Head Lice and Body Lice Treatment
liceless herbal tonic and lotion
tonic to be taken if you have lice
If you have lice in your hair or on your body (usually in pubic area), you need to build up your system's immunity and take this tonic to fight off infection and the problems of re-infection.
I've had a small infection of lice on my hand for over 9 months. It was very itchy and inflamed so ofcourse I tried everything both from the doctor and from the health store. I rang you up and ordered your LiceLess Tonic for me and my family and Lice Lotion to apply to my hand. Within a week of applying the lotion and taking the tonic the rash caused by the tiny lice has gone. I couldn't believe they were dead in just a week after all I'd suffered, I'm just so relieved. Your herbs are billiant!
Thank you so much for all your free support as well. Adele. UK
What are body lice?
Body lice (scabies and crabs - much larger) are parasitic insects that live on the body and in the clothing or bedding of infested humans. Infestation is common, found worldwide, and affects people of all races. Body lice infestations spread rapidly under crowded conditions where hygiene is poor and there is frequent contact among people. Body lice are usually only found in homeless, transient populations who don't have access to changes of clothes or bath. Infestation is unlikely to persist on anyone who baths regularly and who regularly has access to freshly laundered clothing and bedding.
Where are body lice found?
Body lice are found on the body and on clothing or bedding used by infested people; lice eggs are laid in the seams of clothing or on bedding. Occasionally eggs are attached to body hair.
Lice found on the hair of the head are not body lice; they are head lice which are different. See our page on headlice
Can body lice transmit disease?
Yes. Epidemics of typhus and louse-borne relapsing fever have been caused by body lice. Though typhus is no longer widespread, epidemics still occur during times of war, civil unrest, natural disasters, in refugee camps, and prisons where people live crowded together in unsanitary conditions. Typhus still exists in places where climate, chronic poverty, and social customs prevent regular changes and laundering of clothing.
What are the signs and symptoms of body lice?
Itching and rash are common; both are your body's allergic reaction to the lice bite. These symptoms are the body's natural response to resist their spread (and alert you to take action!). Long-term body lice infestations may lead to thickening and discoloration of the skin, particularly around the waist, groin, and upper thighs. Sores on the body may be caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected with bacteria or fungi.
How are body lice spread?
Body lice are spread directly through contact with a person who has body lice, or indirectly through shared clothing, beds, bed linen, or towels.
You need close skin-to-skin contact with an infected person to catch scabies. Most cases are probably caught from holding hands with an infected person. The hand is the most common site to be first affected. Close skin-to-skin contact when having sex is another common way of passing on the mite. The skin-to-skin contact needs to be for a reasonable time to catch the mite. Therefore, you are unlikely to catch scabies from an infected person by casual short contact such as a handshake or a hug.
What do body lice look like?
There are three forms of body lice: the egg (sometimes called a nit), the nymph, and the adult.
Nits are body lice eggs. They are generally easy to see in the seams of clothing, particularly around the waistline and under armpits. They are smaller than a pinhead. Nits may also be attached to body hair. They are oval and usually yellow to white. Nits may take 30 days to hatch.
Nymph: The egg hatches into a baby louse called a nymph. It looks like an adult body louse, but is smaller. Nymphs mature into adults about 7 days after hatching. To live, the nymph must feed on blood.
Adult: The adult body louse is about the size of a pin point or pin head, has 6 legs, and is tan to greyish-white. Females lay eggs. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood. If the louse falls off of a person, it dies within 2-3 days.
How is a body lice infestation diagnosed?
By looking closely in the seams of clothing and on the body for eggs and for crawling lice. Diagnosis should be made at your health clinic if you are unsure about infestation.
How are body lice treated?
Lice infestations are generally treated by giving the infested person a clean change of clothes, a shower, and by laundering all worn clothing, bed linen, and towels. When laundering items, use the hot cycle (130°F) of the washing machine. Set the dryer to the hot cycle to dry items. Additionally, a 1% permethrin or pyrethrin lice shampoo, (also called pediculicide [made from feverfew herb]), may be applied to the body. Herbactive LiceLess Herbal Lotion can be applied to the areas of infestation and infection. The herbs used are known anti-parasitics. Also take Herbactive LiceLess Tonic to boost your defense system. If scabies and body lice are not treated the infestation can get worse and last indefinitely.
LiceLess Herbal Treatment Tonic and Lotion
The following is a general guide about my herbal treatment for lice which gives tips for success:
* Take the LiceLess Tonic (internal) at 5ml four times daily in water.
* Using LiceLess Lotion: you need to treat all the skin of your body (including the back, soles of the feet, between fingers and toes, under fingernails, scalp, neck, face, ears, and genitals). National guidelines recommend that all the skin is treated. Pay special attention to the areas where mite burrows most commonly occur. That is, the front of the wrists and elbows, beneath the breasts, the armpits, and around the nipples in women.
* An adult needs at least 150ml of lotion to cover the whole body. So, for two applications you will need at least 300ml of lotion per adult.
* Apply lotion to cool dry skin (not after a hot bath).
* The lotion should be left on for 24 hours, i.e. don't bath for 24 hours.
* Children should stay off school until the first application of treatment has been completed.
* If you wash your hands or any other part of your body during the treatment period, you should re-apply the lotion to the washed areas.
* Breastfeeding mothers should wash off the lotion or cream from the nipples before breastfeeding, and re-apply treatment after the feed.
* Put mittens on babies to stop them licking the lotion off their hands.
* Clothes, towels, and bed linen should be machine washed at 50 degrees Celsius (50°C) or above after the first application of treatment. This kills any mites that may be present. Keep any items of clothing that cannot be washed in plastic bags for at least 72 hours to contain the mites until they die. An alternative option to kill any mites on clothes and linen are: ironing the item with a hot iron, dry cleaning, or putting items in a dryer on the hot cycle for 10-30 minutes. It is not necessary to fumigate living areas or furniture, or to treat pets.
* Some people who develop a secondary skin infection may also need to continue the internal treatment with LiceLess Herbal Tonic.
Note: you will continue to be itchy for a while after successful treatment
It is normal to take up to 2-3 weeks (and sometimes up to six weeks) for the itch to go completely after the mites have been killed by treatment. Also, even after successful treatment, in a small number of cases there remains some itchy brownish red lumps (nodules) up to 2cm in diameter. If these remain they most commonly occur on the genitals and arm pits. These lumps are not infectious or mean that the mite is still present. They occur in some cases as a prolonged skin reaction to the scabies mite. If they occur they usually go within three months, but occasionally last up to one year.
I also recommend the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder for complete nutritional back-up to your system, see below.
You will also need to take our ABC Daily Powder
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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