Post-Operative Adhesions: Natural Remedies – Health and Wellness

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After one or more surgeries abdominal adhesions or bands can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Here are alternative solutions to loosen postoperative abdominal adhesions.

The medical solution is often surgery, which unfortunately can cause more adhesions. However, there are several natural remedies for treating abdominal adhesions that are simple, inexpensive, and non-invasive. These alternatives include serrapeptase supplement, castor oil poultices, and certain herbs like comfrey and calendula.

What are intestinal adhesions or bridles?

Abdominal adhesions are a type of scar tissue that makes your internal organs “stick together” and prevents their natural mobility, as they are intended to do. Adhesions can cause pain, discomfort and in more severe cases bowel obstruction. Adhesions can also cause infertility.

What causes abdominal adhesions?

Usually, adhesions are the result of surgery. Abdominal and pelvic infections can also cause adhesions.

Are there home remedies for adhesions or flanges?

There are several natural remedies that can be used to treat abdominal adhesions. They are inexpensive and non-invasive, but it takes a bit of perseverance and diligence on your part to implement them.

Read also : Soften and reduce a scar with plants


Serrapeptase (also known as serratiopeptidase), is an enzyme produced by silkworms. Serrapeptase dissolves non-living tissue. It can be purchased at health food stores and online.

If you have artificial parts, meshes, pins, etc. in your body, you should NOT use serrapeptase (ask your doctor for advice). You could be inadvertently dissolving synthetic materials in your body that are essential for your bodily function! However, there are other options for you, if so.

Serrapeptase should not be used if you have an abscess of any kind, including a tooth abscess. This can make it easier for the infection to spread. Serrapeptase should not be taken with blood thinners – such as warfarin and aspirin – other dietary supplements like garlic, fish oil and turmeric, which can increase your risk of bleeding or bruising (source)

castor oil packs

castor oil grip pack

Castor oil packs are external poultices used on the abdomen. Castor oil reduces pain and inflammation. Used faithfully over time, they can reduce scar tissue and adhesions.

How to Make a Castor Oil Pack for Adhesions

  • Soak a cotton or woolen cloth several times thick in castor oil.
  • Place the cloth on your abdomen. You can choose the size that suits you. If you’ve had multiple surgeries and lots of adhesions, you may need a large cloth to cover a large area. If you know your adhesions are more concentrated in a small area then you can make a smaller size pack, the important thing is that it covers the affected area.
  • Cover the castor oil cloth with plastic wrap. Kitchen plastic wrap will do. Use a bandage to secure the castor oil packet to your abdomen. Ladies will find that a spandex tank top and/or leggings will hold the pack in place well. (But be aware that your clothes may end up stained with castor oil; use old clothes).
  • Then apply a heating pad or hot water bottle (not too hot). Heat helps castor oil penetrate the skin.
  • Use the castor oil pack for 2 hours or overnight. (Do not use a heating pad at night – turn it off when you go to sleep; the heat will be retained for some time).
  • Do this 4 nights in a row for 3 nights off. Use during these nights may help you sleep better! Women should not do this during their periods, although they may find it relieves menstrual cramps if the packs are applied in the days before their period.
  • Maybe plan to sleep in old clothes and on old towels to make sure you don’t stain your clothes and sheets with castor oil.

You don’t need to make a new castor oil pack every day. You can add more castor oil to the pack if needed. If you are using this treatment for several months, start with a new pack each month.

Plants for adhesions

The comfrey is an amazing plant known for its ability to heal tissue. Used regularly, it is known to heal even old scars. the Calendula is another powerful herb useful for skin and scars.

Comfrey and calendula can be used individually or together to make a tea to drink or an oil to use externally for adhesions.

Comfrey and Calendula tea anti-bridles

  • 1/2 tablespoon comfrey leaf
  • 1/2 tbsp calendula flowers
  • 2 cups of water
  • Boil the water and pour over the leaves. Soak for 15 minutes. Drain. Sweeten with honey if desired.
  • Drink this tea every day.

Oil recipe against post-operative adhesions

  • 1 cup dried comfrey leaf
  • 1 cup calendula flowers (dry – they should be bright orange/yellow)
  • Castor oil
  • Olive oil
  • Pour your plants into a pot. Use an equal amount of olive and castor oil to completely cover the plants. Cover
  • Fold a cloth in the bottom of a slow cooker. Lay your pot of oil on the cloth.
  • Add water to your slow cooker just below the lid of the pot.
  • Set your slow cooker to “keep warm” mode.
  • Let the plants infuse for 5 days. You may need to add water daily.
  • Use a piece of clean t-shirt to drain the flowers.
  • You now have a wonderful massage oil for your adhesions.

Twice a day, gently massage this oil on your abdomen. Massage will be very effective in loosening and healing adhesions.

These remedies require patience. You will have to use them regularly for weeks or months. But they are effective, non-invasive and long-lasting.

post-operative adhesions: natural remedies to relieve pain and gain comfort

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