Within the niche of cosmetic treatments, removing scars is among the more demanding problems. This is largely because scar tissue formation is both an internal and external problem. Scars spoil the aesthetics of superficial facial skin, along with progressing internally, wherein there is thickening of skin. The presence of fibrous bands within the scar tissue makes it impossible for most cosmetic treatments to cure it. However, an effective alternative treatment lies in the form of using herbs like Phytolacca. This herb is more common within the homeopathy niche of alternative skin treatments.
Popularly called the pokeweed or pokeroot, the Phytolacca plant is present in different varieties across different parts of the world. In the North American continent, the Phytolacca americana variety is more common. Pokeroot has been in use across North America for many decades, with its usage traced backed to the herbal preparations used by the native Americans. Phytolacca decandra is also equally popular in its use for removing scars.
The Phytolacca plant has seasonal berries, and various parts of the plant carry slightly different medicinal properties. While the berries are often used in health juices sold over the counter, the leaves and roots have serious medicinal applications.
Phytolacca Usage for Removing Scars
The use of Phytolacca for slowly removing the scar tissue is not limited to the face. It is also recommended for removing scars formed in other organs like the breast or other scars formed during the post-surgical phase. The ability of phytolacca to treat scar tissue is underlined by the fact that it is an effective remedy for treating serious swelling and infections (like in the tonsils). Scar tissue on the face often takes the form of keloids. These are among the hardest of facial scar tissues to cure.
Further, using invasive procedures can often lead to hypopigmentation in and around the scar tissue site. However, Phytolacca is able to cure the scar tissue internally, i.e. it acts like a potent medication but it doesn’t have any side-effects due to its herbal nature. This includes removing any underlying abscesses or inflammation associated with the maturing scar.
Phytolacca's Effectiveness in Removing Scars
Phytolacca is able to treat scars that have been formed due to hyperactive glandular activity. Such scars usually have an inflamed appearance. These scars are more pronounced in non-facial sites like the upper chest, throat and neck areas. A common example of such scars is the inflamed scarring found among breastfeeding women.
Pokeweed helps in removing scars through multiple ways. Firstly, it decreases the density of the fibrous tissues that are responsible for hardening of scars. Secondly, it detoxifies the scar tissue sites, slowly draining-away the catabolic waste. This makes phytolacca perfect for treating facial scars formed by bacterial infections and allergic conditions like eczema.
Using the Phytolacca Plant for Removing Scars
Using this plant without professional guidance can prove injurious to health since many parts of the plant are highly toxic and very potent. Phytolacca derivatives are commonly used in skin-based medications in homeopathic drug stores. However, people struggling with thick scar formation should use the pure, mother tincture that has a much higher concentration of the potent biological compounds. Another way of using Phytolacca to ensure that skin problems like acne scars don’t surface is to consume herbal teas that are enriched with trace amounts of the Phytolacca herb.