Anaesthetic Support

Surgery is a traumatic event which affects the body and creates inflammation and bruising to the area. It takes time for the body to heal after surgery and the systems which require support are the nervous system, liver, bowel and immunity.


  • Follow a gentle cleansing diet and increase foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Lemon juice in warm water
  • Vegetable juices
  • Miso soup and vegetable and barley soup
  • Green barley powder
  • Brown rice
  • Nuts and seeds including nut pastes (macadamia butter, cashew butter or tahini)
  • Olive oil, flaxseed oil, oysters, red meat, fish and grains
  • Plenty of vitality lifting alkalising water
  • Eliminate waste producing foods such as dairy, wheat, alcohol, sugar, preserved, refined and processed foods
  • Diet and food are an important way to increase immunity, healing and recovery. Be sure to eat plenty of foods rich in anti-oxidants
  • Increase water soluble fibre in the diet as anaesthetic medication can cause constipation. Pears, oat bran, apples and legumes. It’s also beneficial to eat vegetables from the cabbage family—especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage—as well as artichokes, beets and carrots. All of these foods contain compounds that aid in detoxification.


  • Plenty of rest
  • Support liver and bowel function
  • Improve nutritional status with antioxidants
  • Some Herbal medicines have drug interactions with anaesthetics used in surgery and it is very important to inform your doctor if you intend to use Herbal medicine before and after Anaesthesia


  • Antioxidant herbs and nutrients such as Echinacea, Grapeseed, Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium and B Vitamins boost your immune system when taken prior to the surgery and help to improve healing outcomes
  • Some Herbs to support the liver and help the body recover from the stress on the nervous system caused by anesthetics are Milk Thistle (regenerates liver cells, protects against toxins, and guards against free radicals), Withania, Rhodiola, Dandelion and Bupleurum
  • Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Calendula and Rose hip oil help to reduce scarring to the skin and promote wound healing
  • Ginger tea may be used to help reduce any nausea, however caution is needed if taken after surgery as it has been shown to thin the blood
  • Green super foods such as Green Barley, Wheat grass, Spirulina, Chlorophyll help to absorb the wastes formed
  • Corriander is an important herb to help absorb the ill effects of anaesthesia
  • Take a multivitamin supplement prior to ensure that your health is prime
  • Take a probiotic powder to ensure that the bowel is colonised with healthy bacteria especially if antibiotics are prescribed
  • If you are feeling nervous about the operation the Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy can help to calm you
  • Homeopathic Arnica 6x helps to reduce swelling and promote healing