Alpha Omega Labs:
Cansema Salve - After-Care
Although the Cansema (Amazon) Salve - User Instructions page contains specific instructions on what to do after the eschar comes out, some users have expressed the opinion that the information provided could be more extensive. This page addresses this concern.
Since Cansema Salve (in any of the trade names in which we sell it), is a stand alone product, many people elect to use it and let the decavitation heal on its own. That is, they do not use a after-care product, wound healing accelerant, moisturizer, or other adjunct, after the eschar comes out and there is an open wound area that needs to heal over. We, who are the founders of Alpha Omega Labs, have used Cansema personally about two dozen times over 27 years and have never used an "after-care" adjunct. Nonetheless, we understand why some people would.
The most common after-care products, their specific use, and links to the relevant product pages are :
<< --- 1. H3O -- (Calcium Sulfate Hydronium Concentrate) --- This is the best product to use if there is any residual bleeding. It also keeps the area free of pathogenic microbes. The best way to use it is to prepare it at the 1:9 dilution ratio and then put the solution in a plastic spray bottle. This can be used to spray the area two to three times as a day, or as needed.
If H3O does not cause the bleeding to completely subside, we recommend the use of Yunnan Baiyao, which we do not carry, but which is available in most oriental markets that sell medicinal herbs.
2. Sangre de Drago -- There are a number of ways of applying Sangre de Drago to burns, scratches, or in this case, wounds. If the wound is relatively shallow, you can put four or five drops on the area and then move the index finger very lightly to spread. You will notice the Sangre turn color from blood red to a light pink. If you look carefully, you'll see that the Sangre has created a light film over the area, protecting it and assisting in speedy up its healing.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide 3-6% --- This is the commercial variety that you see in drug stores everywhere. You can use this in a spray bottle, as we describe above for the use of H3O. Although it does an excellent job of keeping the area clean and free of bacteria, it can somewhat slow down the healing process. Like iodine, hydrogen peroxide is a potent oxidizing agent. It is an amazing compound, however, and it figures prominently in our bio-oxidative bathing page.
4. Maria Treben's Calendula Cream -- Actually most of the Maria Treben creams have remarkable healing properties, but the most suitable for assisting in the healing of decavitations is Calendula Cream. It does a remarkable job, however, it is not the best choice if the wound area is deep and/or bleeding is being experienced.
5. Lugol's Iodine 2.2% -- Lugol's is good for certain decavitated areas. It should not be applied with the wound area is deep or there is bleeding. But it does an excellent job of keep the area free of pathogens during the healing process. It can either be applied directly and then spread with the finger or a cotton swab, or it can be diluted with rubbing alcohol and sprayed from a small plastic bottle.