An abscess may occur anywhere in the body (lungs, teeth, gums, underarms, breast or almost any other area) and is a condition indicating local infection. White blood cells, known as leukocytes, collect in pockets in the infected area together with dead tissue cells and other substances to form pus – a dense opaque fluid. The function of the white blood cells is to fight infection and assist in rebuilding damaged tissue. An abscess is basically a sign that the body is trying to rid itself of impurities.

Recommended Action

A good drawing poultice can be made up of a combination of the single herbs. This should be spread thickly over the entire area to bring the abscess to a head. Hot onions or freshly ground garlic (applied after a coating of olive oil), hot pumpkin or hot uncooked tomatoes can be used in lieu of the suggested herbs, if they are unavailable. After expansion, bursting and drainage is complete, a good healing and tissue building poultice should be applied, such as listed below or Calendula. The herbs may also be taken internally to speed healing. Remove mucus-forming foods (see Mucus) from the diet. Thoroughly cleansing the blood should prevent a recurrence of the condition.

Single Herbs: Plantain (drawing); Calendula (drawing and healing), Comfrey (heals and rebuilds tissue); Garlic (disinfectant and tissue builder, apply a layer of olive oil first to prevent blistering); Chaparral, Burdock root or Echinacea (blood cleansers); Goldenseal root (disinfectant), Slippery Elm bark (soother and builder).

Combinations: A good drawing poultice can be made from 3 parts Goldenseal root, 1 part Myrrh, 2 parts Slippery Elm bark, 3 parts Plantain, and 1 part Comfrey.

Nutritional Supplements:  Vitamin C (500 mg, three to six times daily); Vitamin A (10,000 IU), Zinc (15 mg, two times daily). Apply Vitamin E oil after abscess is drained.