Time is the most magic healer of every wound, illness or injury. We can provide the building blocks for healing- vitamin C, Zinc, Glucosamine, Amino acids. Or we can provide physiological modifiers, such as anti-inflammatories, and antibiotics, but they all only aid the body to heal itself. Tissues can only regenerate as fast as the body can create them.
Antibiotics do not heal the body, they kill the bacterial pathogens that are overwhelming the body. Its the body that repairs the damage and clears the toxins.
Gotu kola doesn’t heal the tissue. It increases the circulation, and promotes formation of new cells, and tissues. This is done by stimulating the body to grow these new cells, that create the new tissue.
Amino acids do not form new proteins within the body on their own. Amino acids are merely the building blocks the body uses to create new proteins. Dietary protein does not just stay as protein, it is broken down into its constituent amino acids, which are then used to build up new proteins.
No matter what aids we use, time is still needed to allow the body to perform those tasks.
Sometimes we try to rush these things, we can try to dose too frequently, or expect results too quickly, and loose faith, loose hope and we stop one treatment and rush to the next one. We rush to get stronger, and stronger medicines to try and speed up the healing.
We need to understand the process of healing. Inflammation is part of the healing process. The increased blood flow takes the immune cells, like white blood cells and clotting factors to an injured site to start the healing process.
Pain is also an important healing mechanism. If there is pain, an injured body part is used as little as possible. An injured leg is held up and causes a limp, where weight is not put on the limb. Not using it allows the healing to take place. If the limb is used too soon, further injury can occur, or the healing that has taken place will be re-injured. This is a big down side of using excessive pain medication.
Different body parts take different times to heal. Skin and muscle tissue take a few days to lay down and rejoin tissue. Cartilage and tendon can take a couple of weeks, whereas a broken bone can take 6-8 weeks to heal properly, while the body lays down new bone tissue.
When there is too much pain and inflammation
Chronic pain and inflammation do have a negative effect on healing, and need to be reduced so the body can move from the first line of defence from an injury, to re-build and repair. Chronic pain and inflammation are usually associated with the modern diet and lifestyle our pets lead. Fed too many processed foods, full of additives, such as colourings, flavourings and preservatives. Other causes can be from excessive use of an injured body part, genetic defects, that lead to tissue injury, such as hip dysplasia, or inappropriate movements for dogs, like jumping in and out of a car that is too high.
So rest an injury.
Easier said than done in an excited and exuberant puppy. This is where crate training is invaluable.
The gut can also need resting, and time to heal. Fasting can help to allow the pathogens to be removed, and also allow the tissue regeneration to take place, without the added burden of digestion.
The liver also needs time to process toxins. The detoxification pathways and the cells that process the toxins, need to do their jobs. The kidney needs to filter the blood. We can use supplements that improve the enzyme pathways, or herbs that can help to protect the tissue while detoxifying, but the these processes still take time.
If there is inadequate building blocks, the body will do an inefficient job at creating these new tissues. The biochemistry behind the physiology of the body needs vitamins, minerals, and other co-factors to run smoothly. If there is an essential co-factor missing, the process stops.
It is also important to know when healing is not taking place, and medical intervention is required. There is a time for conventional antibiotics, and surgery.
We need to allow adequate time, and provide the building blocks required to heal, regenerate and renew the body, to ensure the best outcomes for our beloved furry family members.