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| Nutmeg for Boils, Abscesses and Carbuncles? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: N J Clarke
Posted on: July 12, 2004
Could you please let me know all medicinal uses for nutmeg?
Many years ago we took 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg three times a day to clean the blood to get rid of boils abcesses and carbuncles. This worked when nothing the doctors could do worked.
Thomas Bartram, in "Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine" (available at Richters) lists the actions of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) as prostaglandin inhibitor (prostaglandins are hormone-like messengers that can cause inflammation and pain and many other negative as well as positive actions), anti-diarrhoeal, anti- inflammatory, antispasmodic, sedative, diaphoretic, brain stimulant, carminative (anti- flatulent) and digestive stimulant. Bartram states that it is used for diarrhoea, dysentery, vomiting, colic, nervous stomach and to promote acid content of gastric juice.
Boils and carbuncles are usually caused by a staphylococcus bacteria infection. Most infections that are carried in the blood need excellent digestive function in order for the body to eliminate them. It is possible that you had an overgrowth of staphylococcus bacteria, which was eliminated by improving your digestive function with nutmeg, or that the effect of nutmeg on your prostaglandins improved your condition.