I just came back from the doctor and I have a large stone in my
salivary gland that I am told can only be taken care of by removing
the gland....three different opinions all arriving at the same
conclusion......I really do not want to do this. Any advice for me?
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you might send my way.
I can appreciate not wanting to have your gland removed unless absolutely necessary! Some possibilities would be the homeopathic remedy Calculus renalis for reducing the size of the stone and having it be reabsorbed into the body. I would use warm castor oil packs on the area. These have an amazing ability to resolve growths and lumps. Classic way of making one is by placing a flannel cloth soaked in castor oil in the oven at a low temp. Once thoroughly heated, wrap pack in either plastic or more towels and place on affected area. Leave on at least 30 minutes.
Some doctors have begun using shock-wave lithotripsy, which has been used successfully with kidney stones. Sound waves are used to break the stone up. According to this article, some people have even had success with this home treatment:
"After suffering from three years of treating recurring infections with only temporary relief from antibiotic therapy and an ENT specialist offering invasive surgical removal of the entire sub-mandibular gland this sufferer took the following action.Using a SonicCare electric toothbrush, the patient held the running toothbrush to the floor of his mouth directly over the gland area for approximately 10 minutes.The "sonic" waves broke up the duct stone(s) and drained the gland within the following hour.All pain and inflammation left with no further recurrence; the obstruction apparently broken up and gone.This method,known as the Glasier Technique(2002), is worth a try before submitting to full surgical removal of your sub-mandibular gland."
Certainly that would be far safer and less invasive than surgery. I am including a link to an article at our site where herbalist Robin Rose Bennett was treating someone with a stone. Lots of good information there.
I don't know if this is a chronic situation for you are not, but some things to do to avoid a reoccurance would be to stay well-hydrated during the day with nourishing herbal infusions. Don't smoke and make sure you have a sufficient saliva flow. Some great herbs would be dandelion root and leaf, motherwort and other bitters that will have the needed affect on your output of saliva.
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