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INSECT / BEE / SNAKE STINGS AND BITES SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENT & ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

Description Morning Noon Evening Night Comments
PRO-C(Most Important) 2–4 caps 2–4 caps 2–4 caps 2–4 caps Take at any time. Enhances immune system’s ability to clear toxins and repairs tissue damage. Initial dose after sting or bite is 4–8 capsules.
Mighty Multi-Vite!™ capsules or
Multi Two
tablets
2 caps
1 tab
  2 caps
1 tab
  Take with meals. Provides most of the nutritional supplementation needed by the body.
Essential Fats plus E
or Omega Plus
2 softgels
3 softgels
  2 softgels
3 softgels
  Take with meals. Provides essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Enhances cellular repair and prevents inflammation.
Echinacea Tincture
(Most Important)
70 drops 70 drops 70 drops 70 drops Take with a little water. Prevents venom from spreading and enhances immune function. Initial dose taken immediately after sting or bite should be one half to one ounce (0.5 oz to 1 oz). Also, apply externally (see instructions below).
Rejuvenate™! PLUS
or Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs™
1 scoop
1 scoop
  1 scoop
1 scoop
  Take as a meal or snack. Complete low carbohydrate, extremely nutritious, high-RNA superfoods.
Prolyt – proteolytic enzymes 3 caps 3 caps 3 caps 3 caps Take between meals. Breaks down venom/toxins. Also, capsule can opened and some of the moistened contents applied directly to affected area.
Myo-Mag 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap   Take with meals. Contains magnesium and malic acid for improved energy and muscle function. Helps prevent pain.
Hepa Plus 2 caps   2 caps   Take with meals. Helps the body to clear toxins from the liver.

 

Additional Items: Warrior Mist™ (topical pain formula) (as needed), Immune Assist Daily Formula (2 caps 3 times daily), Double Zinc Plus (1–2 tablets daily), Selenium (200 mcg daily as l-selenomethionine), Adreno Plus™ glandular (1-3 caps daily with meals), Nascent Iodine (applied externally for infections and taken internally at 10–25 drops daily), and Magnesium Oil sprayed onto skin or Magnesium Flakes in a bath (2–4 cups) with baking soda (2 cups). Also, a baking soda paste applied to the affected area can neutralize toxins.

Soak the affected area with Echinacea Tincture as soon as possible after sting or bite. Echinacea Tincture contains haluronidase inhibitors that block the venom from breaking down connective tissue and prevents the venom from spreading.

You can make your own Echinacea Tincture in a glass quart mason jar using fresh organic or wildcrafted echinacea roots, leaves, and seeds (available from Pacific Botanicals (541-479-7777)) soaked in vodka. Soak the herbs for several weeks in enough vodka to see 1/3 liquid at the top of the jar above the solids. Shake jar once or twice daily. After three to four weeks, strain liquid through cheesecloth or a cotton towel into a large bowl, then pour the filtered Echinacea Tincture into the glass mason jar and/or dropper bottles.

Alternatively, you may purchase high quality Echinacea Tincture. We suggest that your first internal dose of Echinacea Tincture immediately after sting or bite should be ½ to 1 oz (in a little water).

Shortly after soaking the area with Echinacea Tincture, apply a drawing poultice that draws the venom out of the skin.

How to make a drawing poultice: a simple, but very effective drawing poultice consists of two parts (e.g., 2 tablespoons) slippery elm bark powder, and then equal parts (e.g., 1 tablespoon each) of activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and apple pectin (available from Pacific Botanicals or Blessed Herbs (774-298-0966)). Mix the herbs in a large bowl and then transfer to a mason jar or other container. This is your pre-prepared poultice mix.

If you do not wish to make your own pre-prepared poultice mix, then there exist intestinal cleansing formulas, including HPDI’s Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula that contains these basic ingredients (plus other therapeutic substances). Applied externally they work effectively to draw out the toxins and heal wounds.

Poultices are applied by making them into a thick wet paste, applying this paste to the skin, and covering them with gauze and plastic wrap. Leave the poultice on for six (6) hours or more, and reapply fresh poultice as often as necessary. You may want to apply a cold pack over the poultice to keep the venom/toxins from spreading.

In our experience, the use of homeopathic remedies can be very helpful. These include: Ledum palustre, Apis mellifica, Hypericum, and Urtica urens. Use 30C strength for good results. If there is pain, the use of Arnica montana 30C can be very helpful.

We also recommend the use of Warrior Mist™ topical, natural pain relief formula. This formula can stop pain very rapidly. We recognize that while the effect of echinacea and poultice is to pull out venom and will reduce swelling and pain, a fast-acting pain relief formula like Warrior Mist™ can act quickly to take away pain and increase general comfort in a timely way.

We suggest you prepare a kit with the Echinacea Tincture and drawing poultice already prepared since time may be of the essence after you have been stung or bitten. In addition, this kit should include: the homeopathic remedies, a bottle of PRO-C™, distilled water for poultice preparation, gauze, plastic wrap, and tape. Take this kit with you when hiking or camping, keep it in you car, or put it in a place where you can quickly access it when needed.

In cases of serious bites (such as rattlesnake or brown recluse bites) and when anaphylaxis is possible, you should seek appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible.

Click here to read an extensive HPDI blog post on the topic of stings and bites.

 

Additional References

  1. Good reference for use of Echinacea:
    http://www.folkremediesforyou.com/echinacea-folk-remedies/
  2. An extensively referenced WHO Monograph on Echinacea Purpurea:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/22852382/Echinacea-purpurea-herba-WHO-Monograph
  3. Excellent and well-referenced article on Echinacea from North Carolina School of Pharmacy:
    http://www.chiro.org/nutrition/ABSTRACTS/What_is_Echinacea.shtml
  4. An excellent review of use of slippery elm bark both for poultices and internal uses:
    http://www.theherbprof.com/hrbSlipperyElm.htm
  5. Two excellent works on activated charcoal for broad range of conditions, including stings and bites:
    A. RX: Charcoal by Calvin L. Thrash, Agatha Thrash, and Phylis Austin
    B. Activated Charcoal: Antidote, Remedy, and Health Aid by David O. Cooney
  6. Website on use of clay poultices:
    http://www.eytonsearth.org/clay-packs.php
  7. Article on homeopathic remedies for stings and bites:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/029132_homeopathy_insect_bites.html
  8. Comprehensive article on a broad range of natural substances (including Vitamin C) for stings and bites:
    http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/insect-bites-000095.htm