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Wound Healing

Also indexed as:Cuts, Cuts & Scrapes, Injuries (Wounds), Skin Wounds, Wounds
Repair the damage to your skin and other soft tissues by caring for affected areas and focusing on your overall health. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Bromelain
3,000 MCU (2,000 GDU) three times per day for several days, followed by 2,000 MCU three times per day3 stars[3 stars]
Taking bromelain may help reduce swelling and speed the healing time for surgical wounds and soft tissue injuries.
Vitamin B-Complex
Follow label directions3 stars[3 stars]
Thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and other B vitamins have all been shown to play a role in wound healing. For this reason, some healthcare practitioners recommend a high-potency B vitamin supplement to promote wound healing.
Vitamin C
1 to 3 grams daily3 stars[3 stars]
Taking vitamin C may promote connective tissue repair.
Zinc
30 mg daily (with 2 mg copper daily to prevent depletion), or apply topical zinc preparations regularly3 stars[3 stars]
Zinc is a component of enzymes needed to repair wounds, and even a mild deficiency can interfere with optimal recovery from everyday tissue damage.
Aloe
Apply stabilized gel three to five times daily2 stars[2 stars]
Aloe has been shown to decrease inflammation, promote cellular repair, and facilitate wound healing.
Chamomile
Apply an ointment containing 2% chamomile extract or standardized for chamazulene and bisabolol content three to four times daily 2 stars[2 stars]
Topically applied chamomile can be used to speed wound healing.
Chondroitin Sulfate Topical
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Applying an ointment containing chondroitin sulfate may speed healing of skin wounds.
Copper
2 to 4 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Copper plays a role in the strengthening of connective tissue and may help promote wound healing.
Gotu Kola
Take a standardized herbal extract providing 60 mg total triterpenoids once or twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Applying an ointment containing gotu kola may speed healing of skin wounds.
Honey
Take under medical supervision: apply 10 to 20 ml twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Topical application of honey has been used since antiquity to accelerate skin wound healing. Honey has been shown to inhibit the growth of several organisms responsible for wound infections.
Horse Chestnut
Apply topically2 stars[2 stars]
Horse chestnut contains a compound called aescin that acts as an anti-inflammatory and reduces swelling after trauma, particularly sports injuries, surgery, and head injury.
Hyaluronic Acid
1% solution for ears2 stars[2 stars]
Topically applied hyaluronic acid is sometimes used in skin wound dressings to improve healing.
Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate
10 to 30 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with OKG has been shown to significantly improve wound healing and decrease the length of hospital stays.
Vitamin A
Take under medical supervision: 25,000 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin A plays a central role in wound healing and may be useful as a supplement or in a topical ointment.
Vitamin E
400 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E may enhance healing and prevent adhesion formation after surgery, applied topically, the vitamin may help prevent scarring.
Arginine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Arginine appears to improve wound healing by increasing protein synthesis.
Arnica Topical
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some practitioners consider topically applied arnica to be among the best wound-healing herb available.
Bladderwrack
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Alginic acid is one of the main constituents in bladderwrack. Calcium alginate has shown promise as an agent to speed wound healing.
Calendula
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Topically applied calendula can be used to speed wound healing.
Carnosine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Carnosine, a small molecule composed of the amino acids histidine and alanine, appears to promote wound healing.
Chaparral
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chaparral has been used topically to decrease inflammation, and pain, and promote healing of minor wounds.
Chondroitin Sulfate Oral
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with chondroitin sulfate may promote wound healing by providing the raw material needed by the body to manufacture connective tissue.
Comfrey
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease bruising and help heal wounds when the herb is applied topically.
Echinacea
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Echinacea is used among European practitioners of herbal medicine to promote wound healing.
Glucosamine Sulfate Oral
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with glucosamine sulfate may promote wound healing by providing the raw material needed by the body to manufacture connective tissue.
Horsetail
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Horsetail can be used both internally and topically to decrease inflammation and promote wound healing.
Plantain Topical
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Topically applied plantain can be used to speed wound healing.
St. John's Wort
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Topically applied St. John's wort can be used to speed wound healing.
Tea Tree
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Tea tree oil may be applied topically to skin wounds, although it is not recommended for burns.
Witch Hazel
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Witch hazel can be used topically to decrease inflammation and to stop bleeding.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

 
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