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SPLEEN

The spleen is an organ located in the left side of the abdomen, tucked under the rib cage behind the stomach. It is normally about the size of a person's fist. The spleen plays multiple supporting roles in the body. It acts as a filter for blood as part of the immune system. Old red blood cells are recycled in the spleen and platelets and white blood cells are stored there. People without a properly functioning spleen are at great risk of developing infections especially those caused by encapsulated bacteria which are germs with an outer coating which protects them from the body's immune system.

Some encapsulated bacteria the spleen protects the body from

  • Escherichia coli (certain strains)

  • Group B Streptococcus

  • Haemophilus influenzae

  • Klebsiella pneumoniae

  • Neisseria meningitidus

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • Salmonella typhi

  • Staphylococcus aureus

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae

Bites from disease carrying insects such as ticks, and bacteria from other animal, or even human, bites can become very serious when a person's spleen is compromised as can any infection occurring from other sources. People in hospital, especially burns patients and anyone who has had surgery, are vulnerable to Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial infections and more so if the spleen is not functioning well. This very common bacteria can also cause ear infections if swimming in water that has not been chlorinated and eye infections due to wearing long-term contact lenses.

Many of these bacteria are becoming resistant to conventional antibiotics which is of great concern and even more so if the spleen is compromised in any way. Escherichia coli infections can cause respiratory, urinary and surgical site infections and turn into life-threatening sepsis.

Diseases that a compromised spleen may allow to develop

  • Babesiosis: Babesia (also called Nuttallia) is a genus of protozoan apicomplexan piroplasms that infect the blood and cause a parasitic infection of the red blood cells.

  • Lyme disease: Caused by the parasite carried by ticks that live upon deer amongst other mammals.

  • Malaria: Caused by a bacteria carried by mosquitoes.

  • Meningitis: A bacterial infection of the brain and spinal chord.

  • Pneumonia: A respiratory infection caused by the Klebsiella pneumoniae or Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.

  • Sepsis: also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a condition triggered by an infection where the immune system begins to attacks the body's own tissues whilst trying to fight off the infection and can lead to a reduction of blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys which can be fatal.

These are just a few of the infections that can become serious due to a spleen disorder. Follow the blue links to learn more about each one and natural remedies to combat them.

 

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Symptoms of bacterial infection

A high temperature fever is the main symptom but can be caused by a virus infection too so a blood test needs to be done. Other symptoms can be;

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhoea

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches

  • Unusual tiredness

  • Vomiting

Natural remedies to reduce a fever

  • Drink plenty of bottled mineral water.

  • Aloe vera, pineapple or radish juice or coconut water (prevents dehydration) warm water with honey, lemon and ginger.

  • Teas: basil, burdock root, coriander, dandelion, mint, mustard seeds, raisins, saffron, thyme or yarrow. and mustard seeds (steep any of these ingredients in hot water then sip slowly. Three cups a day).

  • A tea made with daikon, shittake mushrooms and kombu seaweed can be used to lower fever and fight infection.

Natural antibiotic syrup

This powerful syrup can be used as a preventative and curative tonic for many health issues especially those involving bacterial infections and is especially useful when the spleen is compromised. It can also help to treat arthritis, fungal or viral infections, colds, coughs, digestive disorders, fevers, influenza, inflammation, kidney or liver disorders, pain, parasites and poor circulation. It is also good for preventing atherosclerosis (hardened arteries), cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure and boosts the immune system.

Ingredients

  • 800 ml of apple cider vinegar

  • One tablespoon of grated ginger

  • One tablespoon of finely chopped garlic

  • Two tablespoon of finely chopped onion

  • Two tablespoons of grated horseradish

  • Two tablespoons of turmeric powder

  • Two teaspoons of ground black pepper

  • Two chilli peppers or one teaspoon of chilli powder

  • Two tablespoons honey (optional)

  • Two tablespoon of cold-pressed coconut oil

  • Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon

Method

  • Place all prepared ingredients in a large glass jar.

  • Screw the lid on and shake well to mix.

  • Leave in a cool dark place for seven days, shaking at least once a day.

  • Strain the liquid from the mixture into a fresh jar, squeezing out as much as possible, then store in a cool dark place.

As a treatment: Take one tablespoon of this liquid two to three times a day until the symptoms have gone.

As a preventative: Take one tablespoon every morning on an empty stomach before food.

NOTE: Make sure to shake the jar well before taking a tablespoon of the tonic.

NOTE: Not recommended for pregnant women or children under the age of ten or those with stomach ulcers or for those taking medications to thin the blood.

A-Z of natural antibiotics

There are hundreds of naturally antibiotic plant foods that are useful to add to the diet when infections are present and the spleen is not functioning correctly including the following.

 

  • Acacia

  • Andiroba seed oil

  • Agave

  • Ajos Kiro or Ajos Caspi

  • Alfalfa

  • Alisma

  • All spice

  • Aloe vera

  • Andrographis

  • Angelica root

  • Anise

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Arnica

  • Ash gourd

  • Ashitaba

  • Ashwagandha

  • Asparagus

  • Astragalus

  • Aubergine

  • Aveloz

  • Bamboo shoots

  • Banderol

  • Baobab fruit

  • Barberry

  • Barley grass

  • Basil

  • Bergamot

  • Betel nut

  • Bilberries

  • Birch tree bark

  • Biscuit root

  • Bitter kola

  • Black seed

  • Blessed thistle

  • Blood root

  • Blueberry leaves

  • Blue flag

  • Blue vervain

  • Borage

  • Burdock root

  • Butcher’s broom

  • Camphor

  • Capers

  • Caraway seeds

  • Cardamom seeds

  • Cascara sagrada bark

  • Cashew nuts

  • Cat’s claw

  • Chaga mushrooms

  • Chamomile

  • Chancapuedra

  • Chebulic myrobalan

  • Chestnut leaves

  • Chickweed

  • Chilli pepper

  • Chinese rhubarb root

  • Chinese yam

  • Chives

  • Cinchona bark

  • Cinnamon

  • Cinquefoil

  • Cleavers

  • Cloves

  • Coccinia

  • Coconut

  • Coltsfoot

  • Copaiba oil

  • Coriander

  • Corn silk

  • Couch grass

  • Cumin

  • Cranberry juice

  • Cryptolepsis

  • Damiana

  • Dandelion root

  • Dill

  • Dragon’s blood

  • Echinacea

  • Elderberry

  • Elcampane

  • Eucalyptus

  • Fagara

  • False daisy

  • Fennel seeds

  • Frankincense

  • Garlic

  • Ginger

  • Ginger Thomas

  • Ginseng

  • Golden rod

  • Goldenseal

  • Gotu kola

  • Grapefruit peel and seed extract

  • Green tea

  • Hu huang lian

  • Himalayan pink salt crystals

  • Holy basil

  • Honey (raw unrefined)

  • Honeysuckle flowers

  • Hops

  • Horsetail

  • Hyssop

  • Indian nettle

  • Japanese or Chinese Knotweed

  • Jergon sacha

  • Juniper

  • Land caltrop

  • Lavender

  • Lemon

  • Lemon balm

  • Lemongrass

  • Lime

  • Liquorice root

  • Ma huang (Ephedra)

  • Mandrake

  • Marigold

  • Marshmallow root

  • Mint

  • Moringa

  • Mountain mint

  • Mugwort

  • Mullaca

  • Mustard greens and seeds

  • Myrrh

  • Nasturtium

  • Neem leaves

  • Nutmeg

  • Oleander leaf

  • Olive leaf

  • Oregon grape root

  • Oregano

  • Panax

  • Paprika

  • Parsley

  • Parsnips

  • Passion flower

  • Pau d'arco

  • Peppercorns

  • Peppermint

  • Pepperwort

  • Perilla leaves

  • Phyllanthus amarus

  • Pineapple

  • Pine needles

  • Pink cedar

  • Plantain

  • Poke root

  • Prickly ash

  • Propolis

  • Purslane

  • Radishes

  • Red clover

  • Red raspberry seeds

  • Rosemary

  • Sage

  • Sarsaparilla

  • Sassafras

  • Savoury

  • Saw palmetto berry

  • Scutellaria

  • Sea salt (unrefined)

  • Senega root

  • Sorrel

  • Soursop

  • Stephania root

  • Stinging nettle

  • Suma (Brazilian ginseng)

  • Tea tree oil

  • Thyme

  • Turmeric

  • Usnea

  • Violet

  • Wasabi

  • White willow

  • Witch hazel

  • Wormwood

  • Yarrow

  • Yellow dock

  • Yoghurt

Cloves have powerful antibacterial properties and three can be added, when the tea is still hot, to any of the herbal teas three times per day. The following spices are very effective antibiotics and should be sprinkled daily onto meals and soups and/or added to herbal teas.

  • Chilli pepper

  • Cardamom seeds

  • Coriander seeds (ground)

  • Cubeb seeds (ground)

  • Cumin seeds (ground)

  • Ginger

  • Paprika

  • Peppercorns (all colours ground)

  • Turmeric

Cubeb, botanical name  Piper cubeba, is the red alternative to black pepper and the seeds have antibacterial activity against Micrococcus pyrogens var. aureus. The oil of this plant is effective against the influenza virus and Bacillus typhosus. It is also a good tonic for the spleen which can help fight infections.

NOTE: Always store any herbal antibiotic liquids in a refrigerator and drink the same day.

Always try to obtain organically produced herbs, spices and natural whole foods as this will ensure that the mineral content of the soil was managed naturally and not artificially fertilised and that the crops were not sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals. Many natural antibiotics are very common plants that can be easily grown organically in the garden at home or containers and pots on a balcony, patio or roof garden and some will thrive on a sunny windowsill indoors throughout the year.

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