydrastis Canadensis) can be an excellent herb with which to treat any Staphylococcus aureus infection.
It can be taken internally, mixed with other blood cleansing herbs, which is best if
the boils are persistently recurring or applied directly to the boil in order to speed external healing. Hot compresses can be used to help relieve pain and promote healing.
Sometimes boils will appear in areas where the circulation is poor. This could include the body as a whole or it may just be where a vein or artery has been damaged at some time.
In this case the circulation needs to be greatly improved. Supplementing with flaxseed oil at about 1tbsp daily gets good results. At times extra supplementation with a herb such as
Horsechestnut may be needed to further improve venous integrity.
It is important to make sure that the areas concerned are kept hygienically
clean. Often washing under the shower with liquid soaps is not sufficient to
remove excess Staphylococcus aureus and better results are obtained by a through
scrub with an oil based soap.